Il Culaccino is an Italian restaurant that’s right across the street from McCormick Place. The large, somewhat generic space feels a lot like a chain restaurant, but the huge portions of pasta and tasty appetizers are better than what you’d find at one of those places. Order the spicy shrimp arrabbiata or the gnocchi al forno - it’s cheesy, tasty, and exactly what you want from a red-sauce pasta.
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Manny’s has been the classic Jewish deli in Chicago for 75 years, and it’s still serving great food.
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Monteverde is an Italian restaurant in the West Loop. It sounds boring on paper, but there’s so much more to it than that. Excellent food all around.
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