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Explore Chicago’s 9 Oldest Restaurants

Like history? Check out Chicago's oldest restaurants

With new restaurants opening at break-neck speed these days, people clamor to be the first to check them all out. Self-proclaimed foodies flock to new eateries in Fulton Market, Logan Square, River North and elsewhere. Some of these spots make it; others inevitably close their doors. It’s just the nature of the restaurant game.

While new places continue to open and will keep coming, there are plenty of places around the city that have stood the test of time. These iconic spots, found all over the city, have proven they have staying power. Whether it’s great (OK, fine, sometimes it’s just good) food, nostalgia or fantastic service, there’s a reason they’ve stuck around. Yes, we know you want to hit the new spots, but every so often, make a date night or a guys’ night out and visit these time-tested icons and see what makes them so, well, iconic.

Schaller’s Pump: opened in 1881

Daley’s Restaurant: opened in 1892

The Berghoff: opened 1898

The Walnut Room at Marshall Field’s (now Macy’s): opened 1907

Green Door Tavern: opened 1921

Lou Mitchell’s: opened in 1923

Italian Village: opened in 1927

Cape Cod Room at the Drake Hotel: opened in 1933

Gene & Georgetti: opened in 1941

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