Think You Know the Best of the Cultural Mile? | 10 Hottest Restaurants in the Chicago Loop

1 December 2017

If you’re a foodie, you’ll know that there’s no shortage of outstanding restaurants in the Chicago Loop.  But with all those options, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  Whether you want a delicious weekend brunch, a quick lunchtime bite, or a sophisticated dinner, we’ve included the best of the best below, all located within a mile of 1000M.

1)    Acanto – 0.8 miles

This Italian restaurant knows its wines – as a winner of the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence and the Fine Wine World’s Best Wine List (both two years running), there’s an option for every wine enthusiast.  Paired with some unusual takes on traditional Italian dishes, including a delicious Lamb Rigatoni, it’s a standout amongst Chicago Loop restaurants.

2)    The Gage – 0.8 miles

Paneled in rich, dark wood and accented with muted subway tiles, The Gage’s atmosphere calls to mind an old-fashioned study that’s anything but traditional when it comes to the menu.  The House Poutine rivals Quebec’s finest, and for carnivores, a variety of game including elk, bison, and duck dishes are on hand to satisfy.  Don’t miss their award-winning dessert program as well, including a Roasted Pear and Almond Croustade.

3)    Niu B – 289 ft

This hidden gem is conveniently located a block from 1000M and serves varied Japanese and Asian-fusion bites, from Honey Sesame Chicken to Korean short ribs.  Asian-inspired cocktails and traditional sake are ready to complete the meal.

4)    Kurah Chicago – 0.4 miles

A colorful, upscale atmosphere brings an authentic Mediterranean menu to the Chicago Loop.  Classic hummus is sure to hit all the right notes, and the Grilled Kabob Platter won’t disappoint.  And how can anyone resist freshly baked pita bread?

5)    Mercat a la Planxa – 0.2 miles

Mercat a la Planxa defies the stereotype of mediocre hotel restaurants and delivers great Spanish cuisine daily.  Located in the Blackstone Hotel, it boasts a tranquil atmosphere, which allows dishes like a delectable Serrano Ham and Fig Salad and Paella de Carnes to shine.

6)    Seven Lions – 0.7 miles

Across from the Art Institute, this Chicago Loop restaurant takes classic American fare to new heights.  Spacious and industrial inside, the Seven Lions boasts something for everyone, from old-fashioned burgers to Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower.  Come early for brunch and grab their Blueberry and Poppyseed Pancakes.

7)    Remington’s Restaurant – 0.9 miles

A nice steak or seafood dinner starts at Remington’s Restaurant.  Rustic yet sophisticated, they offer classics like filet mignon and crab cakes, all cooked to perfection.  It also makes a great lunch meeting destination.

8)    Cindy’s − 0.8 miles

Cindy’s is a standout amongst restaurants in the Chicago Loop for a particular reason – it’s spectacular views of Millennium Park. Perched atop the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, the hip bar, and restaurant is home to some of the best and most unusual cocktails in the area.  Nandini Khaund is the resident “Spirit Guide” at Cindy’s, pouring such mixtures as the Western Cape, a peachy version of a Moscow Mule, and the Howl at the Jun, made from a Tibetan form of kombucha.

9)    Terzo Piano – 0.7 miles

Host to Chef Tony Mantuano’s signature Italian cuisine (you might know him from his restaurant Spiaggia), Terzo Piano is a must for art enthusiasts and foodies alike.  Diners can take in the Modern Art Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago while enjoying freshly prepared seasonal pastas, and for the more adventurous, Charred Octopus or Spanish Mussels.  Large windows offer a view of Michigan Avenue to accompany the meal.

10) Bongo Room – 0.2 miles

Last but certainly not least, Bongo Room’s offerings hit the spot for a weekend breakfast or brunch.  Breakfast burritos and classic omelets are a savory and satisfying way to start the morning, while seasonal pancake flavors like Cranberry and Orange are perfect for those with a sweet tooth.  Get there for a Sunday brunch and try the Deconstructed Lobster Roll Benedict, their spin on eggs benedict.

Any one of these eateries would make a great addition to your restaurant rotation, and are just some of the fantastic locales you’ll find in the 1000M neighborhood.

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