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"Hamilton" begins its Chicago run on Sept. 27.
"Hamilton" begins its Chicago run on Sept. 27.
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11 Great Restaurants in Chicago's Theatre District For Pre- and Post-Show Meals

Don't panic before the show

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"Hamilton" begins its Chicago run on Sept. 27.
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Congrats on scoring tickets to Hamilton or any of the other wonderful shows that take place in Chicago's downtown theatre district. But this is not the time to grow complacent. Make sure to have an excellent pre- or post-show meal and don't settle.

The Loop can be an odd dining and drinking area for those who don't work there or those who immediately head home after clocking out. Sometimes it's difficult to know what's open past 5 p.m. and what's open on weekends, as many of those restaurants primarily serve the office building lunch crowd. Due to the demand for quick-serve options for lunch, sometimes evening diners are served food that's been under a heat lamp or originally intended to be consumed earlier in the day.

But don't be that person. This map whittles the dining choices to fancy and fast-casual restaurants within four blocks of the main theaters. Sometimes traffic and other variables will snarl guests, so a few quick choices were included. Listed in alphabetical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Berghoff

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17 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 427-3170
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A Chicago classic which specializes in German-American food and beer, The Berghoff has small bites at the bar as well as wiener schnitzel, brats and other specialties. Depending on your political affiliation, you might want to try the Rahm Schnitzel.

Marc Much

2. Brightwok Kitchen

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21 E Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 583-0729
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This isn't the traditional assembly line Chinese/Pan-Asian food from those shopping mall food court stops. Brightwok offers a vibrant selection of sauces that add heat and flavor to those customizable stir-fries. The quick-service restaurant is a great choice for vegans, vegetarians, and those under a time crunch, and don't forget to try one of their unique beverages.

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3. Chicago Athletic Association

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 940-3552
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Everyone knows about Shake Shack and the burgers. But if diners have time, venture upstairs to Cindy's for gorgeous views of the city on the roof or have a robust meal at the Cherry Circle Room that offers old-school steakhouse charm with modern amenities. For planners, make a reservation at the exclusive Milk Room bar for a seating before or after the show for small bites and some of the city's most creative drinks. You can even play pool and other parlor games in the Game Room, too.

Marc Much

4. The Dearborn

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145 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
IL, 60602
(312) 384-1242

On the ground floor of Block 37 shops, the Lawless sisters have created a lively restaurant and tavern that tourists would be lucky to stumble upon. There's creativity in how they serve their meats, which come with a choice of sauces, and you can also snack on a good raw seafood selection. It's easy to underestimate this place, but don't.

Marc Much

5. The Gage

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24 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 372-4243
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Billy Lawless' Irish-inspired mainstay has a great bar, accommodates groups, and serves upscale bar food from fish and chips to steaks. The service here is also top notch, as they're used to serving folks who have theater or other plans after their meal.

Barry Brecheisen

6. Heaven On Seven

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111 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 263-6443
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Chef Jimmy Bannos Sr. has been serving up Cajun food for years at Heaven on Seven. Gumbo, po' boys and other classics provide a comforting level of consistency.

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7. Italian Village

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71 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 332-7005
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The Italian Village boasts that they're Chicago's oldest Italian restaurant, as they opened in 1927. It's a classic red sauce spot that serves hearty standbys like chicken Vesuvio.

Marc Much

8. The Kimpton Gray Hotel

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122 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 750-9012
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The new Kimpton Gray hotel has provided a breath of fresh air for Loop diners. There's the fine-dining concept from the Fifty/50 guys, Steadfast, a modern American restaurant. Then there's Boleo, the beautiful Peruvian spot upstairs on the rooftop. Finally Vol. 39 on the second floor allows drinkers to fulfill their "Mad Man" dreams, with stiff drinks and Don Draper suits.

9. Latinicity

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108 N State St Fl 3
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 795-4444
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If there's a picky eater in the group, this spot is a safe choice. Gazpacho, tacos, burgers and even arroz de chaufa are served at the menu stalls at this Latin food hall. Latinicity just opened a beer hall too, which is a great meeting place and helps wash down the food.

