The Obamas' Chicago home address is 5046 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60615, in the Kenwood neighborhood.
Attractions Near President Obama's Home
President Obama's Favorite Chicago Restaurants
- Italian Fiesta Pizzeria: Every native Chicagoan has very strong opinions about the city's best pizza, and President Obama is no different. His, however, is on the south side of Chicago and not too far from his Kenwood digs. Its ultra-thin crust sausage pie was one of the area's best-kept secrets until POTUS let the cat out the bag. Diners may also order shrimp or Italian beef as a topping.
- MacArthur's Restaurant: This popular soul food mecca on the city's far west side got a mention in the president's autobiography, "Audacity of Hope," as one of his favorite restaurants in the city. Word is he loves the BBQ turkey legs and dressing, but the smothered chicken, fried catfish, and fried chicken are also big hits. MacArthur's is also a favored destination for local clergy, political leaders, and community activists.
- R.J. Grunts: The Obamas enjoy one of the most notable restaurants in Chicago when they go to this Lincoln Park corner eatery. It opened in 1971 and launched not only the salad bar concept, but also Lettuce Entertain You, a privately held, wildly successful Chicago restaurant group. R.J. Grunts' casual atmosphere means it's a great place to bring kids, but it is highly recommended for families with children who are out of high chairs and strollers. It's also walking distance to Lincoln Park Zoo.
- Sepia: The West Loop restaurant draws its name from the print shop that was housed there almost a century ago. Perhaps Michelle stumbled upon it one day after shopping at upscale dressmaker Maria Pinto, which used to be located in the building next door.
- Spiaggia: This upscale, Italian-inspired restaurant, which is located at the top of the Magnificent Mile, was the restaurant pick the Saturday night after Obama won his bid to become President of the United States. Not a surprise they chose it as this elegant mainstay has hosted many couples' celebrations over the years.
- Swift & Sons: The weekend Obama visited Chicago to cast his vote for the presidential election for the last time as POTUS, he sent this modern West Loop steakhouse into a frenzy. Swift & Sons pays homage to the area's heritage, which dates back to the 1920s. Cold Storage, Swift & Sons' "restaurant within a restaurant," is a 60-seat seafood eatery specializing in oysters, mussels and other raw bar favorites. What's especially cool and unique is that the restaurant offers an in-house concierge desk. During hours of operation, the concierge is on hand to provide memorable and personalized experiences, such as restaurant and hotel reservations, floral arrangements, auto detailing, premium theater and concert tickets and gift purchasing.
- Topolobampo: The Obamas understandably name Rick Bayless's Michelin-starred, Mexican-focused Topolobampo as one of their Chicago faves. I'm guessing they also appreciate Bayless's Frontera Grill, which is located right next door. Reservations are hard to come by, so diners should take advantage of the experience by ordering the chef’s tasting menu, which changes monthly.
- Valois Diner: This classic Chicago diner, which is located near the Obama home in neighboring Hyde Park, serves what is said to be one of the president's favorite breakfasts. The morning after he won his bid for President of the United States, Valois celebrated by giving away breakfast for free. Highlights on the breakfast menu include steak and eggs, French toast and a number of omelets. The beloved diner is also known for its promo line "See Your Food."
--edited by Audarshia Townsend