Tips for Eating in Chicago for New Visitors

While the City of Chicago has some great dining restaurants that you can visit and enjoy a variety of dishes from deep-dish pizza, groundbreaking cocktail bars and America’s best steaks from places such as the Gibson’s Steakhouse Chicago. The city has a wide array of restaurants as well as street vendors where you can get quality food.

A good way of enjoying a nice meal in Chicago is by eating while enjoying a nice view of the city. The waterfront Boathouse Café at Humboldt Park is a great place to enjoy a sumptuous meal while having a nice view of the park. However, if you are looking for the hottest restaurants in Chicago to dine in, consider going to the Pacific Standard Time that has an amazing California cuisine.

Alternatively, if you love both Korean and Italian food, you can opt to go to Passerotto as it has a combination of both cuisines. The Aba, located in the Fulton market, offers you a Mediterranean dining experience and is on a gorgeous rooftop space. However, try and make a reservation first or else you might find all the tables full and have to look for a plan B.

Chicago is known for its style of pizza that includes deep dish pizza. If you ask the locals, they’re sure to recommend you to try out Lou Malnati’s if you want some deep dish pizza or the Pequod’s of you are looking for caramelized crust. Different pizza joints offer different styles of pizza so you won’t end up regretting your choice.

Grand Opening – Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Dill Pickle Food Co-op Grand Opening is on Saturday, December 12th. All are welcome to help celebrate the big occasion.

Grand Opening
Schedule of Events

11:30 AM | Parade Preparations
Calling all members and friends of all ages! We’ll be making signs, painting faces, and preparing for our big parade.

1:00 PM | Kick-off Parade
Our Pickle Parade launches from the Logan Square Library at 1pm for a magnificent march (it will last about 15 minutes, because it’s December!). With your helpful voices and other instruments of noise, we’ll be cheering and marching all the way to our wonderful new co-op grocery store!

1:15 PM | Ribbon-Cutting
Once the parade arrives at the store, all members are invited to help cut the the ribbon. Bring your own scissors!

*All Day* | Food-Tasting
Want to taste something from the Co-op’s opening grocery stock? We’ll have different vendors at the store to sample products throughout the day.

9:00 PM | After-Party
After the store doors close, join us for an after-party at 9pm at WeeGee’s, a bar located at 3659 West Armitage Ave.

A community-owned grocery store in Logan Square, Chicago

Chicago’s Grocery Co-op
Grocery co-ops are found in cities and towns all over America, from New York City to Minneapolis, MN to Champaign, IL.  And now thanks to a collective effort of neighbors and friends, the Logan Square community has put Chicago on that list.  With convenient hours for both daily essentials and specialties, the Dill Pickle Food Co-op is a full-service grocery store for fresh, local, and organic food.  It offers one of the largest bulk grocery sections in the city.

Logan Square

Located at 3039 W. Fullerton, the Dill Pickle is easily accessible via the 74-Fullerton bus or the California Blue line train station.  The Co-op also supports cyclists with two bike racks in front of the store.  The Logan Square Library is directly across Fullerton Ave–inviting you to pick a recipe from a cookbook and walk across the street for ingredients.


Dill Pickle Food Co-op is owned and governed by a community of food lovers.  As a consumer-cooperative, the Dill Pickle is democratically controlled by the members who shop there.  Anyone can become a member, and the store is open for shopping to members and non-members alike.  The Co-op’s commitment to fresh, local, and organic food is met with affordability in mind.  New customers will find the Co-op to be an informed grocer that connects with local food producers.  From farms to kitchens, healthy food practices will be supported.