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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Dirty Root is a fast-casual spot in the West Loop that’s great for a kind-of-healthy lunch.
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.
Cruz Blanca Cervecería & Taqueria
Cruz Blanca is a combination of a casual taco spot and a brewpub that's good for an easy meal and hanging out.
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Shaw’s Crab House
Shaw’s is like the seafood version of a steakhouse. Come for a nicer dinner and order all the oyster, crab, and lobster.
Gilt Bar is the rare River North spot that’s easy to get into, and also has great food. Prepare for a lot of meat, butter, and salt.
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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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