Staying indoors due to social distancing — but still want to experience the best bites that Chicagoland has to offer? We get you.
From the city to the suburbs, the Chicago area is known as a destination for foodies, with incredible restaurants, bars, and food stores tucked around nearly every corner. While restaurants are closed for dine-in customers right now, there are still plenty of ways to get your favorite local eats. Here are three ways to satisfy your cravings:
1.) Order Pick-Up and Takeout
To support your favorite local businesses, call or search online to see if they’re offering delivery or carryout.
Many restaurants have started offering their best-loved classics to go, while making the process as safe and seamless as possible with online ordering and contactless delivery options.
Ready to see if your favorite is delivering? Check out Dining at a Distance, which has compiled a list of more than 2000 area restaurants open for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery. The Chicago Tribune also has an interactive map of Chicago-area restaurants, available here, which you can easily sort by zip code or even style of food.
Looking for some inspiration? We’ve got you covered. Check our neighborhood guides for ideas sure to whet your appetite:
- Five Chicagoland Communities for Food Lovers
- The Top 5 Chicago Neighborhoods for Foodies
- The Best Chicagoland Suburbs for Foodies
2.) Cook Like Your Favorite Chicagoland Chef
The Chicago area is home to some of the biggest celebrity chefs in the world — and many of the area’s best cooks have made it easy to capture your favorite flavors at home.
Ready to start menu planning?
- Choose Chicago has a great roundup of recipes for you to recreate at home, supplied by the chefs and bartenders of some of Chicagoland’s best restaurants. Read the full list here.
- Chicago celebrity chefs Rick Bayless and Stephanie Izard have lines of seasonings and recipe starters available online and at grocery stores across the region.
- There are countless cookbooks by legendary Chicago cooks, celebrating our area’s history through food. Check out Chicago Magazine’s list of the “Four Cookbooks for the Chicago Foodie in Your Life,” or WTTW’s “Best Cookbooks for Your Chicago-Loving Chef.”
3.) Try Whipping Up a Classic at Home
Looking to try your hand at a true Chicagoland staple? Spending time at home is a great chance to flex your culinary muscles in the kitchen ,and to recreate your favorite local legends. Many people find that cooking is a great way to relax and unwind. Working in the kitchen with your kids can also be a great chance to bring the whole family together to make memories that will last forever.
So, what’s on your list of recipes to try this spring? Why not try one of these Chicagoland classics:
- Deep dish pizza. One of the foods most associated with Chicagoland, you can find this local legend at spots like Lou Malnati’s, Giordano’s, and Labriola, to name just a few. While you can find frozen deep dish pies online or in grocery stores, you can also take a crack at building your own with homemade dough, tomato sauce, and your family’s favorite toppings.
- Chicago-style hot dogs. Do you get your dogs “run through the garden?” A traditional Chicago-style hot dog comes complete with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, sweet pickle relish, tomato slices, sport peppers, a dill pickle spear,and a dash of celery salt, served on a lightly steamed bun.
- Fried chicken. While Chicago may not have invented fried chicken, our area arguably perfected it, thanks to local institutions like Harold’s. Find your favorite fried chicken recipe online, and try your hand at making mild sauce, one of the area’s best kept secrets.
- Pizza puffs. You’ll find pizza puffs served at restaurants around Chicagoland. While this local favorite isn’t as famous as some other Chicago restaurant staples, it’s a beloved guilty pleasure, with layers of flaky dough wrapped around tomato sauce, cheese, and other fillings.
- Italian beef sandwiches. Wet or dry? Johnnie’s or Al’s? Peppers or no peppers? There’s a lot of debate around Chicago-style Italian beef sandwiches. When you make this local icon at home, you can do it your way, with layers of roast beef, sweet peppers, giardiniera, and juice.
How Are You Making the Most of Your Time at Home?
This is the time to remember what’s truly important — health, family, and the bonds that tie us together. Whether it’s now serving as a school, office, playground, or simply a safe space, our home has never been more important. We know this is as well as anyone. At Baird & Warner, Chicagoland has been our home since 1855.
We are here for you, no matter what. We understand that you still have important real estate decisions to make, and our mission is to make achieving those goals easier. We will continue to provide the most updated information and guide you through this extraordinary time with a calm and steady hand. We know how resilient our Chicagoland community is — and we’re confident we’ll get through this together, stronger than ever.