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Written by  Elizabeth Pierson
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Willis Tower is not only famous for its top height in Chicago, but also for its prime location for top dining. Restaurants within walking distance of the Willis Tower may offer opulence or casual experiences, but one thing's for sure: these food finds won't leave guests unsatisfied.

Willis Tower Dining Options

All of the restaurants mentioned here are within 1 mile, walking distance, from the Willis Tower - Skydeck Chicago.

Formal Dining Options Near Willis Tower

These restaurants near Willis Tower offer a lavish dining experience, and even better, most won't break your budget.

Italian Village Restaurants

Distance from Willis Tower: 0.4 miles

The Italian Village offers three themed restaurants all in one that serve flavorful classic Italian food: The Village, Vivere, and La Cantina. Italian Village restaurants are open for lunch and dinner.

The Village - Italian Village

A traditional setting with cozy booths creates a comfortable and intimate dining experience for guests of The Village. It is located on the second floor of the Italian Village Restaurants. The menu includes tasty selections of pastas, veal, beef, seafood, chicken, pizza, Paninis, and salads.

Vivere - Italian Village

More romantic and contemporary in design, Vivere, has become a world-renowned dining experience. Its award-winning wine list is a sure hit for any date night.

La Cantina - Italian Village

La Cantina is an Italian steak and seafood house located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants. Inspired by a wine cellar, it has a narrow isle with elegant booths. Salt water tanks line the walls and the bill of fare is contains Italy's favorite steak and seafood dishes.

N9NE Steakhouse

Distance from Willis Tower: 0.4 miles

A chic and sophisticated restaurant, N9NE Steakhouse offers delicious and elegant steakhouse options for both lunch and dinner. The dessert menus are delightfully sinful with options like Spanish wine sorbet and warm caramelized banana bread. It is the perfect option for a special date in the Loop area.


Distance from Willis Tower: 0.3 miles

This opulent restaurant is a great excuse to break the piggy bank. It is located on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange building. The Everest may come with a guilty price tag, but the food and view offered here are equally delicious and memorable. Chef Joho provides creative French cuisine that is bursting with flavor sure to melt even the most sophisticate palettes. Taste from the offered three and four course pre-fixed menus or the three course pre-theater menu, both of which are sure to impress.


Distance from Willis Tower: 0.5 miles

A short walk from the Willis Tower sits the attractive Blackbird. Since its opening in 1997, Blackbird has dazzled its guests with sheer elegance. The dining room has a modern and contemporary yet luxurious feel, and the bar and many dining rooms complement the design throughout. Beautifully prepared food is king here, and the sophisticated menu is colorful and tasty. The Blackbird is open for lunch weekdays, and dinner Mon-Sat.

Custom House Tavern

Distance from Willis Tower: 0.5 miles

This posh restaurant, located in this historic Printer’s Row district, is open daily for lunch and dinner. Executive Chef Perry Hendrix’s menu focuses on farm-to-table New American cuisine and is perfectly complemented by wine selections from owner and wine expert Sue Kim-Drohomyrecky. Craft brews and artisan cocktails really shine here, too.

Casual Dining Options Near Willis Tower

Guests of these city spots don't have to fork over a lot of cash to have a great dining experience. These options close to the Willis Tower may be causal, but their food suggests nothing less of experience. Try one of these places for a delicious and inexpensive lunch or relaxed dinner after a trip up to the Skydeck.

Lou Mitchell's Restaurant

Distance from Willis Tower: 3 blocks

Right down the street from the Willis Tower is the laid-back, yet tasty breakfast treat of Lou Mitchell's. With 85 years under their belt, Lou Mitchell's has made a name for itself in the Chicago Loop. Locals, visitors and celebrities rave about the mouthwatering breakfasts and friendly service here. Even upon entering the establishment, guests are adorned with gifts; Milk-Duds for the ladies and doughnut-holes for the men. Enjoy freshly squeezed orange juice and homemade orange marmalade.

Crepe Bistro

Distance from Willis Tower: 0.6 miles

Cozy interior, delicious French crepe delicacies and attentive service make Crepe Bistro a food gem. If you are looking for a more elegant-style lunch, try Crepe Bistro. The crepes are absolutely sinful. They are everything a crepe should be, thin yet full of flavor. Here you will find crepes stuffed with your choice of cheese—feta, mozzarella or Jack—along with mushrooms, pesto, chicken, spinach or omelet. They also serve buttery croissants stuffed with choices of cheeses and spreads. The tomato basil soup is absolutely delicious.


Distance from Willis Tower: 1 block

No trip to Chicago is complete without admiring the tallest building in the city, just like no trip is complete without trying a slice of famous deep-dish pizza. Just a two minute walk from the entrance to the Skydeck, this Chicago favorite has a laid back atmosphere and all of the cheesey goodness you could imagine.

Billy Goat Tavern & Grill

Distance from Willis Tower: 0.1 miles

A two block walk is all you need to get from the Willis Tower to this Chicago icon. Though it isn’t the original location on Lower Wacker Dr., you can still get the same cheezborger, cheezborger and relive the magic from the famed Saturday Night Live skit. And this place is as casual as casual can get, with a limited menu and limited seating, come for the burger’s legacy and not for fine dining.


Distance from Willis Tower: 0.8 miles

Chicago visitors can't pass through the city without grabbing a famous Chicago burger; Hackney's offers tradition and expectation for tasty, bold burgers. This burger favorite is close to Willis Tower and just a short walk to the Magnificent Mile.

Its tap beers are a must try, and their juicy burgers are served on black rye with hand-battered onion rings. Hackney's is not for the faint of heart, meals here are big, bold and burger bliss.

The Plaza at Park Grill

Distance from Willis Tower: 0.9 miles

Planning on taking a stroll down the Michigan Ave after a trip to the Willis Tower? Stop at The Plaza at Park Grill right under The Bean at Millennium Park. It is a great outdoor cafe with colorful umbrellas for shade at every table.

On Thursday nights, enjoy live music right on the Plaza's stage. Guests can expect tasty selections like giant Cobb salad, juicy Kobe burger, and sandwich wraps. This outdoor restaurant at Park Grill is family-friendly.

Quick Fix Finds Near Willis Tower

If you aren’t looking for and opulent or casual dining experience, but rather just ease (read: you just walked out of the Willis Tower and you are starving), there are a plethora of quick eateries. Within a one-block walk, you can find the following cheap, fast and convenient restaurants.


  • Panera Bread
  • Corner Bakery
  • Cosi
  • Au Bon Pain

Sandwich Shops

  • Jimmy John’s
  • Potbelly’s
  • Subway
  • Quizno’s

Fast Food Chains

  • Chipotle
  • Panda Express
  • McDonald’s
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Sbarro

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