CHICAGO—Chicago has about 6,000 restaurants offering a staggering variety of foods, but the Internet offers a solution to mealtime dilemmas.
Web sites serving up relief to the hungry visitor offer information on location, price, atmosphere and type of food. A site sponsored by the University of Chicago, http://infolab. cs.uchicago.edu/dnc/entree, allows users to fill in specific criteria.
Site http://chicago.il.org/Visitor Info/Dining/DiningA.html. is sponsored by the Chicago Board of Tourism. Advice on restaurants and more is at the http://www.fodors. com Web site.
For show-goers suffocating in the congestion of McCormick Place, there is a relatively easy escape for lunch. The many restaurants close to McCormick include locations in Chinatown and Little Italy.
8th Street Deli at 800 S. Michigan Ave., is a New York-style deli and bar. Tel. (312) 939-3354.
Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli, 10 minutes away from McCormick, offers breakfast and lunch at 1141 S. Jefferson St. Tel. (312) 939-2855.
Hong Min Restaurant, in Chinatown, offers inexpensive Chinese food. It is at 221 W. Cermak Road. Tel. (312) 842-5026.
King Wah Restaurant offers 100 entrees at 2225 S. Wentworth Ave. Tel. (312) 842-1404.
65 Restaurant, at 2414 S. Wentworth Ave., offers Chinese food and fish. Tel. (312) 842-6500.
Three Happiness cooks up Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine at 209 W. Cermak Road. Tel. (312) 842-1964.
Connie's Pizza serves not just pizza, but other Italian food as well. It is at 2373 S. Archer Ave. Tel. (312) 326-3443.
Alfo's Ristorante, at 2512 S. Oakley St., offer Northern Italian cuisine. Tel. (773) 523-6994.
Bacchanalia Ristorante is not only close to McCormick, but to the Loop at 2413 S. Oakley Ave. It offers Northern Italian cuisine. Tel. (312) 254-6555.
Tutto Italiano, at 501 S. Wells St., serves pasta, chicken and veal. Tel. (312) 939-4824.
Polish Highlander's Restaurant and Banquet Hall offers music and dancing along with ethnic food at 4808 S. Archer Ave. Tel. (312) 523-7632.
If proximity to McCormick Place isn't among your criteria, you may want to check out some of Chicago's most-popular restaurants:
Ambria at 2300 N. Lincoln Park W. is known for French cuisine and its extensive wine list. Tel. (773) 472-5959.
Arun's serves a Thai feast at 4156 N. Kedzie Ave. Tel. (773) 539-1909.
Bistro Banlieue at 44 Yorktown Convenience Center, a French bistro, offers French cuisine without the high price. Tel. (630) 629-6560.
At 429 Temple Ave., Carlos' specializes in French cuisine. Tel. (847) 432-0770.
Multicultural cuisine is the focus of Charlie Trotter's at 816 Armitage Ave. Tel. (773) 248-6228.
Chef and owner Jean Joho serves French cuisine at Everest on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange at S. 440 LaSalle St., One Financial Plaza. Tel. (312) 663-8920.
Frontera Grill offers Mexican and Tex-Mex cooking at 445 N. Clark St. Tel. (312) 661-1434.
The Ritz-Carlton Dining Room offers American and French food at 160 E. Pearson St. Tel. (773) 227-5866.
The American-style restaurant Seasons offers good and healthful food, located at the Four Seasons Hotel on 120 E. Delaware Place. Tel. (312) 280-8800.