South Side Eats

South Side Savors

A restaurant revival is underway. Find the best of South Side Chicago’s food scene. Let us be your guide.

South Side Sweets

Bring baked goods into your life. Below

are some of the best bakery spots on Chicago’s South Side.

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Spots That Baked The Difference


Satisfy Your Palate with South Of The Loop Restaurants 


🔵 Nine Bar Market

  • Nine Bar Market operates out of Moon Palace Moon Palace in Chinatown — and there’s grab-and-go cocktails and food.

  • They are announcing each menu and taking orders for pickup only via Instagram.



🔵 Bad Cat Cocktails

  • Have a delightfully fresh cocktail experience delivered right to your door.

  • Choose sweet or strong.

  • Classic staples and seasonal flavors.



🔵 Calumet Fisheries

  • In business since 1948, Calumet Fisheries is one of a few smokehouses left in Illinois.

  • Known and recognized for smoking its own seafood onsite.

  • Featured in Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and a

       James Beard Award Winner.

  • Remember when the “Blues Brother jumped the bridge in the Blues-mobile? That was the 95th Street bridge, where Calumet Fisheries is located.

  • Take out only.



​🔵 Lem’s BBQ

  • In business since 1954.

  • Staple spot for barbecue, hot links & ribs.

  • Serves BBQ late-night.

  • FYI : There is no seating.



🔵 Gordillas


  • A modernized traditional fast food Mexican restaurant.

  • Gorditas, burritos, quesadillas, and menudo on the weekends.

  • Tasty variety of green and red salsas.

  • Pro Tip: try the deshebrada burrito norteño.

  • Two South Side locations.



🔵 Rainbow Cone

  • Signature flavors since 1926.

  • Families in Chicago and on the South Side have made Rainbow Cone on Western Avenue a destination location.

  • Pro Tip : Try the Rainbow Round Cake (consists of all five ice cream flavors of the Rainbow Cone on top of a cake layer).

  • You can “Follow the Rainbow” on the shop’s Instagram page for a schedule of where to find the truck in a neighborhood. 



🔵 Virtue Restaurant

  • Hearty Southern cooking using heritage techniques to create some familiar flavors, & some new ones.

  • Paired with wines & cocktails.

  • Welcoming place with attention to detail.

  • Offers both takeout & delivery!



🔵 FriiStyle

  • Craving Belgian Fries, this restaurant is dedicated entirely to them.

  • This spot serves up piles of crispy potatoes  covered with opulent options, like chicken wings, roast lamb, jerk salmon filets, and Italian beef.

  • All made in house, their sauces pack in extra flavors.



🔵 3LittlePigs

  • Serving char siu-style Chinese barbecue pork.

  • Virtual restaurant, also known as ghost kitchens.

  • Orders are currently being accepted through Instagram.



🔵 Carnitas Uruapan

  • Founded in 1975, with classic flavors from Michoacan, Mexico.

  • Features slow-cooked pork carnitas that can be ordered ahead as tacos or by the pound.

  • Aguacate, cajeta, and mazapan, are some of their paletas flavors.

  • Two South Side locations (recent second location in Gage Park).



🔵 Carver 47 Food & Wellness Market

  • Cafe menu includes breakfast, lunch, coffee, juices, smoothies and pastries. 

  • Also available from their market store: pantry, home goods, books and more.

  • Offers weekly dinners.



🔵 Munchiez

  • Having the munchies, try this new cereal bar and candy shop in Beverly.

  • Serving treats, snack mixes and shakes.



🔵 Pilsen Yards


  • Chill out at a covered, heated, outdoor structure, complete with a radiant-heated cement floor, radiant overhead heaters, a clear roof, and exposed wooden beams. Indoor reservation available with open air vibe and plenty of room to spread out safely and comfortably. Inspired Latin street food, from tacos to ceviches, chipotle hummus to carne asada. 

  • If you like dessert, they have Drunken tres leches (contains alcohol).

  • Live music and vinyl DJ sets on the regular.

  • Opening in Spring 2021 “The Alderman” is an intimate, 18-seat cocktail concept tucked away, behind closed doors, within Pilsen Yards. 



🔵 Ricobene's

  • Belt busting Ricobene's has been open since 1946 with the mission of sharing their incredible food.

  • Famous for the best breaded steak sandwich.



🔵 Chocolat Uzma

  • A small artisan chocolate and confection shop, inspired by the heritage of Pakistan, France and Spain.

  • Chocolates Include: hazelnut coriander praline, Indian chili caramel, and many others.

  • High quality ingredients and chocolate including single origin chocolates from Ghana, Mexico, and Tanzania.



🔵 Cà Phê Dá

  • A Vietnamese cafe inspired by the street food culture of Vietnam serving specialty coffee drinks using beans sourced directly from the Dang family in Vietnam.

  • Menu features: Vietnamese coffee culture, wings, fries and waffles.

  • Street-side dining culture, local craft beer and cocktails!



🔵 Saucy Porka

  • Asian and Latin American flavors unite. 

  • Pork is the star but they have a variety of dishes that will satisfy vegetarian and vegan  seeking diners.

  • Two locations: South Loop and Hyde Park.



