Near North



445 N. Clark St.,
United States,

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. Colorful pieces of Oaxacan folk art, particularly work by Rudolfo Morales and Nicolás de Jesús, decorate the walls of the main dining room, which features 70 tables. The potent Topolo Margarita, shaken tableside with housemade limonada, is a buzz-worthy bevarage, while Bayless's monthly changing menu can feature everything from Texas wild boar to rainbow trout wrapped in hoja santa.