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The Best Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago is rich in culinary history, from the early days of local brewing legends Lill and Haas in the 19th century to the famed 20th-century meat packing yards that produced Chicago-style steaks and the iconic “back of the yards” seasoning to the city’s notorious deep-dish pizzas. This city has a long history of producing unforgettable dining and entertainment — often going hand in hand. From the north side to the south side, Navy Pier to Willis Tower, here is a listing of the best restaurants to dine in while exploring the exciting and diverse neighborhoods of Chicago.

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29 Restaurants
Bijgewerkt 16 december 2021
Restaurants:Boka, North Pond, Les Nomades
Prijsklasse:$$$ - $$$$
Keukens:Modern Amerikaans, Amerikaans, Modern Frans
Buurten:Lincoln Park, Gold Coast / Streeterville
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Boka

$$$$
Modern Amerikaans
Lincoln Park
4.8
5800 recensies
Since opening 15 years ago, Boka has received recognition, such as holding a MICHELIN star for several consecutive years. The menu crafted by chef Lee Wolen has earned him accolades such as “Chef of the Year” from the Chicago Tribune as well as many dedicated diners who flock to this location as much for its swanky décor as for its inventive dishes, like dry-aged striploin, summer cucumbers, and cocktails like the amaro daiquiri. The eight-course tasting menu offers a peek at Boka’s best.

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North Pond

$$$$
Amerikaans
Lincoln Park
4.9
3950 recensies
Presently inhabiting a warming shelter built for ice skaters on Lincoln Park’s north pond in 1912, North Pond is an intimate location redesigned in the Arts and Crafts tradition and boasting perhaps the best views of the city skyline and park grounds. People from far and wide come to savor chef César Murillo’s American and French creations, such as foie gras, beef striploin, and the popular cheese plate. Seating at North Pond, including the patio, is available by reservation only.

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Les Nomades

$$$$
Modern Frans
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.9
1893 recensies
Located near Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue is the delightfully named French restaurant Les Nomades. Led since 2011 by Chef Roland Liccioni, who has earned five Diamond Awards in addition to being named “Best Chef in the Midwest,” this location offers an elegant atmosphere in a dining room dotted with floral bouquets and wood-burning fireplaces. Diners gather around tables adorned with white linens and enjoy dishes that have earned Chef Liccioni a five-star Mobil rating, such as oysters on the half-shell, roasted duck, and iconic fricassee of escargots. Pro tip: private dining is available for parties of up to 44 individuals.

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Sepia

$$$$
Modern Amerikaans
West Loop
4.8
4346 recensies
Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood is home to Sepia, a contemporary American restaurant led by acclaimed local chef Andrew Zimmerman. Diners at this location are greeted by breathtaking décor, with grand chandeliers lighting the intimate dining room. Fine dining best describes the experience, with Chef Zimmerman’s inventive menu featuring such favorites as smoked sturgeon, duck breast, and, for something a bit sweeter, milk chocolate and banana dessert. Insider tip: multi-course dishes are available, along with excellent wine pairings.

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Girl & the Goat

$$$$
Modern Amerikaans
West Loop
4.8
12066 recensies
When Top Chef’s first female winner Stephanie Izard first opened Girl & The Goat on Chicago’s famous Restaurant Row in the West Loop neighborhood in 2010, people from around the city (and the country) came to experience the opulent décor and atmosphere as well as to sample some of her creative contemporary global dishes, such as confit goat belly, grilled baby carrots, and smoked and roasted chicken thighs. They weren’t disappointed.

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goosefoot

$$$$
Modern Amerikaans
Lincoln Square
4.9
918 recensies
An oasis of contemporary American dining in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, Goosefoot has décor which strikes a balance between the modern and the classic. This restaurant offers a fine dining/business casual experience in which Chef Chris Nugent seeks to breathe new life into classic recipes, such as heirloom tomato soup, seared fall salmon, and, of course, the popular Madagascar vanilla bean crème brûlée. At Goosefoot, the menu changes with the season, as reflected by the name of the restaurant itself. Insider tip: try the “surprise” seasonal 12-course tasting menu.

