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2012 Ryder Cup Restaurant Recommendations – Chicago

Posted by: Princeton Group | Posted on: August 22nd, 2012 | 0 Comments

The city of Chicago prides themselves on loving great food and serving plenty of it across the city and nearby suburbs. In addition to being known for their famous deep dish pizza, Chicago has a lot to offer in fine dining, including steakhouses, sushi, and seafood. We put together a list of a few of our favorite dining spots for you to try during your trip to Chicago for the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Gibson’s Steakhouse
Suburbs & Downtown

Known for their signature steaks and wedding cake sized portions of carrot cake, Gibson’s Steakhouse is one of Chicago’s most famous restaurants.  The bar area is dark paneled and the walls are filled with pictures of past famous visitors, athletes, musicians, and actors. Gibson’s Restaurant Group is the only one in the country to have its own USDA certification –that is how you know their steaks are the BEST. Start with a famous 10 ounce martini, enjoy a perfect steak, and don’t forget to leave room for one of Gibson’s famous desserts.

Must Try Dish: W.R. Chicago Cut Steak


If there ever is such thing as fine-dining Mexican fare, then Topoloblampo is it. The restaurant is one of three neighboring by Top-Chef Master’s champion Rick Bayless.  The intimate River North hot spot features a menu of organic and local ingredients and authentic Mexican flavors. If you are looking for a more casual atmosphere, but similar amazingly unique dishes check out Frontera Grill and Xoco, which are both right next door!

Must Try Dish: The menu changes monthly, but we recommend starting with anything from the fresh Mexican Raw Bar, featuring shucked to order oysters.

Nick’s Fishmarket Rosemont & Nick’s Fishmarket Grill & Bar
Suburbs & Downtown

This “old school” fishmarket is known just as equally for its incredible service as their fresh seafood menu. Nick’s is arguably one of the best choices for seafood in the Chicago area. With locations both downtown and near O’Hare, Nick’s is an excellent choice for a fine dining meal with a friendly, family type atmosphere.

Must Try Dish: Dover Sole, or the occasionally offered Albalone


A favorite spot for both Chicagoans and visitors for the past 35 years, Carmines is a classic choice in a trendy area. Their sidewalk patio is a favorite, and the late September weather during the Ryder Cup, should be perfect for enjoying dinner and drinks outside.

Must Try Dish: Cavatelli Arrabiata


Carlucci, which opened in 1989, is a regular on various top restaurant and wine critics lists. There is a beautiful patio, which is perfect for evening fall dining during the Ryder Cup. In fact, this Italian eatery is cozy and inviting, more like being part of a big family style Italian meal.

**Bonus** Carlucci offers a FREE shuttle service to and from area hotels.

Must Try Dish: Fettina di Vitello

Lou Malnatis Pizzaria
Suburbs & Downtown

Lou’s pizza is so good, that each year thousands and thousand of people have it shipped to them across the country.Luckily you don’t have to wait for the delivery, because you can experience a slice of deep dish pizza heaven during your trip to the 2012 Ryder Cup! With multiple locations throughout the Chicagoland area, there is sure to be a Lou Malnati’s nearby for you to join in one of Chicago’s favorite food traditions.

Must Try Dish: Deep Dish Pizza!