7 Great Restaurants in The Loop, Chicago

“The Loop” in Chicago is the beating heart of the city.  It is home to office buildings, shopping along State St. and Michigan Avenue, The Bean, college campuses, apartment buildings and hotels.  The Loop also has some great restaurants and other eateries.  Below are my picks for 7 Great Restaurants in The Loop, in no particular order.

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1.  Cochon Volant – This spot is a French brasserie located inside the new Hyatt Centric hotel.  The menu is lovely.  I highly recommended getting Les Cheeseburger Royale, it’s one of the 6 Best Burgers in Chicago.  The croque madame egg rolls are yummy, too.

 

Cochon Volant's cheeseburger

The outrageously delicious cheeseburger at Cochon Volant

 

 

2.  Latinicity – I love this sprawling Latin market located inside the Block 37 shopping mall on State St.  There are multiple food stations serving up everything from tacos,  flatbreads and sushi with flavors representing several different Latin American countries, Spain and Portugal. There is also a more formal restaurant inside the market as well as a full bar and a retail shop where you can pick up dry goods to bring home.

 

 

Latinicity's seafood

Crispy shrimp in garlic sauce with creole salsa is super fresh!

 

3.  Oasis Cafe – People “in the know” love sharing the secret of this Middle Eastern spot which is hidden in the back of a jewelry store on Wabash Ave.  It has the most fresh and moist falafel in Chicago.  Lentil soup and daily platters are a real bargain here.

 

 

Oasis Cafe in Chicago

Why, of course, I want some falafel and hummus while I jewelry shop!

 

 

4.  The Gage – Located on Michigan Avenue, across the street from Millennium Park, this contemporary American bistro is a beautiful space with a long bar and a few different cozy nooks in which to enjoy the great menu.  Get the Vindaloo mussels.  

 

 

The Gage in The Loop

 

 

5.  Tesori –  If you are looking for some great Italian fare near the Chicago Symphony Center and The Bean, this is your place.  I like their pastas and the grilled swordfish.

 

 

Tesori near Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Braised chicken thigh ravioli from Tesori

 

 

6.  Acanto – Another great option for Italian fare on Michigan Avenue, across the street from Millennium Park.  I like the hearty duck egg spaghetti and other housemade pasta.

 

 

Acanto on Michigan Avenue

Duck egg spaghetti

 

7.  Chicago Athletic Association – This is a newly restored hotel (and Chicago landmark) with a drawing room (with fireplaces), game room and restaurants like Cindy’s Rooftop (overlooking Millennium Park and Lake Michigan), Cherry Circle Room and Shake Shack.  You can spend an entire day here and feel like you belong to a private club.  

 

 

Cherry Circle Room at Chicago Athletic Association

Walleye Pike with shellfish, fennel and saffron broth

 

There you have them, folks!  Grab your Ventra card and hop the rails and buses to these 7 Great Restaurants in The Loop.  How many have you tried?  Do you have a favorite restaurant in the The Loop?  I would love to hear all about it!  Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA trains and buses to these  “7 Great Restaurants in The Loop.” Save on gas.  Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!

 

 

 

 

  • Cynthia/What A Girl Eats

    I get to Chicago every couple of years…These are some great restaurants to keep on my list!

  • I went to Chicago this summer and I already want to go back!

    • Keep following along and I’ll try to keep you properly fed 🙂