IPS ASP Chicago 2016


Chicago is a great city for those to love to eat, filled with world-class restaurants of all types. We have listed some of our favorites here, but feel free to explore. Some great resources for finding restaurants:

Yelp.com: Users can rate and review restaurants (and other services) in the city. Search by food type, neighborhood, or restaurant name.
Urbanspoon.com: Similar to yelp.com, users rate and review restaurants in Chicago.
DNAinfo.com: Chicago information, local news and public interest stories.

The search function within Google Maps is a great way to find nearby places to eat, no matter where you are. 

Also, there are a number of inexpensive and reliable chain restaurants that you will find around the city, which may be convenient for lunch (as well as fast food chains). These include:

  • Panera: soups, sandwiches, bakery
  • Chipotle: burritos, tacos, salads
  • Qdoba: burritos, tacos, salads
  • Potbelly: sandwiches, milkshakes
  • Subway: sandwiches

Finally, please remember that tipping your server is expected. 15-20% of your bill is customary, though if your service was bad, a 10% is a way to indicate your displeasure. You can leave cash, or add your tip to your credit card. In bars, $1 per drink is customary. Note: if your tip says “gratuity included” that means the tip has already been added in, and you do not need to add any further tip. This is usually done for large groups, though sometimes gratuity is routinely added in high-traffic tourist areas.


Restaurants near/on Navy Pier

Harry Caray’s Tavern Comfort food www.harrycarays.com On Navy Pier
Yolk Breakfast/brunch 0.5 mi/0.8 km Walk west on Grand, slight right on Ohio
Local Root Locally sourced www.localrootchicago.com 0.5 mi/0.8 km Walk west on Grand, turn right on North McClurg
D4 Irish Pub and Café Irish pub, good for large parties www.d4pub.com 0.6 mi/1 km Walk west on Grand, turn right
Niu Sushi Sushi restaurant and cocktail bar niusushi.com 0.6 mi/1 kmWalk west on Grand, turn left onto LakeShore, turn right onto E Illinois St

Restaurants within 2 miles/3.2 km of Navy Pier (Downtown, Loop, Streeterville, River North)

West Egg Café Breakfast/brunch westeggchicago.com 0.7 mi/ 1 km Walk or Bus: #66 towards Austin
The Gage Irish Bar and Restaurant www.thegagechicago.com 1.5 mi/ 2.4 km Bus: #29 towards 95th Red Line
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, named for famous Chicago sportscaster www.harrycarays.com 1.2 mi/ 2 km Bus: #29 towards 95th Red Line
Heaven on Seven Cajun www.heavenonseven.com1.5 mi/ 2.4 km Bus: #29 towards 95th Red Line
The Signature Room Fine Dining, Top of the Hancock Center www.signatureroom.com 1.4 mi/ 2.3 km Bus: #66 towards Austin
Grand Lux Café Casual, global cuisine, on Mag Mile www.grandluxcafe.com 1 mi/ 1.6 km Bus: #66 towards Austin
Native Foods Cafe Vegan/vegetarian www.nativefoods.com 2 mi/3.2 kmBus: #29 towards 95th Red Line
Lou Malnati’s Chicago-style deep dish pizza www.loumalnatis.com 1.4 mi/2.3 kmBus: #65 towards Harlem
Side Door American-style gastropub sidedoorchicago.com 1 mi/1.6 kmBus: #65 towards Harlem or #29 towards 95th Red Line
Farmhouse Farm-to-table dining farmhousechicago.com 1.7 mi/2.7 kmBus: #66 towards Austin
Tippling Hall Restaurant and bar, good for large groups www.tipplinghall.com 1.5 mi/2.4 kmBus: #66 towards Austin
Ed Debevic’s Themed diner, “quirky” and “sassy” waiters www.eddebevics.com 1.5 mi/2.4 kmBus: #66 towards Austin
Café Iberico Tapas www.cafeiberico.com 1.5 mi/2.4 kmBus: #66 towards Austin
Karyn's Cooked Vegan www.karynraw.com/Cooked 1.6 mi/2.5 kmBus: #66 towards Austin
Headquarters Beercade Large bar, free pinball games hqbeercade.com 1.7 mi/2.7 kmBus: #66 towards Austin

