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Unconventional Dining
Adventurous restaurants a short drive from McCormick Place--from fresh Mediterranean (with a twist) to innovative American cuisine
Unconventional Dining - Chicago

Kurah Mediterranean


What: Mediterranean restaurant known for its fresh ingredients and traditional dishes with a twist.

Ambiance: Exotic and lively feel complemented by live music. During the summer, patrons also have access to an upper deck with open windows.

Recommended by: Zagat

Specialties: Traditional Fattoush, Kurah platter.

Where: 1355 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago (5 minutes from McCormick Place).

Flo & Santos


What: Casual Polish-American pizzeria serving a variety of tavern-style pizzas and appetizers with daily drink specials.

Ambiance: Casual and fun vibe with sports games usually being aired; outdoor seating available.

Recommended by: Time Out Chicago.

Specialties: Thin crust pizza, Pierogi Sampler.

Where: 1310 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago (6 minutes from McCormick Place).

Nepal House Restaurant


What: Traditional Nepali and Indian cuisine with a lunch buffet special available every day.

Ambiance: Festive décor and music with a family style set-up.

Recommended by: Zagat.

Specialties: Chicken momo, Nepali style mutton, Goan fish curry.

Where: 1301 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago (5 minutes from McCormick Place).

Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings


What: Chinese restaurant known for its wide selection of dumpling fillings, quick service and low prices.

Ambiance: Causal and bright dining experience with light wood finish and table seating.

Recommended by: Chicago Tribune.

Specialties: Lamb and coriander dumplings, Sea weed salad, Skewers.

Where: 2002 South Wentworth Avenue #103, Chicago (7 minutes from McCormick Place).

Roister Restaurant


What: Casual, new-American restaurant that incorporates technology and experimental technique to create unique dishes.

Ambiance: Exciting and simplistic feel where the kitchen and seating area are one and the same. Patrons can watch as chef's prepare dishes.

Recommended by: The Infatuation.

Specialties: Smoked Oysters, Maple Poached Salmon, Yukon Fries.

Where: 951 West Fulton Market, Chicago (15 minutes from McCormick Place).