Pack Expo Attendees: check out these local eateries!

Posted by Chandler Slavin on Oct 29, 2014 8:29:00 AM

Pack Expo attendees, Welcome to the Windy City!

Ditch the long lunch line at McCormick Place in favor of some superb South Loop fare! Lucky for you, this sustainable packaging blogger knows the neighborhoods around the Expo like the back of her hand. I have put together a list of some of my favorite eateries and watering holes, all of which are walking distance from McCormick Place. Who wants to wait in long lines to eat an overpriced cold ham sandwich!? Not my readers!

For delicious Mediterranean Tapas, check out Kurah at 1355 S. Michigan Ave., just over 1 1/2 miles from McCormick Place.

Steakhouse Chicago Firehouse is where former Mayor Daley took former President Bush when last visiting Chicago. Set inside an old firehouse, this classy joint is the perfect spot to sign that million-dollar contract. Located across the street from Kurah at 15th and Michigan.

Can't miss that sports game? Popular sports bar and grill The Scout is where the Blackhawks brought the Stanley Cup the night (or morning?!) of their victory; located about 2 miles from McCormick Place.

While Chicago is known for its deep-dish pizza, neighborhood favorite Flo & Santos' thin crust specialties give that reputation a run for its money! A must-try for pizza enthusiasts, located about 1 1/2 miles from McCormick Place.

More interested in liquid libations? Trendy lounge Square One, across the street from Chicago Firehouse, has all the beards and bitters to make any mixologists' heart sing.

And last but not least, nautical-themed Weathermark Tavern, where you can just get a beer and a burger like a normal person. Also about a mile and a half from McCormick Place.

And of course, don't forget to visit Dordan's booth located in the Lakeside Upper Hall, #8403.

LOOK! It's me! Pointing at a Pack Expo sign; see how welcome you are?!