Chicago's Best Italian & Greek Restaurants Can Be Found Near UIC Pavilion

Chicago’s UIC Pavilion is just west of the Loop (literally a hop, skip and a jump) which makes it convenient to access. It’s also just a few walk-able blocks away from Little Italy and Greektown neighborhoods which makes it easy to find great restaurants.

From Tuscany’s addictive warmed garlic bulb appetizer to Rodity’s authentic Greek fare, the choice on where to dine will be difficult to make. Add a French bistro and Al’s #1 Beef joint (one of the best places to have an Italian beef sandwich) among the top 10 best restaurants near the Pavilion, and you’re going to wish you had more time.

Visitors to the area have options which range from budget-friendly including stalwart Pompei Bakery and Al’s #1 Beef to white tablecloth dining such as Chez Joel, all located on Taylor Street, two short blocks from the Pavilion.

Two blocks east of the Pavilion is Halsted Street which features some of the most authentic Greek food in the city.

Since parking can sometimes be difficult in these parts, pay attention to parking meters and take advantage of free valet parking when possible. Parking enforcement is fierce and don’t even think about parking in the neighborhood if you don’t have a zone sticker because you will get a parking ticket.



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Al's #1


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