Swift & Sons
1000 W. Fulton Market 312-733-9420 While Obama was in town in October to cast an early ballot in the presidential election, he stopped by the West Loop steakhouse for a private event. As evidence, a group of 10 staffers snapped a pic with a smiley prez and posted it to Facebook with the caption “Best. Friday. Ever. Thank you, Mr. President Barack Obama for dining with us!” Facebook post or it didn’t happen, right?
1518 E. 53rd St. 773-667-0647 When you start looking into the Obamas’ favorite Chicago haunts, this cash-only spot in Hyde Park is one of the restaurants that appears over and over again. And for good reason. Way back when, before he was president, Obama used the restaurant’s dining room to host community meetings. It’s a frequent stop when he’s visiting these days, too. The steak and eggs is reportedly his go-to breakfast of choice.
980 N. Michigan Ave. 312-280-2750 The Gold Coast Italian restaurant is a notable special occasion dining destination for the Obamas. In 2008, the year Obama was first elected president, the Chicago Tribune reported that the couple celebrated three very important moments at the restaurant: Michelle Obama’s birthday, their anniversary on Oct. 3 and their first dinner out together after the election victory.