Enjoy Chicago’s best restaurants, sorted alphabetically. Prices reflect average cost of a three-course dinner for one, excluding drinks, tax and tip. Note: Menus change frequently and seasonally, so not all items mentioned may be available at all times. $$$$ Very Expensive ($60 and up) $$$ E xpensive ($40-$60) $$ Moderate ($30-$40) $ Inexpensive (under $30) Update New Hot Spot Editor’s Pick Club Med Chef Tim Graham’s the first to admit he’s got a thing for culinary history. While putting together the menu for Mediterranean-inspired Travelle, there was “an explosion of books” that would show up at his house, he says. He’s putting those books to further good use for his next project as executive chef at The Langham Hotel restaurant: a special chef’s table menu that delves deeper into the wide range of dishes and flavors from the many countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Every few months, Graham will visit a new area and create a seven-course menu—a combination of shared plates and entrees—for diners to enjoy at the eight-seat table next to the glass-enclosed kitchen. For his first one, Graham explored the Greek Isles with dishes such as stuffed squid with pine nuts and goat prepared three ways. Beginning in August, he’ll tackle the Turkish spice markets with Venice, Morocco and Andalusia, Spain, coming up next. No passport needed. $1,000 for six to eight people, 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312.923.7705, travellechicago.com –Lisa Shames III Forks Specializing in USDA prime cuts of meat, this national chain employs in-house butchers to cut its steaks to order at this chic spot just north of Millennium Park. 180 N. Field Blvd., 312. 938.4303 $$$ 42 Grams It's not easy getting a seat at this Uptown BYOB 18-seater (tip: Purchase a ticket in advance from its web site). But the multi-course menu from chef Jake Bickelhaupt is so worth the effort and the money. 4662 N. Broadway St. $$$$ A10 For his third spot, Charlie Trotter’s alum Matthias Merges (Yusho, Billy Sunday) focuses on the cuisines of Italy and France at this charming Hyde Park restaurant. 1462 E. 53rd St., 773.288.1010 $$ Acadia At this chic South Loop restaurant, chef Ryan McCaskey creates impressive riffs on contemporary classics. Head to the bar for terrific versions of a lobster roll and burger. 1639 S. Wabash Ave., 312.360.9500 $$$ Alinea Heralded as one of the world’s top restaurants, and the only one in Chicago to earn three Michelin stars in 2013, Alinea offers just one dining option: a prix fixe menu of about 20 , Courses. 1723 N. Halsted St., 312.867.0110 $$$$ Allium The Four Seasons Hotel switches gears for its newly revamped restaurant, which features a creative mix of contemporary American food for a variety of occasions. 120 E. Delaware Place, 312.799.4900 $$ American Junkie This River North hot spot ups sports bar food with dishes such as venison tartare and foie gras and pineapple flatbread. Keep the party going at the second floor lounge with a retractable roof. 15 W. Illinois St., 312.239.0995 $$ Avec Keeping it simple is the name of the game at this Mediterraneaninspired small plates restaurant from the same owners as neighboring Blackbird. 615 W. Randolph St., 312.377.2002 $$ Balena The forces behind The Bristol and Boka Restaurant Group joined up for this rustic Italian restaurant, which features the food of chef Chris Pandel and a Tuscany- Inspired atmosphere. 1633 N. Halsted St., 312. 867.3888 $$ Balsan Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this Waldorf Astoria Chicago restaurant features charcuterie, smoked meats, oysters and a fresh take on traditional cocktails. 11 E. Walton St., 312.646.1400 $$ Bar Toma At this cozy spot from Spiaggia chef Tony Mantuano, you’ll find pizza, cheese and espresso bars, in addition to a variety of Italian-inspired small plates and housemade gelato. 110 E. Pearson St., 312.266.3110 $$ Beatrix Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this LEYE restaurant offers a varied global menu with a nod toward healthy ingredients. 519 N. Clark St., 312.284.1377 $ Belly Q The flavors of Asian barbecue are featured in a variety of creative dishes, ranging from savory pancakes and tea-smoked meats to hot pots. Head to the rear takeout area for the new home of Urban Belly. 1400 W. Randolph St., 312.563.1010 $$ Benny’s Chop House This River North spot combines a classic steakhouse ambience with top quality dry- and wet-aged USDA prime steaks and pristine seafood with more modern dishes too. 444 N. Wabash Ave., 312.626.2444 $$$ Bittersweet This cute Lakeview cafe offers cakes, breads and outof- this-world shortbread cookies. But it’s not all sweets—stop in for freshly made sandwiches too. 1114 W. Belmont Ave., 773.929.1100 $ Blackbird Snap up seasonal contemporary American dishes from creative Chef de Cuisine David Posey at this award-winning cult favorite. 619 W. Randolph St., 312.715.0708 $$$ The Boarding House This wine bar/restaurant/ lounge from master wine sommelier and former Check, Please! Host Alpana Singh features an extensive wine list, multiple menus and stunning decor. 720 N. Wells St., 312.280.0720 $$ Boka After 10 years, this Lincoln Park restaurant got a reboot in the kitchen with chef Lee Wolen and a new, more casual look. The contemporary American menu spotlights classic food and flavors. 