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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 the area hopping with restaurants and nightlife, including a well-established brewery circuit. Here are some of the recent additions to the Near South Side neighborhood known as McCormick Square

The owner of Chicago's beloved breakfast spot Batter and Berries opened Rylon's Smokehouse at 67 E. Cermak, taking over the old Pizzeria Brandi space. This sit-down restaurant offers barbecue dishes, traditional sides, stiff drinks and whiskey-spiked barbecue sauces. Chef Rylon's barbecue incorporates a combination of pit grilling and smoking, with the noble goal of allowing the meat to shine through without heavy smoke flavors.

Armand's Victory Tap and Pizzeria has a new location on 1416 S. Michigan Avenue (formerly the City Tavern). 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.

 Armand's Victory Tap and Pizzeria

Visit a beloved South Loop institution for 15 years, the Chicago Firehouse steakhouse. Located in an historic fire station at 1401 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago Firehouse features three levels, each with its own bar. The restaurant will extend onto a patio, and there will be a glass-enclosed upstairs dining area with capacity for 80.

The Artist's Café at 1150 S. Wabash was known for its large menu of salads, wraps, kabob plates and more before shuttering over the summer (the original Artist's Café at 412 S. Michigan, with its iconic bulb-light sign, remains open). Now, local Italian-American restaurant chain Rosebud will revive the location as Rosebud's Artist's Café

Related Listings

Batter & Berries
2748 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-7710

The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
1401 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 786-1401