Illinois

Restaurants in Illinois

On a wood plank sign, colorful markers advertising authentic Costa Rican dishes welcome visitors to this family-owned café in Bucktown.

Upon entering this modern Japanese restaurant, patrons are wowed by a Jeffrey Beers-designed interior adorned with a water wall, oversize mirrors, red leather chairs, and an undulating wooden ceiling hung with copper chandeliers.

An unusual combination of classic comfort foods and innovative cocktails awaits diners at this retro-style restaurant in Bucktown. Illuminated by fringed lamps, the dining room contains red leather booths, a 1920’s-era bar, a working jukebox, and even a selection of board games.

Unless you knew to look for it, you’d probably never notice the dingy storefront of this local secret—and that would be a shame.

Although it may look like a typical old-fashioned diner, Ann Sather is actually a Chicago institution. Named after its founder, who established this original Andersonville location in 1945, the Swedish restaurant has now expanded to include two smaller cafés.

Go for the creative bar food, like Benjamin’s Pizza with chicken, buffalo sauce, jalapeños, and cheddar.

This venue has closed.

Occupying a refurbished, 1912 field house for ice skaters right on the edge of a romantic pond that serves as a namesake, this Arts and Crafts restaurant is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Thirty-foot floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of the Wrigley Building, Chicago River, and Lake Michigan at this fine dining favorite on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago.

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.

Just off Michigan Avenue, Mercat a la Planxa offers diners a taste of Barcelona with its authentic Catalan cuisine. The mod-Mediterranean eatery boasts bright orange and yellow curved booths, exposed light bulbs, and a colorful hexagon pattern at the entranceway.

The lowered ceilings, recessed lighting, and plain wooden tables in Rise's dining room channel attention to the sleek bar area, where the sake display is illuminated by pendant light fixtures encircled by whimsical wire loops.

Tucked inside the Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai Terrace is a true urban oasis.