1729 N. Halsted St., 312.337.6070 $$ Bottlefork Former Four Seasons Chicago chef Kevin Hickey joins forces with Rockit Ranch Productions at this River North spot featuring a menu of playful dishes, including “popcorn” sweetbreads and chorizostuffed squid. 441 N. Clark St., 312.955.1900 $$ Brindille At this Frenchinspired fine dining restaurant, Naha’s Carrie Nahabedian combines her love for top-notch ingredients with classic culinary techniques. 534 N. Clark St., 312.595.1616 $$$$ The Bristol This cozy Bucktown spot is well known for its seasonally fresh small plates, nose-totail meat program, specialty cocktails and pull-apart monkey bread. 2152 N. Damen Ave., 773.862.5555 $$ Bub City Country music, barbecue and whiskey-focused cocktails are all part of the newest restaurant from theMelmans, along with chef Doug Psaltis and mixologist Paul McGee. 435 N. Clark St., 312.610.4200 $$ Café Ba Ba Reeba! Tapas, paella and unique sangrias rule at this perpetually packed Spanish spot. Score a seat on the patio if you’re lucky. 2024 N. Halsted St., 773.935.5000 $$ Café des Architectes Contemporary French- American fare from Executive Chef Greg Biggers is served amid soaring floor-to-ceiling windows in the Sofitel Hotel. 20 E. Chestnut St., 312.324.4063 $$ Cafe Spiaggia The more casual counterpart to Spiaggia serves fashionable Italian fare from a seasonal menu. 980 N. Michigan Ave., 312.280.2750 $ Cantina Laredo Dine on Mexican dishes, some with modern twists, at the first Chicago location of this Texas-based chain. 508 N. State St., 312.955.0014 $$ The Cape Cod This Old World spot in the Drake Hotel, celebrating its 80 anniversary this year, serves some of the freshest seafood in town, plus the classic Bookbinder soup, finished with a touch of sherry. 140 E. Walton Place, 312.787.2200 $$$ Capitol Grille A traditionally handsome spot for a dry-aged steak, Capitol Grille is a great mahogany milieu where you can indulge in a little capitalism—or just the Stoli Doli cocktail. 633 N. St. Clair St., 312. 337.9400 $$$ Carmichael’s In an area teeming with trendy restaurants, this classic, clubby spot serves up oldschool steaks and seafood. Don’t miss the microbrews on tap. 1052 W. Monroe St., 312.433.0025 $$ Chicago Chop House USDA prime steaks are hand-cut on-site at this classic steakhouse, housed in a historic Victorian brownstone. 60 W. Ontario St., 312.787.7100 $$$ Chicago Cut Steakhouse This Chicago steakhouse features more than 600 wines, dry-aged USDA prime steaks and sleek decor with a river view. 300 N. LaSalle St., 312.329.1800 $$$ Chop Shop Housed in a 100-year-old former auto body shop, this Wicker Park butcher/deli/bar/ restaurant/performance space brings together encased meats, cocktails and live music under one very large roof. 2033 W. North Ave., 312.342.1909 $ Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen Celeb chef Kerry Simon returns to his roots—he’s an Evanston native—to head up the reboot of this Michigan Avenue restaurant. 224 N. Michigan Ave., 312. 334.6700 $$ Cicchetti There’s plenty of chef power at this Venetian-inspired spot, including Michael Sheerin, Sarah Jordan and Phil Rubino, whose combined restaurant experience includes Trenchermen, Blackbird, Spiaggia, Acadia and Boka. 671 N. St. Clair St., 312.642.1800 $$ Coco Pazzo Coco brings a Tuscan menu to life using local and organic ingredients. The whitetablecloth dining room drips with sophistication, but not pretention. 300 W. Hubbard St., 312. 836.0900 $$ Coco Pazzo Café Coco Pazzo’s little sister stakes her own turf in Streeterville with a more rustic ambience. 636 N. St. Clair St., 312.664.2777 $$ County Barbeque DMK Restaurants’ Michael Kornick and David Morton along with MK chef Erick Williams have created this Little Italy spot, which features an authentic menu of traditional barbecue fare and seasonal sides. 1352 W. Taylor St., 312.929.2528 $$ Davanti Enoteca In the heart of Little Italy and more recently River North, Davanti features fresh, simple and innovative Italian small plates. 1359 W. Taylor St., 312.226.5550; 30 E. Hubbard St., 312. 605.5900 $$ David Burke’s Primehouse Mouthwatering steaks, all sired from the same bull in Kentucky, are dry-aged on-site in a room filled with blocks of Himalayan salt, which impart flavor to the beef via the air. 616 N. Rush St., 312.660.6000 $$$ Del Frisco’s Everything at this steakhouse in the former Esquire Theater is big, from the three-story glass-enclosed wine room to the 24,000-square-foot space to, yes, the steaks. 58 E. Oak St., 312.888.2499 $$$ DMK Burger Bar Get grass-fed beef, killer fries and local brews at this relaxed but rocking spot from David Morton and MK’s Michael Kornick. 2954 N. Sheffield Ave., 773. 360.8686 $ Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen Think fresh and healthy can’t be done in a fastcasual setting? That’s not the case at Doc B’s, which features creative salads, hearty entrees and Asian-inspired noodle and rice bowls. 100 E. Walton Place, 312.626.1300; 55 E. Grand Ave., 312.999.9300 $ Dusek’s Set inside a stunning historic building, Dusek’s features a rustic, beer-inspired menu with dishes such as crispy pig tails and Moroccan-spiced tagine. Head downstairs to lounge Punch House for cocktails and retro vibe. 1227 W. 18th St., 312.526.3851 $$ Eataly Spread out over two floors and 63,000 square feet, there’s a lot going on at this Italian marketplace, including eight full-service restaurants, a brewery and plenty of food departments. 