48 Hours in Chicago Travel Guide

Anthony Bourdain has 48 hours to eat and drink his way through the Windy City.


Activities
Museum of Surgical Science
Tony visits this museum, dedicated to the history of surgical science. Tony was most impressed with its trepanning exhibit.
  • 1524 N Lake Shore Dr.
  • Chicago, Il 60610 US

Museum of Surgical Science

Tony visits this museum, dedicated to the history of surgical science. Tony was most impressed with its trepanning exhibit.
1524 N Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, Il, US
Phone: +1 312-342-3502
American Science & Surplus
This weird and wacky surplus store is sure to awaken your inner nerd.
  • 5316 North Milwaukee Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60630 US

American Science & Surplus

This weird and wacky surplus store is sure to awaken your inner nerd.
5316 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-763-0313
Chicago Architectural and Historical Boat Tour
This boat tour gives visitors a fascinating history/architectural lesson through downtown Chicago; it’s also probably the best way to see the city.
  • 465 North McClurg Court
  • Chicago, IL 60611 US
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Chicago Architectural and Historical Boat Tour

This boat tour gives visitors a fascinating history/architectural lesson through downtown Chicago; it’s also probably the best way to see the city.
465 North McClurg Court Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 312-527-1977

Hotels
Longman & Eagle
This gastropub is a triple threat: It’s a great restaurant, a full bar with signature cocktails and a small hotel.
  • 2657 North Kedzie Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60647 US

Longman & Eagle

This gastropub is a triple threat: It’s a great restaurant, a full bar with signature cocktails and a small hotel.
2657 North Kedzie Avenue Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-276-7110
Four Seasons Chicago
Tony stays at the Four Seasons Chicago, but recommends Longmen and Eagle in Logan Square for a younger crowd.
  • 120 East Delaware Place
  • Chicago, IL 60611 US
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Four Seasons Chicago

Tony stays at the Four Seasons Chicago, but recommends Longmen and Eagle in Logan Square for a younger crowd.
120 East Delaware Place Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 312-280-8800

Restaurants & Bars
Old Town Ale House
Tony stops in to the iconic dive bar and has drinks with the owner, Bruce Cameron Elliott. The Ale House has been the favorite of Chicago-based entertainers, past and present.
  • 219 W N Ave
  • Chicago, IL 60610 US

Old Town Ale House

Tony stops in to the iconic dive bar and has drinks with the owner, Bruce Cameron Elliott. The Ale House has been the favorite of Chicago-based entertainers, past and present.
219 W N Ave Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 312-944-7020
Billy Goat Tavern
Blogger Bruce Cameron Elliott takes Tony to his favorite burger spot, the famous Billy Goat Tavern.
  • 430 North Michigan Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60611 US

Billy Goat Tavern

Blogger Bruce Cameron Elliott takes Tony to his favorite burger spot, the famous Billy Goat Tavern.
430 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL, US
The Publican
Tony meets up with Chicago Tribune contributor Mark Caro for dinner at Paul Kahan’s The Publican.
  • 837 W Fulton Market
  • Chicago, IL 06067 US

The Publican

Tony meets up with Chicago Tribune contributor Mark Caro for dinner at Paul Kahan’s The Publican.
837 W Fulton Market Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 312-733-9555
The Hideout
Chicago Tribune contributor Mark Caro takes Tony to one his favorite drinking holes in Chicago, The Hideout. It’s also a great place to see live music.
  • 1354 West Wabansia
  • Chicago, IL 60642 US
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The Hideout

Chicago Tribune contributor Mark Caro takes Tony to one his favorite drinking holes in Chicago, The Hideout. It’s also a great place to see live music.
1354 West Wabansia Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-227-4433
Publican Quality Meats
Tony meets up with Paul Kahan at his butcher shop/deli for some charcuterie and beer.
  • 825 West Fulton Market
  • Chicago, IL 60607 US

Publican Quality Meats

Tony meets up with Paul Kahan at his butcher shop/deli for some charcuterie and beer.
825 West Fulton Market Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 312-445-8977
The Doughnut Vault
Tony stops by the Doughnut Vault to learn why people wait in line for $3 donuts.
  • 401 1/2 North Franklin St
  • Chicago, IL 60654 US

The Doughnut Vault

Tony stops by the Doughnut Vault to learn why people wait in line for $3 donuts.
401 1/2 North Franklin St Chicago, IL, US
Simon's Tavern
Tony has drinks with Paul Kahan at one of his favorite drinking spots, Simon’s Tavern.
  • 5210 N Clark St.
  • Chicago, IL 60640 US

Simon's Tavern

Tony has drinks with Paul Kahan at one of his favorite drinking spots, Simon’s Tavern.
5210 N Clark St. Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-878-0894
Jimmy's Red Hots
Paul Kahan and Donnie Madia take Tony to one of their favorite spots to get some Polish sausages: Jimmy’s Red Hots.
  • 4000 West Grand Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60651 US

Jimmy's Red Hots

Paul Kahan and Donnie Madia take Tony to one of their favorite spots to get some Polish sausages: Jimmy’s Red Hots.
4000 West Grand Avenue Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-384-9513
L & L Tavern
Tony decides to watch a Cubs game at this great dive bar just south of Wrigleyville stadium.
  • 3207 North Clark Street
  • Chicago, IL 60657 US

