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Where to Eat and Drink in Streeterville

From French and Italian fare to pizza and ice cream, the area offers a wide range of options

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Nestled between Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile, Streeterville is a vibrant mix of high-rises, hotels, medical facilities, and cultural landmarks. Both locals and out-of-towners alike make their way through the area on a daily basis and fortunately, there are plenty of great restaurants to help them refuel. Several popular Chicago businesses, such as the Original Rainbow Cone and MingHin cuisine, have outposts here. Folks will also find fine dining, pizza specialists, and a host of international cuisines represented. Even Navy Pier is worth a visit thanks to the country’s largest rooftop venue, Offshore. So read on to the discover the best of this Near North Side neighborhood.

As of August 20, the city has mandated that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafecito

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215 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 643-2242
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Some great sandwiches and strong coffees draw folks into Cafecito daily. The popular cafe specializes in pressed Cuban sandwiches, including an outstanding Cubano made with citrus-garlic-marinated and cumin-rubbed lechon asado, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on toasted bread. Wash it down with a cup of sweet cafe con leche for a caffeinated jolt. Order online here.

2. WoodWind

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259 E Erie St 18th floor
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 283-4270
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Located 18 floors above ground, WoodWind is a contemporary American restaurant that celebrates the freshest local ingredients. Chef Matt O’Neill uses refined techniques to create elegant-yet-approachable dishes packed with bold flavors. Guests have intriguing choices like buffalo chicken “chicharrón,” tater tots and caviar, “elote” corn gazpacho, Nashville hot chicken and sourdough waffles, and al pastor-style pork belly tacos. The food is paired nicely with inventive seasonal cocktails and the outdoor patio provides sweeping views of downtown. Online orders can be placed here.

A platter of oysters over ice.
WoodWind offers elevated twists on classics.
WoodWind [Official Photo]

3. Les Nomades

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222 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 649-9010
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Long considered one of the finest French restaurants in the city, Les Nomades has been impressing diners since 1978. The white tablecloth, jackets-required experience takes place across two floors of a charming and intimate brownstone. Chef Roland Liccioni presents a four- or five-course prix fixe menu full of luxurious ingredients like truffles, foie gras, king salmon, Dover sole, and wagyu beef. Service is similarly spot-on, making this a perfect place for a romantic evening or to celebrate a special occasion.

4. Ron of Japan

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230 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 644-6500
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Enjoy not only dinner but a show as well at this teppanyaki-style steakhouse. The interactive experience stars chefs cooking and performing tricks on iron griddles directly in front of diners. The menu boasts Prime steaks, chicken, lobster tails, king crab, shrimp, and more, and there’s an addictive yolk sauce that greatly enhances any seafood entrée. Online ordering is available here.

A piece of sliced steak on a griddle.
This Japanese steakhouse treats guests to more than a delicious meal.
Ron of Japan [Official Photo]

5. The Albert

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228 E Ontario St Floor 1
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 471-3883
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Housed inside Hotel EMC2, this New American spot pays homage to the great Albert Einstein with a chic dining room and chef-driven dishes. The menu highlights local and seasonal ingredients and guests can expect to feast on housemade pastas and ever-changing specialties, such as 72-hour braised short ribs and tomato-braised and charred octopus. The cocktails are equally imaginative and include concoctions like “Red Matter” (tequila, mezcal, pomegranate molasses, St. George Green Chile Vodka, CH-Dogma Amargo, Thai chili bitters).

6. Crushed By Giants

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600 N Michigan Ave 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 702-7963
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The neighborhood’s first brewery arrived in the middle of the pandemic and has been enticing locals and passersby with experimental craft beers and unique pizzas. Grab a flight or growler to go and pair it with pies coming out a $25,000 PizzaMaster electric oven. Dubbed “Double Oven Pizza,” the dough is baked twice to produce a crust that’s crispier than standard Neapolitan-style offerings. Options range from a Margherita to a taco-inspired “Un Mejor Hawaian” (al pastor sauce, pork, mozzarella, pineapple, onions, cilantro, lime). Carryout orders can be placed here.

