Illinois' Top Places to Eat and Drink

April 25 2017

Looking for something to do as the weather starts to warm up? Grab a drink or bite at some of these noteworthy spots around the state.

Where to Go in the Windy City
Start your foodie adventures by checking out Mango Pickle for tasty Indian cuisine or Bar Roma, which specializes in house-made pasta. In March, they both made Chicago Magazine's monthly list that names the 10 hottest dining establishments. Another tasty option on the list: Elske with its New American fare.

On the hunt for your next favorite IPA? Thrillist created a helpful guide to the city's burgeoning craft beer scene. Visit Revolution Brewing, the No. 50 spot on the Brewers Association's list of largest craft breweries in the United States.

Eater Chicago's 2017 edition of its 25 essential bars highlights newer places like Logan Square's Lost Lake as well as iconic tourist destinations such as the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. Whether you're in the mood for a cocktail and people-watching or cheap beer and live music, this guide has a watering hole for you.

What to Explore in Rockford
There are several places to spend a night out in the state's third-largest city. Italian restaurant Lino's hit the big time when its Rockford-style pizza, as they named it, was featured on the TV show "Chicago's Best" last year.

After dinner, head out for drinks at one of the 10 best bars in Rockford, according to Culture Trip. The list features mainstays Mary's Place and Olympic Tavern and newer favorites such as Stone Eagle Tavern.

What to Do in Springfield
Culture Trip's list of top 10 Springfield bars showcases the range of options in the capital city. Head downtown to check out Craft Beer Bar, Floyd's Thirst Parlor and Driftwood Cocktail & Eatery. And visit J.P. Kelly's Pub or The Barrel Head for a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

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