Best Places to Eat and Instagram in Chicago

If you didn’t see my ’72 Hours in Chicago’, then you wouldn’t know that I purposely didn’t talk about the INCREDIBLE food I ate there… but I guess that doesn’t matter because you’re here anyways! Yes, we did a lot of activities there but we did even moreeee eating. So here I am to tell you all of the places we tried out that you will neeeeed to try if you visit Chicago!

\\ Goddess and the Baker \\

33 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

This was our first stop after dropping our stuff off at the hotel. We heard about this cute cafe from the man sitting next to my mom on the plane (shoutout to you Jeff!!). If you like taking pictures for Instagram, this is the spot! Everything is so aesthetically pleasing, and the food was TO DIE FOR. They have great lunch & breakfast options as well as a pastry section.

I got the Cauliflower tacos which I basically inhaled. My dad has quite the sweet tooth so he ordered us some cake, TWO massive slices of cake. The rainbow cake looked like it probably only LOOKED good, but wooooow was it good. So light and airy, probably/definitely one of the best cakes I’ve ever had in my life.

 

\\ Deep Dish Pizza (duh) \\

29 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

No surprise that deep dish pizza is on this list, such a classic Chicago food. There are a lot of great spots to get deep dish, but we went to Uno’s. Though I heard Giordano’s is better, so check that one out and let me know! Uno’s was really cool though because it was built in the 40s and clearly had a lot of history to it. If you’ve ever had some Chicago deep dish, you probably know how full I was from just ONE PIECE… it was a lot. Needless to say, we all were fuuuull until lunch the next day!

 

\\ Beatrix \\

519 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Another place that was recommended to us, Beatrix. Great brunch spot apparently but only the lunch menu was available when we got there. It’s mostly comfort foods but with a healthy twist (as our waitress explained to us!). I got one of their special menu items of the day, the ‘green tacos’. A nice mixture of different greens (including cactus!!), coleslaw and queso cheese. So good!!

 

\\ Tiki Bar + Grill \\

355 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601

We found the Tiki bar (called the Island Party Hut) by accident, definitely a HAPPY accident.  It’s a little mini Hawaii on the side of the path by the river. We stopped during our walk for some “island drinks” they were advertising on the side! There was live music, twinkley lights and STRONG drinks… what’s not to love?!

 

\\ Brunch \\

644 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60654

Best brunch spot… Brunch (yes, that’s what it’s called!). This is definitely more of a local spot that was recommended to me from some viewers! They don’t mess around here… HUGE portions with some really unique dishes. As our brunch “dessert” we got the fruity pebbles french toast which was SO good. The service was great and the food really was amazing.

 

\\ Cantina Laredo \\

508 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

This was a super modern mexican restaurant, really fancy and cool. Mexican food is probably my favorite and of course we started off with some table side guacamole. I got the spinach and mushroom enchiladas and was extreeeemely impressed, definitely the best enchiladas I’ve ever had! They also have 2 types of salsa that’s brought to the table, both had very distinct tastes that I had never tried before. For dessert we had the tres leches cake and it was PERFECT.

Food is one of my favorite things in the world (for living and also because I just really love eating), and Chicago definitely is killing it in that department/category! I KNOW I’ll be back in Chicago, so leave me some recommendations in the comments! 🙂

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  1. June 26, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    I actually found you through your Chicago vlog! I am going there for the first time in 3 weeks and can’t wait to try some of these spots! Love your vlogs and your blog! Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 1:44 pm

      oh wow thats so awesome!!! enjoy your trip, its so great there!!!

    • Meredith
      June 26, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      Tara, I’m going there soon. Plan to visit those places as well. Btw your the prettiest girl I have ever seen

  2. Michaela
    June 26, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Absolute favorite post by far! Love this so much Tara!

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 1:44 pm

      ah wow!!! thanks so much girl! 🙂

  3. Ashley
    June 26, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    All the food looks amazing!!! The rainbow cake is something I need to try. Loving the blog!! ❤❤

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      the rainbow cake was INCREDIBLEEEE!!!

  4. June 26, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    All of this sounds and looks delicious. Is there going to be a blog post about Coasta Rica? If not I totally understand all I would want to do there is relax. Love you.

