The Siberian American: Our One Year in Chicago To-Do List: It's All About the Food

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Our One Year in Chicago To-Do List: It's All About the Food

If someone told me a few years ago I would have made a list solely dedicated to food, I would have laughed. My idea of a good meal was chicken tenders. Thankfully, that has changed, and Chicago has amazing food. Here are some of the places I want to try while we’re here. For a list of the tourist attractions we want to do while we're in Chicago, check out this post.

It’s All About the Food

The four most popular deep-dish pizza places (Lou Malnati’s, Giordano’s Gino’s East, and Pizzeria Uno)

The Girl & the Goat (I’m a little skeptical about this one because I’m not sure there is anything on that menu I’ll actually eat.)

The Signature Room (This one is known for its view.)

Au Cheval (Food Network and quite a few other places have rated it as the best burger in the country.)


Wildberry Pancakes and Café

Eleven City Dinner

The Bongo Room

The Purple Pig

MK The Restaurant

Shaw's Crab House

Mike Ditka's Restaurant

Portillo's (To try a Chicago-style hot dog or a chocolate cake shake)

90 Miles Cuban Cafe (Cuban food featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives)


Glazed and Infused

Russian Tea Time (When I’m missing Russian food)


Have you been to Chicago? Do you think I left something off my list? I would love more suggestions! 


  1. Oh I so need to go to Chicago and try all these places!!!

  2. We loved Girl and The Goat! Everything we tried on the menu was fantastic! I promise there will be something on the menu that you'll love. Also, try the chopped beef sandwich at Portillo's with the hot peppers because it's that amazing. Can't wait to hear all about the amazing food you'll be eating!

  3. Ok now I'm hungry! Good luck on your list!

  4. I want to go to Chicago just so I can go to Au Cheval. Okay, there are other reasons, but that would be a MUST on my list.

  5. lol KC's idea of a good meal is still chicken tenders ;) i'm trying, i'm trying!

  6. My husband and I went to the Bohemian House on our anniversary trip recently, and it was absolutely divine!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I just looked it up, and it looks delicious! :)

  7. I now want to visit Chicago and eat my way through the city!! Hope you enjoy all of them!

  8. My friend went to the Girl and the goat and raved about it! I'd add RPM Steak or Italian ( on there because well I love Guilianna Rancic LOL! xo, biana

  9. I'm hoping to live vicariously through you so I expect thoughts and pictures from each of these places!! :)

  10. You named so many of my faves! Yolk, Wildberry, Portillos, Giordannos... YUM YUM YUM. I still say Glazed and Infused Donuts too.


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