Fuel Up at Restaurants Near Chicago's United Center

Chicago’s United Center on the Near West Side may be home to the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls as well as concerts, musicals and other performances, but for those who want more options than what the concession stands offer, hit up a local restaurant or bar.

Places like Hawkeye’s Bar and Grill and Carmichael’s Chicago Steak House offer shuttle bus service to the United Center which makes them particularly convenient. If you’re heading to the UC for a sporting event, enjoy some pre-game festivities at Hawkeye’s where fans soak up the environment by watching coverage on any of the 20 high definition televisions located throughout the bar.

Not far from the United Center is Little Italy and Greektown. Both areas have several restaurants that serve up authentic Italian and Greek dishes including Greek Islands and Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap, popular among Blackhawks players.

If you want to go a little higher-end, check out Belly Q or any of the restaurants along W. Randolph Street.

Craft beer lovers with also want a delicious dining experience will want to check out places like Three Aces in Little Italy or Haymarket Pub and Brewery. Both places have an outstanding selection of craft beer and food and you can even tour the brewery on Sundays at Haymarket.

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Restaurant critics, neighborhood regulars and first time visitors always agree about Mart Anthony's: the atmosphere is great, the food is superb and the service is outstanding. Recipes used have been handed down the family through generations...  Read More

This cafeteria-style restaurant has a well-deserved reputation for putting out some of the area's best pizzas, breads and desserts. It's popular among medical residents, UIC students, locals and out-of-towners. The menu includes appetizers,...  Read More

Greek Islands 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...  Read More

Don't be surprised if you happen to be dining next to Chicago Blackhawk legends or players like Bobby Hull, Duncan Keith or Jonathan Toews since they've all been to Tufano's where the Stanley Cup has also made an appearance. Located...  Read More

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Little Goat Diner
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Celebrity chief Stephanie Izard's adorable modern diner includes creative and delicious breakfasts, including dark chocolate chip crunch pancakes, Fat Elvis waffles, and a fun dish named "Kimchee & Bacon & Eggs & Pancakes Asian Style...  Read More

WestEnd Bar & Grille
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Since the neighborhood around the United Center can be a little dicey, this sports bar and restaurant is a diamond in the rough. WestEnd Bar & Grille is the place for pre-game partying for United Center sporting events, particularly Chicago...  Read More


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