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Restaurants in Illinois

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these Illinois restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best Illinois restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in Illinois to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best Illinois restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in Illinois.

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  • 17th Street Bar & Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Few champion pit masters have achieved the level of celebrity of Mike Mills, whose postmodern barn on a strip of suburban sprawl provides a range o... More
  • A Taste of Heaven

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Since 1994, A Taste of Heaven has been delighting the residents of Andersonville with award-winning scones, specialty cupcakes, made-from-scratch p... More
  • Acqualina, Chicago

  • Aigre Doux

  • Alinea

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    At the forefront of the groundbreaking molecular gastronomy movement, Alinea offers meals that are quite simply unlike any others. Dedicated follow... More
  • Al's #1 Italian Beef

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    The flagship location of an ever-growing national chain, this sandwich shop was first established in 1938 as a curbside wooden food stand in Little... More
  • Ann Sather

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Although it may look like a typical old-fashioned diner, Ann Sather is actually a Chicago institution. Named after its founder, who established thi... More
  • Aria, Chicago

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    In the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park's signature restaurant, the evocative design incorporates mahogany walls, red and orange linens, clean-lin... More
  • Ariston Café

    Opened in 1924 (and not much changed since), this is the oldest restaurant on Route 66. More
  • Avec

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Inspired by the wine-making regions of Europe, this West Loop wine bar is the sister restaurant to neighboring Blackbird. The main attraction here ... More
  • Avenues

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Situated inside Chicago’s Peninsula hotel, Avenues is a feast for the senses, combining flavorful contemporary cuisine with a lush, elegant atmo... More
  • Benjamin's

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Go for the creative bar food, like Benjamin’s Pizza with chicken, buffalo sauce, jalapeños, and cheddar. More
  • Berta's Pub

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Don’t miss the fat, juicy burgers. More
  • Billy Goat Tavern

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Immortalized by the 1970’s Saturday Night Live skit in which a short-order cook (John Belushi) screamed “Cheezborger! Cheezborger! No fries, cheeps... More
  • Bin 36

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Serving contemporary American cuisine, this River North restaurant and wine bar focuses on seasonal ingredients and wine pairing. Known as The Tave... More

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