Dining in Chicago

Tamarind Sushi
Offering an upscale décor and broad menu offerings, Chicago’s Tamarind Sushi is within walking distance from Grant Park. As the restaurant’s name suggests, they are known for their selection of sakes, colorful maki rolls, and sushi combination platters. However, Tamarind’s Asian Fusion theme is supported with dishes from India, Thailand, China, Vietnam, and Korea. Traditional Vietnamese pho noodle soup, Chinese stir-fries, and Japanese Yaki Udon are listed alongside creative fusion dishes such as taro French fries and spicy tuna tacos. For a burst of sophisticated flavor, Tamarind Sushi makes a fitting lunch or dinner spot near Grant Park.

Exchaquer Restaurant and Pub
Sports and cinema enthusiasts will fit right in to the memorabilia-decked walls and casual atmosphere of Exchaquer Restaurant and Pub, also located near Grant Park. Since 1969, this popular Chicago Loop eatery has served up local favorites, such as deep-dish pizza, ribs, burgers, and other grill offerings. Families visiting Grant Park will find Exchaquer’s a friendly place to fill up for lunch or dinner before taking in more of the Chicago sights.

Eleven City Diner
Eleven City Diner is another great Grant Park area venue, offering gourmet breakfasts, noshes and lunches in a family-friendly atmosphere that captures the essence of a classic Jewish delicatessen. Cold and hot sandwiches, pastas, and crowd-pleasing matzo ball soup are among the lunch crowd’s favorites. Eleven also serves up bagels and lox, waffles, pancakes, bacon and a variety of innovative egg dishes for breakfast. In summertime, Grant Park visitors can enjoy Eleven City Diner’s outdoor seating area.

Buddy Guy’s Legends
Also near Grant Park, Buddy Guy’s Legends, opened by the jazz legend himself, features soul food, Cajun and Southern cooking and live blues performances every night of the week. Acoustic performances entertain lunchtime guests on weekdays. Fried chicken, Po’Boys, fried okra, gumbo, blackened bourbon shrimp and jambalaya are popular offerings and Legends. For those with a sweet tooth, Peanut Buddy Pie and Drunken Chocolate Cake are sure to please. Buddy Guy fans can peruse the gift shop for authentic memorabilia after their meal.

Mei’s Kitchen
Another excellent Grant Park area eatery, Mei’s Kitchen has a little bit of everything for any meal of the day. A hearty American breakfast menu offers fluffy flapjack stacks, steak and eggs, and roasted mushroom omelets. A simple Asian lunch menu showcases Berkshire pork meatballs, lettuce wraps and beef noodle soup. Dinner is a fusion of Italian, American, and Asian dishes. Diners can order Berkshire Pork Belly steamed buns or sweet potato fries as an appetizer and Cantonese Duck Wrap or Margherita Pizza as entrees. For a unique dining experience, Mei’s has diverse menu offerings.