EL CHE BAR You’re not just hungry, you have an undeniable hankering. Narrow in on these options that do certain dishes especially well. STEAK: El Che Bar: a Loop hot spot with an Argentinian twist; cooking is done “al asador” — directly over a wood fire — with delectable results. MAPLE & ASH SWEETS: Sundae service at Maple & Ash: fancy tiered-glass presentation of build-your-own sundae with just about every topping imaginable from a steakhouse that does everything over the top. FORMENTO’S PASTA: Formento’s: a red-sauce, from-scratch joint that does Italian the classic way—extra hearty and delicious. THE GREEN DOOR TAVERN CLASSIC CHICAGO: The Green Door Tavern: no-frills American with a bar menu and lower-level “hidden” burlesque hall. CAFÉ ROBEY FRENCH: Café Robey: creative French-American fare at this hip hotel spot includes salmon with French lentils and Spanish grilled octopus. ARAMI SUSHI: Arami: innovative options (including a spicy octopus and torched spicy salmon) are served in a sunlit room that feels garden-like. ANDORKA’S SANDWICH SHOP SANDWICHES: Andorka’s Sandwich Shop: classic and original deli-style sammies made with homemade bread on the South Side. NICO OSTERIA AT THOMPSON CHICAGO CHICAGO FRENCH MARKET HOTEL RESTAURANTS Whether or not you have a room key, you can still enjoy the dining experiences at some of the city’s best hotels. These Chicago originals shouldn’t be missed. Nico Osteria at Thompson Chicago: contemporary Italian and a see-and-be-seen vibe. The Allis at Soho House Chicago: modern tea service with delish finger sandwiches. Steadfast at The Kimpton Gray Hotel: luxe Loop spot known for its baked goods. Cherry Circle Room at The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel: regional classics paired with a swank late-modern vibe. The Berkshire Room at ACME Hotel Company Chicago: retro drinks and small bites. CHERRY CIRCLE ROOM AT THE CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION HOTEL ANTIQUE TACO CHIQUITO AT REVIVAL FOOD HALL CHICAGO’S FOOD HALL REBIRTH When in doubt, graze. Try a little bit of everything at a food hall, where numerous independent vendors or food stations gather under one roof, with canteen-style seating for all. Revival Food Hall: small versions and spin-offs of some of Chicago’s mostloved restaurants, with Antique Taco Chiquito being a can’t-miss. Chicago French Market: more than 30 family businesses, many with international flair (don’t miss Vanilla Patisserie’s macarons). Eataly Chicago: upscale grocer and multi-restaurant destination is a taste of Italy, especially if you belly up to its casual stand-up counter at La Piazza or hover over the Nutella bar. Latinicity: dishes from Latin America, Spain and Portugal in the heart of the Loop, with a coffee café and full bar. LATINICITY
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