Chicago

Restaurants in Chicago

Chef/owner Gabriel Viti has worked at restaurants in France and Italy, which has inspired the dinner cuisine at his own restaurant on Green Bay Road in Highwood. Wood chairs and booths with striped fabric stand ready before white tablecloths, but there’s also outdoor dining and private dining.

In the mid 1980s, Bill Murphy opened a hotdog stand in Lakeview to put himself through architect school. Soon after, though, he realized his calling to serve some of the finest split and grilled Vienna Beef links in the Windy City.

Designed with slim tree trunks and a tented ceiling, this Lincoln Park room radiates breezy glamour, and so does the food.

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Located in Lincoln Park, this restaurant produces modern seafood that draws flavors from Japan to Maine. Inside the dining room, white leather chairs contrast Macassar ebony tables, while glass panels and stainless steel cable screens separate spaces.

Leaving her job as a CPA to go to culinary school led Lisa Santos to open this half café, half specialty grocery store in Lakeview back in 2003.

Housed in the space that was formerly Mister Kelley’s, a nightclub that hosted performances by such artists as Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, Gibsons Steakhouse is still frequented by A-list guests, as evidenced by the autographed photos lining the wood-paneled walls.

Opened in 2005, this small, 26-seat restaurant sits on the edge of the Wicker Park neighborhood. Redesigned in 2010, the interior now features chrome-tipped light sculptures, ebonized black wood floors, and a mylar mirrored floating ceiling.

An innovative fusion of Indian and Latin American cuisine delights diners at this River North restaurant.

Set along the Chicago Riverwalk, O’Brien’s outdoor dining area is a terrific place to soak in a sunny day and enjoy views of Old Town. Open between May and October, the cafe offers indoor seating, but the tables outside are often in higher demand.