43 E. Ohio St., 312.929.2555 $$ Eleven City Diner Classics at this charming, authentic South Loop diner include a towering corned beef sandwich. Head to its newer Lincoln Park location for all the favorites, plus some new dishes. 1112 S. Wabash Ave., 312. 212.1112; 2301 N. Clark St., 773.244.1112 $ Embeya There’s a lot of eye candy decor here, but that doesn’t mean the food is an afterthought. Rather, you’ll find a flavorful selection of pan-Asian dishes, such as green papaya salad and tamarind-glazed pork ribs. 564 W. Randolph St., 312.612.5640 $$ Epic A 15,000-squarefoot, industrial-chic spot boasts French- American food from Mark Pollard, formerly of Asia de Cuba, and Epic Sky, and a killer roof deck. 112 W. Hubbard St., 312.222.4940 $$ Everest Dine atop the Chicago Stock Exchange at this Alsatian-French fine dining classic from chef Jean Joho. 440 S. LaSalle St., 40th floor, 312. 663.8920 $$$$ Fat Rice Macanese cuisine—think a mix of southeast Asia, China and Portugal—is the specialty at this charming Logan Square restaurant, which has been drawing crowds since it opened late last year. 2957 W. Diversey Ave., 773.661.9170 $ Filini There’s a lot to love about this restaurant beyond its chic decor, including a varied menu of small plates, woodburning- oven pizzas, pastas and hearty entrees. Radisson Blu Aqua Tower, 221 N. Columbus Drive, 312. 477.0234 $$ Fig & Olive Inside this 10,000-square-foot Gold Coast restaurant and retail space, you’ll find plenty of its namesakes on hand, both on the menu and for sale, with some 20 different varietals of gourmet olive oil available for purchase. 104 E. Oak St., 312.445.0060 $$ Fish Bar One door down from sister restaurant DMK Burger Bar, this Lakeview spot serves up tasty sustainable seafood dishes. The around-thecounter seating is casual, but the lobster rolls separate the place from fast food. 2956 N. Sheffield Ave., 773.687.8177 $ The Florentine JW Marriott brings this modern Italian restaurant to the Loop. Expect lavish leather booths and waiters who anticipate your every need. 151 W. Adams St., 312.660.8866 $$ Fornetto Mei This charming destination in the Whitehall offers diners a tasty take on neo-Milanese cuisine, plus a handful of Asian dishes. 107 E. Delaware Place, 312.573.6301 $$ Frontera Grill Frontera was born out of owner/ TV host/Top Chef Master rick Bayless’ devotion to the delights of regional Mexican cuisine. 445 N. Clark St., 312.661.1434 $$$ The Gage This gastropub features locally sourced ingredients and interesting meats in cozy environs. 24 S. Michigan Ave., 312. 372.4243 $$ Gene & Georgetti Founded in 1941, this charming restaurant is Chicago’s oldest steakhouse. Soak up the history as you dine on filets, strips, rib-eyes and Italian specialties. 500 N. Franklin St., 312. 527.3718 $$$ Gibsons This classic Gold Coast steakhouse attracts celebs and VIPs nightly with its menu-cart presentation and topgrade beef. 1028 N. Rush St., 312.266.8999 $$$ Girl & the Goat Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s restaurant is as good as rumor has it. Share plates of Spanish-, Asian- and Italian-influenced cuisine at this popular West Loop spot. 809 W. Randolph St., 312.492.6262 $$ The Goddess and Grocer This upscale grocery and deli features gourmet goodies, ranging from imported cheeses and homemade desserts to ready-to-go soups and sandwiches. 1646 N. Damen Ave., 773.342.3200 $ Grace With a resume that includes Charlie Trotter’s, The French Laundry, Alinea and Avenues, Curtis Duffy’s first solo restaurant is a beautiful and delicious reminder why fine dining still matters. 652 W. Randolph St., 312.234.9494 $$$$ The Grill on the Alley Big steaks, large salads and seafood abound at this Magnificent Mile restaurant. 909 N. Michigan Ave., 312.255.9009 $$$ GT Fish & Oyster It seems like restaurateurs Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz can do no wrong, and this chic River North seafood restaurant helmed by chef Giuseppe Tentori is no exception. 531 N. Wells St., 312.929.3501 $$$ Hannah’s Bretzel With five Chicago locations, this eco-friendly quickservice restaurant has proven that healthy fastfood isn’t a misnomer. 233 N. Michigan Ave.; 180 W. Washington St., 312.621.1111 $ Harry Caray’s This steakhouse immortalizes the late Cubs announcer with sports memorabilia and a friendly bar—the perfect spot to grab a bite and watch the game. 33 W. Kinzie St., 312.828.0966 $ HotChocolate Chef Mindy Segal’s Bucktown spot offers a seasonally changing array of sweet and savory selections, including latenight desserts and multiple varieties of the restaurant’s namesake. 1747 N. Damen Ave., 773.489.1747 $$ Hub 51 Tantalizing American fare at this alwaysbusy spot from Lettuce Entertain You legacies R. J. and Jerrod Melman includes BLTs with thickslab bacon. 51 W. Hubbard St., 312.828.0051 $$ Hubbard Inn At this River North spot you’ll find Moroccan tiles, antique furniture and eclectic books serving as a backdrop to Euro-influenced small plates. 