Favorite Things To Do in Chicago

La Scarola

Enjoy a cozy dinner at this concierge favorite. Its casual atmosphere features walls adorned with various pictures of the owner and many of his guests, including Hollywood stars. La Scarola serves authentic Italian cuisine right in the River West neighborhood of Chicago. Diners can feast on such dishes as veal marsala, penna alla vodka, or… Read more »

Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap

A favorite for barbecue, burgers, and wings alongside a massive selection of great craft beers and keg cocktails. Tucked away off the Magnificent Mile, this laid-back spot is a great place to eat, drink, and catch the game.

The Duck Inn

Helmed by Michelin-starred chef Kevin Hickey, a Bridgeport native, this local haunt serves up creative duck dishes—as the name would imply—in addition to American eats ranging from cheese curds with hoppy mayo and their delectable duck fat dog (Chicago style, of course) to heartier fare like the braised pork shank with spaetzle, pickled kale, and… Read more »

Coco Pazzo Cafe

Experience Tuscan and Roman cuisine at Coco Pazzo Café, sister restaurant of the more formal Coco Pazzo. Just steps away from Magnificent Mile shopping,  the Café offers a casual atmosphere with a sophisticated menu and multiple wines by the glass.

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.


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.


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.