Chicago eats offer residents and visitors a lot of options. The hot dogs and deep dish pizza remain, but trendy new restaurants are opening constantly throughout the Windy City.
It’s a way of life for Chicago residents, but it may be something new for visitors from out of town. Have friends or family coming to visit for the holidays or an upcoming birthday?
Choices abound for any palate, but here are a few of our favorites:
Formento’s, 925 W. Randolph, (312) 690-7295
Described in an American Express article featuring small businesses as “a new Italian restaurant with an old soul,” Formento’s feels like home. Located within the West Loop, the family restaurant is in memory of the owner’s grandmother “Nonna Formento.” Traditional favorites cooked with tender, loving, care and history compliment a menu that puts a modern twist on Italian cooking.
avec, 615 W. Randolph, (312) 377-2002
It’s only been open 14 years, but that hasn’t stopped avec from becoming a classic. The Mediterranean and Midwestern influences blend together in an atmosphere meant for groups to gather. Munch together on shared plates that feature rustic, Midwest ingredients paired with one of 130 varieties of wine. Bacon-wrapped and chorizo-stuffed dates are a fan favorite, as well as the focaccia with cheese and truffle oil.
Cochon Volant, 100 W. Monroe St., (312) 754-6560
Walk from the streets of Chicago into what feels a bit like a French bistro at Cochon Volant. The brasserie features everything from a freshly baked croissant to a decadent dry aged ribeye steak. There are bar bites, brunch and breakfast menus and even an after dinner menu to suit the needs of any diner.
The Publican, 837 W. Fulton Market, (312) 733-9555
Oysters, pork, and beer. That’s the message that greets new visitors to The Publican’s web site. The very definition of eclectic, the West Loop institution features amazing beer and even better food. The atmosphere is suited well to sharing with a crew, an ode to European beer halls. The menu, a brainchild of Chef-Partner Paul Kahan, is inspired by simple farmhouse fare. Rustic ingredients are showcased in dishes like Belgian-style mussels and seafood stew to a daily rotating list of features brought to life using locally and seasonally sourced items.
Scio: Welcome Home
All of these fun spots are within a couple of miles of Scio, where we believe in the importance of being part of our community.
We support local businesses and enjoy engaging in a variety of events and festivals. We live smarter – together.
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