Chicago Entertainment & Cheap Eats (near Hilton & near IIT)

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A Brief Glance at Tourism and Entertainment in Chicago

** A tip for traveling in Chicago
Most of Chicago’s north-south and east-west streets are set in a simple grid pattern. The city’s numerical street system starts at the intersection of State and Madison downtown. From here (0,0) street numbers go up in all directions at about 100 numbers each block. “800” equals 1 mile. If you’re at 720 S. Michigan Ave., 880 N. Michigan Ave. would be exactly 2 miles away.

Have Fun at the Ballpark.
Chicago White Sox are home the week of the conference. U.S. Cellular Field is located within walking distance of IIT at 35th St. and Shields St., just west of campus. Catch a 7:11 p.m. night game May 20th, 21st, 22nd , or 23rd.

Chicago Cubs are home May 17th & 18th, but then play away games until the 26th. You can take the red line CTA “El” train to Wrigley Field, located at Addison and Clark. This Chicago neighborhood, “Wrigleyville,” is also a great place to dine and/or spend a late night out with friends.

Go Sightseeing and Museum Hopping.
South of the Loop (downtown Chicago), near Lake Shore and Columbus drives (as well as close to the Hilton), are Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park, Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, and Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium… Not to mention, beautiful Lake Michigan and the breathtaking Chicago skyline. The lake offers a walking path, beaches, and bike rental. Ride the Farris wheel or catch a 3-D movie, boat ride, or the fireworks at Navy Pier… even travel through the Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze!

Go shopping, sightseeing, and dining on the famous Magnificent Mile.
In just eight spectacular blocks, explore over 460 exclusive stores and boutiques. Enjoy fine dining at over 200 restaurants. Marvel at Chicago’s famous architecture by boat, trolley or on foot. Visit the John Hancock Observatory or the Sears Tower Skydeck. Learn why North Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago is called The Magnificent Mile.

Eat your way around the world.
Chicago has a spectacular array of restaurants. Dining options are abundant. The ethnic diversity of Chicago’s population is represented in the wide variety of cuisine offered. In addition, there are lots of choices at affordable prices. One helpful website is

Have a night on the town.
Comedy clubs, dance clubs, blues and jazz bars, and theatres… the attractions are endless. A great source for more information on Chicago nightlife is the Chicago Reader, a free weekly arts and entertainment newspaper. You can pick up a copy at the Conference Center/Hermann Hall or the McCormick Tribune Campus Center. It is also available online.

One of the better known blues clubs, Buddy Guy’s Legends, is located just a couple of blocks from the Hilton at 734 Wabash.

Cheap Eats near IIT

*Unless noted, most off-campus locations are NOT considered within walking distance.

3506 S. State St.
35th & State Street, just south of campus, within walking distance

Off-campus Pharmacy and Convenience Stores

3405 S King Dr
35th & King Drive, east of campus

3000 S Halsted
Halsted & 30th, west of campus

CVS Pharmacy and Drug Store
741 W 31st Street
Halsted & 31st, west of campus

Off-Campus Cheap Eats (under $9)

Fast Food:

All located east of campus on 35th St....

Church’s Chicken
101 E. 35th St.
207 E. 35TH St.

KFC/Pizza Hut
300 E. 35th St.

318 E. 35th St.

753 W 31st St
near Halsted & 31st, west of campus

Other Eateries:

Mexican and American Tex Mex
300 W. 26th St.
Go west on 31st, turn north (right) on Princeton, located on Priceton & 26th St.

Chinese Kitchen
430 W. 31st St.
31st & Canal St., west of campus, within walking distance

Erendira Tacos
3207 S. Halsted
32nd & Halsted, west of campus

Fratellini Pizza & Pasta
3258 S. Well St.
West on 31st, south (left) on Wells, near 33rd & Wells, within walking distance

Opart Thai House
1906 S. State
North of campus on State St. & Archer Ave.

Parkside Cafe
Sandwhiches, hot dogs, pizza
308 W. 33rd St.
33rd & Princeton Ave., west of campus, within walking distance

Italian, famous breaded steak sandwich
252 W. 26th St.
West on 31st, turn north (right) on Wells, near 26th & Wells

Off Campus Restaurants

Franco's Ristorante
Small, family owned Italian Eatery, price range $9-$15
300 W. 31st St.
31st & Princeton, west of campus, within walking distance

Cafe Bionda
Italian Eatery, Bar, price range $16-25
1924 S. State St.
North of campus, located on State St. & Archer Ave.

Sports Bar, famous burgers, chili, milkshakes, price range $9-$15
1736 S. Michigan Ave.
North of campus, located near 18th St. & Michigan Ave.

Pancho Pistola's
Mexican and American Tex Mex, Full Bar, price range $9-$15
700 W. 31st St.
31st & Union Ave., west of campus

Polo Cafe & Catering
Candy Store & Restaurant featuring Steaks, Full Bar, price range $16-25
3322 S. Morgan St.
Go west on 31st, turn south (left) on Morgan, near Morgan & 33rd Pl.

Room 21
Historical Al Capone hot spot, Contemporary American Food, price range $26-30
2110 S. Wabash
Go north on State St., turn east (right) on Cermak Ave., go 1 block, turn north (left) on Wabash

Trattoria 31
Upscale Italian, Seafood
605 W. 31st St.
31st & Wallace St., west of campus

Chinatown Restaurants (Off-campus)
Chinatown is located a little north of IIT’s campus at Cermak Road (22nd Street) and Wentworth Avenue. On the CTA elevated transit (“El”) red line, it is one stop north of IIT. Here are some suggestions…

Happy Chef Dim Sum House
Great for seafood lovers, diverse wall menu
2164 S Archer Ave
Archer Ave. & Cermak Rd. (22nd St.), west of State St.