A whole pepperoni pizza next to a pint of beer.
Thin crust pizzas complement the beer at Crushed By Giants.
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7. Minghin Cuisine

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215 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 763-6996
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Chicago’s most prominent Chinese mini chain opened a sleek outpost in Streeterville last year. The new space sports an aesthetic that’s modern yet traditional, while the menu features an assortment of dim sum items (served all day) and favorites like roasted pork belly, Beijing duck, and white cut chicken. Customers who dine in between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays will receive 20% off their bill. Online ordering is available here.

8. Labriola

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535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 955-3100
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Though it’s located right off of the Mag Mile, Labriola is a far from a tourist trap. The restaurant, which has a bakery and cafe attached to it, bakes seriously impressive deep dish pizzas. The focaccia-like dough is lined with cheese, resulting in a crispy caramelized crust layered with sharp mozzarella and chunky tomato sauce. Diners can choose pre-customized topping combinations, such as the “Danny’s Special” (sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions), or build their own. The menu also offers tavern-style and ciabatta-crust pies as well as classic Italian fare. Place online orders here.

9. Offshore Rooftop & Bar

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1000 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 535-6660
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Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most visited attractions and also home to the nation’s largest rooftop venue. Encompassing 36,000 square feet, the all-seasons bar and lounge offers fun vibes and unparalleled views of the lake and skyline. The space is decked out with fire pits, a DJ stage, plenty of cozy seating, and a glass-enclosed area for the colder months. To eat and drink, guests will find chilled seafood, pizzas, shareable plates, and a variety of wines and refreshing cocktails.

10. Shang Noodle Chicago Streeterville

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215 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 285-2218
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A suburban favorite has arrived in Chicago to get give downtowners a serious spot for hand-pulled noodles, Yu-Shang pork, and Chinese-American favorites like orange chicken. Shang Noodle also offers mini hot pots, filling a large void in the neighborhood. As with most noodle shops, don’t sleep on the dumplings which are freshly made and have a great wrapper to filling ratio.

11. Volare Ristorante Italiano

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201 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 410-9900
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Escape the throng of chain restaurants in the area and head to this old-school spot for comforting Italian cuisine. Established in 1997, Volare delivers hearty pastas, risottos, salads, chops, and more. Favorites include squid ink spaghetti tossed with seafood, gnocchi in vodka sauce, and housemade ricotta-filled ravioli. Online ordering is available here.

A fork twirling pasta over a bowl.
Load up on carbs and wine at Volare.
Volare [Official Photo]

12. Original Rainbow Cone

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600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(773) 238-7075
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The legendary ice cream shop makes an appearance at Navy Pier. On a warm day, nothing beats the classic combination of chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, Palmer House (vanilla with walnut and cherries), and orange sherbet flavors in a cone. It’s an iconic creation that should be experienced by both locals and tourists alike.

13. Carson's Ribs Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue Chicago

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465 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-9200
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A few years ago, Carson’s left its longtime River North home for a new space near Navy Pier. While Chicago’s barbecue game as a whole has gotten strong since Carson’s was founded in 1977, the baby back ribs still provide quality nostalgia. True Chicagoans can hear the restaurant’s commercial jingle in their head while order a rib dinner with cole slaw and au gratin. If folks don’t act too jaded about regional barbecue, they just may enjoy their dinner.

Carson’s in Streeterville.
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14. Robert's Pizza and Dough Company

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465 N McClurg Ct
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 265-1328
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Tavern-style may reign supreme over other types of pizza in Chicago but locals shouldn’t overlook the remarkable thin crust at this Streeterville restaurant. Robert Garvey, a certified pizzaiolo who relocated his shop in 2019, spent two decades refining the dough recipe. Baked in a Marsal gas oven, the light and airy crust strikes a good crunch-to-chew balance and cracks when folded. Try winning topping combinations like “A Walk in the Woods” (truffle cream, mushrooms, double-cream washed rind cheese, mozzarella) and a seafood pie loaded with clams, shrimp, calamari, extra virgin olive oil, and white wine sauce. Online orders can be placed here.