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      there definitely will be a couple posts on costa rica! 🙂

    • Caroline
      June 26, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      You are beautiful tara!! I swear you are my idol!!????

      • Tara
        June 26, 2017 / 6:21 pm

        omg AHHH aw!!! thank you!!!

  5. sam shackleton
    June 26, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    love your blog!

  6. Yecenia
    June 26, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    I actually came back from Chicago a couple days ago and it was amazing! I wish you would’ve posted it before I came back 🙁 but other then that the food looks so bomb! Also I love your vlogs!! ????

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 1:46 pm

      awwww 🙁 i guess next time you go you’ll have to check out the places 😛

  7. Ashley
    June 26, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Hey Tara I’ve been following your YouTube channel and vlog channel for years and I love your blog too! Did you use a website platform with templates for your blog or did you create it from scratch? Out of all the places you’ve traveled to what are your favorites and what is your #1 place you want to go to that you’ve never been? Love you! ????

  8. Sabrina
    June 26, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Hi, Im from Argentina and I love you so much. Please come to Buenos Aries

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      i loveeeee you and would LOVE to come visit!! 🙂

  9. heathermartinez12
    June 26, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Tara you’re such an inspiration to me. You are full of such fun spirit and you make everyone around you feel great. Love your blog post and your YouTube videos. Love ya lots

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      ah thank you so so much!!! love you! 🙂

  10. Sara
    June 26, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I really want to go to Chicago and If I ever do I will check these out! 🙂

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      you definitely should! 🙂

  11. Cindy
    June 26, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    You should try Might Burger and Food Life in the water tower mall????????????????

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      i guess ill have to try those next time I’m in Chicago! 🙂

  12. June 26, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    Hi Tara ☺ You’re doing really good job with both youtube and blog, congrats and keep going on ???? lots of love from Bosnia and Hezegovina ????????

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      thanks so much! that means a lot to me!!! i appreciate you checking it out!!

  13. Emma
    June 26, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    These all look so tasty! I wish I could go to Chicago! If I ever do, I’m definitely looking back on this post! Love you, Tara! ❤️

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      ahahah yes keep it in mind!!! love you girl! 🙂

  14. Abril
    June 26, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    I love you and your videos! huge role model!! Also, please do more travel videos and come to hawaii!! (Big island)

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      i am DYING to come back to hawaii!!! hopefully soon! 🙂

  15. Olivia
    June 26, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    tips on traveling/flying alone???? ❤️

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      just make sure to be as organized as possible! 🙂

  16. Lee T.
    June 26, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    These look so yummy! I’m so jealous that you get to go to different places! Love you! ❤️❤️

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      it was all SO yummy! like the food there was incredibleeee!! 🙂 love ya!

  17. Alexis Swinson
    June 26, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Loving your blog, it’s so funny I live in the suburbs of Chicago and have NEVER BEEN to any of these places while going downtown, I’m probably going downtown sometime this week or next week so ill definitely try out some of these spots! I love living so close to Chicago, taking the metra in and it literally takes maybe a half hour, and they recently put a Starbucks in the station which is amazing. Hope you come back though, the summer months are pretty great, you should try august when Lollapalooza is here!

  18. June 26, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    yesss new blog post from my favorite person!! :))

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      YAYYAYY! 🙂

  19. June 26, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    all that food looks great, love this blog post but kinda made me hungry. ♡

  20. Trini
    June 26, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    You should come to chile, you’re gonna love it in here ????????

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      ahhh yes!!! hopefully one day!!

  21. Heidi Sagherian
    June 26, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Tara I love you so much!!! Hope you had a great time in Chicago!!❤

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      love you girly! 🙂

  22. June 26, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    What do you use to edit your photos?:) love the blog so glad you made it!

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      i use VSCO cam on my phone for instagrams! 🙂

  23. valentina
    June 26, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    your pictures are so awesome!! By the way, can you do a bralette/bra collection video? I don’t want to sound creepy but your boobs always look so nice in them and I need to know where you get them from!! ????

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      ahahah thank you!!! and honestly all my bras and bralettes are from victorias secret!!! hope that helps! 🙂

  24. Carolina
    June 26, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    I love you so much! You’re such a great human being and you’re so passionate. I love how you brush off all the hate because that is just not worth your time. Lots of love from Chicago ????

