Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood is an extremely vibrant part of town that has been booming with new residential housing over the last 12 years. It is also a huge tourist area consisting of the iconic Grant Park, Museum Campus (Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium), Soldier Field and Northerly Island. Since there is so much to entertain in this neighborhood, you will need to know where to get properly fed and caffeinated. Below are my picks for the Best Food and Drink in Chicago’s South Loop:
Note: Since the exact boundaries of the South Loop are often disputed, my list does NOT include Chinatown, University Village or restaurants that straddle the border of The Loop and the South Loop.
What: This colorful, family-owned, Spanish restaurant is my favorite spot in the South Loop. The hot and cold tapas are great and there is live flamenco dancing on Saturday nights. Brunch is served on the weekends.
Where: 1530 S. State St.
What: This James Beard Foundation award semi-finalist is serving contemporary American cuisine. Oysters and tasting menus are available. I recommend the Acadia burger.
Where: 1639 S. Wabash Ave.
Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen
What: This South Loop icon has been serving traditional Continue reading