110 W. Hubbard St., 312.222.1331 $$ Hugo’s Frog Bar A sibling of Gibsons (and serving the same steaks), alwayshopping Hugo’s specializes in seafood, including crab legs, lobster and seared tuna. 1024 N. Rush St., 312.640.0999 $$$ Italian Village Restaurants Chicago’s oldest Italian restaurant is actually three different restaurants under one roof: The Village serves traditional Italian fare, La Cantina serves seafood and Vivere features contemporary regional Italian cuisine. 71 W. Monroe St., 312.332.7005 $-$$$ Japonais by Morimoto With one of the world’s most well-known Japanese chefs in charge, this 10-year-old River North restaurant ups its star power. 600 W. Chicago Ave., 312.822.9600 $$$ Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab Boasting the environs of a supper club, Joe’s offers stone crabs from the Gulf of Mexico. 60 E. Grand Ave., 312.379.5637 $$ Kamehachi This Old Town classic serves some of the best sushi, rolls and sashimi around, all of which can be enjoyed in a traditional dining room as well as a romantic upstairs lounge. 1531 N. Wells St., 312.664.3663 $ Kinmont Seafood lovers are in for a treat at this restaurant. In addition to offering only sustainable seafood, you’ll also find plenty of under-the-radar offerings as well as local fish all in a laid-back huntinglodge setting. 419 W. Superior St., 312.915.0011 $$ L2O This chic seafoodfocused restaurant, awarded two Michelin stars under Executive Chef Matt Kirkley, is one of the city’s best picks. Choose from a variety of prix fixe options. 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773.868.0002 $$$$ La Sirena Clandestina Chef John Manion draws from his childhood spent in Brazil along with his love for Midwest ingredients for the menu at this sexy West Loop spot. 954 W. Fulton Market, 312.226.5300 $$ Le Colonial French- Vietnamese classic Le Colonial is exotic and elegant, complete with fringed lamps, palm fronds and period photography. 937 N. Rush St., 312.255.0088 $$$ Le Pain Quotidien Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this Belgian bakery/ restaurant has many fans around the world who can’t get enough of its organic breads, pastries, eggs and tartines. 135 N. Clinton St., 312. 234.0900; 1000 W. Armitage St., 773.770.4341 $ Les Nomades Tucked in a quaint townhouse, this award-winning Streeterville restaurant features exquisite French fare like duck consomme, pâtés and roasted venison. 222 E. Ontario St., 312.649.9010 $$$$ Little Goat Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s newest spot features a coffee shop, bakery, casual bar and small gift shop. Creative riffs on comfort foods abound for the variety of salads, soups and sandwiches on the menu. 820 W. Randolph St., 312.888.3455 $ The Lobby With a seasonal menu offering contemporary American cuisine, The Lobby has received plenty of buzz for dishes such as roasted chicken for two, slow-braised short rib and shellfish tagliolini. 108 E. Superior St., 312. 337.2888 $$$ Lockwood The Palmer House Hilton presents an update on ’20s glamour in a dining room filled with mirrors and sparkling chandeliers. 17 E. Monroe St., 312.917.3404 $$$ Longman & Eagle This gastropub-meetsinn features amped-up comfort food, such as wild boar sloppy Joe, as well as six “no frills, no service” rooms available for lodging. 2657 N. Kedzie Ave., 773.276.7110 $$ Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Locals point to Lou’s as a top spot for deep-dish. The cookie pizza is a must. 1120 N. State St., 312. 725.7777; 439 N. Wells St., 312.828.9800; 1520 N. Damen Ave., 773. 395.2400; 805 S. State St., 312.786.1000 $ Lyfe Kitchen Taking a healthy approach to fastcasual food, this unique spot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with dishes ranging from quinoa buttermilk pancakes to veggie burgers, all menu under 600 calories. 413 N. Clark St., 312.838.5933 $ Maggiano’s Little Italy Bring the family to this local legend, known for big portions of Southern Italian pastas and more. 516 N. Clark St., 312.644.7700 $ Mei’s Corner This Whitehall Hotel restaurant features the traditional flavors of Mandarin, Szechuan and Taiwanese cuisines, with dishes ranging from steamed dumplings to honey walnut shrimp. 105 E. Delaware Place, 312.944.8552 $ Mei’s Kitchen This casual spot features handmade dumplings, spring rolls and much more. Enjoy selfservice during the day, with more upscale dining in the evening. 1108 S. Michigan Ave., 312.294.2488 $ Mercadito Like its always packed sister spots in NYC, Mercadito is a hotbed of creative Mexican fare, including beer-battered mahimahi tacos and spicy cocktails. 108 W. Kinzie St., 312.329.9555 $$ Mercadito Fish The Tavernita/Mercadito team is behind this 150- seat spot, which focus on fresh-from-the-sea offerings. 10 E. Delaware Place, 312.640.8141 $$ Mercat a la Planxa Chef/ owner Jose Garces, an Iron Chef winner, perfects Catalan cuisine with modern presentations at this spot in the Blackstone Hotel. 638 S. Michigan Ave., 312.765.0524 $$$ Mia Francesca A Chicago favorite since 1992, Mia’s rustic Italian cuisine in generous portions will have you saying, “Ciao, bella!” 3311 N. Clark St., 773.281.3310 $$ MK Power players meet the urban chic at MK, a longtime insider’s favorite for creative contemporary American cuisine. A revamped bar area, including new lounge food and drink menus, adds to MK’s charm. 868 N. Franklin St., 312.482.9179 $$$ Morton’s the Steakhouse The legendary chain wows with its cart presentation of prime beef and its classic, giant martinis. 