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Favorites

Below are a few trusted suggestions from the Allegro Royal Sonesta’s guest service staff that will help you explore the Windy City like a local.

RESTAURANTS

American

chicago restaurant the dearborn

The dearborn

This Loop stand-out is known for its classic American fare and gracious hospitality

chicago restaurant macy's 7 on state

7 on State

Set on the seventh floor at Macy’s this dining hall offers everything from grab and go salads to burgers and tacos

Roanoke restaurant

roanoke

Situated in the heart of the Loop, this spot offers classic American dishes inspired by the fire of the rotisserie & brick oven

portillo's Chicago food hot dog

portillo's

Providing locals and visitors alike quick-serve burgers, hot-dogs, ribs and pasta for over 50 years

Asian

chicago asian restaurant Sunda Asian

sunda

A trendy spot for creative Asian fusion fare, sushi and specialty cocktails in a chic modern space

chicago restaurant union sushi

union Sushi

This sushi and BBQ spot combines the tempered art of Japanese dining with a fresh, colorful and urban vibe

chicago restaurant niu fusion ramen

Niu Fusion Lounge

Sushi, noodles & other Asian dishes served in a minimalist yet luxurious setting

chicago restaurant saucy porka noodles

Saucy Porka

A quick-serve South Loop spot featuring a unique blend of Asian and Latin influences

BBQ

chicago bbq restaurant green street smoked meats

green street smoked meats

A West Loop favorite serving award-winning Texas-style BBQ

chicago bbq restaurant bub city

bub city

A destination for BBQ, whiskey and live country music, this little slice of the South really shines

Blackwood bbq burnt ends

blackwood bbq

This quick serve loop spot serves up damn good BBQ with all the sides flavors

chicago restaurant Gyu-Kaku

gyu- kaku

A great time is guaranteed at this authentic Japanese BBQ spot where guests cook their own food 

Breakfast

chicago bbq restaurant green street smoked meats

lou mitchell's

This iconic Loop diner has been serving hearty breakfasts & lunches since 1923

Chicago restaurant wishbone

wishbone

Providing guests Southern-inspired dishes with a Cajun spin served in a relaxed setting

chicago The Publican brunch

the publican

Simple yet elevated farmhouse fare in a communal setting reminiscent of a European beer hall

chicago restaurant venteux eggs benedict

venteux

This newcomer, set in the trendy Pendry hotel has foodies buzzing

Burgers

Au Cheval, burger instagram Chicago Food

Au Cheval

Considered the gold-standard of Chicago burgers, this place has the lines to prove it

chicago restaurant Epic Burger

epic burger

Small locally owned chain featuring all-natural burgers, fries and shakes

Good Sutff Eatery Chicago BBQ/Burger Dining Restaurant

good stuff eatery

Situated under the “L” tracks and serving delicious burgers, thick shakes and hand-cut fries

chicago restaurant stand up burger

stand up burgers

Situated under the “L” tracks and serving delicious burgers, thick shakes and hand-cut fries

Coffee/Donuts

chicago restaurant stans donuts

Stan's Donuts

Stylish contemporary spot supplying gourmet donuts, hot coffee & cold brew on tap

chicago coffee shop caffe umbria

caffe umbria

Passionately blending beans sourced from around the world into truly one-of-a-kind coffee

chicago donut vault

donut vault

Get to this intimate bakery first thing in the morning because they sell out of their delectable treats fast

Big shoulders coffee chicago

big shoulders coffee

Fresh roasted, no-nonsense artisan coffee with a culture that mirrors Chicago

Family

chicago grand lux cafe

grand lux cafe

With a large menu and to die for desserts, this spot is ideal for the whole gang

chicago restaurant lou mitchell's pancake face

lou mitchell's

This iconic Loop diner has been serving hearty breakfasts & lunches since 1923

French

chicago french restaurant brindle

brindille

Classic Parisian fare in a refined, sexy room with fine china and French linens

Les Nomades Chicago Dining Restaurant

les nomades

High-end French cuisine & a highly regarded wine list in a flower-filled brownstone

chicago restaurant bistronomic dover sole

bistronomic

Enjoy modern cuisine rooted in French culture that showcases ingredients from Midwest farms

