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  • BloomHybrid
    Club Member
    • Mar 2016
    • 102
    • Phoenix
    • Big Joe, Weber Genesis S-330, Thermapin

    Chicago Eating Places

    I'm going to Chicago on Monday and am looking for some good eating places. Preferably a good Italian restaurant, also there is a Weber Grill Restaurant near my hotel, any one familiar with that?
  • Reds Fan 5
    Charter Member
    • Sep 2014
    • 266
    • Western Springs, IL
    • Equipment
      Weber Genesis Gas
      Weber 22" Kettle (black)
      Smokenator
      Slow N Sear

      Thermometers
      Maverick 732 Redi-Chek
      Thermopop

      Fuel
      Kingsford Blue Bag
      Kingsford Professional

      Wood
      Apple (chunks)
      Mesquite (chunks)
      Hickory (chunks)
      Oak (chunks)

      Beverages
      Beer: Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale; Goose Island 312; Goose Island Green Line; Revolution Anti-Hero IPA; Lagunitas IPA

      Bourbon: Basil Hayden
      Rye: George Dickel
      Cocktail: Manhattan

      Personal
      Married, one child (son)
      Originally from Indianapolis, IN. Currently live in Chicago's Western Suburbs (near Meathead!)
      Associate Dean at Chicago area university

    #2
    Where in the Chicago area are you staying? The Weber Grill restaurants are a chain with multiple locations in Chicagoland. Each location is consistent and the food is good. I think it has become expensive over the last couple of years.

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    • BloomHybrid
      Club Member
      • Mar 2016
      • 102
      • Phoenix
      • Big Joe, Weber Genesis S-330, Thermapin

      #3
      I'm staying downtown in the River North area.

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      • Willy
        Charter Member
        • Apr 2015
        • 1800
        • High Desert of the Great Southwest

        #4
        The Chicago Chop House!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        • Reds Fan 5
          Charter Member
          • Sep 2014
          • 266
          • Western Springs, IL
          • Equipment
            Weber Genesis Gas
            Weber 22" Kettle (black)
            Smokenator
            Slow N Sear

            Thermometers
            Maverick 732 Redi-Chek
            Thermopop

            Fuel
            Kingsford Blue Bag
            Kingsford Professional

            Wood
            Apple (chunks)
            Mesquite (chunks)
            Hickory (chunks)
            Oak (chunks)

            Beverages
            Beer: Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale; Goose Island 312; Goose Island Green Line; Revolution Anti-Hero IPA; Lagunitas IPA

            Bourbon: Basil Hayden
            Rye: George Dickel
            Cocktail: Manhattan

            Personal
            Married, one child (son)
            Originally from Indianapolis, IN. Currently live in Chicago's Western Suburbs (near Meathead!)
            Associate Dean at Chicago area university

          #5
          These are my favorite Italian places downtown: http://volarerestaurant.com/ and https://www.piccolosognorestaurant.com/

          Volare is an easy walk from River North, Piccolo Sogno is a short cab ride.

          https://sites.google.com/site/tufanosrestaurant/ is my favorite spot in Little Italy. It is near the U of Illinois Chicago campus and a reasonable Uber/cab ride from River North. It is the oldest, most casual of the three.

          If you like Italian food, check out Eataly on Ohio St. It is Mario Batali's massive Italian market. Multiple restaurants inside. I've never eaten there but have purchased some things from their meat and cheese cases. Even if you don't buy/eat it is a fun place to walk through.

          Enjoy your visit here!

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          • Reds Fan 5
            Charter Member
            • Sep 2014
            • 266
            • Western Springs, IL
            • Equipment
              Weber Genesis Gas
              Weber 22" Kettle (black)
              Smokenator
              Slow N Sear

              Thermometers
              Maverick 732 Redi-Chek
              Thermopop

              Fuel
              Kingsford Blue Bag
              Kingsford Professional

              Wood
              Apple (chunks)
              Mesquite (chunks)
              Hickory (chunks)
              Oak (chunks)

              Beverages
              Beer: Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale; Goose Island 312; Goose Island Green Line; Revolution Anti-Hero IPA; Lagunitas IPA

              Bourbon: Basil Hayden
              Rye: George Dickel
              Cocktail: Manhattan

              Personal
              Married, one child (son)
              Originally from Indianapolis, IN. Currently live in Chicago's Western Suburbs (near Meathead!)
              Associate Dean at Chicago area university

            #6
            If you decide on Tufano's, check to see if there is anything at the United Center that night. If so, it will be packed.

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            • Dusty
              Club Member
              • Apr 2016
              • 109

              #7
              Green Street Meats for some really good BBQ. Au Cheval for some really decent all American fare. Either is casual and generally there is not a long weekday wait.

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              • bardsleyque
                Club Member
                • Oct 2015
                • 598
                • Snoqualmie Wa.

                #8
                they say Smoque is good for BBQ I've never been though

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                • Reds Fan 5
                  Charter Member
                  • Sep 2014
                  • 266
                  • Western Springs, IL
                  • Equipment
                    Weber Genesis Gas
                    Weber 22" Kettle (black)
                    Smokenator
                    Slow N Sear

                    Thermometers
                    Maverick 732 Redi-Chek
                    Thermopop

                    Fuel
                    Kingsford Blue Bag
                    Kingsford Professional

                    Wood
                    Apple (chunks)
                    Mesquite (chunks)
                    Hickory (chunks)
                    Oak (chunks)

                    Beverages
                    Beer: Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale; Goose Island 312; Goose Island Green Line; Revolution Anti-Hero IPA; Lagunitas IPA

                    Bourbon: Basil Hayden
                    Rye: George Dickel
                    Cocktail: Manhattan

                    Personal
                    Married, one child (son)
                    Originally from Indianapolis, IN. Currently live in Chicago's Western Suburbs (near Meathead!)
                    Associate Dean at Chicago area university

                  #9
                  Smoque is outstanding. They serve the only brisket I've had outside TX that tastes like TX brisket. Not an easy trip from where BloomHybrid is staying, though.

