Best Restaurants Near McCormick Place

May 22, 2018

We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best restaurants near McCormick Place for when you’re in the mood to get out of McCormick Place and try our city’s amazing food options. All are within a 10 minute walk or ride from the convention center.


Audience Interactive Dining – Tommy Gun’s Garage

Tommy Gun’s is a truly unique dining experience. Enjoy a meal at this Chicago speakeasy, complete with a musical comedy that takes guests back to the 1920’s. As a guest, you’ll participate in some way, ranging from needing to hide your alcohol during a “police raid” to going on stage for a sobriety test. Either way, reviews are pleasantly positive and it seems everyone has a great time! (0.5 miles)


Best Mexican – La Cantina Grill

Just a 10-minute walk from McCormick Place, La Cantina Grill is the place to go if you’re craving Mexican cuisine. Their grapefruit margarita is a must-have and both menus (regular and vegan) are highly praised for their authentic tastes and generous sizes. This is a favorite among McCormick Place guests for its high energy and cheerful ambiance, especially on a Friday and Saturday nights! (0.6 miles)


Exotic Comfort Food – 14 Parish

14 Parish is a Caribbean fusion restaurant serving up delicious, hearty, and unique dishes. From jerk chicken and catfish to sweet and spicy short ribs, there is definitely something for everyone, including vegans and vegetarians. The atmosphere is laid back, portions are generous, and it is a super spot for groups, dates, or singles! (0.6 miles)


Thai Cuisine – Opart Thai House

Who doesn’t enjoy a fresh plate of pad thai or a hearty curry? Opart Thai House has established a name for itself as “one of the best Thai restaurants in Chicago.” Boasting a low-key and relaxed vibe, Opart is a super place to eat after a long day. Great for sharing, as the portions are generous and the dishes all complement one another. A must-try restaurant with a number of highly rated dishes, especially their Tiger Cry (tender beef charbroiled to perfection, served with homemade sauce) and red curry catfish. (0.8 miles)


Quick/On The Go – De’Michaels Market

If you’re in the mood for something quick, nearby, and delicious, De’Michaels Market is one of your best bets. What looks like a simple deli from the outside is regarded as one of the best eateries in the area. Boar’s head meat sandwiches, teriyaki chicken, Italian subs, paninis, and more — all scrumptious and reasonably priced. De’Michaels Market serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, so whenever you’re in need of a high-quality meal on the go, be sure to check this place out! (1.0 mile)


Pizza & Beer – Giordano’s

If you want to dig into some Chicago style deep dish pizza, Giordano’s is the place to go. Perfect for a casual lunch or dinner, Giordano’s has a wonderful selection of deep dish and thin crust pizzas as well as salads, sandwiches, and of course, beer! The pizza takes about 40 minutes to make, so you might want to try the local way of calling ahead to get the pizza started! (1.2 miles)


Tapas & Small Bites – Tapas Valencia

Tapas Valencia is spectacular for sharing! Order homestyle and enjoy the various flavors or seafood, meat, and vegetables with your friends and family. Even though this restaurant is superb for sharing, it’s not the busiest of places and thus a bit quieter than the rest. It’s acclaimed as one of the best tapas restaurants in the area and loyal diners love going there for dinner and/or brunch! (1.3 miles)


Tacos & Margaritas – Taco Madre

Taco Madre, while serves an array of Mexican style dishes, is best known for their fresh and flavorful tacos and salsas. Located about 2 miles away in Chicago’s South Loop, Taco Madre offers a nice change of scenery without having to go too far from McCormick Place. Enjoy a variety of tacos alongside a refreshing beer, margarita, or michelada (a beer “cocktail” with lime, spices, and peppers). (1.8 miles)


Date Night – Franco’s Ristorante

Described as “cozy and intimate,” Franco’s offers authentic Italian food at reasonable prices, complete with warm and inviting service. While most praise this restaurant for being the perfect date night go-to, McCormick Place attendees will find it’s a great place for small groups, as well — but if you plan on going on a weekend night, we suggest calling ahead as this charming restaurant only sits about 50 people. (2.0 miles)


Celebratory Dining – Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Joe’s is a great place if you’re looking for more extravagant dining. With their menu erring on the more expensive side of the spectrum, you can expect a memorable experience. Known for their high level of customer care and spectacular food choice, you can expect all the best qualities of fine dining. Vegetarians may be disappointed with their options though. It’s a little under 4 miles away from McCormick Place, and it’s definitely worth the short trip! (3.9 miles)

Feeling too hungry to make the journey out of McCormick Place? here are the most popular restaurants inside the conference center as well as the best nearby bars if you need a strong drink, instead!


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