Restaurants in Illinois

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 of regional styles.

Sol de Mexico, under the leadership of chef Clementina Flores and her son Geno (both natives of Guerrero, Mexico), is one of the most popular Mexican eateries in the city's Cragin neighborhood.

Located on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Everest is known for its French cuisine, award-winning wine list, and views of the city. Atop each table sits a bronze sculpture by Swiss artist Ivo Soldini, while paintings by Chicago artist Adam Siegel fill the wall space.

An offshoot of the New York original, which was made famous by Sex and the City, Chicago’s Sushi Samba Rio is now part of a small chain (other locations are in Miami, Las Vegas, and London).

A casual American grill with distinct notes of Mexican flavor in both the decor and the cuisine, Frontera Grill styles itself as being on the culinary "frontier" with its very name.

A vision of restaurateur Jerry Kleiner, this Near West Side favorite aims to provide a carnival experience. From the restaurant’s high ceiling, a large glass panel filled with brightly colored tiles creates a kaleidoscope of funky hues while salsa music plays throughout the dining room.

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

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

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.

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.

Lively tapas and martini joint