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Untitled Supper Club

$$$$
Amerikaans
River North (Chicago)
4.6
2108 recensies
Chicago’s River North neighborhood is home to the Untitled Supper Club, a 1920’s-themed restaurant and entertainment venue that features American fare as well as the world’s largest collection of domestic whiskeys. Diners at the Untitled Supper Club can enjoy gorgeous décor and live entertainment while also choosing from various menu favorites by Chef Matt Cappellini, like brick chicken piccata, heirloom tomato tartare, and the unusual “compressed watermelon” (pro tip: try the sweat-inducing spicy nduja meatballs).

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Little Goat

$$$$
Amerikaans
West Loop
4.7
5260 recensies
Chef Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat was established in the West Loop in 2012, complementing the acclaimed chef’s other Chicago restaurants. This location makes maximum use of natural lighting, offering a casual dining experience for its American fare. Breakfast is the primary focus of the Little Goat menu, with classics like “This Little Piggy Went to China,” big biscuits and gravy, and bull’s eye French toast. Insider tip: Little Goat offers a refreshing coffee bar, featuring drip coffee, mochas, and house cold brew.

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Momotaro

$$$$
Japans
West Loop
4.7
2917 recensies
Recently named “Restaurant of the Year” by both Chicago Social and Chicago Magazine, Momotaro is described as a “multi-dimensional” Japanese restaurant in Chicago’s famous West Loop neighborhood. The casual elegance and opulent décor of this restaurant allows diners to slip into a more relaxed state of mind as they enjoy Chef Gene Kato’s creations, like maguro (tuna), silken tofu, and sea bream collar. Pro tip: don’t forget to sample some of Momotaro’s classic cocktails, like the Monk’s Journey or the Sunset in Okinawa.

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Duck Inn

$$$$
Amerikaans
Bridgeport
4.9
1546 recensies
Open since 2014, the Duck Inn describes itself as a gastro-tavern, an accurate description given the location has served as a tavern since before Prohibition. Under chef Kevin Hickey, named the Chicago Tribune’s Chef of the Year in 2015, the Duck Inn was designated one of the “Best New Restaurants” by Esquire as well as earning MICHELIN’s Bib Gourmand award. Menu favorites include Faroe Island salmon, duck fat French fries, and the farmer’s salad. Insider tip: the “Duck Inn Dog” is Chicago’s best hot dog.

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Parachute

$$$$
Koreaans
Avondale / Irving Park
4.6
1418 recensies
Tucked away in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago is the iconic family-run Parachute restaurant, serving Korean American dishes designed and prepared by chefs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark. Parachute seats around 40 diners at any time in its bright dining room, offering local favorites like house pickles, chameh melon salad, and the famous fried chicken. The signature dish, baked potato bing bread, is a must.

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The Izakaya at Momotaro

$$$$
Japans
West Loop
4.8
505 recensies
Located beneath the Momotaro in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, the Izakaya offers diners a dark and sensual experience that harkens back to the post-war street vendor scene in Tokyo. An angular bar seats up to 30 people, while traditional Japanese dishes are reimagined in the kitchen by Chef Gene Kato, including hirame (flounder), tsukune dango (chicken dumpling), and mapo tofu. Pro tip: parking can be difficult, but valet parking is available at the corner of Green and Lake.

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Swift & Sons

$$$$
Steakhouse
West Loop
4.7
3536 recensies
One of the best American steakhouses in the West Loop neighborhood’s “Restaurant Row” is the iconic Swift and Sons, with its turn-of-the-century décor designed to mirror Chicago’s early 20th-century cattle business while also creating an ambiance of comfort and hospitality. Executive Chef Chris Pandel has been working his magic in the Swift and Sons kitchen since 2013, creating masterpieces like potato pierogi, roasted Amish chicken, and dry-aged Wagyu burgers. Insider tip: the Swift and Sons cold platter is a seafood lover’s delight.

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Dusek's Tavern

$$$$
Modern Amerikaans
Pilsen
4.8
311 recensies
Described as an “old school tavern,” Dusek’s occupies an imposing corner location in the historic Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Executive Chef Ben Truesdell offers contemporary American classics with his own unique twist. Menu favorites include wood oven-roasted broccoli, tuna crudo, and the ever-popular heritage pork chop. Dusek’s décor and atmosphere represent the quintessential Chicago tavern, and any regular will agree that the BBQ pork rinds make the best snack for visiting with friends at the bar.

