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Alinea

American 98 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

At the forefront of the groundbreaking molecular gastronomy movement, Alinea offers meals that are quite simply unlike any others. — Travel + Leisure

Topping many a best-of list, Alinea is a constantly changing, experimental marvel. The prix-fixe menus transform familiar flavors with cutting-edge technique. — Insight Guides

Rising star and culinary rocket scientist Grant Achatz (formerly of Trio and Napa's French Laundry) raises the bar on New American cooking at his techno-chic Lincoln Park restaurant. — Concierge

Alinea’s chef Grant Achatz is widely regarded as one of the most creative chefs in the world, and his kitchen is at the center of some of the food world’s most innovative dishes. — Forbes Travel Guide

Gourmet magazine anointed Alinea the No. 1 restaurant in the country. What’s all the fuss? Chef/mastermind Grant Achatz serves food the likes of which you’ve never seen. — Time Out

Mindy's Hot Chocolate

American 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A mix of “sweet” and “savoury” offerings, the weekend brunch is a good bet, and their chocolate desserts are miniature masterpieces. — Rough Guide

"Mind-blowing" desserts... might get top billing at Mindy Segal's Bucktown American, but fans say the "upscale" comfort food is "really good" too. — Zagat

Much more than just hot chocolate. — Not For Tourists

Now that's a mouthful, but the lofty, industrial-chic space allures with rich brown hues on leather banquettes, a long wooden bar, and painted concrete floors. — Michelin Guide

The dessert selection is the primary focus, and it includes warm brioche doughnuts and seven kinds of hot chocolate, each served with homemade marshmallows. — Travel + Leisure

Avec

International 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Avec keeps things simple: top-quality ingredients in simple preparations that take inspiration from Italian, French, and Spanish cuisines. — Frommer's

Avec is one of Chicago’s enduring food destinations. It boasts a sleek all-wood interior, and rows of communal tables that aren’t exactly comfortable, but do the job (particularly because... — goop

The main attraction here is the wine list, featuring 130 reasonably priced selections, 30 of which are available by the glass. — Travel + Leisure

The menu is focused around small plates rooted in European traditions, but with some Midwestern twists that incorporate seasonal ingredients. — The Infatuation

A follow-up to Blackbird, this highly seasonal (and always creative) restaurant is situated next door. — Gayot

Tru

French 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Eating here is culinary theater at its best. Be ready to spend the evening ogling too-beautiful-to-eat creations. — Concierge

If you want a stellar dining experience in a large, beautifully understated room with perfectly attuned service, make a reservation at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Tru. — Forbes Travel Guide

Martin's presentations are works of art themselves, evidenced by the caviar tasting served on molded coral with abalone shells. — Travel + Leisure

Offering "progressive French cuisine," Tru gives traditional European culinary techniques a creative American twist. — Frommer's

His artful plates and spot-on flavors are striking --- not to mention indulgent. — Gayot

The Publican

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

I was sucked in by the effortless elegance; the beerhall-like communal tables; the old-world flatware; the gingham platters; the bulbous lights; and, of course, the food. — Time Out

Set up like a swanky beer hall with urbanites young and old sitting across from each other at long communal tables, Publican specializes in oysters, hams and fine suds. — Lonely Planet

From the team behind Blackbird and Avec, this Fulton Market District newcomer taps into the prevailing fashion for down-home dining and restaurant patrons' hunger for blue-ribbon meat. — Condé Nast Traveler

From its large selection of oysters, to its grand, three-tiered seafood tower and aged ham with goat butter and peasant bread, there'€™s munching of all kinds. — Gayot

The sceney Publican conjures the age-old tradition of a public house (offering a communal setting for animated conversations over a plate of food and pint of beer) to the modern gastropub age. — Michelin Guide

Girl & The Goat

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Ultra popular gastropub from "Top Chef" favorite Stephanie Izard. — Not For Tourists

While adventurous diners may rise to the challenge of the Roasted Pig Face, others will take comfort in more accessible dishes such as grilled octopus with Serrano ham and braised pistachios. — Frommer's

The "warm", "casual" digs have a "lively" (some say "noisy") buzz and service is "knowledgeable", so many are left with but "one wish" – to be able to "get in more often". — Zagat

When Stephanie Izard won season four of Top Chef, the victory was a tribute to her faultless sense of style as well as seamless cooking. Both skills pay off, handsomely, in her big, sexy beast of a restaurant, a Chicago West Loop It girl that distills every current dining trend. — Concierge

Goat dishes figure prominently, of course; Izard buys her signature meat from a local farm. — Lonely Planet

Frontera Grill

Mexican 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Rick Bayless, one of the country’s most influential champions of Mexican cuisine, got his start here, showcasing well-executed dishes. — Insight Guides

