Nowadays, everyone’s talking about Chicago. People are in love with the Windy City, and it’s definitely not because of the weather. Chicago has a vibrant music scene, a World Series championship team, and one of the hottest restaurant scenes in the United States.
Because no great night is complete without a great meal, we partnered with our friends at Vivid Seats, the largest independent marketplace for concert, theater and sports tickets, to give you a list of convenient pre or post-event restaurants. Here’s where you should be eating near all your favorite venues:
Whether you’re taking in a concert at Bottom Lounge or catching a live show at City Winery, the West Loop has no shortage of fun things to do. The neighborhood activity options are as good as its restaurants. Here’s where to eat nearby:
Bad Hunter – One of the most anticipated openings in Chicago in 2016, Bad Hunter is perfect for veggie lovers and carnivores alike. Catch some live music afterwards at City Winery, just down the street.
Elske – If you’re looking for something perfect for a special occasion, Elske is the place for you. Its delicious Nordic-influenced New American eight-course tasting menu earned it a place of every Best New Chicago Restaurant list in 2016. Close the memorable night out with some music at City Winery, just two blocks away.
Grange Burger Hall – Near a variety of music venues, Grange Burger Hall makes some of the best patties, pies, and drinks in Chicago.
WonFun Chinese – There’s no better spot to start off a fun night with friends than at WonFun Chinese, a new, acclaimed Sichuan joint offering family-style feasts and great cocktails.
Sushi Dokku – Awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand for its quality food and reasonable prices, Sushi Dokku is the spot for sushi lovers.
Logan Square is another neighborhood essential to Chicago’s hot music scene. Before a show at Concord Music Hall or Logan Square Auditorium, here’s where you should chow down:
Giant – One of the best new restaurants in America in 2016, Giant is all everyone’s talking about — and for good reason. Its location in the heart of Logan Square is as good as its delicious American dishes.
Lula Cafe – A neighborhood staple since 1999, Lula Cafe is the perfect spot to get an outstanding meal that won’t break the bank.
Fat Rice – For creative, global fare, it doesn’t get better than Fat Rice. The boho-chic setting and delicious Macanese food is a great night cap.
Owen & Engine – Dig into Owen & Engine’s British pub fare, including its notable scotch eggs and standout burger, before catching a flick or a show.
If you’re taking in a show, grab an early meal or a late bite at these popular neighborhood spots:
Bernie’s Lunch & Supper – For both daytime and nighttime performances, Bernie’s Lunch & Supper is a great go-to, dishing out small plates, sandwiches, and wood-fired entrees that are sure to delight.
Frontera Grill – Acclaimed celebrity chef Rick Bayless’ flagship restaurant Frontera Grill is a River North staple. Go with a group of friends — the Mexican plates are great for sharing.
West Town is home to some of our favorite Chicago restaurants and teams! When you’re cheering on the Bulls or Blackhawks, forgo stadium grub and opt for a meal at one of these awesome local spots instead:
Arami – Named a Michelin Bib Gourmand for delivering high quality food at a reasonable price, Arami dishes out some of the best sushi and Japanese cuisine in the Windy City.
Boeufhaus – The steak-focused brasserie serves sustainable German-influenced chops in a sleek, rustic space.
Forbidden Root – Forbidden Root is a pub and “botanical brewery” that serves elevated bar food, as well as its own plant-infused ales and other complex beers.
Dinner and theater is the perfect night out one-two punch. Here’s where to grab a bite before or after the show:
Pub Royale – For delicious Indian and British pub fare, plus top notch beers and ciders, Pub Royale is the perfect spot.
Dove’s Luncheonette – Dove’s Luncheonette dishes out awesome Tex-Mex fare like ceviche, tamales and tacos, in a retro-70s setting that’ll set the stage for a night of theater or music.
Fonda Frontera – The Mexico City-inspired restaurant from award-winning chef Rick Bayless features raw bar selections — oysters, ceviche, and cocteles — tacos, burgers, and tlayudas (Mexican flatbread).