Restaurants for Backpackers in Chicago, Illinois 

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    43 reviews

    Can't beat a Chicago hot dog. I somehow did not miss ketchup. The pickle and condiments are key to getting the crunch and freshness! The atmosphere is chaotic and fun; I felt like I was at a theme park:)

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  • 2


    3 reviews

    Awesome breakfast/lunch spot. Open until 3pm. Great southern style cooking. And a full bar to pick your poison.

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  • 3

    Intelligentsia Coffee

    8 reviews

    I visit Intelligentsia on Randolph about 3 days per week. My favorite coffee in the city. You can purchase whole bean coffee by the pound to take with you, they have quite a large selection. Very hip inside. The staff is very knowledgable about the coffee.

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  • 4

    America's Dog

    3 reviews

    With the new location being at O'hare airport, you can even try America's on the run from gate to gate! I love the Grand Ave. location, and the interior is always nice and clean, with friendly and helpful staff. You can happily be a visitor to Chicago and the staff will help you with the most authentic dog! To the ...

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  • 5

    Giordano's Pizza

    28 reviews

    One of Chicago's most famous and best pizzerias. If you haven't ever tried a true Chicago deep dish, then you absolutely must stop off for a filling dinner at Giordano's

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  • 6

    Giordano's Pizzeria on Rush

    38 reviews

    If you are visiting Chicago you HAVE to have Giordano's. It's all about the flaky, buttery crust and size of the slices at this place! You are not going regret the authentic Chicago deep dish with any toppings from here.

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  • 7

    Kopi A Travelers Cafe

    3 reviews

    Great cafe in the Andersonville neighborhood. One of my favorites in the city. They sell a variety of travel books but the real attraction here is the relaxed bohemian atmosphere. Good food and very friendly staff. Grab a pillow in the window and indulge in a Mexican hot chocolate as you lounge your way through a good book or plan ...

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  • 8

    West Egg Cafe

    Apparently this was one of the first breakfast/brunch spots in downtown Chicago's Streeterville. From the moment you walk in you can tell this is a well oiled machine, with friendly service and delicious omelettes. I will be back.

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  • 9

    Uncle Julio's

    7 reviews

    Cheap, fun and delicious. Everything wonderful you could possibly expect from a typical Mexican restaurant. A favorite hangout spot for birthday dinners with big groups of friends. You cannot go wrong with their margaritas!

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  • 10

    Eggsperience Cafe

    4 reviews

    After our failed attempt at Pisano (it said they were opened until 3AM, but at 2AM when we walked in, they said they were closed!), we found Eggsperience. There were a ton of people for almost 3AM in the morning, but since the only two of us, we were able to sit at the bar area. Service was friendly and ...

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  • 11

    Lou Mitchell's Restaurant & Bakery

    Wonderful doughnut holes and Milk Duds! Yes, for breakfast. Long lines on Sunday mornings after church, but well worth the wait. Fun and crowded. Great waffles, eggs, and the best coffee in Chicago.

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  • 12

    Mario's Italian Lemonade

    2 reviews

    It isn't summer in Chicago until you go to Mario's for some Italian Ice! They are only open from May- September so don't miss out. My favorite is Tutti Fruitti.

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  • 13


    3 reviews

    The best-kept secret in Streeterville! My favorite Italian food in the whole city and it is usually just locals except for tourists who wander in off of Michigan Avenue on accident. Be sure to make a reservation because there can be a long wait!

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  • 14


    2 reviews

    Great food and service! If the owner is in he will always come by your table and guarantee you a good story!

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  • 15

    Red Apple Restaurant

    2 reviews

    Authentic Polish restaurant with a couple locations in Chicago. I recommend catering it for big events rather than eating it buffet style there, the bygos is the best that way!

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  • 16


    6 reviews

    Just about every time I'm in town, I end up eating at Wishbone. I'm getting hungry just thinking about the place. They serve up what they call, "Southern Reconstruction Cooking," but what most folks just call "darned good" southern-style comfort food. Try the corn cakes, and anything jambalaya. And I love the snarling poodle logo.

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  • 17

    Friends Sushi

    3 reviews

    I never thought for the life of me that I would eat sushi in Chicago. When you're in the Windy City, one has to dine on the holy trinity of Chicago-style hot dogs, deep dish pizzas, and Italian beef sandwiches. After having done all that, it was refreshing to get something totally different and in complete contrast. Friends Sushi fit ...

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  • 18

    Kuma's Too

    2 reviews

    A nice spot in Lincoln Park, but definitely not the same as the original. Try it if youd like, but for the real deal make sure to head to the first one!

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  • 19

    Max's Take Out

    2 reviews

    An inexpensive hole-in-the-wall, serving Chicago-style hotdogs. It's just a 5 minute walk from the Art Institute, a great place to have break from the museum and have a little piece of street food from Chicago.

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  • 20

    Piece Pizzeria and Brewery

    I have heard a lot of hype about Piece Pizzeria and Brewery over the past few years, and I found myself in Wicker Park after getting off of the Blue Line. I popped in to catch the end of the game and grab a pizza & beer. The beer was solid, as was the pizza. The thin crust was good, ...

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