South Loop's best restaurants, from casual breakfast to fancy dinner

Finding a great place to dine in Chicago’s South Loop, a trendy neighborhood booming with development, and near Grant Park, Soldier Field and near tons of hotels and college campuses. It's filled with tiny and terrific restaurants and bars, where you can grab a quick bite, impress a date, or enjoy a cocktail with friends. From brunch hot spots like Yolk, lunch favorites like Oysy and dinner fans who favor fine dining at Acadia, the South Loop packs a lot of flavors in a small footprint.

Local institutions like the Jewish deli, Manny’s, has served Presidents Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. For those who want a great view of the city’s Grant Park, head to Artist’s Café in jeans and a t-shirt, or enjoy a more formal dining experience at Mercat a la Planxa. Reggie’s is a hidden gem with its rooftop restaurant and music lounge below. And Acadia's award-winning contemporary American food ranks among the city's top restaurants.

Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood is packed with great dining options from affordable and quick to high-end dining and several offer outdoor seating which is highly desirable when Chicago weather cooperates.

Photo courtesy of Photo courtesy of Yolk.

This breakfast, brunch and lunch chain is expanding into new locations across the city because, well, the food is excellent. Yolk has all the standard breakfast foods you'd expect, like omelets, frittatas, crepes, oatmeal, French toast and eggs...  Read More

Flacos Tacos is a cute little taqueria that is perfect for a casual lunch or happy hour with friends. It prepares simple Mexican food: tacos, burritos, tamales, tortas and quesadillas and everything is made fresh daily. Order at the counter and...  Read More

This inviting neighborhood spot serves up succulent, satisfying Italian fare in a pleasant, high-ceilinged room, complemented by exposed brick and elegant table settings. The rustic feel makes it easy to be comfortable. The portions are...  Read More

Set above Reggie's Music Joint, if you can pass the two layers of security (checking of IDs) and climb three flights of stairs, you'll be rewarded with a very cool rooftop dining experience. Ample seating on the rooftop means everyone can enjoy...  Read More

Upscale Mediterranean food, with a Lebanese focus, is served in this beautifully-decorated restaurant. One of the most popular items on their menu are the bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese and pecans. But fans also rave about the...  Read More

Finding a great sushi place in the South Loop isn't easy but Oysy fits the bill. Oysy is an Izagaya, a bistro type restaurant serving traditional food in a relaxed atmosphere. Its contemporary atmosphere includes modern designed tables and...  Read More

Popular among local college students who attend classes nearby and locals alike, the Artists Caf� offers a delicious mix of artisan sandwiches and wraps, fresh and flavorful salads, fresh-baked pastries and homemade gelato at very...  Read More

This famous, old-school, no-frills Jewish deli has been around for almost a century. In June 2016, it opened a new deli and bakery, so you can take meat and treats to go. But you also can stay and enjoy the cafeteria food, which includes...  Read More

It may not look like much on the outside, but on the inside is one of Chicago's best restaurants. The recipient of multiple Michelin stars, award-winning chef Ryan McCaskey serves contemporary American cuisine in either 5-course or 10-course...  Read More

The light streaming through the massive, arched windows enhance the vibrant colors of this Catalan restaurant located in the Blackstone Hotel. The tables and chairs carry off sleek, modern lines that are contrasted with bright greens and oranges...  Read More


Meet Jamie Bartosch

Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.

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