Ballast Point started out in San Diego, but we’re glad it came to Chicago, because it has great beer and above-average bar food (including a “California burrito” that’s just like a regular burrito but with fries - proving that occasionally the West Coast can be just as unhealthy as the Midwest). The huge space feels like a sports bar, and is perfect for big groups who want to hang out and watch a game.
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Bar Siena is great for a fun gathering in the West Loop. Go heavy on the pizza and pastas. And drinks. You’re going to want those too.
Gibsons Italia, in River West, is the trendy Italian sister spot to Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse.
Girl & the Goat
One of the most well known restaurants in Chicago, and one that lives up to the hype.
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Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab
Joe’s is consistently one of the best steakhouses in town, and you shouldn’t even order steak. Stone crabs are where it’s at.
The Publican is a Medieval styled mecca of all things beer, pork, and oysters. If that’s not appealing, you can’t sit with us.
Velvet Taco serves tacos that aren't really tacos. It's a bacon cheeseburger and chicken tikka kind of taco situation.
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Limitless Coffee & Tea
Limitless is a coffee shop in the West Loop with excellent coffee and great food.
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