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Below are a few trusted suggestions from the Hilton Garden Inn’s guest service staff that will help you explore the Windy City like a local.



beatrix risotto


A low-key gathering spot offering delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes

chicago restaurant hub 51

hub 51

You never know what celebrity or sports star you will encounter at this luxurious eatery

Hampton Social Chicago Food

The Hampton Social

This trendy restaurant evokes an East Coast sense of style and atmosphere in every aspect

Chicago restaurant Jake Melnicks burger

jake melnick's Corner tap

Classic BBQ fare plus lots of brews & keg cocktails in a laid-back, sports-pub setting

beatrix risotto

doc b's

A great spot offering seasonal American comfort food in modern & spacious surroundings

chicago Rock Bottom food

rock bottom

House-made beers & upscale gastropub dishes in a lively and welcoming environment

chicago restaurant cheesecake factory

cheesecake factory

This eclectic Mag-Mile eatery is a sure hit with kids of all ages – save room for dessert


Minghin Chicago Asian Dining Restaurant


Set in a dazzling contemporary decor with traditional Cantonese dishes as well as dim sum

chicago restaurant ron of japan plate

ron of japan

A long-standing Japanese Teppanyaki steakhouse where the chefs cook right in front of the guests

chicago restaurant niu fusion ramen

niu fusion lounge

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

chicago thai restaurant Star of Siam

star of siam

Offering celebrated Thai cuisine in a relaxed and comfortable environment for over 30 years

chicago chinese restaurant big bowl

big bowl

Made from scratch Asian specialties can be found at this spot just off the Mag-Mile

chicago chinese restaurant big bowl

double thai comfort rice and noodles

A new River North Thai spot that is a hit with the locals who want quality dishes at great prices


Wildberry Chicago American Family Dining Restaurant


Pancakes & other big portions of American eats draw hungry folks to this breakfast-lunch cafe

chicago restaurant yolk breakfast


A fresh and creative approach to breakfast and lunch in an urban, upscale setting

chicago restaurant egg harbor

egg harbor

Serving up creative breakfast, brunch and lunch options sourced from locally-owned farms

chicago restaurant Kanela breakfast Club

kanela breakfast club

Bringing a local, organic, and flavorful approach to a Greek-infused American breakfast

chicago restaurant Sunny SIde Up

sunnyside up

A no-frills spot just off the Mag-Mile serving hearty breakfasts


chicago Stans Donuts - coffee

stan's donuts

Stylish spot just off the Mag-Mile with gourmet donuts, hot coffee & cold brew on tap

Burger /

Fast Food

chicago restaurant Portillos burger


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

chicago restaurant indian garden


Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, pickle on a sesame seed bun…

chicago restaurant indian garden


Chicken, chicken and more chicken – just not on Sundays

chicago restaurant indian garden


Fresh and fast South of the border taco’s burrito’s and bowls

shake shack burger

shake shack

Smashed burgers, crinkle-cut fries and decadent shakes, this place hits the spot

als beef

al's beef

A true Chicago legend, make sure to get it dipped


chicago garrett popcorn

garrett popcorn

Plain, cheese, caramel crisp or the Garrett Mix, you will be hooked from the first bite

Chicago sweet mandy b's brownies

sweet mandy b's

One of Chicago’s original sweets emporiums made famous by to-die-for brownies

JoJo's Milk Bar Chicago restaurant

jojo's shake bar

Decadent cafe with whimsical decor for loaded shakes, cookie flights, frozen bars & cocktails.


chicago restaurant indian garden

indian Garden

A culinary exploration of India’s culture and cuisine alongside an extensive buffet


chicago restaurant Volare Bavette-alla-Carbonara-di-Mare-2


Traditional, homestyle Italian cooking in a bustling dining room with an old-world feel

chicago restaurant Coco Pazzo Cafe

coco pazzo cafe

A lively spot serving Italian fare in a rustic space with seasonal outdoor seating

chicago restaurant rpm italian

rpm italian

Modern in approach and Italian in spirit, featuring contemporary dishes meant to be shared

chicago restaurant quartino


This bustling restaurant and wine bar is noted for its distinctive small-plates menu and accessible wines 

chicago restaurant siena tavern table food shot

siena tavern

A River North favorite that specializes in classic Italian-American comfort food

Chicago italian restaurant rosebud

rosebud on rush

From Chicago’s Godfather of Italian spots, Alex Dana and serving up classic Italian dishes

