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Blue Magnet’s Definitive Guide to Chicago: Eating, Drinking, & Exploring

Are you visiting Chicago for an industry conference or tradeshow? Stopping by the Windy City to meet with clients? If you’re looking for the best places in Chicago, Blue Magnet has you covered. In order to help you work your way through Chicago’s fine dining & drinking scene, the Blue Magnet team compiled some of our favorite places to eat or drink and some hidden (and some not so hidden) gems to explore. We promise there is no shortage of exciting things to do in Chicago!

Longman & Eagle

Anne Sathers

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

Rockit Bar & Grill

Francesca’s Forno

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Empty Bottle’s Honky Tonk Happy Hour

Townhouse Restaurant & Wine Bar


The Bar at Siena Tavern

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Lou Mitchell’s

Triple Crown or Lao Hunan (Chinatown)


Cheesie’s Pub & Grub

Nha Hang Viet-Nam

Belly Shack

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Girl & The Goat

The Publican

Frontera Grill

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Lou Malnati’s

Piece Brewery & Pizzeria


Pequod’s Pizza

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.


Second City

Sporting Events

Architecture River Boat Tour

Chicago Parks

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A few more Chicago recommendations that didn’t necessarily fit into any of the above categories, but we felt were still worth mentioning:



Molly’s Cupcakes

The Doughnut Vault

Bub City

North Avenue Beach

Are we missing one of your coveted Chicago spots? Tweet us at @blue_magnet and tell us why it’s a Chicago favorite in 140 characters or less!