Ahh, the Windy City. You may be going for the veterinary conference, but we all know everyone is excited to hit the town to discover what Chicago really has to offer. To help make your visit as great as possible, we decided to put together a list of some must-eat restaurants, must-drink bars, and must-do activities. Enjoy!

Eat + Drink

Breakfast

M. Henry

5707 N Clark St. | Tuesday – Friday 7:00 – 2:30pm | Saturday – Sunday 8:00 – 3:00pm

Not only considered THE best brunch spot, but they also serve breakfast all day long. The menu features a wide variety of options, but their pancakes really seem to take the cake for everyone. Fair warning – they do not accept reservations so plan to show up a bit early to grab a table.

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3 Squares Diner

1020 West Lawrence Ave | Tuesday – Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm | Friday – Saturday 9:00am – 11:00pm | Sunday – Monday 9:00am – 3:00pm

A modern twist on the classic America diner, 3 Squares does not disappoint. If you’re feeling adventurous check out their coconut mushroom gravy, it’s sure to wake up you and your taste buds too!

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Ann Sather

Three Locations | Monday – Friday 7:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 7:00am – 4:00pm

Have a sweet tooth? Look no further than the most famous cinnamon rolls in Chicago. The original Ann Sather has been in business since the 40’s, so you know everything they’re serving up is ah-mazing. And with three locations, there is bound to be one close to wherever you are staying.

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Lunch + Dinner

Xoco

449 North Clark Street | Tuesday – Thursday 8:00am – 9:00pm | Friday & Saturday 8:00am – 10:00 pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday

Have you ever had a torta? If you have, you have got to check out Xoco’s. If you haven’t, then you REALLY have to check out Xoco’s. They also have an entire section of the menu dedicated solely to chocolate …yes, please!

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Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen

1141 D Jefferson St. | Monday 7:00am – 3:00pm | Tuesday – Saturday 7:00am – 8:00 pm | Sunday 8:00am – 3:00pm

Open for over seven decades, this deli is still the place to go for corned beef or pastrami sandwiches. It recently underwent a renovation, but other than some new fittings little else has changed in this old school deli. Rumor has it that even President Obama stops by when he is in town!

Photo of Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen - Chicago, IL, United States. Corned beef pastrami__________________________________

GT Fish and Oyster

531 N Wells St. | Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 2:30pm | Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm | Friday & Saturday 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Rated as one of the top 20 seafood restaurants in the US, with the 2011 Chef of the Year, you would think GT’s would break the bank. However, GT’s is shockingly affordable. If you are in the mood for seafood after the conference, this is the place to check out.

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Giordano’s

Multiple Locations | Hours vary by location

No trip to Chicago would be complete without a taste of deep dish pizza. The restaurant that everyone says to try? Giordano’s! You can even get a heart-shaped deep dish pizza if you are with that special someone at the conference!

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Acadia

1639 S Wabash | Wednesday & Thursday 5:30pm – 9:00pm | Friday & Saturday 5:00pm – 11:00pm | Sunday 5:00pm – 9:00pm | Closed Monday & Tuesday

A good burger is always a good idea, and at Acadia you truly can’t go wrong with anything at this two Michelin starred restaurant. Their tasting menu is also out of this world if you are craving something a little more unique. Either way…go wild!

Photo of Acadia - Chicago, IL, United States. Isle au haut scallop, beluga lentils, oyster mushroom, tonkatsu, gochoung, citrus lace, mushroom froth__________________________________

 

Drinks

Hopleaf

5148 N Clark St | Everyday from 12:00pm – 2:00am

With a beer list that’s a mile long, and a cocktail list to rival there is truly a drink for everyone at Hopleaf. This establishment is on the larger side, so grab some friends and head over for a good time. Just don’t have too good of time before any of those early mornings.

Photo of Hopleaf - Chicago, IL, United States. So many options!__________________________________

Green Mill

Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 4:00am | Saturday 12:00pm – 5:00am | Sunday 11:00am – 4:00am

Want to feel like you’re back in the 20’s hanging with Al Capone? Then check out The Green Mill. Although nowadays there might not be any gangsters lurking around, word on the street is they have great taste in music, so at least there’s that.

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The Drifter

676-8 N Orleans St | Tuesday 5:00pm – 12:00am | Wednesday – Friday 5:00pm – 2:00am | Saturday 5:00pm – 3:00am | Sunday & Monday closed

Craving a bit of adventure in your life? Escape from the hustle and bustle of the top side into this underground speakeasy. With a cocktail list spanning over 100 different drinks, you’re sure to have an exciting night.

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Activities

Architecture River Tour

Sit back, relax, and learn all about Chicago’s famous architecture from the riverboat cruise! Tours are only 90 minutes, so it is a quick way to relax your feet while gaining some fascinating knowledge about this famous city!

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Sky Deck

Enjoy views from the top? Check out the city’s famous skyline from the Sky Deck at the Willis Tower. For over 25 years it was the tallest building in the world, and is still no small feat.

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Buckingham Fountain

Centered in Grant Park is the famous Buckingham Fountain. Built in 1927, it is famous for its beautiful pink marble. The four pairs of seahorses are said to represent the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana.

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Magnificent Mile

No trip to the Windy City would be complete without a shopping trip to the Magnificent Mile. With over 275 restaurants and 460 retailers, there is truly something for everyone on this exciting strip.

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Second City Chicago

The Second City Chicago is no laughing matter…unless you’re in a laughing mood. This comedy club is the place to go if you are ready to fall over in stitches. After stuffing your brain full of CE all day, this place is a great way to let off some steam.

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The PetDesk team will be at Booth #616 if you have any questions. Thinking about stopping by? Let us know by claiming your free gift down below and we’ll be sure to save you a bag!

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