For visitors and locals, Navy Pier is often fondly regarded as the epitome of Chicago tourism, complete with boat rides, numerous attractions, outdoor entertainment, an IMAX theatre and more. But this amusement hotspot is also home to some of Chicago’s most favorite—and most famous—eateries suited for any palate, budget or occasion.
Riva Crab House
Cuisine type: Seafood, Classy
Price Range: $$$ ($7-$21 lunch items, $21-$55 dinner entrees)
Order this: a table by the window with a view of the skyline at sunset and anything seafood—steamed black mussels for an appetizer and Riva Lobster Diavolo for the entree
Also try: Riva’s for lunch—a Crab Cake Sandwich or classic Haddock Fish & Chips
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Cuisine type: Southern Seafood, Cajun
Price Range: $$ ($10-$24)
Order this: a giant bucket of Peel’n’Eat shrimp makes the Shrimper’s Net Catch an original appetizer to share with the whole family
Also try: a southern favorite Sweet Tea Cooler (comes in original, peach and mango) and, for the little ones, a Build Your Own Sundae dessert!
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Bar & Grill
Price Range: $$
Order this: the Key Lime Pie is a classic to Buffett’s native Southern Florida and there’s nothing like bringing a little of that tropical flavor to the Midwest
Also try: anything inspired by one of his songs, like the four-pound Volcano Nachos or the Cheeseburger in Paradise, complete with a cold draft beer
Billy Goat Tavern
Cuisine type: American, Dive Bar
Price Range: $
Order this: Double Cheeseburger – Perhaps their most famed menu item, a trip to Chicago would not be complete without tasting this “cheezborger, cheezeborger”
Also try: fellow Chicago classics such as the Corned Beef or Italian Beef sandwiches.
Capi’s Italian Kitchen
Cuisine type: Classic Italian
Price Range: $ ($8-$15)
Order this: Penne Santorini – A staff favorite on the menu and a unique blend of onions, rosemary and sundried tomatoes true to this restaurant’s traditional Italian roots.
Also try: one of their stone oven pizza specialties or, for the picky eaters, create your own!
Harry Caray’s Tavern
Cuisine type: All-American
Price Range: $$ ($11-$30)
Order this: the Holy Cow! Burger pays homage to the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer, though there are five other signature burgers to choose from
Also try: appetizers Harry’s Stadium Nachos and Holy Cow! Potato Chips for a never-left-the-stadium style lunch