July 30, 2015

Must-Try Chicago Food Spots

One thing every city is partially defined by is its food. If that were the only characteristic up for debate, Chicago would have to be near the top of the list when it comes to food in the United States. When you’re in between seminars at our Chicago CME conference this fall, stop in at a few of these spots and try some of the best food in Chicago.

Lou Malnati’s had to be on this list. Long considered one of the best spots to get a classic, Chicago-style deep dish pizza, Malnati’s has gained a cult following. Patrons will line up out the door for a chance to taste some of this rich and gooey deep dish pizza. So what makes it so special? Each and every pizza in Lou Malnati’s kitchen is handmade from scratch. Come with a smaller party and you won’t have to wait long to snag a table and dig in. Come with an appetite because the portions are generous!

A classic Cubano
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Chicago is where you go for a traditional Cubano, right? Of course it is! Cafecito Chicago is home to the #1 rated Cuban sandwich in the Windy City. That classic blend of pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard will warm you up and have you thinking you’re eating in Little Havana. If you’re feeling adventurous, try their Guava Q sandwich which throws barbecue sauce and caramelized onions into the mix to give the Cubano some zing. One of the great parts about Cafecito is it’s light on the wallet! Most sandwiches only set you back $7-8.

Fat Johnnie’s Famous Red Hots is a must-visit spot if you love a good hotdog with some heat and character to it. Their Might Dog throws in tamales, cucumbers, cheese and chili sauce on top of some of those traditional Chicago dog flavors for a weird but delicious combination.

If you’re trying to network with your colleagues, take them somewhere cozy and upscale like Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf. The unique and welcoming atmosphere makes for a comfortable conversation spot and their menu is full of French-inspired items ranging from seafood to steaks and lamb. Come ready for a hearty meal!

The Pizza Pot Pie
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Chicago Pizza And Oven Grinder Co. is one of the coziest spots to share a meal with friends and family. The menu items are passed down from generations and have that simple, rustic touch to them. Whatever you do, you have to order a pizza pot pie. The sauce is made from scratch with plump tomatoes and fresh herbs and vegetables, the cheese is a secret blend of several different kinds, and the dough is a triple-raised Sicilian style concoction. The pizza pot pie will have you looking at pizza in a completely different and delicious light.

Whether you’re trying to wine and dine colleges at one of the top restaurants in Chicago or just looking for one of the best places to eat in Chicago for you and your friends to enjoy a nice night on the town, you’ll find no shortage of options. Where do you plan to go when you’re in town for our Chicago CME conference this August? Let us know in the comments below!

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