When you visit the Windy City, you can be sure you’re coming to a metropolis brimming with food and fun. But that doesn’t mean you have to venture very far for a great meal. In fact, you may only need an elevator ride in your own hotel. Many of the best Chicago restaurants are located right in Windy City hotels, making it easy to try a multitude of delicious hotel restaurant options that will whet the appetites of city visitors and natives alike.
Cerise Rooftop at the Virgin Hotel
If you come to Chicago in the summer, you have to indulge in one of the rooftop bars that are scattered around the city. Then you can spend that precious bit of warm weather at the Cerise Rooftop, a modern space that sits atop the Virgin Hotel. On hot days you might want to seek refuge in the indoor section but head out to the patio if you can. This is the perfect spot for a younger crowd on the weekend, with lounge areas that leave lots of room for dancing to the music ofpartner DJs. However, the food is also on trend, with light bites meant for sampling with all your friends. Don’t leave without trying the hamachi sashimi or crabby patty—complete with sweet peas and Thai basil—paired with a signature cocktail like the Tradewinds Punch.
Mercat a la Planxa at the Renaissance Blackstone
The Renaissance Blackstone is the perfect hotel for someone looking for a little old Chicago glamour, but its Mercat a la Planxa restaurant has a decidedly different vibe. Whereas the hotel is all warm reds and lush, welcoming tones made for sitting back with a Mad Men-esque scotch drink in hand, Mercat a la Planxa is the perfect place for a late-night bite or bright brunch that tastes like it’s come straight from the Iberian Peninsula. With a wall of arched windows and a circular booth seating area, you will be drawn right into your table. And you’ll want to remain there for hours thanks to a tapas menu that includes the saffron and lobster arroz a la cazuela soup, or the simplistically spicy patatas bravas with smoked paprika aioli.
Viand Bar & Kitchen at the Courtyard Marriott
If you’re truly looking for a taste of Chicago, Viand Bar and Kitchen’s heavy emphasis on locally sourced items makes it an easy choice. Executive chef Tyler Nelson changes the menu with the seasons so he can continue to work with local vendors and farms, as well as cater to a predominantly gluten-free menu with a good mix of vegetarian dishes. The Kentucky Mule with Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is perfectly light for the (hopefully) warm weather, and the pork belly and grits is not to be missed. The menu is made for groups and boasts lots of weekday specials, so this is the spot if you’re in town on business or a friendly gathering.
Filini at the Radisson Blu Aqua
You may have heard of the Blu Aqua hotel thanks to its striking architectural design and stellar poolside scene, but Filini makes it easy for guests to dine in style on dishes like bruschetta carpaccio or spaghetti with shrimp, calamari, and chili flakes in between dips in the pool. Filini takes classic Italian favorites and puts a contemporary twist on them, adding spices or seafood additions that complement the look and feel of the hotel. This spot is one of the best Chicago restaurants for foodies looking for a quick bite without sacrificing any of the flavor.