Dining in the South Loop

Chicago has some of the best food in the country. This is not an exaggeration. Because of the diversity of Chicago, there is something for everyone. Not only that, the pride the Chicago restaurant owners take in their dishes is extreme and they strive for excellence.

The South Loop area is no different in this respect. This area has seen an explosion of delicious restaurants and quite a variety too. Due to the surrounding neighborhoods like Little Italy and Chinatown, some of the most amazing and authentic dishes are just steps away from the Coeval residences. See below for some top “nosh” choices in the South Loop and surrounding neighborhoods.


Giordano’s is a Chicago staple. Let’s be honest - it’s practically its own food group. And rightfully so. Giordano’s deep dish pizza is everything you want in your Chicago pizza experience. It’s cheesy, saucy, flaky, and insanely delicious. Stuffed pizza is amazing, but it wouldn’t be a Chicago pizza place without thin crust pizza as well. Either one you choose; Giordano’s provides the best in Chicago since 1974.

Living at the Coeval allows you the opportunity to eat this classic Chicago pizza every day of your life. It is literally just around the corner. What could possibly be better?

II Culaccino

If you are looking for a nice night out with your significant other, or just to treat yourself, you definitely want to check out Il Culaccino. This fine Italian eatery is a part of Franco’s Restaurant Group and provides customers with an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, outdoor patio, and a vast list of fine and award-winning wines.

You will not want to miss the scrumptious food here. House favorites include Whipped Ricotta Tuffo and Linguini with Clam Sauce. Luckily, Il Culaccino is located about a mile south of the Coeval residences so you can walk off this deliciousness after you eat!

Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

Since Chinatown is just south of the Coeval, residents can enjoy authentic Asian food as they have never experienced before. One of these gems is Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings. This restaurant boasts 300 years of a passed down dumpling recipe to the 16th descendant of Man. Man was a famous dumpling maker during the Qing dynasty. The owner is a direct descendant of Man, and opened this restaurant for Chicago’s delight. They still use the same handmade recipe passed down to each generation. Check this out for not only the delicious dumplings but the authenticity and pride that goes into each one.

Coeval is about a mile away from this great place so there’s no excuse to miss it! Also, they offer FREE dumpling classes, and you even get to take the dumplings home to enjoy later!


Acadia is a contemporary seafood restaurant, opened in 2010 by Chef Ryan McCaskey. Inspired by his childhood in Maine, he pays homage to the state with details throughout the restaurant and menu. Chef McCaskey also sources much of the items on Acadia’s tasting menus directly from the Deer Isle area, specifically Penobscot Bay and islands surrounding. In addition to the amazing seafood, Acadia boasts an extensive collection of cocktails, wine and beverage pairings.

Acadia is a great dining option close to the Coeval in the South Loop if you are looking for some succulent seafood. This is also a great date night or celebratory spot as well.

The Chicago Firehouse

The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant is exceptionally unique in this area. It was once Engine Company 104 of the Chicago Fire Department and the original 1905 Romanesque Revival architectural design of the building has been completely preserved. The Chicago Firehouse is all about service, as this is the same commitment of the building’s purpose since its beginning. The Chicago Firehouse prides itself on serving its customers with the spirit of family and serving the community.

The Chicago Firehouse serves up amazing surf and turf options for Chicago residents. Who wouldn’t want to eat a juicy steak or lobster in a beautiful piece of Chicago history?

Tapas Valencia

If you are looking for a Spanish flare on your night out, check out Tapas Valencia for creative small plates and yummy cocktails. At Tapas Valencia you can enjoy a lively atmosphere with beautiful mosaic artwork. You will feel like you stepped out of Chicago and into a Spanish hotspot.

Tapas Valencia is literally a hop, skip, and a jump down the block, less than half a mile away. Check it out for a fun and tasty night.

Kai Sushi

For a casual experience, this Japanese eatery serves sushi rolls, sashimi, and udon noodle dishes. Kai Sushi is an extremely affordable and totally delicious option. The rave reviews online speak volumes, but the sushi speaks for itself!

Located just a quarter mile up the street from the Coeval, Kai Sushi promises to curb your sushi craving.

Burger Bar Chicago

If you are in the mood for a good, old-fashioned American burger, then this place is for you. At Burger Bar Chicago, you can build-your-own gourmet burger and pair it with the perfect craft beer or creamy, handmade milkshake. The burgers are made with USDA prime beef and the produce is locally sourced.

This location in the South Loop is one of two, the other is in Lincoln Park. Their burgers are sure to satisfy your beefy desire and you can walk back to the Coeval because it’s so close!

Chicago is home to so many amazing, authentic, incredibly delicious restaurants, diners, and hole-in-the-wall delights. It is really all about what you are in the mood for because you can find something phenomenal just outside your door here.

The awesome eateries in the South Loop and surrounding neighborhoods is just one more reason to call Coeval your home. Within a mile in every direction you can be in a different part of the world, enjoying all that culture has to offer. Being surrounded by some of the best Chicago restaurants is not only convenient but gives you even more pride in your Chicago heritage! If you are looking for a place to chow down, we have all the recommendations for you! Call us today to learn more about living in the South Loop neighborhood.