John Boyer, VP and General Manager of Traders' Library, and windy city native gives his tips on some of his favorite spots in town.

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Italian Beef Sandwich

Italian Beef Sandwich

You can't go to Chicago and not have an Italian Beef sandwich. If you like spicy stuff, ask for jardiniere peppers. It is a thinly sliced beef (like a Philly or a French dip, but marinated in Italian spices) on Italian Bread. You can also ask for it wet, which is where they dip the whole sandwich in the juice. I like mine with Mozzarella and hot peppers.

John's Favorites:

Heaven on Seven

The best Cajun food I have ever had. One of my most favorite restaurants in the world.

Wabash (312) 263-6443 | Rush Street (312) 280-7774 | Naperville (630) 717-0777


Nick's Fishmarket

A chicago landmark, great seafood and wines

51 South Clark | (312) 621-0200
Weber Grill Restaurant

They actually cook on Weber grills!

539 N. State Street | (312) 467-9696

Gibson's Steakhouse

Great steakhouse, a bit pricey, but cool for celebrity sightings

1028 North Rush Street | (312) 266-8999
Delightful Chicago Steak

Must Eats:

Portillos

If pizza is what you want - Go for the deep dish. It is really good. There are a few places that have good deep dish, different, but they will all give you an idea of Chicago pizza.

Multiple Locations

GinosEast

They let you write on the wall there so bring a couple markers.

Multiple Locations
Uno's or Due
Multiple Locations

Giordanos
Multiple Locations

Cool and Casual Places

Goose Island Pub

If pizza is what you want - Go for the deep dish. It is really good. There are a few places that have good deep dish, different, but they will all give you an idea of Chicago pizza.

3535 N Clark St | (773) 832-9040

Rosa's Lounge

Great blues bar

3420 W Armitage Ave | (773) 342-0452

Cork and Kerry

Irish Bar

3420 W Armitage Ave | (773) 342-0452

El Famous Burrito

"Home of the Football sized Burrito"
Need I say more?

7047 N. Clark St | (773) 465-0377

The Gingerman Tavern

Jukebox, pool table, overall a cool bar

3740 N Clark St | (773) 549-2050

Fitzgerald's

Cool place, great music and League of Their Own (Madonna, Tom Hanks), Color of Money (Tom Cruise, Paul Newman) were shot in this bar.

6615 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn (suburb in Chicago) | (708) 788-2118

Buddy Guys Legends
Multiple Locations

Wild Hare Reggae
Multiple Locations

Green Mill Jazz

An old speak easy now jazz club. Sunday nights is the Uptown Poetry Slam.

4808 N Broadway Ave | (773) 878-5552