Restaurants in Illinois

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For more than 15 years, Blackbird has been a Midwestern culinary shrine. It is no small feat to keep a decades-old restaurant fresh. The secret? Low-key... Read More

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

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

Located in Lincoln Park and recipient of a Michelin star in 2010, this restaurant offers inventive New American cuisine from Italian-born chef Giuseppe... Read More

Hawaiian-born Shin Thompson synthesizes high art and fine cuisine at Bonsoirée, an American Nouveau hotspot that began as an undergound operation... Read More

Authentic and affordable, this family-owned Puerto Rican café in Humboldt Park is a local favorite despite its no-frills, cafeteria-style... Read More

Kevin Hickey is the burly chef you want to kick back and have a beer with. His burgers reflect that persona: inviting, oversized, and packed with flavor... Read More

Chef Kevin Hickey’s “kick back with a craft beer” persona is half the draw of his meat-centric bar and kitchen.  The other half is the crazy,... Read More

A block from DePaul University, The Pig, so-called by locals, offers baked goods, as well as large selection of sandwiches with names like The Catcher... Read More

Deep-dish pies are a Chicago phenomenon, and Burt Katz is quite possibly the master of this bready variation. For the past 20 years, kitschy Burt&rsquo... Read More

This little rectangular, white building with big yellow signs near the Sheridan El stop on Irving Park Road is popular with baseball fans headed to... Read More

Superstar Chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of NYC’s Red Rooster and winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” brings his skills to bear... Read More

Although the South Side is not known for its restaurants, Beverly residents rave about the food at Café 103. Just past the faux wood entryway,... Read More

Touted as Chicago’s original tapas bar, Café Ba-Ba-Reba is as festive as it sounds. Enjoy tapas, pixtos (bite-sized tapas), paella, and... Read More

Opened in 1983, Café Selmarie began as a small bakery specializing in European-style cakes, pastries, and breads. Now, the Lincoln Square spot is... Read More

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

Located in Bucktown, Caffé De Luca offers authentic Italian fare in a setting that resembles a Tuscan alleyway thanks to its high ceilings, rust... Read More

Getting caffeinated beneath an undulating wooden ceiling and an audience of neon taxidermy definitely impacts your buzz. In the best way, of course.... Read More

A vision of restaurateur Jerry Kleiner, this Near West Side favorite aims to provide a carnival experience. From the restaurant’s high ceiling, a... Read More

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

Specialing in Poblano food, this family-owned café is all about authentic flavors. In fact, the owner often travels to Mexico in order to obtain... Read More

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