The City of Big Shoulders, the home base for FOODWORKS, has a big appetite that goes deeper than deep-dish pizza. There’s a reason why the James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the restaurant world, are held here. But in addition to decorated chefs and Michelin-starred restaurants—not to mention top major-league sports teams, world-class museums and a gorgeous lakefront—Chicago has a wealth of indie restaurants to be discovered in diverse neighborhoods across the city, the very restaurants we at FOODWORKS and our guests love.
In the Rogers Park neighborhood on the Far North Side, Devon Avenue brims with Indian and Pakistani restaurants, markets, bakeries and spice shops. For those craving pho, banh mi and other Vietnamese and Southeast Asian foods (which happen to be favorite menu items at FOODWORKS), the scene is just as vibrant along Argyle Street in Uptown. In Pilsen, a predominantly Mexican neighborhood south of downtown Chicago, you’ll find a bustling mix of tasting-menu restaurants, hipster cafes and traditional Mexican street vendors, some of whom are FOODWORKS partners.
The flavors of FOODWORKS are everywhere you look in Chicago. It’s this food scene that inspired the creation of FOODWORKS and continues to drive our growth across Chicago and the nation.