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The 70th World Science Fiction Convention
August 30-September 3, 2012   Hyatt Regency   Chicago

Food and Drink

As you might imagine, Chicago has a phenomenal number of restaurants and bars, covering every cuisine imaginable - from a quick bite to fine dining. And, of course, including the local specialities, Chicago style pizza, Chicago style hot dogs, and the Italian Beef sandwich.

We've gathered together some resources and links on these pages as a starting point. From here on, it's up to you ...

Eateries Close to the Hyatt

Chicon 7 fans will be looking for places to eat near the Hyatt, so here's a list of the Five Closest eating options in a bunch of categories (coffee shops, breakfast joints, pizza places, steak houses ...).

Useful Resources

To search by zip code for restaurants, bars, pubs, stores, or other destinations closest to the Hyatt, enter zip code 60601. Other zip codes you can use are:
60602   (Loop neighborhood)
60603   (Loop neighborhood)
60604   (Loop neighborhood)
60605   (Loop neighborhood, near South Side)
60606   (Loop neighborhood, near West Side)
60610   (Near North & Near West neighborhoods)
60611   (Near North neighborhood)
60654   (River North neighborhood)

If a site doesn't offer the option to search by zip, check that the business offering the deal has one of the above zip codes before buying. Doing so will keep you within the area closest to the Hyatt.

Food Guide put together by local Chicago fan Neil Rest.

City of Chicago Official Tourism Site (www.explorechicago.org/city/en.html)

ChicagoTraveler (www.chicagotraveler.com)

Citysearch (www.citysearch.com)

Free Things To Do in Chicago (chicagofree.info)

The Local Tourist (thelocaltourist.com)

Local reviews: chicago.metromix.com/restaurants

Late Night Dining Options: www.urbanspoon.com/tn/2/8/129/Chicago/Late-Night/Loop-restaurants

Vegetarian Options With Customer Reviews: www.happycow.net

The Chicago Culinary Chat Site: lthforum.com and their Great Neighborhood Restaurant awards map at http://tinyurl.com/GNR-Map

If you want to start researching restaurants and other places of interest ahead of time, you can search websites such as:
Eats.com (www.eats.com/restaurants/illinois/chicago/)
LocalEats (www.localeats.com/home/Chicago-dining/)
MenuPages (chicago.menupages.com/)
UrbanSpoon (www.urbanspoon.com/c/2/Chicago-restaurants.html)
and, of course, the old standby,
Yelp (www.yelp.com/chicago)

Coupons and Voucher Sites

Restaurant.com (www.restaurant.com)
This site offers coupons for restaurants in several cities, including Chicago. The deals vary from restaurant to restaurant, depending on what the establishment has decided to offer. A typical deal is to pay $10 and get a coupon for $25 worth of food and/or drinks. The coupons have no expiration dates, so you can safely buy now and use them when you're here for Chicon. You can collect your coupons over time - using this method, you could have eight (or more) coupons by the time you arrive. Some coupons have restrictions such as not being valid on Fridays or Saturdays. Be sure to read the fine print before purchasing! Restaurant.com also offers a smartphone app.
Groupon (www.groupon.com)
You can sign up to receive daily deal notices for as many cities as you like (provided, of course, that Groupon operates in a city). Groupon is more limited than Restaurant.com, in that you have only one day to purchase a deal, and coupons have expiration dates - but many deals are good for up to six months from date of purchase. Note that not all deals are food-related; hot stone spa treatments, sky-diving, and other such offerings show up just as regularly as food offers. Groupon also offers a smartphone app. Here is a direct link to today's Groupon offers for Chicago.

Viewpons (www.viewpons.com/chicago-deals.html) and Yipit (yipit.com/chicago/) gather all the deals from multiple websites and deliver them to you in one single daily email.

Other websites to check out, all of which work in a similar manner to the ones above:
3oclockClub.com (www.3oclockclub.com/)
Brownhub (www.brownhub.com)
Dailydeal (www.dailydealchicago.com)
DailyDibs (www.dailydibs.com/ChicagoDailyDeals)
Dealgator.com (www.dealgator.com)
Google Offers (www.google.com/offers)
Livingsocial (www.livingsocial.com)
Local Deal Spot (www.localdealspot.com/chicago/)
Youswoop (www.youswoop.com)

Delivery Options

Delivery options are available from some restaurants directly; establishments that offer direct delivery will be noted in the more detailed guide when it comes online. Grubhub will pick up food from many restaurants and deliver it (for a fee, of course). The links below are for the areas around the hotel.
Grubhub - Downtown: www.grubhub.com/chicago/downtown-chicago/
Grubhub - River North: www.grubhub.com/chicago/river-north/
Grubhub - Streeterville: www.grubhub.com/chicago/streeterville/

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