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5 places to eat and drink in Chicago!

I love Chicago. In fact, I love it even more than New York (I know, right!)

I love that the streets are wide and Magnificent Mile (aka Michigan Avenue) is lined with flower beds. I love LOVE the architecture and that a river runs through the city.

Chicago is not as fast paced and loud as New York – and therein lies the difference between me and many who love the latter.

But whatever side of the fence your passion falls, there are some very cool spots to eat and drink in Chicago that I think we’d all agree are worth visiting.

Here are my 5 tips for where and what to eat in Chicago:

1. Deep dish pizza

Ask three people where the best deep dish pizza in Chicago is and you’ll get three different answers.

I’m going out on a limb and will suggest if you have only one night to dine on such sinful cheesy delight, you go to Giordano’s. The crust is crispy, the cheese gooey, add your fillings (if you want them) and the tomato sauce is on the top. A small is plenty for two.

Pizza Chicago
Giordano’s “small” pizza

2. Garrett Popcorn

Yes popcorn is a food! Garrett is another icon of Chicago, famous for their cheese and caramel popcorn. Trust me, it’s outstanding.

I visited the flagship store on Michigan Avenue and got a tour of the basement kitchen. They only have seven recipes and have been operating since 1947. Make a beeline here at the end of your shopping day. Here’s my post on my secret kitchen tour!

Garretts popcorn
Caramel corn ready to bag!

3. Eataly

If I said this was a food hall you’d probably roll your eyes, but to pop into Eataly for lunch, a snack, coffee or even dinner, is to see just how cool the food hall idea can be.

It’s Italian, of course, and just the gelato nook will have you hooked. But for great coffee visit Il Gran Bar Lavazza, pick up wine, order a pizza, buy truffles and fresh produce. It’s all here.

Eataly Chicago
More than just a foodhall!

4. Signature Lounge

For the best sunset views in the city, head to the 96th floor of John Hancock Center.

But have your camera ready for more than the view because I found the weirdest cocktail you ever did meet. Bacon-infused whisky. It’s a delicious mix of whisky, butterscotch schnapps and a crispy piece of bacon standing in it. A smoky and winter-warmer for your soul. Trust me, you’ll thank me!

Hancock Center
The bacon-infused whisky is really good!

5. Terrace 16 (Formerly Sixteen at Trump)

The Donald had put New Zealander Morgan Eagles in charge of Food and Beverage at his Chicago hotel when we visited and to dine at his two-Michelin Star restaurant, Terrace 16, is to experience more than just food with a flourish.

The view takes you down the river to the lake and at Christmas time they have real reindeer living on the veranda. Come for lunch or dinner and prepare to be treated like royalty. Here’s my photo blog of our divine lunch>>

Trump Sixteen
My fish is prepared at the table

But if you’re looking for tips on things to do in Chicago you’ll like my post on 18 epic things to do on a long weekend in Chicago!

Riverwalk Chicago
Strolling along Riverwalk

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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!