A whole pizza being cut into slices by a pizza cutter.
The crust sets Robert’s Pizza apart from the competition.
Robert’s Pizza [Official Photo]

1. Cafecito

215 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611

Some great sandwiches and strong coffees draw folks into Cafecito daily. The popular cafe specializes in pressed Cuban sandwiches, including an outstanding Cubano made with citrus-garlic-marinated and cumin-rubbed lechon asado, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on toasted bread. Wash it down with a cup of sweet cafe con leche for a caffeinated jolt. Order online here.

215 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611

2. WoodWind

259 E Erie St 18th floor, Chicago, IL 60611
A platter of oysters over ice.
WoodWind offers elevated twists on classics.
WoodWind [Official Photo]

Located 18 floors above ground, WoodWind is a contemporary American restaurant that celebrates the freshest local ingredients. Chef Matt O’Neill uses refined techniques to create elegant-yet-approachable dishes packed with bold flavors. Guests have intriguing choices like buffalo chicken “chicharrón,” tater tots and caviar, “elote” corn gazpacho, Nashville hot chicken and sourdough waffles, and al pastor-style pork belly tacos. The food is paired nicely with inventive seasonal cocktails and the outdoor patio provides sweeping views of downtown. Online orders can be placed here.

259 E Erie St 18th floor
Chicago, IL 60611

3. Les Nomades

222 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611

Long considered one of the finest French restaurants in the city, Les Nomades has been impressing diners since 1978. The white tablecloth, jackets-required experience takes place across two floors of a charming and intimate brownstone. Chef Roland Liccioni presents a four- or five-course prix fixe menu full of luxurious ingredients like truffles, foie gras, king salmon, Dover sole, and wagyu beef. Service is similarly spot-on, making this a perfect place for a romantic evening or to celebrate a special occasion.

222 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611

4. Ron of Japan

230 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611
A piece of sliced steak on a griddle.
This Japanese steakhouse treats guests to more than a delicious meal.
Ron of Japan [Official Photo]

Enjoy not only dinner but a show as well at this teppanyaki-style steakhouse. The interactive experience stars chefs cooking and performing tricks on iron griddles directly in front of diners. The menu boasts Prime steaks, chicken, lobster tails, king crab, shrimp, and more, and there’s an addictive yolk sauce that greatly enhances any seafood entrée. Online ordering is available here.

230 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611

5. The Albert

228 E Ontario St Floor 1, Chicago, IL 60611

Housed inside Hotel EMC2, this New American spot pays homage to the great Albert Einstein with a chic dining room and chef-driven dishes. The menu highlights local and seasonal ingredients and guests can expect to feast on housemade pastas and ever-changing specialties, such as 72-hour braised short ribs and tomato-braised and charred octopus. The cocktails are equally imaginative and include concoctions like “Red Matter” (tequila, mezcal, pomegranate molasses, St. George Green Chile Vodka, CH-Dogma Amargo, Thai chili bitters).

228 E Ontario St Floor 1
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Crushed By Giants

600 N Michigan Ave 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
A whole pepperoni pizza next to a pint of beer.
Thin crust pizzas complement the beer at Crushed By Giants.
Crushed By Giants [Official Photo]

The neighborhood’s first brewery arrived in the middle of the pandemic and has been enticing locals and passersby with experimental craft beers and unique pizzas. Grab a flight or growler to go and pair it with pies coming out a $25,000 PizzaMaster electric oven. Dubbed “Double Oven Pizza,” the dough is baked twice to produce a crust that’s crispier than standard Neapolitan-style offerings. Options range from a Margherita to a taco-inspired “Un Mejor Hawaian” (al pastor sauce, pork, mozzarella, pineapple, onions, cilantro, lime). Carryout orders can be placed here.

