Chicago has a busy restaurant scene helmed by beloved chefs like Rick Bayless and Charlie Trotter and featuring a combination of high-end restaurants and inexpensive local staples like hot dogs and pizza.
Foodies rank mk one of the best American restaurants in Chicago, and while the food truly is excellent, the restaurant is in no way pretentious. Chef Michael Kornick created a menu that's a seasonal mix of meat and seafood served in mk's understated loft-like dining room. If you're ordering dessert, try the decadent and heavenly Peanut Gallery: peanut butter mousse, crispy milk chocolate, warm brownies, pretzels, hot fudge and caramel.
Freddie's is a Bridgeport hole-in-the-wall specializing in Chicago-style hot dogs. Loaded with relish, pickles, tomatoes, celery salt and sausage, these are some of the best dogs in the country. The Chicago-style pizza's top-notch, too, and if you're feeling tired after a day exploring the Windy City, take-out is available, so you can enjoy Freddie's in the comfort of your own hotel room.
Chicago offers some tasty options for vegetarians and vegans, too. The Chicago Diner is a haven of meatless dining, with a menu that features breakfast, lunch and dinner options. During the weekend brunch, definitely order the Hash and Tofu Scrambler: scrambled tofu, spicy tempeh, potato hash, vegan biscuits and gravy, and fresh fruit. Truly tantalizing to the vegan sect are their non-dairy desserts like black forest, cookies and cream or lemon cakes.