The West Loop is a foodie’s paradise. Chef-driven eateries seem to be opening daily and attract hungry patrons from all over the world. The neighborhood maintains its industrial roots with restaurants occupying historic factories with residential lofts just overhead. The mix of new restaurants in old spaces make for some of the most memorable dining settings in the city. There are tons of excellent restaurants in the West Loop. From soul-warming pasta at Monteverde to Chinese dim sum at Duck Duck Goat, there’s something for every taste.
Chef Sarah Grueneberg’s Monteverde specializes in classic pasta dishes with a twist. The deceptively simple menu marries the chef’s southern roots and the magic of pasta. In 2017, Grueneberg won a James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Great Lakes.” The award marked yet another win for the restaurants of the West Loop neighborhood. Make reservations for Monteverde far in advance-it’s one of the hottest, if not the hottest restaurant in Chicago.
Hygge is the Danish word for coziness and contentment. Elske exemplifies coziness. Their Scandinavian-inspired kitchen serves minimalist dishes that keep the ingredients front and center. If you’ve ever wanted to sample a Danish beer, run to Elske. Right in the thick of Randolph Street’s culinary offerings, you can’t want to miss this Michelin Star winning restaurant.
A neighborhood staple, Wishbone has been serving southern favorites for more than twenty years. Located right next to the old Harpo studios, Wishbone has weathered a lot of change in the West Loop. This family-friendly restaurant not only features delicious food, they also have live music weekly and a family night. Weather permitting, eat al fresco and enjoy the sites and sounds of West Loop as you dine. Wishbone’s weekend brunch is a huge draw for residents in the West Loop.
4. The Publican
Love meat? Love beer? The Publican will make you love them even more. This West Loop juggernaut spawned a number of restaurants for Paul Kahan. You’ll find Publican Quality Meats, a butcher shop and cafe, nearby. There’s also a newer location in Wicker Park. Farm to table pickles and locally sourced meats make this meat-lovers heaven feel distinctly midwestern and full-on Chicago.
Chef Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat fame puts her spin on Chinese dim sum. The stunning dining space echoes film noir by way of Chinatown. Duck Duck Goat’s cocktail list is equally as whimsical with offerings like an oolong tea infused cocktail called, “Oolong, Farewell” that will have you waving your cares goodbye. Duck Duck Goat’s dramatic dining room embodies the spirit, revitalization and vitality of the West Loop.
The West Loop neighborhood’s heart is its culinary culture. With what started as a meatpacking district decades ago to the gem of the midwest’s culinary scene, West Loop diners will have plenty to take in. The abundance of dining choices make West Loop a foodie destination and residents in the neighborhood take full advantage of all it has to offer.