It’s no secret – one of the best parts about traveling to any city is the food. Although some consider traveling to Chicago in February less-than-ideal, we not only look forward to learning more about our industry but also venturing out for some good grub. You will be sure to work up an appetite venturing through all of the ballrooms and exhibit halls throughout your stay, and eating is something that you can do any time of year.
Last year we listed out some local Chicago eateries, and now that we’re becoming more familiar with the windy city, we thought we’d share some great hot spots that we’ve discovered along the way:
1. Hub 51
Address: 51 W. Hubbard St.
What is it? A trendy vibe and with a diverse menu, this location is ideal for those looking to satisfy different food preferences. Between sushi, burgers, tacos, and more, Hub 51 has something for everyone.
2. Protein Bar
Address: 151 N. Michigan Ave.
What is it? A close walk from the Hyatt Regency, this local chain is perfect for the health-conscious. If you’re in need of a quick bite between exploring exhibit halls, this is your go-to place. Their menu consists of smoothies, protein bowls, burritos and salads.
3. Intelligentsia Coffee Bar
Address: Heritage At Millennium Park, 53 E. Randolph St.
What is it? With the long days and short nights that accompany any tradeshow, you may need a morning or afternoon pick-me-up. This local coffee shop is home to a variety of coffees, teas and pastries. I was excited when my tea came in a cute little teapot!
4. The Hampton Social
Address: 353 W. Hubbard St.
What is it? We loved the nautical and beachy feel that this restaurant offered as well as the wood-fired oven pizza, salads, seafood and pasta dishes. While it is primarily a seafood restaurant, there are plenty of alternative options for those who cannot eat fish.
Still on our list to explore:
1. Slurping Turtle
Address: 116 W. Hubbard St.
What is it? If you have a party of 6 or more, we suggest calling ahead for a table as this spot seemed to be a local favorite! The menu consists of Japanese comfort foods like noodles, sashimi and grilled dishes.
Address: 130 E. Randolph St.
What is it? What’s a trip to Chicago without a stop for pizza? This casual chain is well-known for their deep dish slices and pies.
Address: 201 E. Grand Ave.
What is it? At my house, pasta night is my favorite night. Craving some traditional, home-style Italian food? This is the place.
4. 25 Degrees Chicago
Address: 736 N. Clark St.
What is it? A classic burger and shake combo, this restaurant was voted Top 10 for Burgers in the U.S. Fun fact: it was named after the temperature difference between a raw and a well done burger.
Address: 100 W. Ontario St.
What is it? This American chain specializes in Chicago-style food like hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers, salads and pasta.
6. Benny’s Chop House
Address: 444 N. Wabash Ave.
What is it? Looking for a more dressy dining experience? Check out this high-end contemporary steakhouse with live jazz every week.
There’s plenty to do in Chicago in the winter, but eating happens to be one of our favorites.
P.S – Don’t forget to pre-register for our educational events!
See you in Chicago,