Chicago Restaurants

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  • 1. Acadia

    $$$$ | South Loop

    The Northeast coast makes a splash in the South Loop with this elegant enclave, where dishes are fresh, inventive, and often have a rather modernist...Read More

  • 2. Alinea

    $$$$ | Lincoln Park

    Believe the hype and secure tickets—yes, tickets—well in advance, since Chicago's most exciting restaurant demands an adventurous spirit and a serious commitment of time and...Read More

  • 3. Arun's

    $$$$ | Irving Park

    One of the finest Thai restaurants in Chicago—some say in the country—offers a culinary tour through Thailand via a nine-course tasting menu. (An à la...Read More

  • 4. Au Cheval

    $ | West Loop

    A menu packed with burgers, fries, and chopped liver might sound like a classic dive, but Au Cheval is no greasy spoon—exposed brick, dim lighting,...Read More

  • 5. Avec

    $$ | West Loop

    Head to this Euro-style wine bar when you're feeling gregarious; the warm, intimate space has seating for only 55 people, and the results are loud...Read More

  • 6. Big Star

    $ | Wicker Park

    The second the sun peeks out each spring, locals make a beeline for the 250-seat patio at Big Star because the tacos and margaritas are...Read More

  • 7. Blackbird

    $$$$ | West Loop

    Even after more than 20 years in business, a food-loving crowd still packs this hot spot run by award-winning chef Paul Kahan—they’re here for creative...Read More

  • 8. Boka

    $$$$ | Lincoln Park

    If you're looking for a Steppenwolf pretheater dinner on North Halsted Street, this upscale spot gets the foodie stamp of approval. The seasonally driven menu...Read More

  • 9. Chicago Cut Steakhouse

    $$$$ | River North

    As if steak houses don’t offer enough luxury already, Chicago Cut takes decadence to the next level with sumptuous red banquettes, floor-to-ceiling windows, and prime...Read More

  • 10. Chicago Diner

    $ | Boystown | Diner

    Belovedby vegetarians and vegans, this eatery should also appeal to anyone simply looking for a satisfying, comforting meal. The Chicago Diner...Read More

  • 11. Crisp

    $ | Lakeview | Korean

    This Lakeview hole-in-the-wall specializes in Korean fried chicken glazed in a variety of unusual sauces ranging from sweet and “Seoul spicy...Read More

  • 12. Frontera Grill

    $$ | River North

    Devotees of Chef Rick Bayless queue up for the bold flavors of his distinct fare at this casual restaurant brightly trimmed in Mexican folk art,...Read More

  • 13. Gather

    $$ | Lincoln Square

    Class meets comfort in this upscale Lincoln Square neighborhood eatery, where the service is top-notch and everything on your plate is made in-house from scratch,...Read More

  • 14. Giant

    $ | Logan Square

    Huge flavors come roaring out of the tiny kitchen at Giant, where chef Jason Vincent takes crowd-pleasers like pasta, vegetarian dishes, and American classics and...Read More

  • 15. Girl & the Goat

    $$ | West Loop

    Bravo's Top Chef Season 4 champion Stephanie Izard's always-packed restaurant lives up to the hype, serving her personal brand of sharable, eclectic plates with seasonal...Read More

  • 16. GT Fish & Oyster

    $$ | River North

    The "GT" here stands for chef-partner Giuseppe Tentori, who has reinterpreted the classic seafood shack as a refined, contemporary eatery, decorated with a few well-placed...Read More

  • 17. Hopleaf

    $$ | Far North Side

    When hops devotee Michael Roper added a dining room onto the back of his beloved tavern, swillers were thrilled with the opportunity to sop their...Read More

  • 18. Le Colonial

    $$$ | Near North Side

    Formerly located around the corner on North Rush Street for more than two decades, Le Colonial continues to deliver delicate and sophisticated and French-Vietnamese fare...Read More

  • 19. Little Goat

    $ | West Loop

    Following the wild success of her flagship restaurant, Girl & the Goat, Top Chef alum Stephanie Izard switched gears with this all-day counterpart. The diner/bakery/bar...Read More

  • 20. Lula Café

    $$ | Logan Square

    Locals worship Lula Café, a neighborhood favorite that has been serving modern, seasonal dishes (and a cult-favorite brunch menu) in a spacious location with counter...Read More

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