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Eats and Attractions near the Convention

There are plenty of coffee shops and eateries near the MLA 2019 convention.

Following is a variety of budget-friendly options (variably priced from $ to $$). This list is not an endorsement of any particular place, rather it is a compilation of places nearby to the convention. Local-to-Chicago options have embedded links to their website.



Peet’s Coffee ($) (400 Michigan Avenue #120)

Starbucks ($$) (333 Michigan Avenue and 444 N Michigan Ave)

Dunkin’ Donuts ($) (404 N Wabash Ave)

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee ($) (535 N Michigan Ave)

Caffé Rom (180 N Stetson Ave #107)




Corner Bakery Café ($$) (444 N Michigan Ave)

Wildberry Pancakes and Café ($$) (130 E Randolph St)



Snarf’s Sandwiches ($) (180 N Stetson Ave)

Jersey Mike’s Subs ($) (203 E Ohio St)

Yolk Streeterville ($$) (355 E Ohio St)


Fast Food

McDonald’s ($) (233 N Michigan)

Chick-fil-A ($) (177 N State St #1a)



LYFE Kitchen ($) (270 E Ontario St)


Restaurants and Taverns

Billy Goat Tavern ($) (430 N Michigan Ave)

Beacon Tavern ($$) (405 N Wabash Ave)

Giordano’s ($$) (130 E Randolph St)

Coco Pazzo Café ($$) (212 E Ohio St)



Trader Joe’s (44 E Ontario St)


Popular Attractions 

Lastly, here are a few popular destinations within reasonable distance from the convention:

Navy Pier (600 E Grand Ave)

Chicago Water Tower (806 Michigan Avenue)

Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St)

American Writers Museum (180 N Michigan Ave)

Chicago recommendations

CSGSP member Ryan Calabretta-Sajder has put together a list of some Chicago area recommendations for food and entertainment.

• Pizzeria Uno & Due (classic deep dish pizza)
• Giordano’s Pizza (classic deep dish pizza)
• Ed Debevic’s (Chicago hot spot; waitresses are purposely rude to customers)
• EATALY (Italian market and restaurant; pricy but nice to see)
• Weber Grill
• Rock Bottom Brewery
• Café’ Iberico (Spanish tapas)
• Spacca Napoli Pizzeria (true neapolitan pizza)
• Greek Islands (Greek Town restaurant)
• Pegasus (Greek Town restaurant)
• Acropolis (restaurant but also Greek caffè with pastries and cookies)
• Fogo de Chao (Brazilian)
• Texas de Brazil (Brazilian)
• Brazzaz (Brazilian)
• Rosebud Prime and Carmine’s (Italian American; steak; more pricy)
• Osteria Via Stato (Italian)
• Italian Village (Italian; classic restaurant in Chicago)
• Piccolo Sogno (Italian)
• AVEC (French)
• Al’s Beef (Italian beef, sausage, hot dogs)
• McCormick & Schmicks (two locations; happy hour is very reasonable!)

Bars & Clubs:
• Excaliber (dance club)
• Soundbar (dance club)
• 9 Muses (Greek Town)
• Bizantium (Greek Town)
• The Red Head Piano Bar
• House of Blues – Sunday Gospel Brunch (need reservations)

• Navy Pier (Shakespeare Theatre, IMAX Theatre, ice skating)
• Geoffrey Ballet
• Lyric Opera House
• Chicago Opera House
• Skate in Millennium Park
• Original Marshall Fields & Co. (Now Macy’s with the Walnut Room on State St.)
• Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower)
• John Hancock (second tallest building in Chicago; can have a drink at the signature room restaurant/bar instead of paying the fee of the observatory)

• Art Institute of Chicago (Michigan Ave)
• Field Museum (History Museum)
• Planetarium
• Oceanarium & Shed aquarium
• Museum of Science and Industry (Hyde Park near Univ of Chicago)
• Frank Lloyd Wright Homes and a Church (Oak Park; available by public transportation)
• Loyola University Art Museum (Downtown Campus)