Restaurants in Chicago

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The melting pot of the Midwest offers down-home comfort food, authentic ethnic cuisine, and Michelin-starred fine dining. The best restaurants in Chi... Read More

The melting pot of the Midwest offers down-home comfort food, authentic ethnic cuisine, and Michelin-starred fine dining. The best restaurants in Chicago can range from tucked away wine bars, to bustling gastropubs, to formal tasting menus that need to be booked months in advance.

Chicago restaurants reflect the city’s diversity and richness: on the casual side, there’s deep-dish pizza, beef sandwiches and hot dogs, but there’s also a wealth of restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs, and entire neighborhoods dedicated to certain culinary delights, like Greektown and Chinatown. Avec by Paul Kahan is a perennial favorite, beloved for its creative small plates and curated wine list. Stephanie Izard draws crowds to her Little Goat Diner, and Tony Mantuano’s recently redone Caffe Spiaggia showcases high-end Italian cuisine hard to replicate anywhere in the country.

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  • Avec Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Avec
    Avec

    American and Mediterranean cuisine fuse together in a shared plate concept at Avec. The restaurant has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a... Read More

  • Boeufhaus Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Boeufhaus
    Boeufhaus

    With a menu that changes with the season, Boeufhaus highlights grass-fed and responsibly raised animals. Set in contemporary space with limited seating,... Read More

  • Cafe Spiaggia Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Cafe Spiaggia
    Cafe Spiaggia

    After a hefty remodel, Spiaggia reopened with all the seats oriented toward having excellent lake views. The food is rustic Italian created by a... Read More

  • Cellar Door Provisions Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Cellar Door Provisions
    Cellar Door Provisions

    Cellar Door Provisions works with local farmers to get the freshest food available for the season. The menu is small and rotates, but is natural and... Read More

  • Cindy's Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Cindy's
    Cindy's Rooftop

    Situated on top of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Cindy's has commanding views of Chicago and Lake Michigan from both the inside and the... Read More

  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
    Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

    This is the ninth installation of Dinosaur BBQ across the country. Known for their pit-smoked meats, Dino also has sandwiches, salads, and sides that... Read More

  • Girl and the Goat Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Girl and the Goat
    Girl and the Goat

    If you've ever dreamed of eating roasted pig face or braised beef tongue then this is the place for you. Celebrity chef Stephanie Izard has taken... Read More

  • Ixcateco Grill Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Ixcateco Grill
    Ixcateco Grill

    Ixcateco Grill specializes in cuisine from southern Mexico by a chef native to that area. The menu is sophisticated, locally sourced, organic, and... Read More

  • Little Goat Diner Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Little Goat Diner
    Little Goat Diner

    Another goat inspired concept from celebrity Top Chef chef winner Stephanie Izard, Little Goat takes on the form of a casual comfort-food diner with all... Read More

  • More Cupcakes Bakery in Chicago Courtesy of More Cupcakes
    More Cupcakes

    Cupcakes meet decorative art at More Cupcakes, where sweet treats are displayed exhibition-style in glass cases. Each cupcake is considered a work of... Read More

  • Nana Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Nana
    Nana

    Family-owned, organic, and locally sourced from farmers, the distinctively American cuisine at Nana comes with a Latin flair and is served in a rustic... Read More

  • Nando's Peri-Peri Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Nando's Peri-Peri
    Nando's Peri-Peri

    East Coast-based Nando's has taken the Chicago area by storm and is opening its third location this fall. Known for their marinated and grilled... Read More

  • Parts and Labor Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Parts and Labor
    Parts and Labor

    Part bar, part burgers, the owner's parents owned a well-known southside burger shop, and this spot serves as an homage to them. The bar has a wide... Read More

  • Presidio Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Presidio
    Presidio

    Equally know for it's delicious food and stellar cocktails as it is for the famous name, Presidio serves American cuisine with a northern... Read More

  • Sink Swim Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Sink | Swim
    Sink | Swim

    Appropriately martime themed, this popular seafood destination also serves other standout dishes. The chef's art school training is evident in both the... Read More

  • The Betty Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of The Betty
    The Betty

    The Betty serves small plates, entrees, desserts, and cocktails in a dimly lit, and sophisticated space with elegant historical touches to the design. Read More

  • The Halal Guys food cart in Chicago Courtesy of The Halal Guys
    The Halal Guys

    Simple halal food in an orderly grab-and-go setting near downtown. On offer are chicken, gyros, or falafel with the white sauce made famous at... Read More

  • The Purple Pig Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of The Purple Pig
    The Purple Pig

    Featuring American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist, dinner at The Pig is served a la plancha along with a special cheese and cured meat selection.... Read More

  • Topolobampo Restaurant in Chicago Courtesy of Topolobampo
    Topolobampo

    Another one of Rick Bayless' Mexican-inspired creations, Topolobampo offers nouveau Oaxacan cuisine in coursed menus that have an additional wine... Read More

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