  25. Isabella Kriz
    June 26, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Tara I love your VLOG channel and main channel and I love your blog! I think you have done a great job with it and I love your content! Can you do your makeup favourites in here and your favourite places to travel? I love you so much

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      thanks so much!! and yes i definitely will! 🙂

  26. Ana
    June 26, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Really good post Tara! Your photos are so good! I’m from Portugal and I see your videos all the time, we love you here! We hope we can see you soon ???? You are such an inspiration in life and work ???? Continue with the good work!
    Kisses, Ana

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      thanks so much Ana!!! i really appreciate the support! 🙂

  27. Satsuki
    June 26, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    omg this post made me hungryyyyy !! came from the sc fam <3 love ya sm tara

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:47 pm

      ahaha right?? I’m so hungry just thinking about it! 😛

  28. Nikki Berlan
    June 26, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Hi Tara! Chicago looked like such a cool place to go! I’ve wanted to visit for the longest time now, and your vlogs made it seem like an amazing experience???????? If I go I will definitely have to check out all of these places:) where was your favorite place/ favorite activity to do in Chicago?
    Btw LOVE the blog❤️

    • Alexis Swinson
      June 26, 2017 / 2:53 pm

      Yes,! Chicago is so fun, I’m from the suburbs but I go downtown a lot. I highly recommend just enjoying Michigan Ave (Magnificent Mile) there are a ton of stores and just fun places to see. Water Tower Place is a great place if you enjoy shopping, I think its like… 10 floors… I can’t remember, but there is also a great food court style place there called Food Life and theres tons of different foods to have! Theres also a bunch of museums in close proximities of each other. Navy Pier is also a fun place to check out, you can even rent bikes and do the bike paths near Lake Michigan or just downtown in general. Oh, and you must get pizza, I really love Gino’s East or Lou Malnatis.

  29. Isabella Kriz
    June 26, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Tara I love what you have done with your blog!! Can you do a blog post about places to take pictures in Toronto? ALSO will you ever do a meetup in Toronto! I love you so much!!

  30. allie burgdorf
    June 26, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    i love you tons!!! your vlogs are the best:)

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:47 pm

      love you more!!!

  31. Betty
    June 26, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    Hi Tara! I’m from Etobicoke, ON and would love to know if you would consider doing a blog post on places to visit/take pics/ eat in Toronto? Love your vlogs and ya????

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      oh thats awesome!!! yes definitely! next time I’m in Toronto I definitely want to! 🙂

  32. Alyssa Gonzalez
    June 26, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    Hi Tara, I went to chicago last year I loved it we went to sky deck and the big bean was so cool to see in person instead in the movies

  33. Jamie
    June 26, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    I love your blogs sm Tara!! They are so helpful!! Ilysm!!????????

  34. Rahemah
    June 26, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Hey! Absolutely love your blog and vlogs! Made my entire family watch your Chicago vlogs???? you’re honestly the only youtuber whose vlogs I cannot miss❤️❤️ also, which hotel did you stay in Chicago?

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      aw that actually means SO much to me, thank you 🙂 🙂 and we stayed at the loews!! it was in a great location!! 🙂

  35. June 26, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    I love Chicago such a beautiful city! I’m so sad you didn’t try Giordano’s that is the BEST pizza in Chicago. For breakfast I would recommend WildBerry it is so bomb nothing like it in California! Eataly is also amazing so many shops to choose from inside it is a bit crazy but their pasta is AMAZING!!!

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 3:05 pm

      i know!!! we didn’t get to go to Giordanos unfortunately, hopefully next time I’m there!! and we actually tried to go to WildBerry but the wait was 2 hours long!! CRAZY! ahaha thanks for the recommendations! 🙂

  36. Nicole
    June 26, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    Hey Tara! I’ve been following you for years and so happy for your successful blog! I’m a Chicago native myself and wished I could have seen you when you visited. I’m glad u had an amazing time and I’m definitely going to check out these places I haven’t even heard of yet! Next time you visit, definitely check out ‘Three Arts Club Cafe’ in Restoration Hardware.. amazing truffle grilled cheese and the most beautiful instagram worthy pics you could ever take 😉 let me know if you ever want more suggestions because like you, I really really enjoy food haha. Love you!

