If you can make time for a sit-down meal before boarding your train, snag a reservation at avec. The West Loop stalwart serves inspired Mediterranean shared plates alongside a top-notch wine list with affordable options by the glass and bottle. Choose from fan-favorite dishes like the chorizo-stuffed dates, "deluxe" focaccia, braised lamb neck and caramel cashew squares. Then, try your hardest not to pass out on the Amtrak.
Union Station isn't exactly a culinary hub—unless, of course, you've got a hankering for soft pretzels, vending-machine candy bars and pre-packaged sandwiches. (In that case, more power to you.) But if you know where to look and you're willing to walk a few blocks, the area surrounding the train station is dotted with some of the best restaurants in Chicago. Tuck into a stack of banana pancakes at one of the city's oldest diners, snag a reservation at a Michelin-starred restaurant or explore one of Chicago's top food halls. Whether you're coming or going, the best restaurants near Union Station offer something for every traveler.
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