With a population of just over twenty thousand, Bellwood is a village that's close in vicinity to Chicago. The railroad station provides easy access from Bellwood into the downtown Chicago area, and vice versa! Just like there are excellent restaurants and bars in the downtown area, there are also great hidden gems for drinking and dining right here in Bellwood. These are a few of our top picks for eating and entertainment in the 60104 zip code
GIOACCHINO'S PIZZA & RESTAURANT
Gioacchino's Pizza & Restaurant is an awesome place to dine with large groups of friends, because they serve both thin and thick crust pizza, so no matter how many different tastes your friends have, you can get a great mix of food that pleases everybody. The selections here are definitely not just limited to pizza--they also have fantastic appetizers and Italian dishes, plus all your American favorites like burgers and barbecue. You also can't go wrong with the seafood and steak here. Nice atmopshere and very friendly service!
Address: 5201 Saint Charles Road
HOME RUN INN PIZZA
This is quite possibly one of the best family restaurants in the Bellwood area. The price is nice and low, and the portions are very generous and filling. If the name's familiar to you, it's because it's now a chain throughout the Chicagoland area, but it was originally just this one spot in Bellwood, and the original is still the best. Fantastic casual atmosphere, and the best pizzas in town!
Address: 466 South 25th Avenue
CAPTAIN B'S SHRIMP HOUSE II
Shrimp lovers in the Bellwood area always flock to Captain B's Shrimp House. They've perfected the art of the perfect batter, and their sauces are also done just perfectly. The coleslaw is always fresh and crisp with plenty of flavor. There is nothing better than picking up a giant order of fried jumbo shrimp with that deliciously garlic infused flavor. We highly recommend this restaurant to any seafood lovers. It's an essential in the Bellwood area. Tip: Don't just stick to the shrimp... the fried oysters and frog legs are delicious, and you can't go wrong with the catfish or smelt. Pizza puffs are available here too!
Address: 445 South 25th Avenue
We love to stop in to Stacy's Cafe for a delicious perfectly cooked to order steak. The menu is packed with American favorites and Greek specialties, and though everything is top notch, the thing that surpasses even the food is the service. The staff is so warm and welcoming, you almost want to go to Stacy's for that before you even think of the food. Just an all around wonderful cafe. Don't miss this one.
Address: 845 Mannheim Road
Ariston has been in the area for many, many years, and with good reason. The portions are huge and about as high quality as you can get. You really get your money's worth here, and then some! The gyros are the go-to item on this menu, with the fried mushrooms and onion rings being the two essential sides. You'll recognize the building by that familiar boxy red roof. Ariston Restaurant is a Bellwood classic!
Address: 919 Mannheim Road
D'TOX BAR & LOUNGE
You've got to love D'tox for a good time. On the weekends they've got specials like Ladies Night (no cover on Friday till midnight, and the guys get a discount too at just $5 cover until 10:30 on Fridays), and no cover until 10 on Saturday nights. The music here is a great mix of urban, R&B, rap, house,, hip hop, and even a little dance and salsa. There are VIP areas for those exclusive enough to wonder about it, and despite all the upscale perks, the drink prices reallly aren't too bad.
Address: 2305 East Saint Charles Road
Mating Place doesn't even try to disguise its singles bar roots with that name, now does it? But don't shy away even if you've already found that special someone, this is a great bar for couples to hang out at too. The crowds are always friendly and cool, and the atmosphere is really nice. The bartenders are always super friendly and happy to help you find the perfect drink. Nice place to dance the night away!
Address: 2701 Saint Charles Road
HIDE-AWAY LOUNGE & LIQUOR STORE
Hide-Away Lounge & Liquor Store is a great bar where you can spend the night throwing back deliciously mixed drinks or cheap draft beers while enjoying the great atmosphere. The bartenders are always very friendly, and the crowds are cool too. Very relaxed and great place to chill. Great prices too!
Address: 2601 East Saint Charles Road
TOUCH OF THE PAST
This cozy club is always packed with hot bodies dancing to the best house music, and you really haven't lived until you've danced your booty off here! Saturday nights are the best, always packed with the hottest crowds who love to get down and boogie. Parking goes quickly so you will want to arrive around 10:30pm. Reggae nights on Thursdays! Open until 2:30am.
Address: 947 Mannheim Road
OASIS SPORTS BAR
Looking for a great spot to catch the big game on one of many large TVs while throwing back beers and great mixed drinks? Oasis Sports Bar is your watering hole. They've got all your favorite bar fare, the atmsophere that lets you know it's game time, and a staff that's always friendly and accommodating, making sure that you have the best time possible. Can't recommend this one highly enough.
Address: 110 25th Avenue