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                  • drbisco
                    Former Member
                    • Apr 2017
                    • 29
                    • Chicago, IL

                    #10

                    Would probably shy away from the Weber Grill - If you're looking for BBQ I definitely echo the thoughts on Green Street which is much closer than Smoque and IMHO a bit better than Smoque - more of a texas style - order by the 1/2 lb, they slice your brisket/ribs in front of you and put it on a tray. If you're looking for steak, I highly recommend Maple & Ash or Bavette's if you can get in, maybe if you're willing to eat early or late.



                    Italian in River North - definitely wander around Eataly if there's not one around where you're coming from - it's great - and the pasta/pizza spot on the 2nd floor has a killer lasagne and awesome cacio e pepe and the gelato is fantastic. Some other solid Italian spots in River North are Nonnina, Davanti Enoteca, and Spiaggia if you want to go high end.

                    You're staying in a great spot with countless choices and if you can't decide, go to the west loop and walk down Randolph street, pick a spot - you want be disappointed - probably one of the highest concentrations of awesome spots in the country.

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                    • Reds Fan 5
                      Charter Member
                      • Sep 2014
                      • 266
                      • Western Springs, IL
                      • Equipment
                        Weber Genesis Gas
                        Weber 22" Kettle (black)
                        Smokenator
                        Slow N Sear

                        Thermometers
                        Maverick 732 Redi-Chek
                        Thermopop

                        Fuel
                        Kingsford Blue Bag
                        Kingsford Professional

                        Wood
                        Apple (chunks)
                        Mesquite (chunks)
                        Hickory (chunks)
                        Oak (chunks)

                        Beverages
                        Beer: Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale; Goose Island 312; Goose Island Green Line; Revolution Anti-Hero IPA; Lagunitas IPA

                        Bourbon: Basil Hayden
                        Rye: George Dickel
                        Cocktail: Manhattan

                        Personal
                        Married, one child (son)
                        Originally from Indianapolis, IN. Currently live in Chicago's Western Suburbs (near Meathead!)
                        Associate Dean at Chicago area university

                      #11
                      drbisco, ditto on the West Loop. I am not familiar with Green St. Where in the city is it? I love Smoque; however, if you live up here you know it's not easy to get there.

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                      • drbisco
                        drbisco commented
                        Editing a comment
                        Green st smoked meats is right in the west loop. Just on a side street (green street) off of Randolph just a block or two west of halsted.

                      • Reds Fan 5
                        Reds Fan 5 commented
                        Editing a comment
                        Thanks, drbisco. We will check it out. The West Loop is much easier for us than Smoque.
                    • COL Daub
                      Club Member
                      • Jun 2017
                      • 11
                      • KCBS Lifetime Member
                        KCBS Certified BBQ Judge

                        Equipment:
                        -Weber Summit Gas Grill
                        -Weber Performance 22" Kettle
                        -Myron Mixon MMS48 Water Smoker
                        -BBQ Guru System
                        -Propane low country boiler

                        BBQ Classes:
                        -Myron Mixon BBQ Camp

                      #12
                      Weber Grill is OK but not great. Best part of the restaurant is watching the guys cook on the huge Weber Ranch Kettles.

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                      • Steve R.
                        Club Member
                        • Jul 2016
                        • 2272
                        • Elizabethtown, KY
                        • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Ranch Kettle w/ Guru adapter.

                        #13
                        I actually like Weber Grill. But I kind of feel like it's for people who don't know how to cook on a Weber grill of their own.

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                        • lward76
                          Club Member
                          • Dec 2016
                          • 1

                          #14
                          Carlucci's in Rosemont is an outstanding Italian restaurant. Great food and even better service!

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                          • cemushr
                            Club Member
                            • Jun 2017
                            • 28
                            • Downs, IL
                            • Mush


                              Hardware
                              GMG DB
                              Weber Kettle 22"
                              Fiesta Blue Ember Gas - about to be taken out back and shot
                              Maverick ET732 - ordered and rocketing to casa de la Mush


                              Preferences
                              Beer - Give me an IPA...the hoppier, the better!
                              Wine - Napa Cab Sauv or Russian River Pinot Noir
                              Scotch/Whiskey - Oban or Jameson

                            #15
                            I might be too late, but I'll chime in, too. Food is always subjective (I'm a travel agent on the side, and I always give dining recommendations with a disclaimer that each person is different). That being said, there's some good information in here for the River North area. I tend to agree with most that the Weber Grill restaurants don't seem to live up to the hype. For a non-griller, the Kinzie Chop House is absolutely life-changing (at a hefty price). For those who like steak their own way, though, I think that some of the value is diminished. It's really good, there.

                            Italian? Well...this isn't exactly 100% Italian, but I have to include a recommendation for Chicago-style pizza. We're fans of Gino's East at Illinois and LaSalle. LOVE their pizza, and their beer selection is really good there, too, with several varieties brewed at that location.

                            Enjoy Chi-Town (GO CUBS GO!!)

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