For a more elevated meal, head a block away to RPM Steak. You’ll find homemade breads, top-notch beer and crave-worthy sides, like rosemary sea salt fries and a Millionaire’s Potato baked with truffle and fontina.
For a truly local bite, opt for a snack or meal in Streeterville, the neighborhood that sits right next to the bustling pier. For brunch, lunch or an afternoon snack, visit Beatrix. From melt-in-your-mouth ricotta pancakes to crispy kale salads with shaved Parmesan and a slew of homemade juices, it’s a favorite (with a few locations around the city). If you’re doughnut fan (let’s be honest, who isn’t?), don’t miss Do-Rite Donuts and Chicken, where you’ll find candied maple bacon doughnuts alongside juicy fried chicken sandwiches.
Spanning more than 1,200 acres along Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park is to Chicago as Central Park is to New York City. Once you’re done strolling the tree-lined pathways, visiting the zoo and Instagramming the incredible skyline views from the waterfront, make your way to the more residential side of LP and grab one—or 12—freshly shucked oysters at Oyster Bah. The menu is full of other New England faves like lobster and seafood rolls and sweet corn hush puppies. If seafood isn’t your jam, go right next door and grab a pizza pie instead—Stella Barra, the brainchild of L.A.-born chef Jeff Mahin, has a slice for every person, from a classic cheese to the more inventive avocado pie.