Chicago italian restaurant Eataly La Pasta


A massive food emporium with anything and everything from the old country


Purple Pig Chicago Food

the purple pig

Mediterranean cuisine shines at this shared plates spot located in the heart of the Mag-Mile


chicago mexican restaurant su casa

su casa

Set just off the Mag-Mile, this long-standing eatery gives guests a true Mexican cantina experience – along with killer margaritas

chicago restaurant frontera grill food

frontera grill

A more raucous interpretation of Mexican cuisine from celebrated chef Rick Bayless

Chicago restaurant barrio mexican food


This trendy spot offers a creative take on traditional Mexican cuisine with excellent people watching

chicago restaurant mercadito nachos


Features popular Mexican dishes inspired by the eclectic flavors of Mexico’s authentic small markets

chicago restaurant xoco


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


Lou Malnatis Chicago food

lou malnati's

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

chicago restaurant giordano's pizza


Stuffed Chicago style pizza featuring fresh ingredients from independent farmers

Pizzeria Uno Chicago restaurant

pizzeria uno

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


chicago rooftop roof at the wit hotel


Head to the top of the Wit Hotel for Chicago’s original trendy rooftop hotspot that is still packing them in

chicago rooftop offshore evening-2


The largest rooftop bar in the world is at Navy Pier

Chicago rooftop IO


This stylish River North hot spot draws the see and be scene

VU rooftop firepits


The South Loop is home to this contemporary spot atop the Hiltons at McCormick


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

chicago restaurant gt fish

gt fish & oyster

This River North destination features fresh seafood in a contemporary and hip room

chicago seafood restaurant hugos frog bar shrimp dejonghe

hugo's frog bar

An upscale seafood spot made famous for its crab cakes & frogs’ legs


Chicago Chop House restaurant

chicago chop house

Old school Chicago decor meets large, expertly prepared steaks and drinks in an historic row-house

chicago restaurant fogo de chao

fogo de chao

All-you-can-eat select cuts of perfectly cooked beef, pork chicken and lamb served by Brazilian gauchos

chicago steakhouse gibsons


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

chicago restaurant rpm steak

rpm steak

An updated and trendy take on a steakhouse with cuts sourced from butchers around the world

michael jordans steakhouse tomahawk

michael jordan's

Guests will enjoy a championship meal at this Magnificent Mile steakhouse

steak 48 wine

steak 48

Serving the finest steaks and high-quality seafood in an intimate and vibrant setting.

chicago restaurant mortons steakhouse


The Chicago outpost of the classic white-tablecloth steakhouse

chicago restaurant stk steakhouse


Blending the modern steakhouse and chic cocktail lounge into one great experience


Late Night

chicago club freemont


A trendy River North spot that transports guests from dining to nightlife in one cool place

chicago dive bar snickers


One of Chicago’s great dive bars, known for its friendly patrons and classic pours

chicago hotel Marriott mag Mile lobby


Keep the night going at this lounge located inside the Marriott Magnificent Mile




360 family shot

360 chicago

Magnificent views on the Magnificent Mile with a daring option to Tilt over the street below

chicago escape room the escape game

escape game

Fun 60-minute adventures in themed rooms and environments will test your problem solving skills

Navy Pier chicago ferris wheel

navy pier

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

chicago the ledge family

skydeck chicago

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

Points of Interest

chicago bean millennium park

the bean

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor is the centerpiece of Millennium Park and an Instagram favorite

Wrigley Field sign chicago cubs

wrigley field

Without exception THE best ballpark in the country and home to the Chicago Cubs

chicago riverwalk


Take a walk at the rivers edge and experience the majesty of Chicago’s architecture and history

chicago riverwalk

ohio street beach

Get your summer on at this idyllic spot with great skyscraper views


Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

museum of contemporary art

Championing the new and unexpected in contemporary art and culture



big bus

A hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour showcasing the best of Chicago and its attractions

chicago boat chicago line

Chicago Riverboat architecture Tours

Offering Chicago River and Lake Michigan architectural boat tours


chicago water taxi big boat

chicago water taxi

Those “in the know” rely on this trusted and fun way to navigate the city

chicago boat chicago line

pedicab ride guys

Don’t feel like walking? Let these guys pedal you around the Windy City

flash cab

flash cab

Call these guys for quick, safe and reliable transportation


Malls/Dept Stores

new water tower place exterior

water tower place

An iconic Mag-Mile shopping destination with over 100 specialty stores including American Girl


jewel osco

jewel osco

An iconic Midwestern grocery store chain with over 188 locations

whole foods

whole foods

A high quality grocer known for its organic selections

whole foods

trader joes

A funky grocer known for its quick and ready serve items

target store


Is an explanation really needed here?


walgreens pharmacy


The second-largest pharmacy chain, specializing in all things health care

cvs pharmacy


The country’s largest pharmacy chain, founded in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1963