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      TRUFFLE GRILLED CHEESE?!?! i will literally go back to Chicago JUST for that hahah wow!! thanks so much for the suggestion!! 🙂

  37. libbie
    June 26, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    I actually live super close to Chicago, so it was really cool to see all the different places you went! You are so stunning & gorgeous & ilysm!! <333 ps, I love your blog tons!

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      thanks so much girl!!! 🙂

  38. Maria João
    June 26, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    I’m from Portugal, probably never gonna be there.. ???? But loving all your posts! I’m a very “old” fan, and i’m very proud of you! Ps: missing your morning/ night routines. LOVE YOU ❤️

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      thanks so much for supporting me for as long as you have, i am endlessly thankful!

  39. JJ Stribling
    June 26, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Going to San Francisco this weekend! Really wanting to go to Chicago soon because this trip looked lik so much fun!!

    • JJ Stribling
      June 26, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      *like ????

  40. katherine
    June 26, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Omg i love ur blog posts and ur youtube videos you take such nice photos it makes me want to go back to Chicago again the deep dish pizza there is to die for and navy pier is always so much fun it would be awesome if u did a video about how u take ur photos they are legit so aesthetically pleasing ilysm Tara

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      thanks for the video idea!! ill definitely do that! 🙂 thanks girl ♥

  41. Carolina Pérez
    June 26, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    I absolutely love watching your YouTube videos!! I actually went to Goddess and the Baker while I was in Chicago because of you!! I went with my sister a few days after you left and the rainbow cake was amazing!!

  42. Olivia
    June 26, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    Love your blog posts. ❤️❤️❤️ Can you make a blog on what to bring on a vacation? Lots of love from Brooklyn ????????

  43. June 26, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    You should definitely check out Pizanos Pizza when you go back to Chicago! Personally I think it’s better than Giordano’s. Also check out the Shameless house! I felt like a Gallagher when I went ????????

  44. ashley
    June 26, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    You should definitely try Giordanos or Lou Malnatis. Grand Lux has been my fave this summer too! Honestly, in my opinion Wildberry is overhyped. Try yolk or Eggsperience! Also, I see you like drinking soooo.. bottled blonde, and rock bottom brewery I highly recommend!!

    • Tara
      June 26, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      incredible!!! thanks for the recommendations! will definitely check out those places when I go back! 🙂

  45. June 26, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Absolutely foodiful blogpost ???? When I saw that pebbles French toast on your blog I’ve definitely been craving it! Thanks for sharing these food spots, for when I have the chance to visit Chicago. ????
    Love you lots!!!

  46. Ash Pirk
    June 26, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    I love you and your blogs

  47. Itrikan
    June 26, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    That feeling when you’ve never been out of your country and ppl keep talking about amazing food out there ….lol 🙂

  48. Kenna Shadel
    June 26, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Tara???????? omg ur blog is amazing!! Literally goals ☺️☺️ You are beautiful and amazing. Thank you for always making me smile everyday with your vlogs. I love you!!! hopefully one day I can meet you

  49. Olivia Hughes
    June 26, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    omg i live in chicago and i absolutely love these places. You should totally have a meet up here that would be so amazing. I hope you had a great visit here. You are the best!!!! xoxo, olivia

  50. Rachel
    June 26, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    Hi Tara! My name is Rachel. I loved this blog post so much. I love Chicago so much. I go there like every year and now I have new food places I have to try! You are honestly such a great youtuber and your so nice. Hopefully one day I get to meet you because that would be so cool. I have one question, is starting a blog hard because I REALLY want to start one but I don’t know what website to make it on? I love you so much!!

  51. Gabbi
    June 27, 2017 / 8:34 am

    omg love the Chicago posts!! this is actually so helpful since I live in Chicago lmao. Can you do a New York travel guide? You should totally do more travel posts!!!

  52. June 27, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    I live in Chicago,im glad you had a great time❤️

  53. Ashley
    June 28, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Hi Tara! I am actually from Chicago heading back tomorrow and was SOOO excited when I watched your vlogs/read this post and learned of some new spots! Already have plans to go get some rainbow cake! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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