1050 N. State St., 312.266.4820; 65 E. Wacker Place, 312. 201.0410 $$$ Mott St. The Ruxbin crew has another hit on their hands with this global mashup that’s giving fusion a good name. Dishes such as stuffed cabbage with pork butt and sticky rice have earned a loyal following. 1401 N. Ashland Ave., 773.687.9977 $$ Nacional 27 This spot’s Latin fare blends the heritage of 27 countries with refined results. 325 W. Huron St., 312.664.2727 $$ Nellcôte For their newest venture, the owners of Old Town Social have created a chic glam-meetsgrit spot that includes bread, pastas and pizzas from flour milled inhouse. 833 W. Randolph St., 312.432.0500 $$ Nico Osteria For their newest venture, the One Off Hospitality gang focus on Italian-inspired seafood and housemade pastas at this rustic-chic restaurant in the Thompson Chicago hotel. 21 E. Bellevue Place, 312.994.7100 $$$ NoMI Kitchen This Park Hyatt restaurant focuses on ingredient-driven dishes that highlight the best products from local artisan purveyors for its French-inspired contemporary American cuisine. 800 N. Michigan Ave., 312.239.4030 $$$ North Pond Chef Bruce Sherman’s dedication to farmers means fresh ingredients at this cozy spot tucked in the middle of a park. 2610 N. Cannon Drive, 773.477.5845 $$$ Nouveau Tavern Get a taste of New Orleans in River North with dishes such as blackened catfish, crawfish fritters, jambalaya and bourbon pecan pie. 358 W. Ontario St., 312.915.4100 $ Old Town Social Antique furniture and gilded mirrors give the spot glamour, while industrial ceiling pipes add grit. The menu focuses on cheese, housemade charcuterie and elevated bar fare. 455 W. North Ave., 312.266.2277 $$ Osteria Via Stato This casual Italian restaurant serves authentic fare, while a cozy dining room channels the spirit Of Italy. 620 N. State St., 312.642.8450 $$ Packing House Market has shed its sports bar slant and now features modern Amerian cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Head to the second floor for My House, a lounge with an urban penthouse vibe. 1113 W. Randolph St., 312.929.4787 $$ The Palm Whopping prime steaks meet massive martinis in the Swissôtel. The dining room is complete with cartoon portraits of regulars and celebs. 323 E. Wacker Drive, 312.616.1000 $$$ Paris Club Bistro & Bar A recent name change signifies an overhaul at this River North spot. The menu still features French classics as well as seafood platters and varieties of steak frites. 59 W. Hubbard St., 312.595.0800 $$ Park Grill This American spot in the heart of Millennium Park offers cheerful service, chef-driven fare and a sophisticated cocktail menu, complete with plenty of housemade juices and infusions. 11 N. Michigan Ave., 312.521.7275 $$ Pelago Ristorante This new gem serves contemporary Italian in an elegant, white-hued dining room at the Raffaello Hotel. 201 E. Delaware Place, 312.280.0700 $$$ Perennial Virant The owners of Boka, GT Fish & Oyster and Girl & the Goat have partnered up with award-winning chef Paul Virant of Western Springs’ Vie at this popular Lincoln Park restaurant. 1800 N. Lincoln Ave., 312. 981.7070 $$$ Petterino’s A pretheater favorite in the Loop, Petterino’s offers 1940s glamour and satisfying American fare. 150 N. Dearborn St., 312.422.0150 $$ Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush The timeless Italian steakhouse invokes the heyday of its predecessor, the famed Riccardo’s. 437 N. Rush St., 312.222.0101 $$ Piazza Bella Celebrating 13 years of business, this quaint spot boasts two adjacent authentic Italian restaurants. 2114-2116 Roscoe St., 773.477.7330 $$ Piccolo Sogno Enjoy authentic, seasonally inspired Italian fare and, weather permitting, one of the best outdoor dining areas in the city, at this rustic-chic restaurant from chef Tony Priolo and wine expert Ciro Longobardo. 464 N. Halsted St., 312. 421.0077 $$ Piccolo Sogno Due For their second restaurant, Tony Priolo and Ciro Longobardo focus on Italian seafood, plus pizzas from a wood-burning oven and housemade pastas. 340 N. Clark St., 312.822.0077 $$ Pierrot Gourmet No matter the time of day you visit this quaint, Europeanstyle cafe in the Peninsula Hotel, you’ll find plenty to choose from, including frittatas, hearty salads, tartines and rotisserie items. 108 E. Superior St., 312.337.2000 $ Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta With deep roots in the Chicago pizza-making business, this family-run mini-empire creates some of the city’s best deepdish and thin-crust pizzas around. 864 N. State St., 312.751.1766; 61 E. Madison St., 312.236.1777; 800 N. Dearborn St., 312. 335.8833; 2056 W. Division St., 773.252.1777 $ Pizzeria Via Stato Osteria Via Stato struck gold by portioning off its bar for a pizzeria. Try Romanstyle pie classics like the margherita or housemade sausage. 620 N. State St., 312.337.6634 $ Prasino This family-owned eco-friendly restaurant has earned a loyal following for its commitment to local purveyors and flavorful contemporary American fare. 1846 W. Division St., 312.878.1212 $$ Prosecco Housemade pasta is paired with an extensive list of Italian sparkling wines at this ode to Venice. 