Devotees of chef-owner Rick Bayless queue up for the bold flavors of his distinct fare at this casual restaurant brightly trimmed in Mexican folk art. — Fodor's

For two decades, this has been the spot for a vibrant slice of Mexico City, a place to chow down on ceviches, earthy mole, wood-grilled steak tucked into housemade tortillas. — Time Out

Rick Bayless's famous cantina--expect to wait awhile. — Not For Tourists

Despite the absence of celeb chef Rick Bayless' physical presence, you'll feel the force of his formidable resume in the strength of the scrum around the bar waiting for tables. — BlackBook

Schwa

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Super high-end food without the attitude" describes Michael Carlson's "very small" Wicker Park BYO. — Zagat

Known for his artful presentation, chef/proprietor and Chicagoland native Michael Carlson creates a rotating menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients from around the world. — Travel + Leisure

The lackluster Microsoft-Word-looking logotype announcing the corny name on the dingy awning above the stained fabric port-hole door belies the culinary genius of Michael Carlson. — BlackBook

At some point during a recent meal at Schwa—between the pad thai and the arctic char roe, I believe—a chef came out of the kitchen with two small plates. — Time Out

Carlson's artfully displayed entrées... are so good we'd eat them on the curb in front of the tire shop across the street. — Concierge

Blackbird

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Being cramped next to your neighbor has never been as fun as it is at this hot spot run by award winning chef Paul Kahan. — Fodor's

This high-flyer on the West Side's restaurant row draws patrons as hip as its austerely architectural setting. — Gayot

This buzzy, chic dining destination for Chicago’s young and wealthy perches atop best-of lists for its exciting, notably seasonal menu. — Lonely Planet

Paul Kahan won the James Beard Foundation's 2004 award for Best Chef Midwest and the consistently huge crowds at this nicely appointed room know it. — BlackBook

Chef Paul Kahan's Blackbird looks like a contemporary art gallery, an appropriate image for a place that creates miniature masterpieces out of traditional American ingredients. — Frommer's

Everest

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Towering high above the Chicago Stock Exchange, Everest is an oasis of fine-dining civility. — Frommer's

Classic fine dining experience with a knock-out view. — Not For Tourists

One night, slow-poached farm egg, cauliflower mousseline, topinambours (Jerusalem artichoke) and black truffle appears first. On another visit, it may be home-smoked salmon. — Gayot

Perched 40 floors above the city, this exquisitely appointed French restaurant is considered one of the world's finest dining destinations. — DK Eyewitness

"Incredible" views of the city are just one of the draws at this "high-class", high-elevation Loop dining room atop the Chicago Stock Exchange. — Zagat

Longman & Eagle

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You may feel out of place at this Michelin-starred gastropub sans a plaid shirt and a Grizzly Adams-style beard. — Travel + Leisure

This is the gastropub that put Logan Square on the map as a wow-worthy dining destination. — Condé Nast Traveler

The reason we, and probably you, continue to love Longman and Eagle has a lot to do with them sticking to their “Eat Sleep Whisky” mantra, and continuing to do so at affordable price points. — The Infatuation

Hard to say whether this shabby-chic tavern is best for eating or drinking. — Lonely Planet

Bourbon like nobody's business; also a restaurant and six-room inn. — Not For Tourists

Boka Restaurant

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Boka's menu, which was already good, has become considerably better with time. We find first courses are a real strength --- complex, artful and highly seasonal. — Gayot

In a neighborhood full of Irish pubs and casual sandwich joints, Boka is a sophisticated, grown-up alternative. — Frommer's

Boka makes for a great fancy yet still cool night on the town — The Infatuation

Stylish option close to the Steppenwolf Theatre, serving inventive and tasty dishes from around the world on a changing weekly menu that offers small ($8–12) and large ($21–37) portions, depending on your appetite. — Rough Guide

A Michelin-starred restaurant-lounge hybrid with a seafood-leaning menu, Boka is a pre- and post-theater stomping ground for younger Steppenwolf patrons. — Lonely Planet

North Pond

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Nestled on a quiet pond in the middle of Lincoln Park, this contemporary American restaurant boasts one of the loveliest settings in the city. — DK Eyewitness

Earthy contemporary American. — Not For Tourists

A former Arts and Crafts–style warming house for ice-skaters at Lincoln Park's North Pond, this gem in the woods fittingly champions an uncluttered culinary style. — Fodor's

Okay, so technically you’re not eating outside, but when you’re only a few feet from a pond in the middle of Lincoln Park, you’re as close to nature as it gets in the city. — Time Out

Tucked away in Lincoln Park, north of the zoo, North Pond truly is a hidden treasure. — Frommer's

Sixteen

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Frank Brunacci is sure to capture your attention with homemade crumpets for breakfast, lobster rolls for lunch, or seasonal risotto with escargot for dinner. — Travel + Leisure

