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Chicago is for Big Appetites!

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One thing we can all agree on is that Chicago is all about “bigness”! McCormick Place is the largest convention center in North America, and IMTS is the largest manufacturing show in the Western Hemisphere. At 110 tons, “The Bean” is one of the largest artworks of its kind in the world. And in June, Chicago welcomed Maximo, the largest dinosaur ever discovered, to its Field Museum – a mile from McCormick Place.

Appropriately named Maximo, meaning “maximum” in Spanish, this long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur lived more than 100 million years ago in what is now Patagonia, Argentina, and lived large. The titanosaur reaches 122 ft. across and stands 28 ft. tall in the museum’s Stanley Field Hall.

During IMTS 2018, take a cue from Maximo, gather your colleagues and dine at one of Chicago’s many acclaimed restaurants offering a large variety of cuisine from all parts of the world. To find the right establishment for you, visit IMTSTV atwww.imts.com/travel, www.ChooseChicago.com/IMTS2018 or check out new eateries in the McCormick Place neighborhood.

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
1401 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605 312-786-1401

Just a mile north of McCormick Place, the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant is an architectural marvel and a dining destination in one. It is housed in an original 1905 firehouse in the revered Motor Row neighborhood. The space has been meticulously restored and preserved and is a shining example of the Romanesque Revival architectural style.

The redesigned restaurant includes a lavish horseshoe-shaped bar area complete with Tiffany glazed tile and a tin ceiling. A beautiful solarium with floor-to-ceiling windows welcomes guests.

In addition to the first-floor dining options, the restaurant offers three private dining room options that can accommodate parties of 12-150 guests. The Veranda Lounge adjoins one of the private dining rooms and affords a spectacular view of the South Loop skyline.

The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant is committed to preserving the authenticity of a traditional steakhouse with a menu that includes steaks, chops and seafood, as well as contemporary seasonal dishes.


Chicago Oyster House
1933 South Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-225-8833

A premium surf and turf destination located just a half mile from McCormick Place, Chicago Oyster House features a complete seafood menu, as well as 16 different sushi rolls, 10 types of oysters including four grilled options and a popular house oyster shooter.

Named among the Top 21 Best Oyster Houses in the nation, the Chicago Oyster House is famous for both the quality and variety of the oysters they offer. The restaurant also serves prime and Wagyu steaks, sushi, king crab legs, Cajun dishes, and a diverse offering of seafood. Daily specials are available for dinner. Finally, dessert offerings include key lime pie, cheesecake and Moshi ice cream.

IMTS staff was especially impressed with the restaurant’s variety of menu options, warm hospitality and attention to detail from the artistically arranged food presentations dishes to the moisturizing sea salts in the powder room.


Hyatt Regency Restaurants
2233 South Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
312-567-1234

Attached to McCormick Place, the Hyatt Regency features three bold, new restaurants on the ground level, including Third Star International Cuisine, Arc Bar and ramen bowl eatery Sixes & Eights.

Third Star draws its inspiration from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Represented by the third star in the Chicago city flag, the Expo was “nothing short of spectacular.” Today, with its stunning interior and flair for innovation, Third Star at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place reimagines the spirit of the Expo in its culinary offerings and sophisticated atmosphere.


Glowing with thousands of Edison bulbs, Arc Bar is the newest addition to Chicago nightlife. Arc Bar also pays tribute to the excitement and liveliness of the Expo.

Also drawing inspiration from the Expo, Sixes & Eights invites visitors to taste the bold flavors of Southeast Asian street food. The a la carte menu allows guests to build their own rice, ramen or pho bowl, or to try one of the Chef’s Specials.


Marriott Marquis
2121 South Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-824-0500

New for IMTS 2018 and connected to the West Building of McCormick Place by a covered sky bridge, the Marriott Marquis is home to a market area, pizza stand, coffee shop and bar. The hotel also features a restaurant known as Woven & Bound.

Woven & Bound is situated in the hotel’s expansive, two-story Great Room and offers American cuisine inspired by the diverse culture of Chicago. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and provides a great space for relaxing after a long day on the show floor.


Motor Row Brewing
2337 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-624-8149

Located in an historic building on Michigan Avenue, Motor Row Brewing delivers amazing craft beers in a space that is quintessentially Chicago. The building harkens back to an era when the automotive industry dominated the street and the city.

Brewmaster Frank Lassandrello creates everything from spot-on interpretations of traditional styles to wildly creative beers. Guests are welcome to bring their own food into the brewery or menus are available to order from nearby restaurants. The brewery also has three event spaces that can accommodate parties ranging from 10 to 100 guests.


Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta
2106 South Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-842-0777

This local mini-chain dishes deep-dish and thin-crust pies, pasta, and more. It is less than half a mile from McCormick Place and is known locally as one of Oprah’s favorites.

Rudy Maltani, Sr. opened his first restaurant, Pizzeria Uno, in 1943. His innovative “Deep Dish Pizza,” turned pizza into a meal–elevating it from its status as a mere snack. Always a stickler for quality ingredients and authentic recipes, Rudy’s business grew quickly.

His son, Rudy Maltani, Jr., opened Pizano’s in 1991 and is proud to carry on his father’s legacy. Using his father’s knowledge, the younger Rudy crafted the restaurant’s now famous thin crust pizza, the pizza that Oprah calls her favorite and that USA Today lists as one of the top 10 in the nation.

Pizano’s also boasts a “secret weapon.” Rudy’s mother, Donna Marie Maltani, still spends her nights fashioning dough balls from an old, secret family recipe. These small mounds of dough are the start of a delicious pizza.


View more restaurants, hotels, attractions and tips on getting around on the IMTS.com/show/chicago webpage or on IMTSTV.

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