EPAY Eats: Food Recommendations for  #SHRM18 in Chicago

June 12, 2018 By Diana Cleveland - Leave a comment

shutterstock_476127160-01EPAY Systems has found its home in Chicago since 2001 and we are so excited to welcome SHRM to our city. With four packed days of seminars, sessions and walking the expo floor, if you're in town for SHRM you will likely get hungry. To help, our EPAY team has shared their favorite Chicago bites and spots for you to explore. 

Chicago the EPAY Way

Michelle Lanter Smith, Chief Marketing Officer

“I love Pizzeria Uno on Ohio Street.  They claim to be the birthplace of Chicago-style pizza.  The restaurant has been around forever—you can probably find writing on the walls from old friends and family that visited in the past.  If you can’t get into Uno’s you can go to Due’s—it’s the same menu but across the street.”

Anna Pajor, SHPR, HCM Account Manager

“One of my favorite places is Chicago Pizza and Over Grinder. They serve the most unique pizza, it comes in a bowl… but that is not the best part, the Mediterranean bread is a must have! It is amazing!!  Any one visiting Chicago will find the food is truly made with heart.  This place does not take reservations, and the “host” will remember your place in line, without writing it down… (we’ve tested him and tried to mess him up, but he must have a photographic memory or something). Another tip, this place only takes cash. Not sure if this is true but it is right across the street from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Another place I’d recommend is Carmines (on Rush). This place is a must!  The food is amazing, whether you sit curbside or inside you know you are in a 5-star restaurant. And when you’re done with dinner you can take a stroll down the magnificent mile.  This place is the heart of the city.”

EPAY Family

Kim Holyfield, Inside Sales Executive

"My favorite restaurant is Cooper Hawks in downtown Oak Park, IL -  I enjoy the wine tasting and the outdoor dinner area, but my favorite dish is the grilled salmon and kale salad. You can’t go wrong here though because everything on their menu is top notch."

Serafin Viveros, Major Markets Executive

"I’d recommend Au Cheval. It’s a fancy burger joint that’s located in the near west side’s Fulton Market District. The dimly lit bar and restaurant on Randolph Street boasts what's widely touted as the city's best burger. If there is a long wait there are a lot of restaurants within a block that are also amazing like Girl & The Goat and sushiDOKKU."

Amber Tenuta, Marketing Coordinator

"My recommendation is for Lou Malnati’s Pizza! My favorite is the cheese and spinach deep dish and their famous Lou Malnati’s Salad to go with it! They are located all around the Chicagoland area and are a very popular place to grab a bite to eat!"

David Farrell, Vice President of Sales

“I’d recommend Eataly Chicago located just north of the Nordstrom’s building. It’s a multi-level Italian Market and eatery with 4 different restaurants in one beautiful location. The first floor is an Italian Market, Gelato and Nutella bar, and a fresh coffee and pastry counter. The Nutella Crepe is AMAZING. The second floor is essentially a large open space with more shopping (specifically wine, fresh meat and fish) and a number of small restaurants and counters. Depending on what you’d like you have these small restaurant options (all on the 2nd floor): IL Pesce (Fish); La Pizza & La Pasta (I recommend the oven fired flat bread pizza, I believe they have an all you can eat option on Tuesday nights!); La Piazza (Small Plates); Osteria De Italy (Casual Italian food). I’d say the dress code is on the casual side and it’s a fantastic experience.”


Mike Flerick, Major Markets Executive

“I’d recommend Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse. Great steaks, drinks and service. It’s a place you would catch Ron Swanson at regularly getting the largest steak available.”

Brian Lazare, Enterprise Sales Executive

“Check out Roka Akor or Sunda. They both have great sushi, a great atmosphere and awesome Asian fusion menus. Roka Akor has incredibly fresh fish (not always the easiest to find in the Midwest) and Sunda also has some amazing dim sum.”

Brittany Kovalcik, Director of Marketing

"Definitely visit Dusek’s in Pilsen. The food is amazing! You can share small plates with friends and the unique cocktails mean that you’ll stay there for hours. The menu is always changing, but the experience is always consistent – amazing. Whenever we have visitors in town, we always stop by Dusek’s.
Plus, if you get there before your reservations you can visit Punch House which is in the basement or catch a show at Thalia Hall which is on the second floor.
If they’re headed more towards Wrigleyville, HB in Lakeview. Their menu is also always changing but some of the staples like the Fritters, Escargot, and Mussels are a must-have! The best part – it’s BYOB 😊 It’s super cozy and hands down my favorite restaurant in the city. If you have a chance, it’s definitely worth a trek up to Wrigleyville."

Otha Jordan, Director of Human Capital Management Implementation

"A real treat for the true vegan or those who want something different: The Chicago Diner (Meat Free since 83’). Anyone and everyone needs to try their delicious milkshakes – you won’t believe its dairy free. A great place to grab a bite."

Ryan Tortorella, Manager of Human Capital Management Customer Care and Training

Chicago Cut. Great food. Awesome venue. Did I say great food?”


Diana Cleveland, Content Marketing Specialist

"One of my favorite places to go in the city is Publican in the West Loop. A farm to table restaurant, Publican serves up traditional colonial American fare. They also have a bakery nearby which bakes all their bread fresh and a whole animal butcher shop channeling the history of the West Loop as a meat packing a distribution district.
The West Loop is one of my favorite foodie neighborhoods of Chicago with tons of fresh new restaurants cropping up all along Randolph, Lake and Fulton Market. If you are looking for a sweet treat or a quick bite while walking check out Bombobar. Their menu changes seasonally with hot chocolate in the winter and scrumptious gelato in the summer. No matter the season they serve up sweet Italian styled treats out of a window attached to Bar Siena on Randolph street."

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