Lao Sze Chaun
Great for spicy lovers, delicious
2172 S Archer Ave
Archer Ave. & Cermak Rd. (22nd St.), west of State St.

Joy Yee’s Noodle Shop
Mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Pan-Asian; Moderately Priced, Large portions, Well-liked
2139 S China Pl.
At the intersection of Prinction Ave., Archer Ave., & Cermak, go north on Princeton to China Pl.

Phoenix Restaurant
Expensive, however deemed cleanest, best service, best cuisine
2131 S Archer Ave # 2
Archer Ave. & Cermak Rd. (22nd St.), west of State St.

7 Treasures
Cheap, Home-made noodles
2312 S. Wentworth Avenue
23rd & Wentworth Ave.

Cheap Eats near the Hilton Downtown Chicago, the conference hotel
All locations considered within walking distance to the hotel. The hotel’s address is 720 S. Michigan Ave.

Arby’s Roast Beef Restaurant
Fast food sandwiches, fries, etc.
20 E. Jackson Blvd.

Bar/Restaurant with Burgers & Breakfast
Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Fri-Sun. 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
755 S. Clark St.

Bennigan’s Grill & Tavern
Traditional American
150 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Carry Out
Cheap Burger and Fry Joint, Cash Only
63 E. Harrison Ave.

Chipotle Mexican Grill
14 E. Jackson Blvd.

Corner Bakery Café **good for breakfast near Hilton**
224 S. Michigan Ave. #108
Open 7:30am - 8:00pm

Dunkin’ Donuts **good for breakfast near Hilton**
Donuts, bagels, muffins, coffee, etc.
406 S. Michigan Ave.
(312) 235-0955‎

Eleven City Diner
Diner & Coffee Shop, Deli
1112 S. Wabash Ave.

Giordanio’s Pizzeria
Chicago’s Famous Deep Dish Pizza
236 S. Wabash Ave.

Gino’s East of Chicago
Chicago’s Famous Deep Dish Pizza
633 N. Wells St.

Hackneys’ Printers’ Row
Traditional American, Burgers
733 S. Dearborn St.

Harold’s Chicken Shacks
Fried Chicken, Wings, Fries, etc.
636 S. Wabash Ave.

Hi Tea
Coffee Shop & Diner
14 E. 11th St.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches
Deli Sandwiches & Chips
725 S. State St.

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
612 S. Wabash Ave.

Pizza by the slice and whole pies
719 S. State St.

American, Breakfast
75 W. Harrison St.

Panera Bread
Bakery, Deli sandwichs, salads, soups, coffee
525 S. State St.

Pat’s Pizzeria
Great thin crust pizza
638 S. Clark St.

Potbelly Sandwich Works (2 nearby locations)
Hot deli sandwiches, salads, soups & milkshakes
55 E. Jackson Blvd.
542 S Dearborn St.

Hot deli sandwiches, salads, soups
333 S. State St.

Pizza, Italian fast food
333 S. State St. #1

Deli Sandwiches
604 S. Wabash Ave.

Thai Spoon & Sushi
601 S. Wabash Ave.

American, Breakfast & Lunch, M-F 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1120 S. Michigan Ave.

California Pizza Kitchen
In Water Tower Place (“skyscraper mall”)
835 N. Michigan Ave.

Caribou Coffee
20 N. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Flat Sammies
Sandwiches & Flatbread Pizzas
811 N. Michigan Ave.

Corner Bakery Café
900 N. Michigan Ave.

Dunkin’ Donuts
20 E. Chicago Ave.

Downtown Dogs Inc.
Chicago Style Hot Dogs
804 N. Rush St.

Einstein Bros Bagels
44 E. Walton St.

Ethel’s Chocolate Lounge
Coffee, Tea, and Dessert
900 N. Michigan Ave.

In Water Tower Place (“skyscraper mall”)
13 kitchens, each dedicated to a different cuisine
835 N. Michigan Ave.

Gino’s East Pizza
Chicago’s Famous Deep Dish Pizza
162 E. Superior St.

Chicago’s Famous Deep Dish Pizza
730 N. Rush St.

Great Steak & Potato Co.
700 N. Michigan Ave.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop
46 E. Chicago Ave. #1W

700 N. Michigan Ave.

Original Pancake House
A delicious breakfast; Mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
22 E. Bellevue Pl.

Panda Express
700 N. Michigan Ave.

Panera Bread
501 S. State St.

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta
Open until 2 a.m.
864 N. State St.

Potbelly’s Sandwich Works
900 N. Michigan Ave.

106 W. Chicago Ave.

Soup Box
50 E. Chicago Ave.

42 E. Chicago Ave.

700 N. Michigan Ave. #8

Taco Bell
700 N. Michigan Ave.

Tempo Café
24 hours, American Food, Serves Breakfast
6 E. Chestnut St.

West Egg Café
American, Great Breakfast and Lunch Items
620 N. Fairbanks Ct.

Wow Bao
In Water Tower Place (“skyscraper mall”)
Hot Asian Buns filled with meat and veggie combinations
835 N. Michigan Ave.