Italian

chicago italian village restaurants pasta swirl

the village

This legendary restaurant is part of the historic Italian Village Restaurants 

chicago restaurant piccolo sogno veal milanese

piccolo sogno

Not only are Chef Priolo’s regional Italian specialties sure to please, but so is the incredible outdoor garden

chicago restaurant acanto pasta dish

acanto

Located along Chicago’s Cultural Mile, this destination is for those who appreciate fine Italian cuisine

chicago restaurant maggiano's kids dish

ciccio mio

A trendy hidden gem featuring nostalgic Italian dishes along with food-loving Italian wines – perfect for date night

Chicago restaurant petterino's pasta

petterino's

This iconic Loop Theatre District spot is known for its hearty dishes and personalized service

Mexican/Tacos

chicago restaurant Topolobombo

topolobampo

Award-winning Mexican fine dining from celebrated chef Rick Bayless going on 30+ years

chicago restaurant xoco

xoco

A quick-service cafe from Rick Bayless proffers contemporary expressions of Mexican street food

chicago restaurant qbirria factory tacos

QBirria Factory

You have to try the unique Birria tacos that are stuffed with house-made ingredients and then braised til crispy 

Pizza

chicago restaurant lou malnatis deep dish

Lou malnati's

Using the freshest ingredients possible is what makes their pies truly memorable

Pizzeria Uno Chicago restaurant

pizzeria uno

Literally where the whole trend started, courtesy of Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo

chicago restaurant giordano's pizza

giordano's

Stuffed Chicago style pizza featuring fresh ingredients from independent farmers

chicago restaurant bongiorno cucina pizza

bongiorno's cucina Italiana & pizzeria

This spot might be hard to find but the fresh pizza pies and Italian classics are worth it

Russian

Lou Malnatis Chicago food

russian Tea time

This long-standing, family-owned spot is the perfect place for Soviet specialties and traditions

Seafood

chicago restaurant lukes lobster roll

luke's lobster

This little bit on Maine is smack dab in the middle of the Windy City

chicago restaurant rpm seafood

rpm seafood

A fashionable see and be seen hotspot for fresh seafood and impeccable service

chicago restaurant Joe's Seafood

joe's seafood

Classic seafood & steak fare, including signature stone crab claws

Shaw's Chicago Seafood Dining Restaurant

shaw's crab house

Part fine dining, part lively oyster bar, Shaw’s hits it out of the park on both fronts

Steaks

chicago restaurant kinzie chophouse filet mignon

kinzie chophouse

A woman-owned neighborhood favorite for 30 years serving select cuts and generous pours

chicago steakhouse gibsons

gibson's

Chicago’s classic Steakhouse that comes with a generous side of people-watching

chicago restaurant bavettes ribeye

bavette's

Embracing French flair without the formality while indulging in timeless steakhouse fare

Chicago restaurant McCormick and schmicks steak

mccormick and schmick's

Featuring an extensive menu of fresh seafood and select cuts in an upscale setting

Prime and Provisions Chicago steakouse Dining Restaurant

prime and provisions

A truly awe-inspiring decor is matched only by the incredible cuts and spot-on service

Sushi

Chicago restaurant roka akor

roka akor

Providing diners with innovative, contemporary Robata Japanese cuisine in a stylish room

