Favorite Things To Do in Chicago

The results are in, and the best concierge in the country have voted these 170 establishements as their favorite locations in the city. Don't waste your time wondering where to eat, drink, shop, and learn. These lists have you covered. We just made your trip to Chicago a whole lot easier.

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.

Cash-only eatery in a historical brownstone in the Lincoln Park neighborhood serving its famous pizza-pot-pies plus grinders and more.


Carmine’s

Lively supper club in the Gold Coast that is famous for its hearty portions of pasta, meat plates, and other Italian dishes. Great seasonal patio in the warmer months for people watching and bites along this busy stretch of Rush Street.


Café Bionda

Café Bionda offers authentic old world Italian recipes just a stone’s throw from McCormick Place in the South Loop. Bionda features a large selection of liquor, including a signature martini list, and a vast array of both red and white wines.


Bistronomic

Modern cuisine rooted in French culture that showcases ingredients from Midwest farms. A contemporary bistro that is both approachable and affordable in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood.


Beacon Tavern

Beacon Tavern is a sea-meets-land eatery from celebrated restaurateur Billy Lawless (The Gage, The Dawson). The menu here is loaded with fresh interpretations of tavern classics and seafood-forward dishes and libations, which play heavily on classic American cocktails with a twist. It’s also a great happy hour spot to cozy up in their bar area to… Read more »


Band of Bohemia

Located in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, Band of Bohemia strives to offer a pairings-based experience, beginning with their rotating collection of culinary-inspired session ales brewed in-house. Their seasonally influenced menu is driven by the philosophy that one can create a unique beer that is appropriate, if not essential, to a finer dining experience.


Armand’s Victory Tap

A sophisticated sibling to the larger Armand’s Pizzeria chain, this cozy South Loop Italian restaurant offers an old school Italian menu of classic plates and appetizer-sized pizzas (the Armand’s angle) in an upscale tavern setting with framed black-and-white photos, a few TVs, and a massive carved wood bar featuring ornate beer taps.


The Albert

Chic spot offering chef-driven, New American fare and scientific cocktails in an Einstein-themed hotel.


Swedish American Museum

The Swedish American Museum has been active for 40 years in the heart of Andersonville, a traditionally Swedish area on the north side of Chicago. Andersonville, the “Little Sweden” of Chicago, is one of the most concentrated areas of Swedish heritage in the United States, with Swedish roots dating back to the 19th century. Tourists visit the area… Read more »


Soldier Field

Originally built in 1923, the arena underwent a massive renovation in 2003. Nestled in the old classical pillars, the stadium has 61,500 seats and is home the Chicago Bears NFL team. Located along Lake Michigan, Soldier Field’s neighbors include McCormick Place to the south, with the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium immediately… Read more »