There are a number of Harold’s in the city, and these casual counter spots all focus on fried chicken and fish, plus things like fries, coleslaw, and spicy wings. Not all locations are created equal (they can vary in service and quality), but the one near McCormick Place is reliably good.
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Lobo Rey is a Mexican restaurant in the South Loop serving decent tacos, but not much else.
Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen
Manny’s has been the classic Jewish deli in Chicago for 75 years, and it’s still serving great food.
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Fast Track is an old-school Chicago diner serving hot dogs, Italian beefs, and breakfast all day.
The Allis is open to the public on the first floor of Soho House, and it's a great place to settle in for coffee, food, and even your work.
Cindy’s has the best rooftop and views in Chicago that overlook Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
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Parson’s Chicken & Fish
Parson’s Fried Chicken & Fish serves good fried chicken on the best patio in town. This is an excellent hangout spot when it’s nice outside.
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