Chicago’s 10 Oldest Restaurants

By Jennifer Pesole & Christina Welky

The Berghoff

The holiday season is in the air and people are frantically running around to finish their Christmas shopping. This is a time not only just for gift giving, but it is also a time when many people get together to go out to dinner.

Society has an assumption that restaurants have a difficult time thriving in an industry where a new restaurant is only around the corner. However, Tian Luo and Philip B. Stark concluded in 2014, that only 17 percent of independently owned restaurant startups closed in their first year of business, compared with 19 percent for every other service-providing startups.

Chicago is home to 10 of the oldest restaurants and the oldest, Daley’s Restaurant, dates back to 1892. Unfortunately, the reporters were not allowed to incorporate this restaurant into the list due to Hyde Park’s crime rate. Therefore, this list dates back to The Berghoff, which opened in 1898.

Chicago independent food critic Michael Nagrant, a previous writer for the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye, was asked which of the restaurants had the greatest historical presence. Nagrant states, “I love that The Berghoff has a Chicago liquor license number one. I love that the Beatles once visited Margie’s. The family behind Italian Village is extraordinary and the second generation built an incredible wine cellar.”

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Top 10 Chicago Museums

As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is full of famous attractions for both tourists and locals. Among these are many well-known museums popular for their historical and cultural exhibits. Ranging from art to history to science, Chicago’s museums offer beautiful and informative exhibits. Many of these museums offer free days or discounted tickets for Illinois residents, so take advantage and visit these top museums.

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is America’s second largest museum and home to many famous works of art.

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry features exhibits on technology, space, energy, transportation, history, and more.

The Field Museum

The Field Museum is known for exploring natural history and the famous dinosaur named Sue in the lobby.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art features modern works of art by artists like Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.

Design Museum of Chicago

Chicago’s Design Museum is located in the Block 37 shopping center and is mostly run by volunteers.

Chicago Architecture Center

The Chicago Architecture Center recently opened in August 2018 and features skyscraper exhibits and an interactive model of Chicago.

Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium features everything related to astronomy and hosts an “Adler After Dark” program for adults.

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum is full of both temporary and permanent historic exhibits about Chicago.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is dedicated to nature, biology, and interactive ecosystems.

National Museum of Mexican Art

Located in Pilsen, the National Museum of Mexican Art features colorful murals, Mesoamerican artifacts, and modern art.