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Best Restaurants to Dine near Chicago's Soldier Field



Chicago’s Soldier Field’s proximity near the Museum Campus and South Loop neighborhood makes it very easy to find great restaurants whether you’re looking to dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some are within walking distance of the home for the Chicago Bears while others are just shy of a mile but also offer complimentary parking.

For breakfast, try Manny’s Deli, an institution in Chicago, or Yolk in the South Loop. Kroll’s, an upscale neighborhood bar and near the field, offers Bears fans a pre-game breakfast (the Captain Crunch French toast is a favorite).

Nearby lunch options include The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen, another comfortable and upscale bar with several flat-panel televisions lining the walls. The menu is loaded with anything you'd crave on game day from burgers, flatbread pizzas and foot-long sandwiches to an extensive beer selection including Two Brothers and Lagunitas.

About a mile west of Soldier Field are Tuscany in Little Italy and Greek Islands in Greektown. Closer to the fray is Gioco’s which also serves brunch on Sundays.

Even if your plans call for tailgating before the game, there are plenty of delicious opportunities to enjoy a nice dinner afterward. In addition to Gioco’s for dinner, The Chicago Firehouse and Zapatista are fan favorites. 

 

 


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Not far from Soldier Field, this is where Chicago Bears fans like a pre-game breakfast (the Captain Crunch French toast is a favorite) or a post-game beer. The upscale decor and late night menu means you don't have to go only on game day. But Kroll's is a good spot to watch any Chicago sporting event. Big-screen TVs, including a few projector-sized, circle the space. Sit at the large U-shaped bar, and pick from their massive beer list, or have a more formal meal at one of the tables. Kids menu and shuffleboard tables make it as family-friendly as a bar can be.




Yolk serves more than just eggs. This go-to brunch and lunch hot spot often has patrons waiting for a table but wait they will because it's that amazing. The South Loop stop is one of three locations in the city and diners love that the food is always fresh and delicious, location is clean and the staff is friendly. The real draw is the food: omelets, frittatas, crepes, French Toast and eggs benedict are among the breakfast offerings while burgers and salads round out the lunch menu. A separate kid's menu is available. Fans wax poetic over the red velvet French Toast and Egg Benedicts.




A good mile from Soldier Field, Greek Islands it's also a straight shot west and offers free valet parking making this a popular destination for those visiting Soldier Field. separates itself from the pack with festive atmosphere and a professional waitstaff. Start with Avgolemono soup and saganaki, also known as cheese on fire, and then dig in to some traditional dishes like dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with meat and rice), moussaka (baked eggplant, ground meat and potato casserole topped with bechamel sauce which can also be prepared vegetarian) and lamb kokkinisto (Lamb braised in their special tomato sauce), which are among local favorites. If seafood is more your style, fresh lavraki is flown in daily and broiled octopus is ideal for adventurous palates. The decor is cheery, in the traditional white and blue colors of many Greek restaurants. Greek Islands is conveniently located in Greektown and offers free valet parking.


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Little Italy


About a mile from Solider Field, Tuscany does offer parking, making it ideal for visits to the stadium when you don't want to fight the crowds at restaurants that are closer in proximity. For Northern Italian cuisine, Tuscany offers an upscale option in the Little Italy section of town. This cozy eatery, which tends to get a little cramped at times, is as popular with youthful hipsters as it is with downtown suits. During those "brisk" Chicago winters, their wood-burned gourmet pizzas are positively heaven-sent. Not just for locals, Tuscany has treated such "tourists" as former President Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore. Traditional pasta dishes are also available. Be careful with the warm garlic clove brought out with the bread - it's delicious and potent. Valet parking is available. Dinner is available every night but the restaurant not open for lunch on weekends.




This cozy institution offers some of the Windy City's most unforgettable breakfast fare. Expect to find the deli crowded with everybody from politicians (President Bill Clinton has paid a visit and President Barack Obama frequents the joint when he's in town) to stray traders and blue collar workers when you stop in. Definitely old school with its bare bones, linoleum, school cafeteria atmosphere and gruff elderly staff, it's known for its massive heaps of food and people will travel miles for its corned beef sandwiches, pastrami sandwich on rye and a matzo ball soup. Knowing how to order will help you not feel out of place: grab a tray by the door as you enter, then grab utensils (even if you're just ordering a sandwich, grab a fork, spoon and knife because you may need them), get in line and pay BEFORE you even order.




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 a great meal, participate in a basketball game or shoot some pool (for free), and if you happen to get a little dirty, there is an outdoor shower so you can clean up before heading out. The bartenders are experts are pouring drinks but the place offers daily food and cocktail specials so make sure you check it out before ordering food or a drink.




Need a place to watch the games? The Scout is a comfortable, upscale bar with several flat-panel televisions lining the walls. The menu is loaded with anything you'd crave on game day from burgers, flatbread pizzas and foot-long sandwiches to an extensive beer selection including Two Brothers and Lagunitas. Weekend brunch menu includes braised short ribs and eggs as well as green eggs and ham "scout style". As expected, the bar serves us a great selection of local and national craft beers, wine (by the glass and bottle), martinis and cocktails. As the bartender or server for the beer of the month.




Since The Chicago Firehouse was built in an old fire station, it has loads of character, complete with a sliding pole and exposed brick which lends a certain warmth (no pun intended) to its atmosphere. As a steakhouse, it offers some of the best bone-in rib-eye. For those who like seafood, from Alaskan king crab legs to lobster tails, you can't go wrong. Oyster fans will rejoice as it offers regular oysters and Oysters Rockefeller. Their wine selection is fantastic, especially their Rieslings. Lest we forget, the side dishes are worth noting (try the macaroni and cheese). Service is timely ~ not overbearing but not sporadic either.


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