Chicago Dining

As far as dining is concerned, Chicago is a food-lover's paradise. From hot dogs to haute cuisine, from Chinese to the finest dining places, you find it all here. Restaurants abound in central areas and in the neighborhoods, offering anything from pizza, steak, hot dogs and ribs - to trendy and up-to-the-minute places. A visit at one of Chicago's world famous stuffed pizza joints is on every visitor's list. The choices are many and include: D'Agostino's Pizzeria, The Original Gino's East, Giordano's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, and Pizzeria Ora.

Some of the other great food experiences are to be found in one of the following places:

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
60 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
312-379-5637
The restaurant opened in the fall of 2000 features an extensive selection of seafood, flown in fresh daily, to complement the world's finest Florida Stone Crab claws. You can also enjoy a generous cocktail in the bustling lounge or the tuxedo-clad service of the clubby dining room. You'll immediately understand why dinner at Joe's has quickly become one of Chicago's favorite social engagements.

Wildfire
159 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL
312-787-9000
At Wildfire, the service is excellent, the food is superb, and the wines are amazing. Everything you could wish for in one place! The Blue Cheese Crusted Filet is great; you might also want to try the Parmesan-crusted steak, which comes with a few really good sides. You can also admire pictures of old Chicago in a delightful ambiance.

Carmine's
1043 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
312-988-7676
Since its opening in 1995, the place has been a hot spot for celebrities, sports personalities and politicians. Specialties include the fresh seafood, chops and pasta, Chicken Vesuvio, homemade Cavatelli, risottos, and steaks. In addition to two floors of seating, Carmine's offers a bar area as well as live entertainment on the weekends. An outdoor cafe is also available during the summer.

Les Nomades
222 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611
312-649-9010
At Les Nomades, the dining experience is a true work of art worthy of the cost.. The food here is wonderful, the service is professional and the menu changes seasonally. For desert you can have the Crab cake topped with a soft shell crab, or the apple tart with green apple sorbet drizzled with caramel. People see it as a very low key fancy place that delivers every time.

Capital Grille - Chicago
633 North Saint Clair, Chicago, IL 60611
312-337-9400
Capital Grille boasts an atmosphere of relaxed elegance and style. Nationally acclaimed for dry aging steaks on premises, The Capital Grille serves classic steak house offerings such as chops, large North Atlantic lobsters and fresh seafood. The restaurant features an award-winning wine list, professional, gracious service and premiere private dining. A bar/lounge is also available.

Blue Nile
6118 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
773-465-6710
The best ethiopian food in town is served here. Blue Nile offers little more than a dozen dishes, and focuses on traditionally prepared meats with spicy, nuanced flavors, such as the key wot, a red beef stew cooked with onion, berbere (a hot pepper seasoning) and kebe (butter flavored with onion, garlic, ginger, tumeric, cardamom and cumin). Lamb, beef and chicken feature heavily on the menu, but vegetarians should have no problem finding things to pile atop the spongy, tangy injera bread. The veggie combo, a platter of lentils, yellow peas and greens, is a safe bet, while the bozena shiro, split peas sauteed in oil with onion, garlic and spices, is satisfying and well-seasoned.