Our abridged, meal-by-meal guide to where and what to eat now.
Breakfast: Johnnycake at Carriage House
Southern comfort at this sunlit Wicker Park café means a cornmeal flatbread with house-made peach preserves and maple syrup. ($9)
Lunch: Smoked Trout Sandwich at the Garden at Nightwood
Head to the artsy Pilsen area for a game of bocce and a seafood-centric BLT: smoked trout, summer squash pickles, and bacon. ($12)
Snack: Spinach-and-Feta Empanada at La Sirena Clandestina
Brazilian-inspired drinks are the draw at the hip Market District hangout—best paired with these crisp, bite-size pockets. ($4)
Deep dish is but one slice of the scene in Chicago, winner for Best Pizza in our America’s Favorite Cities survey. We tapped resident Heather Sperling, an editor at tastingtable.com, for her favorites.
“Coalfire (pictured), in West Town, is my go-to for a meaty pie. I love the margherita pizza topped with ’nduja, an oily, spicy Calabrian-style sausage.”
“Perfectly chewy, blistered pizza is baked in a brick oven at Lincoln Park’s Pizzeria da Nella. The owner comes from a long line of Italian pizzaioli.”
“Pan-style fanatics flock to Burt’s Place, in the suburb of Morton Grove. It’s legendary for its buttery, caramelized crust.”
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Photo courtesy of Coalfire Pizza