710 N. Wells St., 312.951.9500 $$$ The Publican The Blackbird/Avec team brings a Belgian-style beer hall with housemade charcuterie and sausage, and more than 100 types of bottled beer and a dozen more on tap. 837 W. Fulton Market, 312.733.9555 $$ Pump Room Set inside Public, the Pump Room features a mix of updated classic dishes made with seasonal ingredients from award-winning chef Jean- Georges Vongerichten. 1301 N. State Parkway, 312. 229.6740 $$ The Purple Pig This cozy Mediterranean-inspired small-plates spot features unique cuts of pork, creative vegetable dishes and quality, wallet-friendly wines. 500 N. Michigan Ave., 312.464.1744 $$ Quartino The Gibsons team is behind this bustling enoteca with a convivial vibe and some of the best wine deals in town. 626 N. State St., 312.698.5000 $ RA Sushi The energy is high at this Gold Coast sushi hot spot, filled with bamboo and frosted glass. 1139 N. State St., 312.274.0011 $ The Radler Inspired Bavarian comfort food in a beer hall setting is the aim of this Logan Square restaurant from former Vie chef de cuisine Nathan Sears. 2375 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.276.0270 $ Riccardo Enoteca From the same owners and chef as neighboring Riccardo Trattoria, this casual wine bar offers a variety of Italian small and large plates as well as pizzas from a wood-burning oven. 2116 N. Clark St., 773.549.5010 $$ Riccardo Trattoria This mainstay eschews gimmickry for a warm atmosphere and some of the best straightforward Italian fare in the city, from Milanese chef Riccardo Michi. 2119 N. Clark St., 773.549.0038 $$ R. J. Grunts This familyfriendly destination, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, sticks to all- American fare, including burgers, milkshakes and a legendary salad bar. 2056 N. Lincoln Park West, 773.929.5363 $ RL Restaurant The classic designer serves equally classic dishes, such as lamb chops and prime sirloin, in a posh dining room. 115 E. Chicago Ave., 312.475.1100 $$ Rockit Bar & Grill Classic rock and contemporary bar grub converge in an energetic setting. Choose well-portioned dishes ranging from Kobe beef burgers to barbecue salmon. 22 W. Hubbard St., 312.645.6000 $ Rockit Burger Bar & Grill A recent menu revamp of this laid-back Wrigleyville spot puts the emphasis on burgers, in addition to flatbread pizzas, salads and craft beers. 3700 N. Clark St., 773.645.4400 $ RPM Italian Celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic, acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis and the Melmans have teamed up at this chic River North restaurant, which specializes in modern Italian cuisine. 52 W. Illinois St., 312.222.1888 $$ Rustic House Expect to find plenty of rotisserie items, including whole organic chickens and daily rotating specials, at this cozy Lincoln Park restaurant from the same owners as Gemini Bistro. 1967 N. Halsted St., 312.929.3227 $$ Saigon Sisters Savvy sisters Mary Nguyen Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen have opened an affordable, adorable Vietnamese restaurant, featuring chicken pho, banh mi and more. 567 W. Lake St., 312.496.0090 $ Sepia Sepia has serious sex appeal with a custommade tile floor and mod chandeliers. Chef Andrew Zimmerman takes advantage of local products, and a talented bar staff takes cocktails as seriously as the cuisine. 123 N. Jefferson St., 312.441.1920 $$$ Shanghai Terrace The Peninsula’s Chinese supper-club spot is a gem with a sexy space for outdoor dining. 108 E. Superior St., 312.573.6744 $$$ Shaw’s Crab House Variety is the order of the day at busy Shaw’s, where the lobster rolls are king. Eat in the Old-World dining room, or head to the casual, bustling oyster bar. 21 E. Hubbard St., 312.527.2722 $$$ Siena Tavern The team behind Bull & Bear and Public House has partnered up with Top Chef fave Fabio Viviani for this happening River North spot that features rustic Italian food in addition to a crudo/pizza bar and expansive lounge area. 51 W. Kinzie St., 312.595.1322 $$ Sixteen At Trump Tower’s fine dining destination, you’ll find beautifully presented dishes made with seasonal ingredients along with stunning views of the Wrigley Building, lake and river. 401 N. Wabash Ave., 16th floor, 312.588.8030 $$$ Sophie’s Named after American fashion designer Sophie Gimbel, this jewel-box of a restaurant offers a sleek modern design, stunning Michigan Avenue view and a fresh take on contemporary American cuisine. 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312.525.3400 $$ Spiaggia After 30 years, this refined Italian dining restaurant, headed up by chef Tony Mantuano, has gotten a complete makeover with the addition of a bar, lounge and glass-enclosed wine room. 980 N. Michigan Ave., 312.280.2750 $$$$ State and Lake This sexy spin on a gastropub, located in the trendy Wit Hotel, offers familiar foods with gourmet twists. The 16 beers on tap are mostly Midwestern. 201 N. State St., 312.239.9400 $$ Stella Barra Pizzeria At this L. A. import from LEYE, the interior design has an industrial-chic vibe, while the pizzas, made from Californiamilled flour, come topped with gourmet ingredients. 1954 N. Halsted St., 773.634.4101 $ Sumi Robata Bar Former Japonais chef Gene Kato has created a serene River North spot, complete with a robata grill, where he creates dishes such as crispy-skinned Wagyu rib-eye. 702 N. Wells St., 312.988.7864 $$ Summer House Santa Monica At this California-influenced, American restaurant from LEYE you’ll find a menu focused on locally inspired produce and ingredients. 