Best McCormick Place Restaurants

April 17, 2018

When attending McCormick Place for a conference and/or event, it can be hard to find the time to leave the convention center for a meal. With that said, McCormick Place and the adjacent Hyatt-Regency provide plenty of restaurant options within the vicinity, making it easier on guests to refuel and get back to business.

Here is a list of some restaurant options inside McCormick Place to fit any budget or occasion. Whether you need a quick bite to eat after a conference or a more formal, three-course meal, one of these McCormick Place restaurants should fit the bill.

SIT DOWNS (Hyatt-Regency McCormick Place)

Third Star
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Third Star serves hotel guests and McCormick Place attendees a wide range of options. Offering American, Italian, and Asian cuisine, their extensive menu may have just the snack and/or meal you’re looking for. Third Star caters the many conference goers at McCormick Place, allowing them to hike up prices – which can be deal breaker if you’re only looking for a small bite to eat. Also, depending on the event taking place, the bar can get pretty busy, but that can be a good or bad thing depending on what you’re looking for.

Sixes and Eights
Sixes and Eights bring together all of one’s favorite Southeast Asian dishes into one place. Priding themselves on serving the rich and bold flavors of Southeast Asian street food, one can find popular dishes such as pho, ramen, and rice bowls – and there are plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options! This is considered the best vegetarian restaurant at McCormick Place!

Arc Bar
Described as having an energetic atmosphere, Arc Bar keeps up the lively vibes long after the conference ends. While they serve lunch and dinner, they are best known for their cocktails, craft beer, and extensive wine selection. If you’re staying at the Hyatt-Regency and don’t feel like venturing off into neighboring areas, yet still want a taste of the nightlife, Arc Bar is your best bet. However, reports state that food and drink prices outpace quality. So if you’re traveling on a budget, this may not suit your needs.


West Hall Food Court (2nd Floor)
Offering a bit of everything, McCormick Place’s west food hall on the second floor gives attendees a chance to choose from a variety of options. With choices such as Little Italy, Pacific Rim, American Grill, Fiesta Brava, Manny’s Deli, and more, this food court is one of the favorite eating spots for convention goers. The food court opens for lunch and dinner only, though, but La Brea Bakery next door is open for breakfast.


23rd Street Cafe
If you’re in a hurry, 23rd Street Cafe has a speedy “grab-n-go” and bilingual touch-screen ordering option. Using ingredients from McCormick Place’s rooftop garden, their food boasts fresh produce and gluten-free choices. 23rd Street Cafe is primarily open during large events, and is a popular spot for sandwiches, coffee, and fruit.


Ryba’s Fudge Shop
If you’re in the mood for something sweet, Ryba’s Fudge Shop serves fudge, ice cream, candy, and nuts. Customer’s seem to be pleased with the diverse number of flavors and sweet options; unfortunately, if you have a peanut allergy, the number of sweets you can eat is greatly limited.


Connie’s Pizza
Connie’s Pizza is a beloved Chicago-based pizzeria and italian restaurant. With real Chicago style pizza, sandwiches, soups, and salads, Connie’s seems to be a favorite among McCormick Place attendees. Due to popularity, though, it can get busy — meaning long lines and limited seating, so we recommend trying to arrive before the crowd. (If you are a guest of our Chicago hotel, you might prefer trying Chicago style pizza at Giordano’s– just a complimentary 2 minute ride from us).

For additional resources on your McCormick Place dining options:
McCormick Place’s Food & Beverage Guide
TripAdvisor’s Guest Reviews on McCormick Place Restaurants


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