There aren’t a lot of upscale spots near McCormick Place worth spending time at. Vu is a rooftop bar on the 22nd floor of a nearby building, and since it has both firepits and retractable windows it’s good for the occasional April snowstorm and/or autumn. There’s a long menu of small plates, with dishes like mushroom tostadas, chorizo and shrimp toast, and steak tartare. It’s all fine, but our favorite activity here is to drink and wonder how the Morningstar Investment Conference is going.
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Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen
Manny’s has been the classic Jewish deli in Chicago for 75 years, and it’s still serving great food.
Lobo Rey is a Mexican restaurant in the South Loop serving decent tacos, but not much else.
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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
Gus’s has great fried chicken in a cool Fulton Market loft space. Expect a bit of heat from their trademark cayenne heavy seasoning.
Gene & Georgetti
Gene & Georgetti is a classic Chicago steakhouse that’s as old-school as they come.
Pacific Standard Time
Pacific Standard Time is a very large and busy River North restaurant serving California-inspired food.
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Cindy’s has the best rooftop and views in Chicago that overlook Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
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