By Sam Faye on October 15, 2015 for The Infatuation

You’re in Chicago for the first time ever. You’ve got 72 hours and an appetite for everything. Where do you start?

That’s a question we get asked a lot, and it’s a hard one to answer. There’s no doubt you’ll spend time wandering up and down the Magnificent Mile and checking out shops in the Gold Coast. But don’t confine yourself to eating all of your meals in these areas – that’s basically what we call self-inflicted dining entrapment. Many Chicagoans avoid Michigan Avenue like the plague, so make a point to eat in some of the surrounding neighborhoods to see what life as a local is all about. Also prepare for it to be unbearably cold or unbearably hot. That’s definitely what life as a local is all about.

This isn’t meant to be a definitive list of the city’s best restaurants – but seeing as these are spots we like to frequent, we think it’s a good start.

For Dinner

Gene & Georgetti Steakhouse

The Rose Bowl of classic Chicago establishments, the Granddaddy of ’em all. Gene & Georgetti is an Italian-style steakhouse with awesome beef, seafood, pasta, and (obviously) service.


Check out the full list on The Infatuation’s website by clicking here.

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