600 N Michigan Ave 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

7. Minghin Cuisine

215 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago’s most prominent Chinese mini chain opened a sleek outpost in Streeterville last year. The new space sports an aesthetic that’s modern yet traditional, while the menu features an assortment of dim sum items (served all day) and favorites like roasted pork belly, Beijing duck, and white cut chicken. Customers who dine in between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays will receive 20% off their bill. Online ordering is available here.

215 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Labriola

535 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Though it’s located right off of the Mag Mile, Labriola is a far from a tourist trap. The restaurant, which has a bakery and cafe attached to it, bakes seriously impressive deep dish pizzas. The focaccia-like dough is lined with cheese, resulting in a crispy caramelized crust layered with sharp mozzarella and chunky tomato sauce. Diners can choose pre-customized topping combinations, such as the “Danny’s Special” (sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions), or build their own. The menu also offers tavern-style and ciabatta-crust pies as well as classic Italian fare. Place online orders here.

535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Offshore Rooftop & Bar

1000 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most visited attractions and also home to the nation’s largest rooftop venue. Encompassing 36,000 square feet, the all-seasons bar and lounge offers fun vibes and unparalleled views of the lake and skyline. The space is decked out with fire pits, a DJ stage, plenty of cozy seating, and a glass-enclosed area for the colder months. To eat and drink, guests will find chilled seafood, pizzas, shareable plates, and a variety of wines and refreshing cocktails.

1000 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Shang Noodle Chicago Streeterville

215 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

A suburban favorite has arrived in Chicago to get give downtowners a serious spot for hand-pulled noodles, Yu-Shang pork, and Chinese-American favorites like orange chicken. Shang Noodle also offers mini hot pots, filling a large void in the neighborhood. As with most noodle shops, don’t sleep on the dumplings which are freshly made and have a great wrapper to filling ratio.

215 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

11. Volare Ristorante Italiano

201 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
A fork twirling pasta over a bowl.
Load up on carbs and wine at Volare.
Volare [Official Photo]

Escape the throng of chain restaurants in the area and head to this old-school spot for comforting Italian cuisine. Established in 1997, Volare delivers hearty pastas, risottos, salads, chops, and more. Favorites include squid ink spaghetti tossed with seafood, gnocchi in vodka sauce, and housemade ricotta-filled ravioli. Online ordering is available here.

201 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

12. Original Rainbow Cone

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

The legendary ice cream shop makes an appearance at Navy Pier. On a warm day, nothing beats the classic combination of chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, Palmer House (vanilla with walnut and cherries), and orange sherbet flavors in a cone. It’s an iconic creation that should be experienced by both locals and tourists alike.

600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

13. Carson's Ribs Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue Chicago

465 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
Carson’s in Streeterville.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

A few years ago, Carson’s left its longtime River North home for a new space near Navy Pier. While Chicago’s barbecue game as a whole has gotten strong since Carson’s was founded in 1977, the baby back ribs still provide quality nostalgia. True Chicagoans can hear the restaurant’s commercial jingle in their head while order a rib dinner with cole slaw and au gratin. If folks don’t act too jaded about regional barbecue, they just may enjoy their dinner.

465 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611

14. Robert's Pizza and Dough Company

465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
A whole pizza being cut into slices by a pizza cutter.
The crust sets Robert’s Pizza apart from the competition.
Robert’s Pizza [Official Photo]

Tavern-style may reign supreme over other types of pizza in Chicago but locals shouldn’t overlook the remarkable thin crust at this Streeterville restaurant. Robert Garvey, a certified pizzaiolo who relocated his shop in 2019, spent two decades refining the dough recipe. Baked in a Marsal gas oven, the light and airy crust strikes a good crunch-to-chew balance and cracks when folded. Try winning topping combinations like “A Walk in the Woods” (truffle cream, mushrooms, double-cream washed rind cheese, mozzarella) and a seafood pie loaded with clams, shrimp, calamari, extra virgin olive oil, and white wine sauce. Online orders can be placed here.

465 N McClurg Ct
Chicago, IL 60611

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