Restaurants in Chicago

Located in Bucktown, Takashi is a favorite with locals for its unique American-French cuisine with a Japanese flair. Inside, exposed brick is painted slate gray, and white upholstered chairs sit atop the hardwood floors.

Once a personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, chef Art Smith opened his Table Fifty-Two inside the historic 19th century carriage house of the Biggs Mansion. The Northside restaurant features two stories and rustic décor that includes an open-hearth oven and a pressed copper ceiling.

Right off Dearborn St and acting restaurant of the Blake Hotel, the Custom House is focused on using farm fresh, seasonal ingredients for its New American cuisine.

Master of Mexican gourmet Rick Bayless delights diners with this casual and affordable “little sister” to the more upscale Frontera in River North and North Side’s Topolobampo.

Operated by the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group, R.J. Grunts has a casual ambiance peppered with good humor, from its motto ("catering to the neurotic compensation of eating") to its unique cartoonish menu design.

Founded by Polish immigrant Frank Bobak, this Chicago-based company has been manufacturing artisan sausages and deli meats since 1967.

At the forefront of the groundbreaking molecular gastronomy movement, Alinea offers meals that are quite simply unlike any others.

Located within the Hotel Les Armures in the city’s historic Old Town, this restaurant serves traditional Swiss fare in a two-story space that dates from the 17th century.

One of the first sushi bars in Chicago, Kamehachi was opened by Mrs. Marion Konishi in 1967 and has since expanded to include three additional restaurants.

Authentic Persian and Mediterranean cuisine awaits diners at Reza’s, a small local chain of four restaurants. At this Andersonville location, the dining room is set in a former microbrewery with high ceilings, exposed brick, and widely spaced tables that are ideal for date night.

At this tiny Andersonville eatery, a limited menu and extensive wait times are a small price to pay for what's often named the best pizza in Chicago.