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Herb

$$$$
Thais
Uptown
4.6
450 recensies
Located in Chicago’s trendy Uptown district is Herb, one of the city’s best Thai restaurants. With its fashionable décor and welcoming atmosphere, owner and chef Patty Neumson has created a menu she describes as “Thai Redefined.” The seasonal menus at Herb are meant to complement the weather and time of year, offering creative delights such as soya bean curd, seared salmon salad, and turmeric trio mushroom soup. Pro tip: this restaurant offers a standard chef’s menu as well as a plant-based chef’s menu.

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Duck Duck Goat

$$$$
Chinees
West Loop
4.8
4175 recensies
The visually stunning dining room at Duck Duck Goat in the West Loop neighborhood envelops diners as they enter one of Chef Stephanie Izard’s classic restaurants opened in 2010. That same year, Chef Izard, winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” was named one of Food and Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chefs.” Duck Duck Goat offers diners all the classics, like Peking duck, crab Rangoon, and, of course, sweet almond yum yum. Insider tip: locals rave about the xi’an goat slap noodles.

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GT Prime Steakhouse

$$$$
Steakhouse
River North (Chicago)
4.7
1538 recensies
Located in River North, Chef Giuseppe Tentori has created what he describes as a “modern seafood place.” After opening the restaurant in 2011, Chef Tentori earned a “Chef of the Year” award that same year from CS Magazine, with the restaurant earning four stars from the Chicago Sun-Times. People looking for the best seafood will enjoy options like snow crab claws, tuna poke, and oyster po’ boy sliders. Insider tip: the Full Seafood Tower is the best way to experience all that GT has to offer.

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Elske

$$$$
Amerikaans
West Loop
4.8
569 recensies
Positioned in the West Loop, right on iconic Restaurant Row, is the MICHELIN star-holding restaurant Elske. Named after the Danish word for “love,” this restaurant has a minimalist dining room, countertop seating, and a quaint patio. Owner David Posey has created an American diner with Scandinavian-influenced designs and dishes, such as frozen raspberry meringue, duck liver tart, and the ever-popular blueberries with coffee. Be sure to try the honeycomb and apple butter.

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Proxi

$$$$
Globaal
West Loop
4.6
1703 recensies
Located on Restaurant Row in the West Loop, Proxi is an elegantly casual restaurant from acclaimed chef Andrew Zimmerman. Offering diners an eclectic mix of dishes in its open and welcoming dining areas, including private rooms, Proxi features such menu favorites as red lentil hummus, New York strip steaks, and delightful wood fire-grilled baby octopus. Insider tip: No visit to the Proxi restaurant would be complete without sampling a Vietnamese ice cream sandwich after the main course.

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Funkenhausen

$$$$
Amerikaans
West Town
4.8
721 recensies
Funkenhausen operates as a German beerhall in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago, offering diners a bright and cheerful dining area with plenty of room for reconnecting with friends over a stein. Considered one of the best places to enjoy a drink in Chicago, Funkenhausen is owned by Chef Mark Steuer, who draws on his southern and German heritage to create innovative dishes like sauerkraut, “A Big Garlicky Pretzel,” and southern-style peel-and-eat shrimp.

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Cabra - Chicago

$$$$
Peruaans
West Loop
4.7
1804 recensies
Situated on the rooftop of the Hoxton Hotel overlooking Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood is Cabra, a restaurant serving Peruvian-style dishes, with décor reminiscent of an urban loft and some of the best views of the city. Chef Stephanie Izard serves up creative takes on dishes she encountered in Latin America, such as classic ceviche, quinoa and tuna salad, and grilled shishitos. Insider tip: Cabra offers a number of playful cocktails, like the Alpaca My Bags and the Lima Dreamin’.

