Traveling aint easy when you're visiting a new city and have a palate created by BurgaBox. Everyone is screaming "pick me" on Instagram and Yelp but it can be hard to tell which places are actually worth the stop. That's where we come in. Our weekly post, "24 Hours in the City" will help you filter out the phonies and conquer each city with a full stomach and a slight buzz. Because that's the only way we know how to travel.
This week we planned out your twenty-four hour trip to Chicago with the most crucial food and drink spots. The theme of the day is eat everything, drink local and bring a lot of cash.
Where to stay?
Reserve a hotel or Airbnb in Lincoln Park or Lakeview. If you can stand to walk around outside during Chicago fall or winter, these regions are in close vicinity to Lake Michigan. These areas are also in the heart of amazing food and drink (which is the main purpose of traveling).
Breakfast: Honestly, you might need to just get everything on this list.
Ann Sather: We aren't concerned with your main breakfast choice here. We trust that BurgaBox has trained your taste buds enough to choose a great meal without our help. The only way that you can possibly go wrong at Ann Sather is if you don't order the homemade cinnamon rolls on the side. Just do it, please.
Chicago Bagel Authority: The CBA is known to have the best bagels in Chicago. The menu consists of crazy bagel sandwiches that will appeal to all crowds. Would you eat a bagel with ham, bacon, sausage, roast beef, scrambled egg, hardboiled egg, american cheese, smoked cheddar on an onion bagel? It's called the Swanson Sandwich of Greatness and you should order it.
Southport Grocery: If you like your breakfast sweet, Southport Grocery will fulfill any and all sugar fantasies. In our opinion, the highlights of their menu are the Bread Pudding and Cupcake Batter Pancakes. We also have tried the Stuffed French Toast that is loaded with local apples & cream cheese filling, topped with streusel and lightly smoked maple syrup and it still feels like a dream.
Lunch: This time, choose one. You still have two more meals to rally for.
Portillos: The classic Chicago hot dog consists of an all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun piled high with mustard, sweet pickle relish, onion, tomato, a dill pickle spear, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt. Many Chicagoans fight over who has the best hot dogs around, but we have confirmed that Portillos is among the best. And here's a word from the wise...do not under any circumstances put ketchup on your hot dog. That is a big no,no in the Chicagoan hot dog enthusiasts community.
Kuma's Corner: If you need a BurgaBox fix, visit Kuma's Corner for lunch. The menu is packed with some crazy burgers and they are all served between huge pretzel buns. Are you looking to go all out during lunchtime? Order "The Slayer" (see below). Yep, that is a burger.
Bari: AKA the deli that has the best italian beef in the whole city. It is cheap, the portions are huge and we always go back for the Italian sub and the prosciutto and mozzarella sandwich. Drool over the menu here.
Mid-Afternoon Drinks: A Chicago trip is not complete without a little brewery hopping. We suggest you start at Half Acre Beer Company in Lincoln Park. On Saturdays, the first 60 people in line get to take a tour of the brewery. Otherwise, you can just drink in the taproom which seems like a win, win to us! Next, make your way down the street to Dovetail Brewery where dogs are welcome and BYOFood is encouraged.
Dinner: There is a very important decision to make...steak or pizza?
RPM Steakhouse: If you're feeling fancy, (and willing to spend a few extra bucks), get your dress pants on and get to RPM. We recommend choosing any of the steaks or chops on the menu with some mashed and vegetables on the side. Squeeze in dessert and order the 14k chocolate cake.
Lou Malnati's: If you see deep dish in your future, find a Lou Malnati's ASAP. The Buttercrust is famous and is probably something you should never pass up. Make sure to get "The Lou" and/or the "The Malnati Chicago Classic". We have only one request. Stay far away from the crustless pizza. It's just not right.
Now, it's time to bring back that midday buzz.
Green Mill Cocktail Lounge: The Green Mill is known as Al Capone's old stomping grounds. When walking into the bar, expect to feel like you've time traveled back to prohibition with authentic decor and incredible jazz music. If you're looking to socialize and be belligerent (no judgement), this might not be the place for you. Green Mill is all about the music and anything above a dull roar during sets is not acceptable. This bar is cash only but there is an ATM on site.
East Room: The cocktails at Green Mill were flowing like it was 1920 and now you're probably juiced up enough to dance. Unfortunately this is another cash only bar but the ATM receipt will get you a free shot of Paddy's Irish Whiskey. East Room has an awesome mix of DJs, live music and cheap drinks.
If dancing and crowded bars aren't your thing, head over to Replay (formally known as Headquarters) for a more casual scene. The bar is filled with classic arcade games such as Pacman and Donkey Kong and over 50 types of whiskey and bourbon to choose from. Seems like a match made in heaven to us.
Late Night Food: You've made it this far, so why not stuff some more food in your face?
Five Faces Ice Cream: Cash only, but has Chicago Dogs, gyros and burgers and, of course, ice cream. Could you ask for anything more out of a late night eating session?
As you're about to pass out mid lick of your ice cream cone, we hope that you pass out with a feeling of satisfaction and a full stomach. Let us know if you end up visiting (or have visited) these places and how you liked them!
Look out for us next week in our next "24 Hours in the City" and conquer another city, one day at a time!