Restaurants in Lincoln Park (near Lincoln Park Zoo)

RestaurantFoodWebsiteDistance from zooDirections/bus from zoo
Elly's Pancake House All-day breakfast ellyspancakehouse.com 0.8 mi/1.3 km Bus: #22 towards Harrison
Original Pancake House Breakfast/brunch www.originalpancakehouse.com 0.2 mi/0.3 km Walk to corner of Clark and N Lincoln Park West
Orange Brunch/lunch orangerestaurantchicago.com 0.4 mi/0.6 km Walk, or take #22 towards Howard, or #36 towards Devon/Clark
Standard Market Grill Bar/restaurant www.standardmarketgrill.com 0.5 mi/0.8 km Walk, or take #22 towards Howard, or #36 towards Devon/Clark
RJ Grunts American style restaurant www.rjgruntschicago.com 0.2 mi/0.3 km Walk to corner of Dickens and N Lincoln Park West
The J Parker Rooftop bar and restaurant with stunning views www.jparkerchicago.com 0.5 mi/0.8 km Walk or Bus: #151 towards Union Station, or #22 towards Howard, or #36 towards LaSalle
Alinea Named Best Restaurant in America three times website.alinearestaurant.com/site 1.2 mi/2 km Walk west on Webster to Halsted, then take bus #8 towards 79th
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co Pizza and sandwiches chicagopizzaandovengrinder.com 0.2 mi/0.3 km Walk south on Clark St; it is between Webster and Dickens
The Peasantry Locally-sourced comfort food thepeasantry.com 0.9 mi/1.4 km Walk, or Bus #22 towards Howard
Café Ba-Ba-Reeba Tapas www.cafebabareeba.com 0.8 mi/1.3 km Walk to Armitage, take bus #73 towards Laramie

If you are willing to venture further afield, all of Chicago’s neighborhoods are full of incredible restaurants. Here are a few of our favorites. We recommend using Google Maps and CTA Bus Tracker (or a train and bus tracker app) to plan your travel.

West and south of downtown

Little Goat Chef won fourth season of “Top Chef” littlegoatchicago.com West Loop
Haymarket Brewery www.haymarketbrewing.com West Loop
Publican Bar/restaurant thepublicanrestaurant.com West Loop
City Winery Winery with live music www.citywinery.com/chicago West Loop
Au Cheval Restaurant; known for their burgers auchevalchicago.com West Loop
Aviary Voted #1 spot for “Best Cocktails in Chicago” www.theaviary.com West Loop
Lao Sze Chuan Chinese www.tonygourmetgroup.com Chinatown
MingHin Cuisine Chinese www.minghincuisine.com Chinatown
Cai Chinese, Dim Sum caichicago.com Chinatown
Piece Pizza and Brewery Pizza, brewery www.piecechicago.com West Town/Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park
Revolution Brewpub Brewery revbrew.com West Town/Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park
Old Oak Tap Good selection of food and drinks, and good for larger parties www.theoldoaktap.com West Town/Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park
Roots Pizza Sports bar, ‘quad cities’ style pizza, good for larger parties www.rootspizza.com West Town/Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park
Mirai Sushi Sushi www.miraisushi.com West Town/Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park
Bangers and Lace Small bar, excellent beer selection bangersandlacebar.com West Town/Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park
Handlebar Vegan/vegetarian handlebarchicago.com West Town/Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park
Chicago DinerVegan/vegetarian www.veggiediner.com West Town/Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park

North of downtown

Reza’s Mediterranean www.rezasrestaurant.com Andersonville
Lucky’s Featured on “Man vs. Food” www.luckysandwich.com Wrigleyville
Ann Sather Breakfast/brunch www.annsather.com Lakeview
Tank Noodle Vietnamese www.tank-noodle.com Uptown
Magnolia Cafe French/American magnoliacafeuptown.com Uptown
San Soo Gab San Korean www.yelp.com/biz/san-soo-gab-san-chicago Lincoln Square
Bistro Campagne French Bistro http://www.bistrocampagne.com/ Lincoln Square
Miku Sushi Sushi www.mikuchicago.com Lincoln Square

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