Vegetarian

chicago restaurant kinzie chophouse filet mignon

althea

A stylish spot inside Saks Fifth Avenue serving healthy chef-driven vegan fare

chicago restaurant stand up burger

stand-up burgers

Reimagining the burger stand with delicious and decadent food that is 100% plant-based

chicago restaurant native foods

native foods

This plant-based restaurant is on a mission to inspire the way the world eats

SHOPPING

chicago magnificent mile shopping

Magnificent Mile

Home to famous national brands like Nordstrom and Hugo Boss as well as leading restaurants

chicago store endless supply shows nike

endless supply

This spot under the El tracks is THE place to find unique kicks

chicago shopping mall water tower place

water tower place

Macy’s anchors this historic shopping destination with over 100 specialty stores 

chicago mall block 37

block 37

This Loop complex combines unique shopping, dining and entertainment options

Wicker Park Chicago Shopping

Wicker Park

This hipster haven is a fun place to spend a few hours  shopping, drinking and dining

BARS/NIGHTLIFE

Sports Bars / Tavern

chicago bar emporium arcade cocktails

emporium

Kinda like the arcade of your youth but this one has booze

chicago bar mother hubbards

mother hubbard's

A long-standing River North spot with cold drinks, and plenty of TVs and a great crowd

Billy Goat Tavern Chicago BBQ/Burger Dining Restaurant

billy goat tavern

This nostalgic place is known for its burgers but is also the perfect spot for a few drinks with friends

Beer Centric

chicago kaiser tiger patio

Kaiser Tiger

A sausage and bacon focused beer destination with an incredible patio – need we say more

chicago restaurant millers pub bar

millers pub

This Legendary Loop destination features American classics and a large beer list – Open Wed-Sun

chicago restaurant emerald loop sports bar

emerald loop

A raucous Irish restaurant and tavern with plenty of TV’s and good cheer

Cocktail Lounge

The Aviary Chicago bar

the aviary

This West Loop cocktail bar gives a new meaning to adventurous drinking

chicago bar lone wolf cocktail

lone wolf

A classic neighborhood joint with elevated cocktails and craft beer

Live Music/

Performances

Chicago Theatre marquee

Chicago Theatre

Know worldwide for its Marquee, this theatre hosts touring bands and entertainers of all genres

chicago harris theater

harris theater

Set on the edge of Millennium Park, this dramatic space features a multitude of unique performances

chicago civic opera house exterior

lyric opera

The legendary Civic Opera House is home to Chicago’s Lyric opera and is the new stage to the Joffrey Ballet

chicago cadillac theatre exterior

cadillac Pallace theatre

Originally opened in 1926 as the Palace Theatre, this venue is set in the Loop Theatre District and is now owned by Broadway In Chicago

chicago cibc theatre exterior

cibc theatre

Originally opened in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre, this venue is set in the Loop Theatre District and is now owned by Broadway In Chicago

chicago goodman theatre exterior

goodman theatre

This legendary theatre is in the heart of the Loop Theatre District and produces live performances year round

SIGHTS/

ATTRACTIONS

Museums

Shedd Aquarium Chicago Point of Interest

Shedd Aquarium

Situated on the Museum Campus and home to thousands of species of beautiful fish and marine life

chicago field museum interior

Field Museum

Situated on the Museum Campus, this natural history institution is also home to a T-Rex named Sue

 

chicago museum Adler Planetarium

adler planetarium

Situated on the Museum Campus, this astronomy museum is sure to awe with its interactive exhibits and displays

 

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago sights museums

museum of science and industry

The largest science center in the Western hemisphere features interactive exhibits

Points of Interest

chicago the ledge family

skydeck chicago

Featuring spectacular views spanning up to four states and The Ledge for those who dare

Navy Pier chicago ferris wheel

navy pier

Chicago’s lakefront treasure is where you will find restaurants, rides, the Sable Hotel and much more

chicago maggie daley park

maggie daley park

Named in honor of Mayor Daley’s wife, this dynamic park, adjacent to Millennium Park, a must-do for families

chicago millennium park

millennium park

Chicago’s motto, urbs in horto “city in a garden” is personified at this lakefront crown jewel