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#CGIeats – CHItown edition

Race weekend is almost here and you’ve got a lot going on. Training, packing, washing the ‘ol utility belt, finding your lucky socks. You might not have time to research all the delectable spots to eat in Chicago – because boy are there a lot of them! We polled our staff to find their top Windy City  picks, and we’re sharing them with you. Happy-foodie-travels!

 P.S. This list is in alphabetical order!

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Avec
Price Range: $$$
Pinkies up for this French inspired cuisine. Large and small plates are an option here along with the must-partake cheese accompaniments. Be warned – they don’t take reservations.

The Bristol
Price Range: $$$
Seasonal ingredients sourced from local family farms are what comprise the meals on the succinct menu of The Bristol.

Farmhouse
Price Range: $$
A farm to tavern restaurant; Farmhouse specializes in creating all of their food including condiments and sodas from scratch. Be sure to try the famous cheese curds!

The Gage
Price Range: $$$
Located near Millennium Park and The Art Institute, this Gastropub offers a swanky twist on American dining.

Girl and the Goat
Price Range: $$$
The cuisine at here some have called the “New American”. The menu comprises dishes like fried pickles, escargot ravioli, and as the name alludes to; goat.

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse
Price Range: $$$
A brilliant option for the meat-lover; everything from bison, lamb chops, to veal.  The venue also sports a variety of seafood and the famous Harry’s Chicken Vesuvio.
*Gluten-Free Friendly

Hub 51
Price Range: $$
Lots of different palettes in your entourage? No worries; Hub 51 offers a fusion of Japanese, American, and Mexican cuisine to please everyone!

Lou Malnatis
Price Range: $$
If you come to Chicago and don’t eat the famous deep-dish-pizza, you’re doing it all wrong. Stop by one of their six Chicago locations and have pizza changed forever.
*Gluten Free Friendly

Mercadito
Price Range: $$$
If you get a hankering for Mexican on race weekend – Mercadito will satiate your south of the border craving with various guacamole, tacos, and exotic beverages.

Nookies
Price Range: $$
Classic American style food is an option, but this joint is known for the robust breakfast options. Entire sub headers dedicated to pancakes/waffles, fritattas, and an Eggs ‘R’ Us section is sure not to disappoint.

Portillo’s
Price Range: $
Originally called “The Dog House”, Portillo’s is known for their hot dogs and beef-n-sausage sandwiches with gravy.

The Purple Pig
Price Range: $$
Located on the Magnificent Mile, this is the spot for an eclectic variety of tapas plates. Featuring menu subheadings like ‘fried items’, ‘smears’, and ‘cured meats’, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Quay
Price Range: $$
The Quay, pronounced  “key”, means a landing place by the water. Which is apt for this establishment which offers American and Seafood cuisine.

Rockit Bar & Grill
Price Range: $$
Ranging from a bbq red bean burger, to kobe beef, to lobster patty – the burgers at this joint are their greatest hit.
*Vegan Friendly

Rustic House
Price Range: $$$
Traditional American food with an air of class. The menu is simple but everything from the Swordfish Chop to the Goat Cheese Cheesecake.
*Gluten Free Friendly

Sunda
Price Range: $$$
Brunch, lunch, or dinner, Sunda is the place for Asian Fusion. Hosts everything from sushi to dim sum, and an entire wine and sake menu.
*Gluten Free Friendly

Yolk
Price Range: $$
Doesn’t only serve breakfast food…but if you’re stopping by you best have something breakfast-y! Big portions at a reasonable price will leave you and your wallet happy.

Let us know your favorites, and what you try from this list!