L & L Tavern

Tony decides to watch a Cubs game at this great dive bar just south of Wrigleyville stadium.
3207 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, US
Girl & the Goat
Chef Stephanie Izard sits down with Tony at her restaurant, The Girl & the Goat.
  • 809 West Randolph Street
  • Chicago, IL 60661 US

Girl & the Goat

Chef Stephanie Izard sits down with Tony at her restaurant, The Girl & the Goat.
809 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 312-492-6262
The Green Mill
This legendary jazz/blues club is the perfect place to take in a show and a strong drink.
  • 4802 North Broadway Ave
  • Chicago, IL 60640 US
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The Green Mill

This legendary jazz/blues club is the perfect place to take in a show and a strong drink.
4802 North Broadway Ave Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-878-5552
El Ideas
Have a unique dining experience at El Ideas with chef Phillip Foss’s tasting menu.
  • 2419 West 14th Street
  • Chicago, IL 60608 US

El Ideas

Have a unique dining experience at El Ideas with chef Phillip Foss’s tasting menu.
2419 West 14th Street Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 312-226-8144
Kuma’s Corner
Kuma’s Corner is an amazing burger joint and full bar that is known for naming its burgers after metal bands.
  • 2900 W Belmont Ave
  • Chicago, IL 60618 US

Kuma’s Corner

Kuma’s Corner is an amazing burger joint and full bar that is known for naming its burgers after metal bands.
2900 W Belmont Ave Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-604-8769
Tank Noodle
This popular Vietnamese restaurant is not to be missed.
  • 4953-55 North Broadway
  • Chicago, IL 60640 US

Tank Noodle

This popular Vietnamese restaurant is not to be missed.
4953-55 North Broadway Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-878-2253
The Mutiny
Rock bar meets dive bar at the Mutiny. Hard rock and punk music are played most nights of the week.
  • 2428 North Western Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60647 US

The Mutiny

Rock bar meets dive bar at the Mutiny. Hard rock and punk music are played most nights of the week.
2428 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL, US
Skylark
This awesome old-school bar has an impressive beer selection; it’s also a great music venue.
  • 2149 South Halsted Street
  • Chicago, IL 60608 US

Skylark

This awesome old-school bar has an impressive beer selection; it’s also a great music venue.
2149 South Halsted Street Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 312-948-5275
Budacki's Drive-In
Stop by Budacki’s for a deliciously greasy hamburger or a Chicago-style hot dog.
  • 4739 N Damen Ave
  • Chicago, IL 60625 US

Budacki's Drive-In

Stop by Budacki’s for a deliciously greasy hamburger or a Chicago-style hot dog.
4739 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-561-1322
Wolfy's
This Chicago hot dog staple has been around since 1967.
  • 2734 West Peterson Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60659 US

Wolfy's

This Chicago hot dog staple has been around since 1967.
2734 West Peterson Avenue Chicago, IL, US
Bobak's Market
Bobak's is a popular grocery store and deli known for its Polish-style sausage and deli meats.
  • 5275 South Archer Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60632 US

Bobak's Market

Bobak's is a popular grocery store and deli known for its Polish-style sausage and deli meats.
5275 South Archer Avenue Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-735-5334
Harold's Chicken Shack #27
This location of Harold’s has the best fried chicken on Chicago’s South Side.
  • 10259 South Halsted Street
  • Chicago, IL 60628 US

Harold's Chicken Shack #27

This location of Harold’s has the best fried chicken on Chicago’s South Side.
10259 South Halsted Street Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-233-2042
Urban Belly
Chef Bill Kim’s pan-Asian restaurant is BYOB and packs a power punch of dumplings, rice, noodles and sides.
  • 1400 W. Randolph St.
  • Chicago, IL 60607 US

Urban Belly

Chef Bill Kim’s pan-Asian restaurant is BYOB and packs a power punch of dumplings, rice, noodles and sides.
1400 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL, US
Happy Village
A lively bar with a great outdoor space, full bar and a ping-pong room.
  • 1059 North Wolcott Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60622 US

Happy Village

A lively bar with a great outdoor space, full bar and a ping-pong room.
1059 North Wolcott Avenue Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-486-1512
Taqueria El Asadero
Considered some of the best Mexican food in Chicago. Be sure to get the guacamole.
  • 2213 West Montrose Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60618 US

Taqueria El Asadero

Considered some of the best Mexican food in Chicago. Be sure to get the guacamole.
2213 West Montrose Avenue Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 773-583-5563
Sweet Maple Cafe
An amazing family-run breakfast spot -- an essential detour for anyone seeking morning comfort food.
  • 1339 West Taylor Street
  • Chicago, IL 60607 US

Sweet Maple Cafe

An amazing family-run breakfast spot -- an essential detour for anyone seeking morning comfort food.
1339 West Taylor Street Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 312-243-8908

Transportation
Chicago O'Hare Airport
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is the cause for many unwanted layovers. However, as Tony proves, you could have it a lot worse than getting stuck in Chicago.
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

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is the cause for many unwanted layovers. However, as Tony proves, you could have it a lot worse than getting stuck in Chicago.
10000 W O'Hare Ave Chicago, IL, US
Phone: +1 800-832-6352

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