Near North

Restaurants in Near North

Since its opening in the former Ambassador East Hotel in 1938, this Gold Coast landmark has hosted such guests as Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, and Ronald Reagan.

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).

Located on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt, NoMI is a Michelin one-star restaurant focusing on fresh, regional ingredients. Inside the dining room, hand-blown glass sculptures shaped like branches hang above the most-desired window seats, while restored original mosaic tiles cover the floor.

Chef and television personality Rick Bayless opened this Near North Side restaurant next door to his more casual Frontera Grill back in 1989, introducing the Windy City to the concept of fine Mexican dining.

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.

Superstar Chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of NYC’s Red Rooster and winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” brings his skills to bear in Chi-Town at this seafood restaurant in the Affinia Chicago hotel.

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.

Located inside the James Hotel, owner and renowned chef David Burke’s Primehouse is known for its awarding-winning cuts of meat, such as the 55-day aged rib eye. Red leather tables and brown leather chairs fill the dining room, where patrons head for dishes from the ever-rotating menu.


One of Streeterville's most exclusive dining spots, Tru features the creativity of chef Anthony Martin, the Chicago Tribune's Chef of the Year in 2010, his first at the helm.

This gourmet Chinese restaurant, located in the Peninsula hotel, successfully evokes the styles and flavors of 1930’s Shanghai. Inside, sleek black furnishings, light hardwood floors, and expansive windows are accented by bold red linens and Asian-inspired artwork.

A native of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy where prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano-Reggiano originated, chef Luisa Silvia Marani now offers homemade Bolognese sauces and pastas to Chicago's Gold Coast residents at this authentic Italian eatery.

This venue has closed.