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Tennis Legend Roger Federer Asks For Chicago Food Suggestions and Causes Twitter Meltdown

Deep-dish pizza intrigues the tennis superstar

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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Roger Federer, a living sports legend, announced to his fans via social media that next week he’s making his first trip to Chicago and he wants dining suggestions. The tennis superstar is scouting the city as part of the Laver Cup, a tennis tournament that debuted last year in Prague. The 2018 edition of the tournament takes place in September at the United Center in Chicago.

Federer, ever the charmer, asked his 12.1 million followers what he should do while in Chicago. Obviously, the first thing any right-minded person would do would be to check out Eater’s Guide to Chicago. Federer’s Twitter feed erupted with suggestions. Fans clued him in on the ambrosia that is Chicago deep-dish pizza. Unlike some international athletes, Federer is intrigued and asked his followers where to find the best pie. Eater Chicago, again, has this covered along with the deliciousness that is South Side-style tavern-cut pizza.

Beyond pizza, Smyth/Loyalist chef John Shields invited Federer to his Michelin-starred West Loop restaurant. Shields is accustomed to serving celebrities. A Tweet from actor John Cusack let the public know about The Loyalist’s stellar burger.

Shields said this about his fandom and about the chance of a visit:

"I’ve admired him for so long. I’m definitely drawn to people at the top of their game, whether it be sports, business, or cooking," Shields wrote in a reply. "The sort of commitment and sacrifice it’s takes to reach that level is so inspiring. Just being able to rub elbows with someone like that would be such a highlight for our team!"

Additionally, one fan told Federer to try Garrett’s popcorn. Federer showed off his social media skills with his response. Garrett’s is famous for its mix of cheddar and caramel popcorn.

Another fan suggested Federer to visit Twin Anchors, the Old Town favorite known for its barbecue ribs. Another asked him to visit Turtle’s Bar and Grill, the Bridgeport dive steps away from Guaranteed Rate Field. While Turtle’s may not be Federer’s style, Chicago’s only three-starred Michelin restaurant, Alinea, may be on the agenda.

The initial Tweet went up at 8:22 p.m. on Wednesday. As of noon on Thursday, there were already more than 1,500 responses with touristy suggestions. If anyone sees Federer out next week, feel free to send photos and any tips to

United Center

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Guaranteed Rate Field

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The Loyalist

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Twin Anchors

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