1954 N. Halsted St., 773.634.4100 $ Sunda At this chic River North restaurant, you’ll find everything from sushi rolls to sea bass curry, which never fails to draw a crowd of beautiful 20-somethings and visiting celebs. 110 W. Illinois St., 312.644.0500 $$ Tavern at the Park Across the street from Millennium Park, this restaurant features modern interpretations of classic American comfort food. 130 E. Randolph St., 312.552.0070 $$ Tavern on Rush A place to be seen on Rush Street, Tavern on Rush offers class and sophistication in an unpretentious manner. Great for red meat and martini lovers. 1031 N. Rush St., 312.664.9600 $$ Tavernita This River North restaurant from Mercadito Hospitality features a creative mix of Spanish- and Latininspired small plates as well as on-tap wines and cocktails. Adjoining Barcito offers a a streamlined menu. 151 W. Erie St., 312.274.1111 $$ The Terrace Restaurant Enjoy elegant American cuisine with Midwestern flair at this spot inside the Conrad Hotel. 521 N. Rush St., fifth floor, 312.645.1500 $$$ Terzo Piano Spiaggia’s Tony Mantuano is behind this Italian spot in the Art Institute’s Modern Wing, which features impressive sandwiches, pastas and more using as much local fare as possible. 159 E. Monroe St., 312.443.8650 $$$ Three Aces Don’t let the edgy punk vibe of this Little Italy restaurant/bar fool you—there is a ton of tasty farm-to-table food to be found, including beer-steamed mussels and duck-fat-fried chips. 1321 W. Taylor St., 312.243.1577 $ Tokio 21 Asian Pub This casual Asian-influenced pub features an extensive sake program in addition to a variety of sake-based cocktails. 1400 N. Wells St., 312.664.1900 $ Toni Patisserie & Cafe In addition to baked-from-scratch pastries and cakes, this Loop shop offers a selection of sandwiches, soups and coffee drinks. 65 E. Washington St., 312.726.2020 $ Topolobampo The pricier half of Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill, Topo puts a fine dining spin on Mexican cuisine, offering everything from stunning ceviches to succulent fish in smoky sauces. 445 N. Clark St., 312.661.1434 $$$$ Travelle Located inside The Langham Chicago hotel, this luxury restaurant features a contemporary take on Mediterranean cuisine and an elegant midcentury modern interior design. 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312.923.9988 $$$ Tre Soldi From the same owners as longtime favorite Coco Pazzo, this laid-back Streeterville eatery puts the spotlight on the flavors of Rome in dishes such as pan-fried artichokes and crispy-crust pizzas. 212 E. Ohio St., 312.664.0212 $$ Trenchermen Located in a historic bathhouse, this Wicker Park spot features an eclectic menu in an equally intriguingly designed space. 2039 W. North Ave., 773.661.1540 $$ Tru This fine dining destination, headed up by Executive Chef Anthony Martin, is a fusion of understatement and spectacle. 676 N. St. Clair St., 312.202.0001 $$$$ Tuscany This lovely cafe, serving pastas and more, is hidden in romantic Little Italy. 1014 W. Taylor St., 312.829.1990 $ Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar This casual River North spot is a twofer for Japanese food, offering both a sushi bar and a barbecue bar, which dishes up a variety of skewers off its 600-degree robata grill. 230 W. Erie St., 312.662.4888 $$ Untitled This modern speakeasy of sorts combines a 100-seat restaurant—think oysters Rockefeller, steaks—with a bar and a lounge featuring live entertainment, all in a refined 17,000-square-foot space. 111 W. Kinzie St., 312.880.1511 $$ Vera This wine bar/small-plates spot from husband-and-wife owners is a true labor of love. He handles the kitchen, which features Spanish-inspired cuisine, and she the creative wine list. 1023 W. Lake St., 312.243.9770 $$ Vivere Sporting an awardwinning wine cellar, Vivere features contemporary regional Italian cuisine. 71 W. Monroe St., 312.332.4040 $$$ Volare Ristorante Italiano A redesign has updated the decor of this 15-year-old mainstay known for its authentic regional Italian food, friendly service and neighborhood vibe. 201 E. Grand Ave., 312.410.9900 $$ Weber Grill Enjoy hickorysmoked prime rib, baby back ribs, charcoal-fired Black Angus burgers and more at this sizzling chain. The sidewalk patio is perfect for people-watching. 539 N. State St., 312.467.9696 $$ The Winchester Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this charming Ukrainian Village spot features creative, health-oriented dishes, such as avocado toast, Brussels sprout salad and meatloaf. 1001 N. Winchester Ave., 773.698.8703 $ Wood As its name hints, a wood-fired oven is a prominent feature of this Boystown restaurant featuring terrific contemporary American fare. 3335 N. Halsted St., 773.935.9663 $$ Yolk This sunny breakfast and lunch spot is a local favorite. 1120 S. Michigan Ave., 312.789.9655; 747 N. Wells St., 312.787.2277; 355 E. Ohio St., 312.822.9655 $ Yum Cha At this 150-seat dim sum and Cantonese restaurant, chef Rodelio Aglibot channels his passion for the cart-borne feast with some 50-plus menu items, including soup dumplings, pot stickers and foie gras egg tarts. 