Chicago Area

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This West Coast City Hates Lunch & Other Findings From New Study

Ever wonder where your co-worker is actually headed when they leave for lunch? Turns out it may be easy to guess based on what city you live and work in. Ubimo—a New York-based software company—looked...

Red Apple

by Querencia 2 days ago

Maybe others already know this but I just heard today that the Red Apple (Milwaukee a block south of Belmont) closed a couple of weeks ago. This Polish smorgasbord WAS the taste of Chicago---roast ...


Choose one of three

by bill1jan 13 hours ago

I will be hosting a business dinner for six in early September. The group likes nice places and good food but isn't particularly adventurous. If asked to choose between Maple & Ash, BLVD, and Bav...


Art Deco Candy and Ice Cream Shop

by redorb 4 days ago

Several years ago, I stumbled on an wonderful Art Deco candy and ice cream shop on the south side of Chicago. I can't remember the exact address, but it was around 50th and Ashland, I think. Does a...

Reservation Available at Alinea for 2 on 7/27/2019

by chicagoalinea 12 days ago

Hello. I have a reservation for 2 at The Salon @ Alinea on 7/27/2019 at 5 pm that I can no longer attend. If you are interested, I can transfer the reservation to you for the face value ($682). Ple...

Looking for two Tasting Menu (or other) Dinner Recommendations in Chicago

by RIfoodie29 15 days ago

Hello Chicago Chowhounders, I will be traveling to Chicago for a business in August. I need a couple of recommendations that meet some specific criteria. You all have given me some amazing Chica...

One Babka to Rule Them All

by ferret 2 months ago

I have ordered babkas and challas from this website and all I can say is they are the standards by which all others should be judged. To challenge a Seinfeld reference, none of their offerings are ...

Restaurant suggestion - El Ideas or Oriole?

by herstadk 14 days ago

My husband and I will be going to Chicago in October for our anniversary and to try many restaurants I've been eyeing for years. We've decided to definitely go to Alinea, since we have never been t...

Uruguayan restaurants that serve chivito sandwiches?

by roderickoc 12 years ago

Went to Uruguay and had their national sandwich many times: beef, bacon, mayo, fried egg, pickles, and other sloppy fixin's I can't quite recall. Are there any Uruguayan restaurants in Chicago? ...

upside down pizza

by shercarltx 11 years ago

My daughter has recently moved to Chicago and remembers hearing of an upside down pizza but can't remember where. She said it looked almost like a lasagna made in a bowl with all of the toppings o...

Pizza place with gluten free options?

by diesel 2 months ago

Hello hounds, I'm traveling to Chicago in July with my kids and my partner who has celiac disease. I am wondering if there's any place my kids and I can enjoy good Chicago-style pizza, where my pa...

Shrimp shack

by mostlymarilyn 14 years ago

As a young person, we use to stop at a shrimp shack at or around 29th and S. Ashland Avenue. Hubby thinks he remembers the name being "Anderson's". Noticed about 8 years ago that it is now gone com...

Memory Lane - Phil Johnson's

by catherine 17 years ago

Does anyone here remember a Chicago suburban restaurant called Phil Johnson's? My parents took me and my sister there as little girls and I remember terrific Chicken a la King and really good Frenc...

Where to buy fresh and good mochi in Chicago?

by FoodieFan123 30 days ago

I know H MART sells packaged mochi, and Whole Foods/Trader Joes sell mochi ice cream, but I was wondering if there are any stores that sell good quality/fresh mochi? Ideally someone in or near Chic...


by Querencia 2 months ago

Rhubarb: loaded with nutrients, delicious, easy to grow, and ... rare? My Chicago supermarket doesn't know what it is. This morning I saw a tiny amount of it at the farmers' market and it was $6 fo...

Chicago steakhouse

by cwmcm54 6 months ago

So many wonderful steakhouses choices in Chicago. I need to find the very best for a small family 65th birthday dinner.

Millers Steakhouse On Western

by HARRY REEMS 16 years ago

Anybody remember this place that was on devon and western. They had the best ribs ever. Lets talk about this place. Atrue oldie but goodie.


by Marianne 14 years ago

Where did Cavallone's Pizza go? I moved away for a few years, came back and it's gone. It was my favorite. Does anyone know what Rob is up to these days - does he have a new restaurant?

Fury towards McDonald's Is at an All-Time High

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" . . . Workers at a McDonald’s on Chicago’s South Side filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday, alleging that McDonald’s has done nothing to implement sa...

Monday lunch

by Holyposole 3 months ago

Very last minute question. Am in town for James Beard awards. Was hoping to try either Fat Rice or Mi Tocaya for lunch but both are closed on Mondays ☹️. Now thinking about either Revival Food Hall...