In town for EXPO Chicago, and already craving delectable snacks from the city’s prized eateries? If so, we’ve got a special list of restaurants in the city to help guide you from breakfast to lunch, and from dinner to dessert. To see more recommendations on lifestyle, art, and culture happenings in the city this week, download our Whitewaller app—available on iTunes.
Cindy’s Restaurant and Bar
Located on the 13th floor of the Chicago Athletic Association, Cindy’s Restaurant and Bar, a rooftop restaurant and open-air terrace, offers an intimate atmosphere with picnic-style seating, fire pits, and American fare. Designed by Roman and Williams Building and Interiors, the steel and glass structure is an open and sophisticated setting.
Whitewaller Recommends: Chef Christian Ragano (previously known as Chef de Cuisine of NoMi Kitchen at the Park Hyatt Chicago, and as Executive Chef of Guildhall and New York Central Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt) creates seasonal food and drink options for brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks that guests can share, so be sure to enjoy some American classics with a twist.
Girl & The Goat
Since 2010, Chef Stephanie Izard has been serving tasty dishes in his creative restaurant with a lively setting, and a local feel. With a focus on working with small producers, and offering craft beers from Chicago breweries, Girl & The Goat was one of the first establishments in the Randolph Restaurant Corridor.
Whitewaller Recommends: Try out one of their specialty cocktails, created by one of the bartenders, or an interesting meat option that is not typically found on a dinner menu.
Seating 67 guests, Blackbird offers American fare with French influences through imaginative Midwestern dishes and fresh seasonal ingredients. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant also offers outstanding desserts, and is available for reservations on OpenTable.
Whitewaller Recommends: Try their version of a Black Forest cake—a flourless chocolate cake with milk chocolate caramel mousse, cherry gel, pickled cherries, and sassafras leaf ice cream garnished with mint licorice and kafir lime milk ice.
Located 40 floors high in the Chicago Stock Exchange, Everest offers French prix fixe menus, the largest collection of Alsace wines in the world, and a very impressive art collection, too. The restaurant offers an elegant experience within wide-open spaces, and is an unmatched location for classic French fare or a cocktail. A well-known city favorite, Everest also offers private parties, and is available for reservations online.
Whitewaller Recommends: Enjoy one of the 1,600 wines from France, Spain, Australia, Italy, Argentina, or the United States—all stored in a temperature and humidity-controlled cellar, and served in crystal stemware.
Popularly known for lunch, RL Restaurant, adjacent to the world’s largest Polo store, represents Ralph Lauren’s debut to the restaurant scene. Since RL’s opening in 1999, the restaurant has been serving modern city-club cuisine for Chicago locals and visitors alike.
Whitewaller Recommends: Enjoy Chef Ryan Pitts’ Steak Diane or the Dover Sole, or a dish that is prepared table-side.
3 Arts Club Café
With its breathtaking design and architecture features, located in a stunning garden courtyard, 3 Arts Club Café draws quite the lunch crowd. Appreciate the decadent style of lush plants, plush seats, and gorgeous chandelier lighting—the perfect place to enjoy coffee at the espresso bar, or a glass of your favorite wine in the wine room.
Whitewaller Recommends: Enjoy the RH Burger or the Truffled Grilled Cheese with an RH Bellini cocktail—you won’t be sorry.