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Cira

$$$$
Mediterraan
West Loop
4.6
983 recensies
Located on the ground floor of the Fulton Market District’s Hoxton Hotel is one of Chicago’s best Mediterranean restaurants, led by the creativity of Chef Chris Pandel. Recipient of MICHELIN’s Bib Gourmand Award and listed among Chicago’s best breakfasts by USA Today, Cira offers a wide array of menu options, like challah French toast, warm stuffed dates, and glazed North African lamb shoulder, all in its exquisitely decorated dining areas. Pro tip: Cira offers a discrete dining experience in its 14-seat private dining room.

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Eduardo's Enoteca - Lakeview

$$$$
Italiaans
Lakeview / East Lakeview
3.8
44 recensies
Eduardo’s Enoteca location Lakeview offers diners a warm and inviting Italian wine bar atmosphere perfect for small gatherings or special events, whether in its tidy dining room or outside on the luxurious patio. People from all walks of life can choose from casual such as fried calamari, honey mustard chicken, or perhaps a slice or two of Eduardo’s famous Circa 1985 pizza. Pro tip: those dining in can purchase bottles of wine at a discount on Mondays.

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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

$$$$
Tapas/hapjes
Lincoln Park
4.8
7592 recensies
With its classic brick interior and all-season patio, Café Ba-Ba-Reeba has represented the best in Chicago’s tapas bar scene since first opening in 1985. Today this location offers casual dining in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of the city, with Chef Eric Jorgensen preparing inspiring recipes and dishes, such as grilled Spanish octopus, chorizo-wrapped dates, and Catalan-style housemade tomato bread. Pro tip: Café Ba-Ba-Reeba offers a number of private rooms accommodating up to 160 people for private parties and events.

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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$
Steakhouse
River North (Chicago)
4.8
8482 recensies
Chicago Cut Steakhouse offers diners a selection of menu items as inspiring as the views of the Chicago River from the large windows in the main dining room. Diners can enjoy American classics like marinated skirt steak, steak salad, and steak sandwiches, all in an atmosphere of culture and class. Pro tip: Making a reservation is recommended, as this location tends to be very popular with tourists and celebrities alike.

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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

$$$$
Afrikaans
Uptown
4.8
1194 recensies
Since its debut in 2007, Demera Ethiopian Restaurant in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood has provided diners with traditional dishes first taught to the owner, Tigist Reda, as a young girl growing up in Ethiopia. The bright and colorful décor of Demera, including its traditional wicker furniture, provides diners with a sense of actually being in the land where many of the menu’s offerings originate, such as kay see salata (beets), spicy siga wot (beef), and derek tibs (lamb). Pro tip: messob dishes are chef-designed for small groups.

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Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$
Steak
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.7
6900 recensies
Yet another of Chicago’s traditional American steakhouses, Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse first opened its doors back in 1989, most recently serving diners in the Gold Coast neighborhood and offering the best steaks in town. Diners come for Gibson’s unique take on the classic Chicago-style steak, with dishes like porterhouse steak and prime rib French dip sandwiches, in addition to its famous strawberry shortcake. Insider tip: the “King of Rush Street” burger is eight ounces of pure flavor and satisfaction.

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Tanta

$$$$
Peruaans
River North (Chicago)
4.7
4046 recensies
Since opening its doors in 2013, Tanta has served up exceptional Peruvian fare in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, welcoming diners into its lavish dining room featuring counter seating and café-style tables and booths. Chefs Gastón Acurio, whose 2008 cookbook won the Gourmand “Best Cookbook” award, and Jesus Delgado have collaborated to bring new and traditional recipes to life for Chicago’s diners, such as pollo anticucho, arroz con mariscos, and fried yuca. Insider tip: private dining is available on Tanta’s second floor.

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Maple & Ash

$$$$
Steakhouse
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.8
3841 recensies
A luxurious steakhouse located in the Gold Coast neighborhood, Maple and Ash distinguishes itself with its opulent dining room and unique menu crafted by its chef, Danny Grant (holder of two MICHELIN stars). Business partners and romantic couples alike gather in the candle-lit dining room to enjoy a wine list described by Wine Spectator as “one of the most outstanding in the world.” Menu favorites include the fire-roasted seafood tower, ricotta agnolotti, and filet mignon.

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