Chicago Restaurant Options by Neighborhood

Chicago restaurant options are a culinary mecca for foodies from around the world and Chicago restaurant bloggers are no exception.  If you are a new to my Feeding Off The Rails blog, allow me to show you how to reach to the best food and drink around the Windy City using our local mass transit.  No need to worry about drinking and driving, traffic or parking.  Climb aboard the ‘L’ and check out the following delicious spots around town!  Before you know it, you, too, can join the ranks of the knowledgeable, insatiable Chicago restaurant bloggers.

River North – Havana 


If you are craving excellent Cuban fare, Havana is serving up some excellent dishes that bring both comfort and heat.  Chicago restaurant bloggers love this place.

Begin with

some empanadas.  Then, let Havana’s bartenders mix up a few potent cocktails to put you in a tropical mood.  Don’t miss out because remember, you are not driving!

I highly recommend the spicy roasted pulled pork over jalapeno mashed potatoes and the perfectly cooked plantain-crusted halibut.



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Spicy roasted pulled pork over jalapeno mashed potatoes, corn, and black beans


 412 N. Clark St. (One block west and 2 blocks south of the Grand ‘L’ stop on the Red Line).

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Streeterville – D4 Irish Pub


Chicago restaurant options also include many Irish pubs.  This city takes great pride in celebrating its Irish population by dyeing the Chicago River green on St. Patricks Day.  So it should come as no surprise that some good Irish fare is found here.  I recommend D4 Irish Pub in Streeterville because it’s off the beaten path just east of Michigan Avenue.  Honestly, most Chicagoans, including Chicago restaurant bloggers, don’t realize D4 Irish Pub exists because it is tucked inside a small, residential cul de sac.  The atmosphere evokes a traditional Irish pub with cozy nooks and a couple of fireplaces.  Try the burgers, pot pies, and fresh salads while you settle in with a pint or a spot of tea.



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D4 Irish Pub in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.  Photo credit:  D4 Irish Pub


345 E. Ohio St. (One block north and four and blocks east of the Grand ‘L’ stop on the Red Line.  The #3 King Drive bus stop on Ohio St.)



West Loop – Forno Rosso Pizzeria Napoletana


While Chicago is famous for its deep dish pizza, those door stoppers are definitely not my jam!  As a New Yorker, born and raised, I prefer a more traditional Neopolitan pizza.  Some Chicago restaurant bloggers think this makes me a snob but, really, it just makes me right (HA!).  Forno Rosso Pizzeria Napoletana has the most traditional pizza pies on the Chicago restaurant scene.  These pies are exquisitely made in a high-heat, wood-burning oven in about nine minutes.  All of the ingredients used at Forno Rosso are imported from Italy and you can really taste the quality and pride.



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Wood-fired pizzas at Forno Rosso. Photo credit: Forno Rosso



My friend and I tried the award-winning Caputo pizza with spicy tomato sauce, imported olive oil, peppers and buffalo mozzarella, as a well as the more hearty pistachio white pizza with sausage.   Make sure to drizzle Forno Rosso’s spicy olive oil on top of your pies for some extra kick.


1048 W. Randolph St. (One block south and two blocks west of the Morgan ‘L’ stop on the Green and Pink Lines.)


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The Loop – Cochon Volant


I love a good, all-day French brasserie and Cochon Volant in The Loop has traditional French bistro fare covered well.  Whether you stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the menu will leave you drooling for more.  You can indulge in the array of seafood, charcuterie, French onion soup and more at this beautiful Chicago restaurant inside the Hyatt Centric Downtown hotel.  Their Le Cheeseburger Royale will leave you breathless.  Some Chicago restaurant bloggers debate which Chicago restaurant has the best burgers.  I believe Cochon Volant tops the list.




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Salmon over black lentils at Cochon Volant


100 W. Monroe St. (One block west of the Dearborn ‘L’ stop on the Blue line.  Two blocks west of the Monroe ‘L’ stop on the Red Line.  The #22 Clark St. bus stops here as well).


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Michigan Avenue – The Purple Pig


If you pay attention to Chicago restaurant bloggers, food shows, and magazines, you may have heard of The Purple Pig.  Folks, this place is a must-do for any serious foodie.  Chef/Owner Jimmy Bannos, Jr. is a rising star on the Chicago restaurant scene and Mediterranean fare is his weapon.



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Milk-braised pork shoulder at The Purple Pig



The Purple Pig is a wine bar with a devastatingly delicious food menu.  Seriously, there is nothing on this menu that does not hit the mark.  I love the calamari and fregola salad, the meatballs, and the milk-braised pork shoulder to name just a few stand-out dishes.  The charcuterie menu is one of the best in Chicago since The Purple Pig is curing all of its own meats.  


PRO TIP:  Reservations are not accepted so I recommend arriving during off hours.  The very beginning of lunch service, mid-afternoon and late night are the best times to avoid long wait times.


Go see for yourself why Chicago restaurant bloggers love The Purple Pig!


500 N. Michigan Avenue (3 blocks east of the Grand ‘L’ stop on the Red Line.  The #3 King Drive bus stops here.


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Logan Square – Daisies 


Logan Square is a lovely neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side.  Over the last few years, several award-winning restaurants have popped up here and Daisies is the latest place to dazzle Chicago restaurant bloggers.    



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Whole wheat tagliatelle with carrot, pistachio, and basil


The menu at Daisies focuses on Italian cuisine with a Midwest flare.  In traditional Italian style, Daisies uses the freshest local ingredients to craft its dishes.  Last week I enjoyed the butternut squash salad with brown butter and pecans, as well as the nutty whole wheat tagliatelle with carrots, pistachios, and basil.  All of the pasta are hand pulled and they are the star of the menu.


Daisies curated a thoughtful wine list which includes great domestic wines including some local vineyards in Michigan.  Chicago restaurant bloggers really appreciate the whole local, sustainable thing carries all the way through a menu.


2523 N. Milwaukee Avenue (One block south and 3 blocks east of the Logan Square ‘L’ stop on the Blue Line.


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There you have it!  Ditch the car and ride the rails to experience these wonderful Chicago restaurant options by neighborhood.  Do you have a favorite restaurant n the Windy City?  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 Chicago restaurants options loved by Chicago restaurant bloggers.  Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!

Finally, I may be a member of the Chicago restaurant bloggers club but that doesn’t mean I don’t blog about the food scene in other cities.  Check out my post about the Outstanding Eats in New York City.