320 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 384-1208
Fax: (312) 204-6910
Bars & Cafes
This Mexican restaurant is a popular after-work getaway for the city's downtown crowd. The quesadillas, burritos, fajitas and tacos are plentiful, as are the Coronas and margaritas. Order one of Salvador's 45-ounce margaritas, and you will receive a free sombrero (the hat, not the drink). Finish the cocktail, and you won't care how silly the sombrero looks on you. Just be aware that like most Mexican restaurants, the drinks are usually more expensive than the food. The Chicken Taco, Carne Asada and Mondo-Margarita are recommended.
If you're looking for a bit of LA in Chicago, then this trendy club is the place to get down and get dirty. Located at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, it's as downtown as you can get. As you enter, you will be plunged into a technological fantasy with eight plasma screens that show over 7,000 music videos in a night. Leap onto the dance floor, which is illuminated by a huge glass globe, spurting out rays of light. Each weekend, the club opens its doors to fashion shows and local celebrities and they don't close till 5a, so you can get down to it into the wee hours!
If you are in the mood for some steaks, then Stetson's is your best bet. The restaurant is situated in the classy Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel and surely keeps up to its standards. The green walls, glass ceiling, mellow lighting, and checkered chairs create a cozy and quiet ambiance. You can watch the chef doing what he does best - cooking up a delicacy - in the exhibition cooking area. Porterhouse Steak, Wagyu London Broil, Lake Superior White Fish, Lobster Tail, and Filet are worth a try. Stetson's also features Jazz music from Monday through Saturday.
Bigger is better here. Located in the Hyatt Regency in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, BIG Bar and Brassiere lives up to its name, boasting the longest free-standing bar in North America. In addition top-notch city views through windows lined with over 1,400 liquor bottles, BIG bar draws a fun, after work crowd with its oversized appetizers and drinks. Guests can choose from three sizes when making their cocktail or beer selections, big, bigger and biggest or for groups try the 108 ounce "Long Neck Beer Tower" which holds enough beer to fill about 9 mugs! A fun and satisfying stop while downtown in the Windy City.
High atop theWit, this bar introduces you to a new way of partying. Situated on the 27th story of the hotel, ROOF on theWit affords fantastic views of the city, and offers you some great food and drinks to boot. Sushi, pizzas and loads of plates to share accompany the extensive drinks list. Several discrete spaces make up this stylish party spot, which you can make use of for a private event. Sitting in front of the fireplace with a Desert Oasis in hand, enjoying the live music is the perfect way to spend an evening.
For some much-needed refreshment once you’ve shopped until you’re ready to drop on the Magnificent Mile, recharge at Simply Fresh Café & Juice Bar. Located steps away from the Bean, one of Chicago’s most popular tourist attractions, this convenient pit stop offers not only fresh-squeezed juices, but also smoothies, ice cream, and frozen yogurt. For something heartier, Simply Fresh Café & Juice Bar also serves breakfast and lunch items such as made-to-order sandwiches and wraps, coffee drinks, and a few pastries. Designed to be grab-and-go, walk to the nearby Millenium Park and enjoy your frozen yogurt along with the view so after you push your way past locals on their lunch break. -Betsy Mikel
Caffè RōM cafes are Italian in essence, offering coffees that are typical of major Italian cities. The Italians have different coffees for different times of the day, RōM cafes highlight the unique Italian coffee culture and offers amazing hand-crafted coffees along with a range of authentic gelatos. Also on offer are a selection of delectable gourmet sandwiches and tasty European pastries. Located on Stetson Avenue, one of their outlet dons a thorough European avatar, featuring a glitzy Italian bar and a lovely outdoor seating arrangement which makes for a great spot to sip on a refreshing cuppa that will transport you to Milan.
Descend the murky stairs and “Butt on in” as the sign says. Made famous by John Belushi's “Cheeseborger, cheeseborger, cheeseborger” Saturday Night Live skit, the Billy Goat Tavern never fails to please in all of its sleazy glory. For a truly authentic experience, enter late when all the tourists have left. Check out the old Mike Royko columns and photographs on the walls. For lunch and dinner you can order a hotdog, a ham and cheese or a “cheeseborger,” but you cannot order fries, only chips. Try the “Doublacheez” for a wallop.
Intelligentsia is a well known coffee chain having outlets across the country. This location of the chain is in proximity to the Millennium Park and delights office goers and travelers alike. The place is very warm and welcoming; it is furnished with comfortable couches, and they also have an extended patio. Freshly-brewed espressos, lattes and cappuccino are their forte and these taste absolutely delicious when accompanied with scrumptious baked goods. The cafe is WiFi equipped, making it a perfect spot for getting work done.
"A Taste of Italy...Unchained!" With more than three locations in Chicago, this place is all Italian, all the time. Except for dinner. Sopraffina Marketcaffe in Aon Center is for breakfast and lunch only and caters to a large number of professionals with generous sandwiches, salads, pastas and pizzas. The decor is predictably Italian-themed, with tastefully bland portraits of old farmers and bowls of fruit hanging adorning its walls. The tables, like any authentic Italian caffe, can be too close together at times and fill up quickly.
Everyone likes a good doughnut every once in a while, and when they do, they don't think beyond Dunkin' Donuts. With over 50 locations in Chicago itself, Dunkin' Donuts enjoy an enviable global presence. Whether you're craving a delicious, creamy doughnut or a refreshing hot cup of coffee, these outlets do well on both the accounts. Moderately priced, these outlets usually boast of a friendly and quick service and freshly baked offerings.
Catch the latest game and sip on a cold one at this popular gastropub. Public House is a 10,000 (929 square meter) venue that offers patrons a giant video wall, 27 televisions, and a classic menu of American pub grub. A staggering amount of beer is on offer, with well over 103 different types to choose from. Daily specials include creamy macaroni and cheese Monday or hamburger Tuesdays. On going events, and venue rental make this spot quite popular among the Chicago denizens and visitors alike.