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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Baker Miller is a Lincoln Square bakery and cafe that mills their own flour. They make great savory and sweet items.
Fast Track is an old-school Chicago diner serving hot dogs, Italian beefs, and breakfast all day.
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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Cindy’s has the best rooftop and views in Chicago that overlook Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
Lonesome Rose is a casual Tex-Mex restaurant in Logan Square with good cocktails and hit-or-miss food.
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