chicago dining guide
For my city guides, I try to have a mix of everything - new restaurants, iconic venues, and tourist spots worth a visit. These will range from casual cafes for breakfast to suit jacket fine dining. As with all guides, it is not exhaustive but hopefully full of wonderful recommendations that will help you make the most of your visit! Here's what I love in Chicago:
The open kitchen at this upscale "diner" works with ingredients ranging from bologna to foie gras.
800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Inventive small & large plates served in a cozy, minimalist space with communal seating.
615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
The Purple Pig
Adventurous small plates plus house-cured meats & a lengthy wine list in small, lively quarters.
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Casual, brick-walled pizza pub where deep-dish pies with caramelized crusts are served until late.
2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Creative American cuisine in a stylish, modern setting with a lounge & candelit back garden patio.
1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Chef Michael Carlson showcases inventive New American fixed-price menus in a simple, homey space.
1466 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Girl & The Goat
Hot spot where Stephanie Izard serves up innovative small plates from a dramatic open kitchen.
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
American surf 'n' turf restaurant serving upmarket fare & cocktails in a lavish 2-story space.
750 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Inventive, market-driven food in a casual, funky space that hosts an especially popular brunch.
2537 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Asian-inspired plates & craft cocktails served amid funky furnishings & communal tables.
1401 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Funky-chic place serving modern, creative Korean-American fare plus wine & cocktails.
3500 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Popular BBQ spot slinging ribs, brisket, pulled pork & more in a basic space with community tables.
3800 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641
Chef Rick Bayless' always busy flagship where creative Mexican fare is served in a festive space.
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Comfort food from around the world is served in a rustic space with communal tables & open kitchen.
2957 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Voted best restaurant in the world, Chef Grant Achatz offers New American tasting menus featuring highly creative plates.
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
mindy's hot chocolate
Hip family-friendly American eatery known for its seasonal fare, rich desserts & hot chocolate.
1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A creative seafood & pork-focused menu plus global brews in a hip setting with communal tables.
837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Stylish spot serving refined, contemporary Italian fare such as fresh pastas
1020 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607
Bang Bang Pie Shop
Rustic bakery with a rotating menu of homemade sweet & savory pies & biscuits for eat-in or takeout.
2051 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647