Davi Kaur’s exploration of Chicago’s best places to eat
Every year we travel from Belgium to Chicago to attend the largest cancer conference in the world, the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting. More than 35,000 people descend on the city, to meet, discuss and present the latest information in cancer treatment.
After a long, hard day of sessions and event activity, the Magnificent Mile in Chicago is a great place to relax. For a quick bite and nice glass of wine, I’d recommend visiting ENO wine bar on North Michigan Avenue. It has a superb selection of international wines and cheeses. Nearby, The Purple Pig’s hummus with soft boiled egg, shakshouka, and house-made pita is delicious!
River Roast, with its spin on British food, and Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse both offer riverside dining with stunning architectural views. We watched the last rays of sunset bounce from building to building, leaving a yellow glow in their trails.
The interior of the Ralph Lauren Restaurant is like entering the designer’s living room, complete with his personal art collection. The food is classically American and not overly expensive. After, be sure to stroll along to the Signature Lounge, on the 96th floor of John Hancock tower, for an evening tipple and amazing views.
In Chicago, visiting an Italian restaurant is a must. One of my favourites is Bella Bacinos, serving great pizzas and pasta dishes. If you want to go more upmarket, try one of Café Spiaggia’s handmade pasta dishes: cavatelli with Arrabbiata, olive, Parmigiano Reggiano, and watercress. Delizioso!