mapped it: best eats in Chicago, Illinois

Navy Pier 3

The Windy City has entertained us more than a few times. Yet, we still find new reasons to visit Chicago again & again. The birthplace of skyscrapers & deep-dish pizza tempts with high-end fashion & soaring buildings made for sight-seeing.

Orange  Orange 2

Greg & I are making our way back to Chi-Town this spring for a psych conference.
We already have a few must-sees on our list based on successful excursions in the past to the Windy City.
& if there is one thing we’ve learned about this city, it is to bring an appetite.

Foodie destination No. 1: Orange Restaurant.

Fair warning, parking is an absolute nightmare in Chicago. Since we were in the city last for a concert, we opted to park at the venue for the day & walk the city blocks.  We were rewarded for our efforts as we stumbled across this original brunch spot.

Orange 4-jelly jam pancakes & steak salad

Ingredients from local sources, served up freshly-made, guaranteed we were in for a delicious dining experience.  The contemporary brunch menu includes a wide array of choices for smoothie combinations made from seasonal fruit, & we took advantage.  I chose mango, orange, & pineapple to create an intoxicating flavor.  We filled our bellies with homemade entrees, like the pancakes sandwich with a jelly-jam center, the chai tea french toast topped with carmelized apples, and the steak salad with big & tender meat portions.  We’re making this a must for our upcoming visit to see what other smoothie concoctions we can devise.

Orange 3-mango orange pineapple  Orange 5

Foodie destination No. 2: Uno Pizzeria & Grill.

Pizzeria UnoPizzeria Uno 3 Pizzeria Uno 2

Bringing new meaning to a “pizza pie,” Uno’s launched the famous deep-dish style for which Chicago is well-known.  Baked in the oven for almost an hour, the thick pizza loaded with a cheesy layer is sinfully tasty.  Uno’s may be large to accommodate the steady stream of hungry customers, but it still very much has that pizza joint atmosphere with dark interior & tall booths.  The original location has hand-written messages all along the walls, making for entertaining reads as you dive into dinner.

Navy Pier

  As we countdown to our trip, I look forward to finding new restaurants to add to my best eats list.  Stop in soon to discover the must-see sites of the Windy City!

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