As the signature restaurant of the Trump International Hotel & Tower, Sixteen spares no expense in creating a dramatic impression. — Michelin Guide

Can a four-star meal begin with fried smelts and end with a Butterfinger bar? My last dinner at Sixteen says yes. — Chicago Tribune

Uninterrupted views of the landmark Wrigley Building, Lake Michigan, and the Chicago River make it easy to overlook the food at Sixteen—but you shouldn't. — Fodor's

This uber-classy, curvaceous dining room is adorned with a massive, twinkly Swarovski-crystal chandelier, soaring ceilings and a sweeping skyline view. — Gayot

The Bristol

International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

While Bucktown isn't wanting for dining options, this self-proclaimed "eatery and bar" sets itself apart by focusing intently on the food. — Fodor's

At The Bristol, Chef/owner Chris Pandel aims to reward boldly carnivorous cravings head-on, sending out strongly satisfying plates-often highlighting less appreciated cuts. — Michelin Guide

Chef-partner Chris Pandel is a big believer in seasonal, made-from-scratch ingredients, and that goes for the ketchup, vinegar, pickles and preserves. — Gayot

Chef-owner Chris Pandel's "thoughtful use of interesting ingredients" results in "consistently creative" "farm-to-table" fare, including "life-changing" raviolo. — Zagat

Charcuterie lover's dream with Mediterranean roots. — Not For Tourists

The Purple Pig

International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The slogan at this open-kitchen restaurant/wine bar is "Cheese, Swine, and Wine." Chef Jimmy Bannos, Jr., takes all three very seriously. — Frommer's

As the name suggests, there's plenty of pork-centric items on the menu at this Michigan Avenue wine bar. — Gayot

The "interesting" Mediterranean menu is a "foodie adventure", full of "delicious", "mind-blowing" small plates. — Zagat

The fanatics of Chicago have been tweeting about the Purple Pig since the day it opened, and so far there hasn’t been a critical word among them. — Time Out

Here you’ll find ‘cheese, swine and wine’, as the tagline says, but also veggie antipasti and Mediterranean seafood. — Lonely Planet

GT Fish & Oyster

Seafood 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Giuseppe Tentori of Lincoln Park's Baka goes fish shack-chic with this lively, sceney haunt that's an after-work favorite among the young professionals around River North. — Michelin Guide

Is in every respect more comfortable, affordable and delicious than Boka. — Time Out

It has all the trappings of an authentic East Coast seafood house, one brought up to modern day speed. — Gayot

Proof that oysters are aphrodisiacs. — Not For Tourists

The "GT" here stands for chef-partner Giuseppe Tentori, whose latest restaurant coup reinterprets the classic seafood shack as a refined, contemporary eatery. — Fodor's

Yusho

Japanese 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Small plates of tofu and chrysanthemum, tuna and taro root, and duck breast and mushrooms hit the unadorned wood tables and booths. — Lonely Planet

Here, Japanese street food is the game, from quail eggs to beef tongue. — Condé Nast Traveler

If one thinks of Japanese foods as exercises in subtlety, Yusho will be a rude — make that exhilarating — awakening. Merges' dishes have all the subtlety of a jackhammer. — Chicago Tribune

Yusho wants you to drink cocktails. You will have no problem with this. — Time Out

Yusho’s thing is Japanese style cooking, but they incorporate different flavors and ingredients from around the world. — The Infatuation

Le Colonial

French 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Le Colonial is like Dr. Evil doing the Macarena. It's not hip, it's not cool, and there's nothing that can change that. Your friends in the know won't talk about it as a hot new... — The Infatuation

Le Colonial has one of the loveliest dining rooms in the city -- and the second-floor lounge is a sultry, seductive destination for cocktails. — Frommer's

Swank French colonial décor studded with palm trees create an enticingly chic backdrop for romance. — Travel + Leisure

Indochine comes to the Second City. Very nice. — Not For Tourists

Step into the dark-wood, candlelit room, where ceiling fans swirl lazily and big-leafed palms sway in the breeze, and you'd swear you were in 1920s Saigon. — Lonely Planet

Grace

Asian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Perhaps the most aptly named restaurant in the city, Grace is one of Chicago’s most Zen — and luxurious, and delicious, and memorable — fine-dining experiences. — Forbes Travel Guide

Refined, ingredient-driven and beautifully plated New American fare is offered in two pricey tasting options (omnivore and vegetable-focused though not fully vegetarian). — Zagat

Ultra fine dining on Restaurant Row. — Not For Tourists

Hear this, moneybags: Spend that dough at Grace. — Time Out

Chef Curtis Duffy's contemporary menu is refined, technically meticulous and, at times, ambitious to the point of genius. — Michelin Guide

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