Chicago is home to over 7,000 restaurants. For restaurant suggestions, look at: 



A few fine-dining restaurants get booked up, so if you have your heart set on one, make a reservation soon.


There are several restaurants near the Hilton Chicago. Google Map of recommended restaurants within 15 minutes walking distance of the Hilton Chicago: Map


Some restaurants in easy walking distance west of the Hilton Chicago (some offer outdoor seating):

  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, 805 S State St, family-owned local pizza chain

  • Sociale Chicago, 800 S Clark St, Mediterranean-inspired small plates, wine, & cocktails

  • Half Sour, 755 S Clark St, relaxed bar & American kitchen

  • Bar Louie, 47 W Polk St, grill chain with American grub & microbrews

  • Exchequer Restaurant & Pub, 226 S Wabash Ave, old pub with pizza, ribs, burgers, large beer selection

  • Miller's Pub, 134 S Wabash Ave, Chicago institution since 1935, American grub & craft brews


Some restaurants in easy walking distance south of the Hilton Chicago (some offer outdoor seating):

  • Eleven City Diner, 1112 S Wabash Ave, Jewish deli standards & classic American fare

  • The Chicago Firehouse, 1401 S Michigan Ave, stylish eatery with traditional American fare

  • Flo & Santos, 1310 S Wabash Ave, hybrid of pub, pizzeria, & Polish-American restaurant

  • Asian Outpost - Hawaiian Hideout, 1315 S Wabash Ave, colorful eatery with tropical vibe, mix of Asian cuisines

  • Tapas Valencia, 1530 S State St (a little farther away), extensive tapas menu


Many interesting restaurants are in the Fulton Market area (~10 min by car; 25 minutes by CTA green or pink line). Reservations are recommended. Suggestions include: Aba (Mediterranean), Beatrix (American), Au Cheval (American), Duck Duck Goat (Chinese), Bar Siena (Italian), Girl and the Goat (New American), Next (sister restaurant to Michelin 3-star Alinea), the Publican (pork-centric, but with seafood and extensive beer list).


There are many other restaurants in River North. Some good ones are: Vermilion (Indian/Latin American fusion); the Purple Pig (Mediterranean); Eataly (Italian grocery, with several restaurants inside; Shaw’s Crab House (seafood).


There are several restaurants with outdoor seating in blocked-off Clark Street between Hubbard Street and Grand Avenue. Suggestions include: Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/Xoco (Mexican); Roka Akor (seafood); Ema (Mediterranean); Maggiano’s Little Italy (Italian); Sunda (Asian Fusion); Jaleo Chicago (Spanish; just opened). 


There are several outdoor restaurants on the Chicago Riverwalk, the Northman Beer and Cider Garden has live music every day


Chicago Tours:

  • Chicago Architecture River Cruise, tickets $48-53, 1.5 hours, access to Chicago Architecture Center for an additional $5

  • Must-See Chicago Walking Tour, tickets $30 including CAC admission, 1.5 hours

  • Chicago Architecture: A Walk Through Time, tickets $30 including CAC admission, 1.5 hour


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There are many options to get around Chicago: rental car (Zipcar), Uber/Lyft, taxi, public transit, rental bikes (Divvy), walking, etc. 

If you wish to use public transit, it is recommended that you get a Ventra card or download the app (more information here). 

The Blue Line and Orange Line serve the O’Hare and Midway airports, respectively. Both will take you downtown within walking distance of the conference venue.