There's a lot to love about Chicago: world-class culture, stunning architecture, Lake Michigan, and the city's international flair. But is there anything better about Chicago than its vibrant food scene? Sure, there are mouthwatering, roll-up-your-sleeves hot dogs and the iconic pizza so deep you can swim in it. But foodies from around the country and the world know that Chicago's fine dining is also unparalleled. And lucky residents of the South Loop Chicago rentals at NEMA are surrounded by some of the finest establishments in the city.

Bring your appetite as we explore the ultimate in Chicago's fine dining.

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant | 1401 S Michigan Avenue

Over 20 years ago, the Chicago Firehouse was one of the spots that helped turn the South Loop neighborhood into the fashionable and popular area it is today. As the name implies, it's housed in a beautifully designed former 1905 firehouse. Equal parts grand and intimate, this restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, have a drink and some light bites, or gather around the bar and cheer on the Bears in style. No matter the occasion, the reason why people return is the carefully prepared American cuisine and the exceptional service. Steak and seafood are the main draws, and the best way to experience a taste of it all is with the multicourse Firehouse Executive, which includes lobster bisque and filet mignon for two.

Sofi Restaurant | 616 S Dearborn Street

Chicago certainly has no dearth of Italian restaurants. But Sofi is undeniably one of the best. Set in a convivial and elegant atmosphere, Sofi serves a taste of chef and owner Maurizio Michi's native Northern Italy with inspired dishes and a wine list as expansive as Lake Como. Start your meal with decadent cheese and meat platters of sweet and salty soppressata or sharp pecorinos. Or save the cheese for after your meal to get a true Italian experience. Regardless of when you fancy your formaggio, there are plenty of dishes to tempt your taste buds, like the authentic and hearty osso buco or the bright and zesty pesto gnocchi. Mangia!

Bar Mar | 120 N Wacker Drive

Chef and philanthropist José Andrés has made quite the name for himself by reinventing and, some might say, improving upon the cuisine of his Spanish homeland. At Bar Mar, he brings his refined yet playful take on dining to the Bank of America Tower. Guests are greeted by a luminous octopus sculpture that hovers above the bar of this chic and modern space, welcoming them to indulge in the culinary delights of the sea. In this elegant setting, diners enjoy imaginative dishes like Asian tacos with caviar; fresh, citrusy ceviche; and tasty red snapper.

This is but a taste of what surrounds you at NEMA Chicago. To learn more about these apartments for rent in the South Loop of Chicago, contact us today.