Where to eat in Chicago Illinois?

Numero Uno Deep Dish Pizza - Pizzeria Due Chicago
Numero Uno Deep Dish Pizza – Pizzeria Due Chicago
There are actually so many places to eat in Chicago Illinois! In this post, we’ll introduce you to some of the wonderful gourmet that we’ve enjoyed after our arrival in Chicago via Amtrak’s California Zephyr!

Top things to eat in Chicago Illinois

Pizzeria Due

Numero Uno Deep Dish Pizza - Pizzeria Due Chicago
Numero Uno Deep Dish Pizza – Pizzeria Due Chicago
Entrance Pizzeria Due Chicago
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Menu Pizzeria Due Chicago
Menu
Interior Pizzeria Due Chicago
Interior

Chicago’s most famous food has got to be the deep dish pizza. Where else to get the best deep dish pizza than Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due? Opened in 1943 by Ike Sewell, Pizzeria Uno was the original deep dish pizza joint that combined large quantities of meats, vegetables and cheese into a hearty pizza meal. Before long, throngs of customers came and Ike expanded to open Pizzeria Due. Today, the same hearty deep dish pizza meal is still served at Uno & Due with some customers swearing by either one of them. For instance, we were recommended by a friend (who grew up in Chicago) we met on Norwegian Cruise to Corzumel, Belize and Honduras to visit Pizzeria Due. We ordered the small Numero Uno ($18.79) and it was such a delectable experience! Definitely a “must-try”! But be prepared for a wait (we waited 45 minutes during off-peak period) which is well-worth it!

Address: 619 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Opening Hours: 11am to 1:30am

Portillo’s Hot Dogs

Portillo's dipped sandwich & milk shake
Portillo’s dipped sandwich & milk shake
Portillo's Entrance
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Portillo's dipped sandwich
Dipped Sandwich
Portillo's Menu
Menu

The other Chicago favourite food joint is Portillo’s. Portillo’s started off as a hot dog stand in 1963. Today, it serves all of America’s favourite foods such as burgers, milk shakes and dipped sandwich. This time, we went for the large strawberry milk shake ($3.89) and Italian beef dipped sandwich ($5.75) and was duly satisfied.

Address: 100 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60610
Opening Hours: 10am to 11pm


What to eat in Chicago Illinois

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse is a classy joint in Chicago that serves up signature steaks and martinis. This time, we opted to go for another favourite here, the Carrot Cake!

HUGE Carrot Cake @ Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
HUGE Carrot Cake @ Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
Menu @ Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Chicago
Menu @ Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Chicago
Baby Back Ribs Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Chicago
Baby Back Ribs
Inside Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Chicago
Interior
Cobb Salad Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Chicago
Cobb Salad

Actually, we came here just for the Carrot Cake ($17.25). :P Probably one of the best we’ve had and definitely the biggest carrot cake we’ve seen on a table! The carrot cake was loaded with ingredients and had to be held in by a knife right in the middle! Of course we were not able to finish the entire slice (yes, that was only a slice), we packed the rest to go but we also got the chance to enjoy the Cobb Salad (Small – $9.75) and Baby Back Ribs (Full Slab – $25). The Cobb Salad portion was huge, good for 2 to share. The Baby Back Ribs tasted good, tender and all but was not as meaty on the top as expected. As for the steaks, we’ve tried what was touted as the “Best Steaks in Town” at Metropolitan Grill Seattle and was not fully convinced. Hence, we decided to give it a miss this time.

Address: 1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Opening Hours: 11am to 2am


Things to eat in Chicago Illinois

Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee

Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee Chicago
Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee Chicago
Entrance Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee
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Selection Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee
Donuts
Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee
Coffee & Donuts

If you’re into donuts, then you definitely can’t miss Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee in Chicago. You’ll probably find a queue for these gorgeous looking (and tasting) donuts during opening hours of this joint. We even met a friend we’ve made during our California Zephyr Amtrak ride from Emeryville to Chicago here! This time, we tried the chocolate and pistachio-meyer lemon ($1.95 to $2.50 each). Do note that it’s a breakfast/brunch place and closes by 2pm daily.

Address: 50 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
Opening Hours: 630am to 2pm

Dim Sum & Noodles @ Chicago’s Chinatown

If you’re looking for asian fare, head over to Chicago’s Chinatown. We had dim sum and noodles at affordable prices here. No particular recommendations though we did dine at Mayflower and Chi Cafe. Cure for asian food cravings at an affordable price.

Dim Sum @ Mayflower Restaurant Chicago
Dim Sum @ Mayflower Restaurant Chicago
Noodles @ Chi Cafe Chicago
Noodles @ Chi Cafe Chicago

Mayflower Restaurant
Address: 2225 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Opening Hours: 11am to 1:30am

Chi Cafe
Address: 2160 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Opening Hours:8am to 4am

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