McCormick Place is the largest convention center in North America, attracting close to three million event-goers every year. Luckily, convention attendees looking for fun after their meetings will find McCormick Square hopping with restaurants and nightlife, including a well-established brewery circuit.

Here are some of the neighboring favorites.

McCormick Square

Marriott Marquis Chicago

Third Star (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place), 2233 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Inspired by the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Third Star serves up an array of international cuisines in a chic but casual environment. 

Woven and Bound (Marriot Marquis), 2121 S. Prairie Avenue

Take advantage of Woven and Bound’s splendid Chef’s Table experience or simply enjoy an American Brasserie meal inspired by local Chicago favorites.

Chicago Oyster House, 1933 S. Indiana Avenue

A local seafood spot, Chicago Oyster House has ample fish and oysters along with semi-private and private dining spaces for up to 70 guests.

Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta, 2106 S. Indiana Avenue

What’s a trip to Chicago without some deep-dish pizza? A local favorite, Pizano’s serves up deep-dish and thin-crust pizza along with a wide variety of pastas. The South Loop Pizano’s location is within walking distance from McCormick Place and features private dining facilities for up to 50 guests.

South Loop


Reggie's, 2105 S. State St.

This eclectic live music restaurant and venue has three private spaces, including a rooftop deck that can accommodate up to 100 people.

Armand’s Victory Tap, 1416 S. Michigan Avenue

This Chicago pizza institution has been serving up thin-crust pizza and Italian fare since 1956. The pizzeria is open until 10pm on weeknights and 12am on weekends.

Chicago Firehouse Steakhouse, 1401 S. Michigan Avenue

This 112-year-old building was once an old Chicago Firehouse. Now it’s a city landmark and home to a restaurant serving up delicious steaks with a side of historic charm. The Steakhouse has private rooms as well as a patio space that can accommodate gathering from 20 to 225 people.

Kroll’s South Loop, 1736 S. Michigan Avenue

Open for 70 years, this classic neighborhood bar and grill has extensive food and beer menus. Their semi-private room can accommodate up to 150 guests.

Giordano’s, 1340 S. Michigan Avenue

Hundreds of critics have ranked Giordano’s as the city’s best deep dish pizza. But why take their word when you can try it for yourself? Giordano’s in the South Loop can take reservations for parties up to 30 people.


Chinatown Square

Ming Hin, 2168 S. Archer Avenue

A Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient, this authentic Chinese cuisine spot is a hot favorite across the city, including with celebrity chefs like Bill Kim. Ming Hin has private dining services for parties from 6-200 people.

Hing Kee Restaurant, 2140 S. Archer Avenue

Enjoy bowls of hand-drawn noodle soup and Chicago’s best xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) at this local favorite. Hing Kee Restaurant has an extensive menu covering Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine, offering something for everyone. Their private room can hold up to 100 people.

Dolo Restaurant and Bar, 2222 S. Archer Avenue

Known for its modern interpretation of Chinese cuisine and dim sum, Dolo Restaurant and Bar is known for Chinese comfort food and affordable pricing. Great for group dining, they have free WiFi and private dining rooms.

Phoenix, 2131 S. Archer Avenue

This no-frills dim sum and Chinese restaurant is great for large groups, especially for a casual lunch option.


The Duck Inn

Franco’s Ristorante, 300 W. 31st St.

Located in the neighboring Bridgeport area, Franco’s is a quaint bistro that serves traditional Italian pastas and meat entrees. While the restaurant does not have a private dining area, it can be a great mid-day getaway for meeting attendees looking to explore a little further outside of McCormick Square.

The Duck Inn, 2701 S Eleanor St.

Housed in a Prohibition-era tavern, The Duck Inn is a gastro-pub and dining room serving creative duck dishes and American bites. The Duck Inn accommodates parties of 6 to 100 people. Private parties can be held at the bar, the main dining room, the patio, or the backyard.