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Fried Green Tomatoes
Enjoy a dinner of rustic Italian dishes (and be sure to try the signature tomatoes) at Fried Green Tomatoes, a romantic restaurant housed in a historic downtown Galena building. The restaurant features an award-winning wine list recognized by Wine Spectator. Reservations recommended.
Discover cute boutiques housed in historic storefronts in downtown Champaign, including antique and consignment shops. Be sure to stop at PACA’s Architectural Salvage Warehouse, where you’ll find everything from vintage stained glass to ceramic tiles.
Chicago Food Planet Tours
Take the 3-hour food tasting and cultural walking Chicago tours, which combine delicious food and drink tastings with some serious fun in Chicago’s most delicious, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods. Suitable for all age groups and fitness levels, you’ll experience delectable foods from one-of-a-kind specialty food stores and ethnic eateries while receiving an insiders view into the culture, history and architecture that defines the Windy City. Walk away with new culinary perspectives, big smiles, satisfied taste buds and the confidence to continue exploring the areas where locals live.
Since opening to great fanfare in 1984, Spiaggia has set the tone for Italian fine dining in Chicago and in the United States. A favorite Michigan Avenue restaurant of critics and patrons alike, this timeless four-star restaurant celebrates the cuisine of Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef Sarah Grueneberg, who creates luxurious, world-class Italian cuisine showcasing the finest ingredients presented with simple elegance. The award-winning wine list, impeccable service, spectacular view and sophisticated, contemporary setting contribute to Spiaggia's universal regard as a premier, authentic Italian dining destination.
Discover Green Street and the heart of campus at the University of Illinois. Restaurants, bars, shops, bookstores and more await your presence in this Orange & Blue themed area.
MB Financial Park at Rosemont
MB Financial Park at Rosemont, the new entertainment district, features lively bars and restaurants with live music, casual dining, bowling, and outdoor patios. A seasonal courtyard is in the center of it all- perfect for farmers markets, movies under the stars, music festivals & ice skating. MB Financial Park at Rosemont is only a block from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and is anchored by Muvico 18- Movie Theater, a number of hotels and the vibrant Rosemont Theatre.
The Ariston Cafe was founded by Pete Adam, a Greek immigrant, in Carlinville, Illinois in 1924. The original cafe was located on Route 4, the predecessor of Historic Route 66. In 1929, the Cafe was relocated to Litchfield, Illinois and moved into its present location on Route 66 in 1935. Since 1966, Pete’s son Nick and wife, Deme, continue to offer the traditional service expected of a family-owned and operated restaurant. The cafe is believed to be one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66 and has been inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame and is placed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Piasa Winery & Pub
Wine, beer, food and an amazing view of the Mississippi River are all part of the charm of the Piasa Winery & Pub. Enjoy award-winning wines made at the Piasa vineyards or try one of the more than 400 Illinois and international wines available. Sit on the deck of the riverfront pub and relax with a beer from the more than 100 imported and domestic brews on hand. Appetizers, sandwiches (including the Piasa Pounder -- take the challenge if you dare!) soups, salads, pastas and desserts are available on this full service menu.
Joe's Pizza And Pasta
Joe's Pizza and Pasta is a hometown favorite serving fine Italian dishes including pizza, pasta, submarine sandwiches, desserts and more. Recently renovated, Joe's makes the perfect place for lunch or dinner with the availability of large party reservations and delivery service.
Radio Maria is a restaurant and tapas bar run by artists. Head chef, Brian Wong, creates the eclectic dishes that suit the vibrant ambiance, such as his Coffee Crusted Filet and Green Curry Hot Pot.
Located in an 1847 Georgian-style mansion, featuring tapas, the authentic dishes of Spain. Indoor and garden patio dining available.
Rizzi's on State
Fine dining featuring traditional Northern and Southern Italian cuisine cooked to order. Extensive wine list and full bar. Private party room available. Patio dining.
Pizza Cucina (Wasco)
5 minutes west of downtown St. Charles in Wasco. Open daily. Delivery available. Catering too.
Giordano's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria - Buffalo Grove
Pioneer of the award winning famous stuffed and equally renowned thin-crust pizza. Enjoy a variety of pizzas including cheese, vegi, tropic delight, and shrimp or choose from over 15 ingredients to create your own masterpiece. Other menu choices include an array of appetizers, sandwiches, pastas, soups, fresh salads and desserts. Open for lunch and dinner. Dine-in and enjoy a beverage from the full-service bar. Carry-out, delivery and catering are also available. Live too far to enjoy Giordano's, use our mail order system and have the partially cooked, frozen pizza delivered overnight to you. Visit our website for more information.
CITY: Buffalo Grove
La Za Za Trattoria
Unique architectural shape and cozy atmosphere makes you a special part of this trattoria. Come experience friendly service and great food, where family and friends still matter.
CITY: St. Charles
Enjoy traditional Italian dishes and authentic Italian-trained chefs' recipes while dining in one of Luigi's rooms from his beautiful Italian villa. Banquet facilities available.
Mediterranean cuisine restaurant located in the downtown area. Please see our website for menu options. Wine, beer and spirits.
Venuti's Ristorante & Banquets
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - The Venuti family will customize your special event in a lavish banquet setting that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. Venuti's houses three opulent bridal suites, a quaint chapel for 100 guests, dramatic marble double staircase and granite dance floor. The restaurant offers a warm setting and fine Italian cuisine, including scrumptious homemade specialty pastas.
Johnny's Italian Steakhouse
Menu centered on charbroiled steaks and chops, fresh seafood and Italian specialties. Lunch menu includes specialty sandwiches and salads. Call-ahead seating daily. Located in the Shoppes at Grand Prairie Mall.
Esplanade Restaurant & Lounge, Doubletree Suites
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Casual dress code. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Average cost per meal: breakfast under $10, lunch/dinner $10-20.
CITY: Downers Grove
Very spacious, elevators, crystal chandeliers, live entertainment on weekends.
Mediterranean style cuisine with a fun atmosphere and elegant ambiance.
Maggiano's Little Italy - Naperville
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Maggiano's is inspired by post WWII Little Italy and specializes in Southern Italian cuisine. We offer signature family-style dining as well as a variety of menu choices, ranging from traditional pastas and chicken dishes to homemade desserts.
Cummare's Italian Ristorante
Authentic Italian family recipes for pizza and past dishes, salads, panini, lunch & dinner buffet.