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Though first-time visitors might come to Chicago for the culture and architecture, many return travelers come for the food. The city, known for its own classics like Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef, has also proudly earned its share of accolades for its unstoppable food scene.

In fact, Bon Appetit Magazine named Chicago its 2017 restaurant city of the year

For a food-filled weekend, mix and match these neighborhoods to build your own experience; you can also check out foodie tours that are already curated during your trip in Chicago.

Friday: West Loop for foodiesLittle Goat Diner

If you can only make it to one neighborhood, you'd better make it to the West Loop. Right now, the West Loop has earned its spot in the food world spotlight, and you'll find some of the trendiest restaurants and biggest names here. 

A few of the restaurants you'll want to try include Girl and the Goat, Au Chevel, Nellcote, The Aviary, Momotaro, Swift and Sons and The Publican. We hope you're still hungry, because you can keep restaurant hopping from those. We recommend making as many reservations as you can. 

Want to add a stop to your West Loop tour? See what's happening at United Center, home of the Bulls and Blackhawks and host to some of the biggest concerts and events in the city. 

 

Saturday: River North for foodiesEPIC - Ryan - RPM Steakhouse

River North is a popular foodie destination near the Chicago Loop, and you'll find restaurants suited for all taste preferences here. The neighborhood is known for having big names attached to experience--it's where you find RPM Steak, Tompolobampo, Eataly, Vermilion and Slurping Turtle, to name a few. 

This is also a popular spot for nightlife; night owls will flock to places like Apogee, Three Dots and a Dash, El Hefe and Studio Paris to let loose. There are also low-key restaurant gems scattered throughout River North, such as Bombay Wraps, Bub City and River Roast

Don't stop with the food--take time to walk it off on the Magnificent Mile, TILT out 94 floors over the city at 360CHICAGO or scope out the city's skyline from Navy Pier. 

 

Saturday: Pilsen for foodiesChicken at HaiSous in Pilsen

Most Chicagoans know that the best tacos are in Pilsen, but that's not all this Latinx community has to offer. If you aren't stopping at just mom-and-pop tamales and taquerias, see if you can get in at HaiSous, a modern Vietnamese kitchen. Settle in for a cup of coffee at the Jumping Bean Cafe, hang out for Dusek's Board and Beer for brunch, or go all-in on a DIY Pilsen brewery tour

Once you're done eating, make it a day full of art. The National Museum of Mexican Art is a free community center that illustrates the history of the neighborhood and celebrates Mexican influence throughout Chicago's history. Walk around the neighborhood to admire the murals that cover the area in art, and see a show at Thalia Hall. 

 

Sunday: Lincoln Park and Lakeview for foodies

French Toast at Summer House Santa Monica, Chicago

Brunch crowds will love these neighborhoods. Along Halsted, you'll find standout options such as Oyster Bah, Summer House Santa Monica and Cafe Ba-ba-reeba. Ella Elli has turned heads across Chicago, and locals love spots like Chicago Diner, bopNgrill and DryHop

What's next? With venues such as Comedy Sportz, TimeLine Theatre, Stage 773 and The Blue Man Group close by, the storefront comedy and theater scenes thrive in this area. Members of the LGBTQ+ should explore the what's happening in Boystown and walk along The Legacy Project memorials. 

 

Sunday: Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square for foodies

Parson's Chicken & Fish

For an easy food getaway, get on Milwaukee Avenue and head straight. You'll hit a few notable food neighborhoods, including Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square. We're always in for a cubano at 90 Miles Cafe, the patio at Parson's Chicken and Fish or a pie slice from Bang Bang. Get street tacos at Big Star, retro inspiration at Dove's Luncheonette or a whole roast at Frontier. Bonus: Everything is Instagrammable. 

There more to do here! Go for a ride or a jog down the 606, Chicago's 2.7-mile elevated recreation trail. Just looking to chill out? There's incredible and intimate music venues nearby, including The Subterranean, The Den and The Hideout. 

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