Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Naansense171 N Wells, Chicago
2. G & O459 N Ogden Ave, Chicago
3. Green Street Smoked Meats112 N Green St, Chicago
4. Bottlefork441 N Clark St, Chicago
5. Logan Arcade2410 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago
6. SideDoor100 E Ontario St, Chicago
7. Sticky Rice4018 N Western Ave, Chicago
8. Stan's Donuts & Coffee1560 N Damen Ave, Chicago
9. Q-BBQ714 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago
10. Kinmont419 W Superior St, Chicago
11. IO Urban Roofscape127 W Huron St, Chicago
12. Celeste111 W Hubbard St, Chicago
This "fast-casual" Indian resto is more than just a clever play on words. It also serves a number of delicious and modern Indian dishes. But you gotta admit, the name is pretty sweet.
This swanky cocktail lounge not only does a variety of quality mixeds, it also serves a number of tasty bar snacks.
Down an alley off Restaurant Row, Green Street serves Texas-style smokehouse barbecue in a spacious, warehouse location. Like the smoked meats, the restaurant decor is reminiscent of the Lone Star State with exposed brick and iron pipe fixtures. The pulled pork and brisket are the way to go, especially with sides like spicy pickles and coleslaw. In a departure from the Texan recipes that rule the smoker, the beer selection is mostly made up of Midwestern craft brews, but there are Southern-inspired cocktails like bourbon sweet tea.
It's hard out there for a small plates restaurant that straddles the line between bar and full-service dinner restaurant, yet Bottlefork in River North manages to stand above the pack. The food menu spans a variety of cuisines and dietary restrictions, featuring dishes like tuna crudo, crispy Brussels sprouts with chorizo, buttermilk fried chicken, and a critically-acclaimed ground bacon burger. The cocktail menu, complete with illustrations, is divided into categories based on flavor and style: fruity, smoky, dark, and "Gentlemen's Cut."
Located in the original Logan Hardware building, this arcade/bar houses a collection of vintage pinball, video games, and serves up 20 quality draft beers and a large selection of other alcoholic beverages.
This River North gastropub does a damn fine job when it comes to meat, whether it's their prime rib, roasted meat boards, or hearty sandwiches. They also have a number of craft beers and specialty 'tails.
This Northern Thai resto serves authentic cuisine at terrific prices, whether you hit up their resto in person or order their quick and easy delivery.
It goes without saying, but Stan most definitely is the man because of his myriad of fresh-baked 'nuts and fresh-made coffee.
This trendy Lakeview resto doles out a hefty variety of smoked meats with tasty sauces to satisfy even the hungriest of carnivores.
This super chic seafoodery is doling out seriously fresh goods, as well as refreshing libations.
This seriously sleek rooftop spot is perfect for our 100 days of Summer. A lounge with swanky drinks and serious eats, this is the place to be when the weather's nice.
Every floor at this River North cocktail bar has a different vibe. On the first floor, The Bar is loud and bustling with good music. The upstairs Deco Room is more glamorous and sultry, aka perfect for a date. Finally, the garden rooftop is like a cozy urban oasis with ivy-covered walls and Victorian-style seating (tables are available first come, first served). Expect craft cocktails, beers, and fine wine on all levels, plus upscale bar bites.