If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Chicago, here are our favorite Chicago restaurants! If you’re planning a trip to Chicago, these are the places you have to eat!
Back in November I met up with three of my favorite foodie friends for a fun girl’s weekend in Chicago. As you do when you get a group of foodies together, we tried to find all the best places to eat in Chicago.
If you’re planning a trip to Chicago, here are some of our favorite foods, Chicago restaurants, and things to eat in Chicago.
Come here hungry! Super fun breakfast/brunch spot with TONS of fun pancake and French toast options! Chocolate chip, Cinnamon Roll, Oreo S’more… Loved my signature “Wildberry” pancakes pictured above. Delicious savory options as well.
The Bongo Room
Honestly, what is more fun than a tower of Chocolate French Toast??! Perhaps their White Chocolate Pretzel Salted Caramel Pancakes??! The Bongo Room is fun breakfast/brunch spot with sinfully sweet and savory breakfast options.
Super popular breakfast and brunch joint in Chicago! Both times I’ve been to Yolk the line is always CRAZY and looks like you’ll have to wait for hours… But I’ve never waited more than 20 minutes for a table, even on a busy weekend. One of my favorite things about Yolk is the French Toast tasting menu! You can try a small slice of all three of their famous French toasts.
We ended up doing a little mini doughnut taste-testing tour while we were in Chicago! We tried Doughnut Vault’s famous old fashioned doughnuts.
And we also tried a selection of Do-Rite donuts. The old fashioned doughnut here was hands down the winner.
And finally, we had to try Firecakes because of their famous doughnut ice cream sandwich! We tried a selection from here as well, and they were delicious, but Do-Rite was ultimately our favorite!
Any other doughnut shops we missed??
Lunch / Dinner
Chicago Pizza And Oven Grinder Co.
We’d heard about the legendary Pizza Pot Pie at Chicago Pizza And Oven Grinder Co. and had to try it for ourselves! And it was just as amazing as it looks. I would definitely go here again. Be sure to get the flatbread to start! This is such a fun and “old-school” dining experience. When you go in to get a table, they don’t take your name at the hostess station, they just memorize your face and come find you when your table is ready. Definitely go early, this place stays busy. Also note that it’s cash only. Highly recommend!
Oh my gosh, this is one of the best places to eat in Chicago!!! Authentic Italian menu with delicious pizza and pastas. You HAVE to get the focaccia to start!!! This bread has become a running joke in our group, we talk about it so much!! It is seriously unlike any other bread I have ever had. SO good!
Also you HAVE to get the brown butter blondie for dessert!!! We were DYING over it!!
Fun casual Mexican restaurant with chips, salsa, guacamole, sandwiches, tacos, and more. Loved the churros here!
Jeni’s Ice Cream
Of course anytime we see a Jeni’s ice cream we have to stop! There are Jeni’s all over, but if you’ve never been it’s definitely worth checking out!
Shopping & Sightseeing
We went to the Jeni’s Ice Cream in Wicker Park — this is such a fun shopping area. It’s also in the same location as The Bongo Room. I highly recommend going to the Bongo Room for breakfast one more and spending the morning wandering around Wicker Park!
Of course no trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to The Bean!
The Chicago Theatre
Oh my gosh you guys, one of my favorite memories from this trip is going to see Janet Jackson in concert!
We had no idea she was going to be there, we just happened to see signs all over Chicago, had a free night, and found tickets on StubHub! It was such a spur of the moment thing.
We sang and danced all night to all of her classic hits. Such a fun night!
Where to Stay in Chicago
I always love staying in Omni Hotels, especially the Omni Chicago. The service at Omni is always top notch. We stayed in a beautiful suite on the 17th floor overlooking Michigan Ave. Right in the middle of all the fun shopping!
Did we miss any of your favorite Chicago restaurants, best places to eat in Chicago, or things to do in Chicago?
Chicago is an absolute blast, and I wish we had had more time to explore some of these delicious looking restaurants you posted! They look amazing! Thanks for sharing the ideas!
Pequod’s is a wonderful pizza place…. I recommend this place… :)
You did miss my favorite donut place – Stan’s Donuts. A California donut place the Labriola bread family brought to Chicago because they loved it so much. Get the Biscoff pocket, you will dream of it later – delish!
When you come back you have to try the cheese curds at Antique Taco, worth the trip to Chicago alone! And please tell me you tried Molly’s cupcakes after Pizza and Oven Grinders, best cupcakes in the city!
I miss photos of your 2015 christmas, your tall tree and cookies etc. Just travel, travel, travel ;-)
Stan’s makes good doughnuts too!
I swear, you plan all my vacations! I can’t wait to try these places when we’re in Chicago this spring!
I love Chicago and I’ve yet to run out of places to try while there. I haven’t been to any of these yet, so they’re going on my list for next time! I know my husband will be interested in that ice cream place- that’s his weakness. ;)
I can’t wait for our next trip to Chicago. Unfortunately it is usually a bus trip with a play and some shopping time….are any of your recommendations in walking distance if we are dropped off at the Watertower? Or maybe near Macys? Thanks.
Even though most of the food looks way to sweet, this post made me quite hungry. :)
I know this is terrible ~ but don’t you secretly wish you were the one person on earth who could eat desserts like this non-stop and actually loose the weight in calories you ate instead of gained them? And people would look at you like, how does she do it? Instead of um, hmmmm, time to invest in some Spanx!
Ooh! I spent 3-4 weeks in Chicago every summer and hadn’t heard of most of these spots. I’ll have to check them out! :) Gorgeous photos–makes me want to make a doughnut run!
Could you give me your spot please?
I grew up in the NW suburbs of Chicago and Giordanos is my favorite pizza in Chicago (blows Lou Malnatis away) Shaws crab house has an amazon blue crab dip and the best raw oysters that they have a special menu for with flavor profiles, some taste like cucumber etc… obviously Portillos is a hot spot my order is is a maxwell on French with grilled onions, Chicago dog, cheese fries and you have to stand in the Barnellis line for the CHOPPED SALAD OMG it’s the dressing that makes that thing top 3 salads for me! I’m going back in 3 weeks, I’m going to try the pizza pot pie for the first time *YAY*
I want to go back!!!! I loved our Chicago weekend….and I dream about those doughnuts! :)