333 E. Randolph St., 312.946.8885 $$ Yusho Combine nearly 20 years of experience at fine dining mecca Charlie Trotter’s with a love for Asian street food and you have this hip neighborhood spot from chef Matthias Merges. 2853 N. Kedzie Ave., 773.904.8558 $$ CLUBS , PUBS , BARS & LOUNG ES Ada St. From the owners of DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar and County Barbecue, this intimate lounge combines an innovative cocktail program with an equally intriguing menu of small plates. 1664 N. Ada St., 773.697.7069 The Aviary It’s not easy to get into, but once you do, the ubercreative cocktails, tasty small plates and chic ambience make it worth the effort. 9556 W. Fulton Market, 312.226.0868 Big Star Expect excellent craft beers and creative cocktails as well as fab fare and a hip crowd at this scenester-laden taqueria currently holding court in Wicker Park. 1531 N. Damen Ave., 773.235.4039 Billy Sunday With a former Charlie Trotter’s chef in charge, it’s no wonder this Logan Square spot, which features handcrafted cocktails and a menu of terrific snacks and small plates, is such a hit. 3143 W. Logan Blvd., 773.661.2485 Bull & Bear Private table taps allow you to pour yourself a refill—and another, and another—at this traderthemed bar. 431 N. Wells St., 312.527.5973 Celeste Everything about Celeste feels special from its handsome interior design and its creative craft cocktails to its progressive American cuisine and attentive staff. 111 W. Hubbard St., 312.828.9000 CH Distillery Local and artisanal vodka and gin are front and center at this West Loop distillery, which also doubles as a chic lounge with an interesting selection of small plates. 564 W. Randolph St., 312.707.8780 City Winery There’s a lot going on inside this 28,000-squarefoot venue, including live entertainment, a Mediterraneaninspired restaurant and an extensive wine program, including 18 on tap. 1200 W. Randolph St., 312.733.9463 Coq D’Or This historical spot is a classic Chicago haunt with a modern twist. The reinvented menu includes new takes on traditional drinks and dishes. 140 W. Walton Place, 312.787.2200 Drumbar This 18th-floor lounge atop the Raffaello Hotel combines a sexy indoor space and a spacious open-air terrace with up-close views of the John Hancock Center and the lake. 201 E. Delaware Place, 312.924.2531 Henry’s Swing Club This River North bar had us at “frozen drink machine,” but we’re equally smitten with its creative riffs on sliders, on-draft cocktails, Swizzles (crushed ice cocktails), curated selection of whiskeys and overall fun vibe. 18 W. Hubbard St., 312.955.8018 The J. Parker Located atop the Hotel Lincoln, this 13th-floor indoor and outdoor lounge offers stunning views of Lincoln Park and the lake, creative cocktails and small plates from downstairs restaurant Perennial Virant. 1816 N. Clark St., 312.254.4747 John Barleycorn For their fourth John Barleycorn location the owners have gone all out with this multilevel 14,000-square-foot sports lovers’ mecca that includes a huge retractable roof and a ton of Tvs. 149 W. Kinzie St., 773.348.8899 The Kerryman Come to this Irish bar for plenty of specials, including half-price bottles of wine every Tuesday night. 661 N. Clark St., 312.335.8121 Le Bar This modern bar in the Sofitel has floor-toceiling glass walls and a lengthy list of wines. 20 E. Chestnut St., 312.324.4063 Municipal Bar + Dining Co. This industrial-chic gastropub takes inspiration from the architecture of Chicago for its interior design. Chef Jeffrey Arasi puts his fine dining experience to good use taking basic bar dishes and elevating them. 216 W. Ohio St., 312.951.2125 Pops for Champagne Treat yourself to small plates and your choice of more than 200 bubblies at this chic-yetapproachable lounge. 601 N. State St., 312.266.7677 Public House The owners of Bull & Bear have another hit on their hands, but this time around it’s a beer-centric bar featuring a ton of plasmas and creative twists on traditional American dishes that have people lining up. 400 N. State St., 312.265.1240 RM Champagne Salon Under-the-radar Champagnes and sparkling wines take center stage at this sexy lounge from the same owners as neighboring Nellcôte. 116 N. Green St., 312.243.1199 Roof Enjoy cocktails, pizzas, Italian small plates and a beautiful crowd at this 27thfloor lounge at the Wit Hotel. 201 N. State St., 312.239.9501 Studio Paris Located on top of Paris Club restaurant, this indoor/outdoor lounge features a retractable glass roof that opens up to the cityscape. 59 W. Hubbard St., 312.595.0800 Three Dots and a Dash Situated below barbecue restaurant Bub City, this tiki bar has quickly become the place to be. It’s spot-on island decor and tropical cocktails served in kitschy glasses will have you saying ‘aloha’ in no time. 435 N. Clark St., 312.610.4220 The Underground This coolcrowd spot, which recently underwent a total design revamp, is known for its potent cocktails, in-the-know Djs, VIP crowd and abundance of visiting celebs. 56 W. Illinois St., 312.644.7600 Vertigo Sky Lounge One of Chicago’s best rooftop lounges, Vertigo features cocktails, catsuits and a nightly DJ. 2 W. Erie St., 312.202.6060 W atershed The lower-level bar at Pops for Champagne specializes in craft beers and artisanal spirits from the Great Lakes region. 601 N. State St., 312.266.4932
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