Hot Spots to Go after RSNA in Chicago


After a long day at RSNA of exhibits and presentations, you’re going to be hungry. Or maybe just need a drink. The McCormick Center in Chicago’s South Loop has plenty of options.

Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
    805 S. State Street
    You’ve got to have a deep dish pie in Chi-town! Some would argue Malnati’s is the best. It’s a bold statement. Check it out and decide for yourself.
  2. Flaco’s Tacos
    725 S. Dearborn Street
    Mexican food in Chicago? Believe it. This unpretentious taqueria serves up a full menu of fresh Mexican fare to rave reviews and a solid local following. It can get crowded, so get there early!
  3. Ameritalia
    1303 S. Michigan Ave.
    As the name suggests, this casual eatery offers up American-Italian fusion. But don’t let “fusion” fool you. This place is anything but pretentious. It’s comfort food classics you grew up with made better with Italian twists. Polenta fries anyone?
  4. Acadia
    1639 S. Wabush Ave.
    A destination in the hot Chicago restaurant scene. Award-winning chef and proprietor Ryan McCaskey has Chicago all a buzz about this fine dining gem.
  5. The Spoke & Bird
    205 E. 18th Street
    A great place for beer lovers. They offer over 20-odd mostly local brews. The Spoke & Bird has a beer garden feel and a simple, but good food menu featuring sandwiches, pastries, salads, and pastas.
  6. Umai
    730 S. Clark Street
    Considered a sushi experience, Umai is very popular and has made a name for themselves with quality sushi and elaborate food presentation. Worth a visit if sushi is your thing.
  7. Tapas Valencia
    1530 S. State Street
    A great place to go with a group. Gather up your co-workers and hit up this spacious tapas restaurant. A lively place with specialty martinis.
  8. Kurah Mediterranean
    1335 S. Michigan Ave.
    Right in the heart of South Loop is a very reasonably priced upscale dining experience offering a wide variety of carefully prepared Mediterranean fare. Try the garlic smash!
  9. Kroll’s South Loop
    1736 S. Michigan Ave.
    A Chicago neighborhood sports bar and grill. Over 100 beers to choose from, huge screens everywhere, pool, darts, and shuffleboard. If there’s a Bears or Cubs game on, get there early!
  10. Kim and Carlo’s
    1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
    If you go get the deep dish, you gotta get the Chicago dog! Kim and Carlo’s is not a restaurant, but a hotdog stand and an institution. Poppy seed bun, mustard, onions, tomato, hot pepper, pickle, and celery salt. Chicago style.

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