Chicago Restaurants near The Second City

Our list of the best food near The Second City. Our top pick: Alinea.
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  • The Second City

    The Second City

    1616 N Wells St
    8PM (Su 7PM), F-Sa also 11PM. Tickets M $14, Su,Tu-Th $22, F-Sa $27. The list of Second City alumni in show business has become something of a cliche — Alan Alda, John Belushi, Bill Murray, on and on — and it's still going strong today, with recent graduates like Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and Tina Fey. The separate revues on the Mainstage and the e.t.c. theaters are consistently smart, timely, and funny. (The third stage, Donny's Skybox, is rented out to local sketch troupes outside the artistic direction of Second City, and is hit-or-miss.) The third act of the night is fully improvised, and if there's space left among the paying customers from the first two acts, admission is free.
    Lincoln Park food nearby
  • Alinea


    1723 N Halsted St
    Tasting: $150, Tour: $225. Ranked #1 in 2006 on Gourmet Magazine's "America's Top 50 Restaurants," Alinea is just two blocks from Charlie Trotter's, where the head chef started his career. The meal is served as either a 12-course tasting menu or 24-course "tour" menu, so plan your evening with plenty of time.
    Lincoln Park
  • Boka


    1729 N Halsted St
    Su-F 5PM-2AM, Sa 5PM-3AM. $50+. Another Charlie Trotter's alum runs this popular, trendy restaurant. You won't need formal dress, but you will need a reservation. The menu mixes Japanese, Mediterranean, European, and dang ol' Midwestern food without apparent self-consciousness. Plenty of seafood and a raw bar, too. Dinners are satisfying but light, making it the perfect place for a pre-show meal.
    Lincoln Park
  • Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

    Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

    2024 N Halsted St
  • Bistrot Margot

    Bistrot Margot

    1437 N Wells St
    M 11:30AM-9PM, Tu-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa 10:30AM-11PM, Su 10:30AM-9PM. $18-26. Casual French bistro at reasonable prices, with an enthusiastic chef and charming decor. There's a bar on the second floor.
    Near North Side
  • Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

    1028 N Rush St
    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Chicago is a classic American steakhouse that offers USDA Prime Steaks, fresh seafood, huge portions, sides large enough to share, impressively enormous desserts and famously large martinis.
    Near North Side
  • Japonais


    600 W Chicago Ave
    Japonais delivers a unique experience for guests - exceptional contemporary Japanese Cuisine and Sushi in an extraordinary setting.
    Near North Side
  • Tavern on Rush

    Tavern on Rush

    1031 N Rush St
    An upscale, contemporary steakhouse on Chicago's thriving Rush Street. Menu includes prime steaks and chops, fresh fish, pasta and daily specials.
    Near North Side
  • Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House

    Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House

    1024 N Rush St
    After years of searching far and wide for a location to follow up the highly successful Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, owners Hugo Ralli and Steve Lombardo found what they were looking for right under their noses. In February of 1997 they took the space dire
    Near North Side
  • Geja's Cafe

    Geja's Cafe

    340 W Armitage Ave
    Chicago's most romantic restaurant features fondue dining and live classical and flamenco guitar. To make reservations please call 773-281-9101, or visit
    Lincoln Park
  • MK


    868 N Franklin St
    Near North Side
  • Bacino's Pizzeria

    Bacino's Pizzeria

    2204 N Lincoln Ave
    M 11AM-9PM, Tu-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-10PM. $12-20. A Lincoln Park branch of the Loop favorite that serves what many call the city's best stuffed pizza.
    Lincoln Park
  • Boka Restaurant & Bar

    Boka Restaurant & Bar

    1729 N Halsted St
    A two time Michelin Star (2011, 2012) recipient restaurant based in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Il
    Lincoln Park
  • Devon Seafood Grill

    Devon Seafood Grill

    39 E Chicago Ave
    WHAT WE DO BEST... Award Winning: Maryland Crab Cakes One of Chicago's Best: Maine Lobster Bisque Happy Hour Drink Specials Freshest Possible Seafood Stunning Upscale Decor Beautiful Private Space Great Reviews
    Near North Side
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop

    Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop

    830 N Michigan Ave
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    Near North Side
  • Luxbar


    18 E Bellevue Pl
    Near North Side
  • NoMI Kitchen

    NoMI Kitchen

    800 N Michigan Ave
    The Culture of good Food
    Near North Side
  • L2O (Beldon-Stratford)

    L2O (Beldon-Stratford)

    2300 N Lincoln Park W
    Chef Matthew Kirkley’s cuisine reflects a repertoire of new and traditional cooking methods, exploring the intricacies of fish and shellfish in artful and modern compositions enhanced by the best ingredients available from land and sea.
    Lincoln Park
  • Alinea


    1723 N Halsted St
  • Mike Ditka's Restaurant

    Mike Ditka's Restaurant

    100 E Chestnut St is your first and best source for information about chicago steakhouse . Here you will also find topics relating to issues of general interest. We hope you find what you are looking for!
    Near North Side
  • Bistrot Zinc

    Bistrot Zinc

    1131 N State St
    Experience the romance of France in Chicago. The taste and feel of Paris is right here in the Gold Coast, one of Chicago's oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods.
    Near North Side
  • Starbucks

    111 E Chestnut St
    We are the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world since 1971.
    Near North Side
  • The Fireplace Inn

    The Fireplace Inn

    1448 N Wells St
    Conveniently located in the heart of Old Town Chicago! Book your private event NOW! Email: Twitter:
    Near North Side
  • Old Town Ale House

    Old Town Ale House

    219 W North Ave
    M-F 8AM-4AM, Sa 8AM-5AM, Su noon-4AM. An old-time Old Town dive, decorated with photos and newspaper clippings to show its history and favored status among famous Second City alums. Note the very late hours.
    Lincoln Park
  • CityGrounds Coffee Bar

    CityGrounds Coffee Bar

    507 W Dickens Ave
    M-W: 6:30am-9:00pm, TR/F: 6:30am-11:30pm, Sat: 7:00am-11:30pm, Sun: 7:00am-9:00pm. $3-5. CityGrounds coffee bar serves artisan coffee, loose leaf tea and locally produced pastries, cakes and breads for the neighborhoods of Lincoln Park and Old Town. More than just a caffeine stop, CityGrounds is a place to reconnect with neighbors, friends and the community to work, play and unwind. CityGrounds proudly serves the locally roasted coffees of Metropolis Coffee Company.
    Lincoln Park
  • Neo


    2350 N Clark St
    Su-F 10PM-4AM, Sa 10PM-5AM. Th-Sa Cover $5. A Goth dance fortress in the heart of Lincoln Park. Music varies by night, mostly industrial and electro, with metal on Mondays and '80s/new wave on Thursdays. Drinks are reasonably priced, and include cheap beer.
    Lincoln Park
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