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Condensed Chicago Food Must Haves

Gorp512 | Jan 7, 201111:42 PM

I will be headed to Chicago from Philly in March and will only have about 4 days of real food exploration on my trip. I wanted to fill my days and nights with real winners and uniquely Chicago food experiences. Here is what I have so far;

Day 1

Lunch- Probably will be getting in around this time, any recs of a quick bite? I am looking for a real Chicago dog place. Somewhere locals would go. I don't think I can make it out to Hot Dougs.

Dinner-Girl and the Goat, Purple Pig, or Publican?

Day 2

Lunch- I may be flying this one solo, so another street food/hole in the wall spot would be nice. Italian Beef?

Dinner- Celebrating a birthday and am looking for a quiet, comfortable, and memorable place. I am thinking North Pond. Any great places for drinks afterwards that would be nice to go to dressed up? Maybe Tru's dessert tasting? Or the Siganture Lounge? Not looking for something too crazy, just something memorable and special.

Day 3- (Alinea Day)

I already have my reservation for dinner at Alinea, so this day will obviously be centered around that. I am unsure about how much to eat before Alinea, I don't want to rush through because I was starving, also don't want to be full half way through.

Brunch/Lunch- Want to get to Hot Chocolate or Jam (or both) on my visit. Maybe this day


Day 4

Lunch-I am going to need to get Chicago pizza on this trip. Wanted to head out to Burt's Place, but probably won't be able to make it. I have something later this night so a big lunch/early dinner would be ideal. Uno?

Misc.- Also would love recs for great cocktail bars/bars around the city. Will certainly be going to Violet Hour and Big Star one night. Anywhere else not to be missed?


Sorry for the lengthy post, but I am trying to do my homework and really make this trip delicious. This is over my spring break, so if I am going to be in the cold of a Chicago March instead of a beach, it is going to taste good!!

Thanks in advance

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Hot Doug's
3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

North Pond
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

Hot Chocolate
1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Burt's Place
8541 N Ferris Ave, Morton Grove, IL

Violet Hour
1247 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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