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Best Places to Eat in Chicago at RSNA16 – Tips from a Local!

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Going to RSNA 2016 in Chicago? Add these restaurants to your schedule!

RSNA16 is coming up fast and soon many of my colleagues will join me in Chicago. They occasionally ask me to suggest a good restaurant. I thought I’d share my recommendations for best places to eat in Chicago with the thousands of attendees who will soon arrive in the Windy City for RSNA2016. After a long day of educational sessions and walking the show floor, it’s nice to reconnect with colleagues over a good meal.   best places to eat in Chicago

Here is a list of some of my favorite places to eat. What recommendations would you add to the list?

Places to eat near the convention center – Chinatown

There aren’t any places within walking distance of the convention center, but you can take a quick cab ride to Chinatown and be back in under an hour.

My personal favorite for Asian cuisine in Chinatown is Joy Yee.  Besides full meals, they offer an extensive list of appetizers. You can also have them concoct a soup from your choice of broths, noodles, meats and other fillers.  2139 South China Place

Most popular places in downtown Chicago to eat

Chicago has unique neighborhoods with many great options for dining. Here are several flavorful options with local chefs.

Frontera Grill at 445 North Clark Street serves classic Mexican. Arrive early and enjoy a house cocktail at the festive restaurant.

Bavettes Bar & Boeuf and Gilt Bar are sister restaurants serving American cuisine. Bavette’s is an upscale steakhouse with a New American menu served in an ornate, dimly-lit wood & brick setting. 218 W Kinzie St.

Gilt Bar pairs small and large plates with imaginative craft cocktails in a sexy, low-lit setting. 230 W Kinzie St.

While there are many great steakhouses in the city, I’m partial to Kinzie’s Chophouse. It’s classic, always has great service, and the steak is delicious. They also serve a killer dirty martini. 400 N Wells St.

Eat like a local

Here are less well-known but equally tasty restaurants where the locals eat. They all deserve to be on the list of best places to eat in Chicago.

Au Cheval arguably has the best burger in the city. They don’t take reservations so be sure to arrive early. The upscale “diner” also works with ingredients ranging from bologna to foie gras. 800 W Randolph St.

Cafe Bionda is a traditional Italian eatery with a signature martini list, 2 mahogany bars and an open kitchen. 1924 S State St.

The Publican is one of my favorite gastropubs. Be prepared to share a communal table and meet some locals. Popular items on their menu include seafood, pork, and global brews. 837 W Fulton Market.

Swift & Sons calls itself a ‘New American steak house’. They offer lots of seafood options, too. And save room for the dessert cart! 1000 W Fulton Market.

Fulton Market Kitchen calls itself ‘part art gallery; part cocktail bar and part restaurant’. Enjoy a good meal in this chic warehouse space adorned with elaborate murals. 311 N Sangamon St.

Breakfast and brunch

Want to load up on calories before a long day at RSNA16? Fremont is fairly new and serves a good brunch. 15 W Illinois St.

Yolk serves breakfast and has 5 locations. You might have to wait as it’s very popular. Or download the NoWait app and skip the wait!

Best coffee on the show floor

Carestream will have a fresh pot of java brewing every day at RSNA 2016 in our RSNA16 booth in the South Hall. Stop by for a steaming cup and a look at the newest advances in health imaging and IT technology. Look for me in the Carestream booth when you’re there!

What other restaurants would you add to this list of best places to eat in Chicago? I’d love to hear about them!


Cristine Kao is Carestream’s Global Marketing and Growth Operations Director, Healthcare Information Solutions. She has lived in Chicago for a decade.


  • reply

    Hi Cristine, this is a great list of Chicago’s restaurants, thank you!


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