10. Revival Food Hall

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125 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60603

Where else will you find Detroit-style pizza (Union Squared), Smoque BBQ, Antique Taco and Brown Bag Seafood under one roof? The dazzling array of chef-driven fast-casual spots make Revival a runaway hit. But be sure to check the hours, as not every stall shares the same opening and closing times.

11. Tesori

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65 E Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 786-9911
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Panini, pastas and salads are on the menu at Tesori, a reliable Italian option in the Loop. The charcuterie alone will tide most theater goers over.

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1. The Berghoff

17 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603
Marc Much

A Chicago classic which specializes in German-American food and beer, The Berghoff has small bites at the bar as well as wiener schnitzel, brats and other specialties. Depending on your political affiliation, you might want to try the Rahm Schnitzel.

17 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603

2. Brightwok Kitchen

21 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603
Brightwok Kitchen

This isn't the traditional assembly line Chinese/Pan-Asian food from those shopping mall food court stops. Brightwok offers a vibrant selection of sauces that add heat and flavor to those customizable stir-fries. The quick-service restaurant is a great choice for vegans, vegetarians, and those under a time crunch, and don't forget to try one of their unique beverages.

21 E Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603

3. Chicago Athletic Association

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Marc Much

Everyone knows about Shake Shack and the burgers. But if diners have time, venture upstairs to Cindy's for gorgeous views of the city on the roof or have a robust meal at the Cherry Circle Room that offers old-school steakhouse charm with modern amenities. For planners, make a reservation at the exclusive Milk Room bar for a seating before or after the show for small bites and some of the city's most creative drinks. You can even play pool and other parlor games in the Game Room, too.

12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

4. The Dearborn

145 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL, 60602
Marc Much

On the ground floor of Block 37 shops, the Lawless sisters have created a lively restaurant and tavern that tourists would be lucky to stumble upon. There's creativity in how they serve their meats, which come with a choice of sauces, and you can also snack on a good raw seafood selection. It's easy to underestimate this place, but don't.

145 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
IL, 60602

5. The Gage

24 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Barry Brecheisen

Billy Lawless' Irish-inspired mainstay has a great bar, accommodates groups, and serves upscale bar food from fish and chips to steaks. The service here is also top notch, as they're used to serving folks who have theater or other plans after their meal.

24 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

6. Heaven On Seven

111 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60602
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Chef Jimmy Bannos Sr. has been serving up Cajun food for years at Heaven on Seven. Gumbo, po' boys and other classics provide a comforting level of consistency.

111 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60602

7. Italian Village

71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Marc Much

The Italian Village boasts that they're Chicago's oldest Italian restaurant, as they opened in 1927. It's a classic red sauce spot that serves hearty standbys like chicken Vesuvio.

71 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603

8. The Kimpton Gray Hotel

122 W. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

The new Kimpton Gray hotel has provided a breath of fresh air for Loop diners. There's the fine-dining concept from the Fifty/50 guys, Steadfast, a modern American restaurant. Then there's Boleo, the beautiful Peruvian spot upstairs on the rooftop. Finally Vol. 39 on the second floor allows drinkers to fulfill their "Mad Man" dreams, with stiff drinks and Don Draper suits.

122 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

9. Latinicity

108 N State St Fl 3, Chicago, IL 60602

If there's a picky eater in the group, this spot is a safe choice. Gazpacho, tacos, burgers and even arroz de chaufa are served at the menu stalls at this Latin food hall. Latinicity just opened a beer hall too, which is a great meeting place and helps wash down the food.

108 N State St Fl 3
Chicago, IL 60602

10. Revival Food Hall

125 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60603

Where else will you find Detroit-style pizza (Union Squared), Smoque BBQ, Antique Taco and Brown Bag Seafood under one roof? The dazzling array of chef-driven fast-casual spots make Revival a runaway hit. But be sure to check the hours, as not every stall shares the same opening and closing times.

125 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60603

11. Tesori

65 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603
Tesori

Panini, pastas and salads are on the menu at Tesori, a reliable Italian option in the Loop. The charcuterie alone will tide most theater goers over.

65 E Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603

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