Great eats and drinks near Chicago's United Center

United Center on the Near West Side hosts the Chicago Blackhawks and Bulls as well as concerts, Disney ice shows, Cirque du Soleil runs and other performances, but for those who want more than concession stand fare, you'll be happy to know that nearby restaurants and bars are proliferating.

Places like Kaiser Tiger, Sausage, Bacon & Beer Bar  and West End Bar & Grill offer shuttle bus service to United Center making them particularly convenient. The sandwiches at Capriotti's are outstanding, the pizza couldn't be any more popular at Bonci and Macello  or try Monteverde for adventurous turns on Italian fare courtesy of a Top Chef chef. Check out Belly Q for bold takes on traditional dishes from Korea, Japan, Vietnam and China, with a definite nod to American comfort food. There's an entire universe of flavor waiting at myriad restaurants along the West Randolph Street corridor.

At CH Distillery, order The Tradition (CH Vodka served Eastern European-style, with rye bread and pickles) and a burger or grilled cheese to get a fine start on the evening without breaking the bank. Parlor Pizza Bar isn't all about pies - stop in after the game for house made waffle cones packed with ice cream, gelato and toppings from Peeps and pretzels to nuts, fruit and cookies. That's right - we're number one! 



BellyQ features bold takes on traditional dishes and flavors from Korea, Japan, Vietnam and China, with a definite nod to American comfort food. Chef Bill Kim's passion for sourced ingredients and his curiosity for traditions and cultures is...  Read More

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WestEnd Bar & Grille is a decent place for pre-game partying for United Center sporting events, particularly Chicago Blackhawks hockey games. Thirty-three plasma TVs broadcast the games throughout the friendly two-level bar. The best seats...  Read More



Pizzaiolo Gabriele Bonci chose Chicago as his first pizzeria location outside of Italy and the throngs are loving his Roman-style pizza cut with scissors and sold by weight. Bonci offers only fresh, natural ingredients primarily imported from...  Read More



MAD Social lists every single trendy restaurant item so you barely have to deliberate: there's mac 'n' cheese, poutine, charcuterie, bao buns, chicken and waffles, ceviche and tuna poke, among the lot. Brussels sprouts? Check. Kale? Yep....  Read More



As your college years proved, it's always time for pizza - including before or after a United Center event. Parlor Pizza Bar has an array of 12-in. Neapolitan-inspired pizzas fired in imported Italian wood-burning ovens. Pious pizza eaters will...  Read More



Kaiser Tiger could be the ideal pre or post United Center destination. The beer garden serves double duty as ice curling rinks in winter with fire pits, hot drinks and s'mores and in the toasty months, the 250-seat beer garden offers games like...  Read More



Chicago's first distillery (if you don't count what went on in basements in the 1920's) started with vodka and now offers craft cocktails and boozy snow cones with everything from limoncello to mezcal. The food menu, compact and easy to...  Read More



You can satisfy your hunger at a sandwich shop or dine deliciously at Macello, about a mile from United Center. Scents from the woodburning oven wafts "dove si mangia bene" (where you eat well) in the space that sports an old world charm with...  Read More



In a food universe saturated with sandwich shops, Capriotti's lands at the top of the heap for a number of reasons. It counts a 40-year tradition of slow-roasting whole, all-natural turkeys in-house, hand shredding them every morning and making...  Read More



At the intersection of Texas, Italy and Top Chef, you'll find Monteverde, Chef Sarah Grueneberg's ode to her birth place, wanderlust and the inventiveness that tv viewers witnessed on season 9 of the Bravo show. If you're looking for...  Read More


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