Chicago's Cutting Edge Travel Guide Travel Guide

Andrew Zimmern finds foodies in Chicago are pushing the limits. From a dish made with whale vomit, to soup that smells like a dead body, Chicago feeds his adventurous appetite.


Activities
Publican Quality Meats (PQM)
Visit Chicago's meatpacking district and check out Publican Quality Meats, a meat market and sandwich shop where they make charcuterie in the basement for the family of Chicago restaurants owned by Paul Kahan and Donnie Madia.
  • 825 West Fulton Market
  • Chicago, IL 60607 US

Publican Quality Meats (PQM)

Visit Chicago's meatpacking district and check out Publican Quality Meats, a meat market and sandwich shop where they make charcuterie in the basement for the family of Chicago restaurants owned by Paul Kahan and Donnie Madia.
825 West Fulton Market Chicago, IL, US
Joong Boo Market
At Joong Boo Market visitors can find foods rarely seen outside of Korea. It’s also home to a seafood shop and a small café. Purchase a variety of foods, including raw Korean flatfish and soondae, a Korean blood sausage with rice.
  • 3333 North Kimball Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60618 US

Joong Boo Market

At Joong Boo Market visitors can find foods rarely seen outside of Korea. It’s also home to a seafood shop and a small café. Purchase a variety of foods, including raw Korean flatfish and soondae, a Korean blood sausage with rice.
3333 North Kimball Avenue Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-478-5566
Supreme Lobster & Seafood Company
One of the most sophisticated seafood operations in the country, Supreme Lobster imports seafood from all over the world and uses state-of-the-art technology to monitor the freshness of the seafood from the moment it leaves the water.
  • 220 East North Avenue
  • Villa Park, IL 60181 US

Supreme Lobster & Seafood Company

One of the most sophisticated seafood operations in the country, Supreme Lobster imports seafood from all over the world and uses state-of-the-art technology to monitor the freshness of the seafood from the moment it leaves the water.
220 East North Avenue Villa Park, IL, US
Phone: +1 630-834-3474
Rare Tea Cellar
Rare Tea Cellar's rare tea blends inspire chefs to experiment with new and unusual ingredients. Some of the tea blends include finger limes from Australia, honey truffles from Hungary and truffle peelings from France .
  • 3701 North Ravenswood Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60613 US

Rare Tea Cellar

Rare Tea Cellar's rare tea blends inspire chefs to experiment with new and unusual ingredients. Some of the tea blends include finger limes from Australia, honey truffles from Hungary and truffle peelings from France .
3701 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-561-3000

Hotels
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Located just blocks from Lake Shore Drive, the Sofitel hotel is our luxurious pick for where to stay in Chicago.
  • 20 East Chestnut St
  • Chicago, IL 60611 US

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

Located just blocks from Lake Shore Drive, the Sofitel hotel is our luxurious pick for where to stay in Chicago.
20 East Chestnut St Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 312-324-4000

Restaurants & Bars
Next
At Next, chef Dave Beran uses ingredients to come up with unique dishes. The menu changes every 3 months. Try their salted, fried and dried ayu fish, or the duck served with a sauce made from black peppercorns, red wine and roasted duck jus.
  • 953 W Fulton Market
  • Chicago, IL 60607 US

Next

At Next, chef Dave Beran uses ingredients to come up with unique dishes. The menu changes every 3 months. Try their salted, fried and dried ayu fish, or the duck served with a sauce made from black peppercorns, red wine and roasted duck jus.
953 W Fulton Market Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 312-226-0858
EL Ideas
EL Ideas is an experimental restaurant that offers a unique dining experience with imaginative new foods, including café au lait gelatin and caviar, and Japanese snapper perfumed with a broth made with ambergris.
  • 2419 West 14th Street
  • Chicago, IL 60608 US

EL Ideas

EL Ideas is an experimental restaurant that offers a unique dining experience with imaginative new foods, including café au lait gelatin and caviar, and Japanese snapper perfumed with a broth made with ambergris.
2419 West 14th Street Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 312-226-8144
Magnolia Studios
Roughly 5 blocks from Kathy Osterman Beach and Lake Shore Drive is Magnolia Studios, a different type of hotel that gets visitors away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago.
  • 5705 North Magnolia Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60660 US

Magnolia Studios

Roughly 5 blocks from Kathy Osterman Beach and Lake Shore Drive is Magnolia Studios, a different type of hotel that gets visitors away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago.
5705 North Magnolia Avenue Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-319-2331

Transportation
Chicago O'Hare Airport
Roughly 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, O'Hare Airport is a short distance from some of the best pizza, shops and sightseeing in all of Illinois.
airplane at Chicago O'Hare Airport at dusk, sunset
Photo by Jon Shireman / The Image Bank / Getty Images
  • 10000 W O'Hare Ave
  • Chicago, IL 60666 US

Chicago O'Hare Airport

Roughly 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, O'Hare Airport is a short distance from some of the best pizza, shops and sightseeing in all of Illinois.
10000 W O'Hare Ave Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 800-832-6352

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