🔵 14 Parish Restaurant & Rhum Bar

  • Caribbean inspired cuisine paired with fun and innovative cocktails. 

  • Over 100 Rhums, Rums, and Rons in their bar.

  • Located right in the heart of Hyde Park at 53rd street between Hyde Park Blvd. and Cornell St.



🔵 Osito's Tap

  • A “speakeasy” style bar focused on the art of craft beer, cocktails and spirits.

  • Located in Little Village the bar brings a modern Latin flair to the neighborhood.

  • Once home to a Bohemian bar in the early 1900’s for Czech immigrants and was the front to an underground bookie joint.

  • A unique and interactive experience filled with exotic and rare drinks.    

🔵 Weber's Bakery

  • In business since 1930.

  • A fusion of tradition and modern includes : breads, pastries and cakes. 

  • Signature items include: chocolate donuts, Kolacky and fresh strawberry and cheese coffee cake.



🔵 Chiu Quon Bakery

  • The oldest bakery in Chinatown. 

  • Chi Quon has been making these delectable items like BBQ pork buns and shrimp dumplings for more than 25 years, attracting locals and visitors from around the city.

  • Every item on their menu is handmade from scratch.

  • They also make pastries and cakes!



🔵 Bridgeport Bakery

  • The traditional South Side bakery is best known for its bacon buns.

  • They have a large menu that includes pastries, donuts, muffins, cupcakes, buns, cakes, breads and special event items.



🔵 Brown Sugar Bakery

  • Peach cobbler, sweet-potato pie, as well as by-the-slice or whole cakes such as caramel, and red velvet are just asample.

  • 2019 James Beard award nominee.

  • In December of 2020, Brown Sugar Bakery Bakery acquired the Cupid Candies Factory, established in 1936, to continue the tradition of creating hand-crafted chocolates.



🔵 Teapotbrew Bakery

  • The South Loop bakery, where custom cakes and pastries are baked fresh daily.

  • Anything leftover is donated to the local shelter.

  • Cookies, muffins or macaroons can accompany your coffee or cup of tea.



🔵 Calumet Bakery

  • Serving the South Side since 1935.

  • The original recipes are still being used today.

  • Well crafted cakes for every occasion.

  • People have been enjoying their nutrolls for decades!

  • For wedding cakes, they offer tastings by appointment only. There is no charge and can accommodate up to four guests.



🔵 Beverly Bakery

  • Started out as a full line bakery, now roasts over 21 coffees from all over the world.

  • Offers at home bake pot pies.

  • Try their breakfast, lunch and pastries.



🔵 Eméché Cakery & Cafe

  • Features alcohol-infused cupcakes.

  • Everything is freshly baked daily.

  • Vegan options available.

  • Breakfast, lunch, sweets and coffee.



🔵 Kristoffer's Cakes

  • Experience, style, quality, consistency and passion.

  • Legendary Tres Leches cakes like coconut and chocolate abuelita have been the favorite for many years.

  • Also offers Keto bagels.



🔵 Panaderia Nuevo Leon

  • In business since 1973.

  • A traditional mexican bakery.

  • Pick your favorites from conchas, bolillos, gorditas dulces, and delicious empanadas.

  • A favorite is their flour tortillas. Flavors include: classic, habanero, avocado. chipotle, mole, black beans and jalapeño.



🔵 Racine Bakery

  • Family-owned and operated since 1984.

  • Offers a variety of Eastern European delights.

  • Custom-designed package catering for special events.

  • Signature breads, cakes and pastries.

What Is Brewing On The South Side



*Friendly FYI! We are working hard to be accurate. 

Until things get back to regular hours, please check times or closure.

🔵 Bridgeport Coffee

  • Purveyor of fine coffee beans and roasts on the South Side of Chicago.

  • Unusual range of rich, complex flavors and superiority to mass market premium coffees.

  • Organic and fair-trade products with exceptional flavor.

  • Bridgeport Coffeehouse has a  location at the Hyde Park Art Center in Hyde Park.



🔵 Sputnik Coffee Company

  • Operates out of Chicago’s historic Back Of The Yards neighborhood.

  • An accessible blend that Is focused on bold simplicity.

  • They roast, brew, and serve medium roast blend coffee.



🔵 Tribe Coffee Roasters

  • Handcraft roasted and flavored coffee to-order."

  • A pair of coffee-loving sisters who are proud of their Mayan heritage, passionate about sharing the experiences of their roots with everyone.



🔵 Back Of The Yards Coffee

  • Honoring the working class tradition of the old Union Stockyards of Chicago. 

  • Signature coffee like “Cafe de Olla” and “Dulce de Leche cold brew”.

  • Bites to accompany your coffee: bagels, toast, lonches and pastries.



🔵 Kusanya

  • A nonprofit cafe & roaster, located in Englewood.

  • Serving the South Side since November 2013.

  • They host community and arts events.

  • Catering options for on-site (Kusanya) meetings or pick-up.

  • Serves coffee, breakfast-all-day, and lunch.



🔵 South Shore Brew

  • Located right across from the South Shore Cultural Center and the Metra Stop on South Shore.

  • Open daily from 8-1pm

  • Drinks, starters, paninis and pastries.

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