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Alinea

American 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The gem in Chicago’s molecular gastronomy crown, Alinea is a prix fixe tour de force of carefully composed culinary microcraft by award-winning chef Grant Achatz. — BlackBook

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

Alinea captivates diners for nearly 20 moving, transformative courses that often require their participation and humor-"Eat with your fingers here...Use nothing here". — Michelin Guide

If you have four hours and $265 to spare, the 18-course tasting menu that showcases Grant Achatz's stunning, cutting-edge food is a fantastic experience. — Fodor's

The experience begins at the doorstep when one enters into a post-post-modern, bare set-up, evocative of a museum of modern art. — Gayot

Mindy's Hot Chocolate

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

The savory menu is well crafted, too, with choices such as a pork chop with sausage and spaetzle and a tuna melt made with tuna poached in olive oil, wild capers, and Havarti cheese. — Fodor's

Whether it's elaborate sweets, coffee or a full-scale brunch you seek, demitasse portions are the order of the day at this more stylish than cozy dessert spot and restaurant. — BlackBook

Not only was Mindy’s good from the get-go, but it keeps getting better with age. It’s a cool yet casual neighborhood spot good for lunch, dinner, and even brunch on the weekends. — The Infatuation

On to the savories, which are handled by chef Mark Steuer, whose style can be big and muscular on one dish, delicate and restrained the next. — Chicago Tribune

Nothing tops a mug of pastry chef Mindy Segal's house-made hot cocoa on a frosty day — Tasting Table

Avec

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

The brilliant Chicago restaurant that launched a thousand wood-burning ovens. — Bon Appétit

Go to this Euro-style wine bar when you're feeling gregarious; the rather stark space has seating for only 48 people, and it's a tight fit. — Fodor's

Extremely loud and incredibly close isn't just a critically acclaimed novel- it's the unofficial motto of Avec, where the wooden-planked room jams 'em in every night. — Michelin Guide

This tiny wine-focused restaurant opened in 2003, but its allure has never waned (warning: neither have the mobs of people trying to get in). — Condé Nast Traveler

Paul Kahan's second restaurant is a decade old but still lively and effortlessly cool — Tasting Table

Frontera Grill

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

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

Cookbook author and TV cooking show host Rick Bayless teams with wife Deann at one of the nation’s most lauded Mexican restaurants, featuring made-from-scratch regional fare. — Where

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

Owners Rick and Deann Bayless are widely credited with bringing authentic Mexican regional cuisine to a wider audience. — Frommer's

Perhaps you’ve seen chef-owner Rick Bayless on TV, stirring up pepper sauces and other jump-off-the-tongue Mexican creations. — Lonely Planet

Sixteen

American 86 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

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

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

As you might expect, everything at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Sixteen restaurant (located on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago) is larger-than-life. — Forbes Travel Guide

This fine dining restaurant combines stunning views of the skyline, river and lake with stylish contemporary fare. — Where

The Publican

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

The Publican’s huge list of global microbrews is complimented by such devilishly clever noshes as a pair of boudin sausages accompanied by a cluster of salamander-crisped grapes. — Travel + Leisure

Simple farmhouse fare — On the Grid

The Publican is a self-proclaimed homage to European beer halls where you can gather and share food with your friends, and there’s no doubt about that fact upon entering the room. — The Infatuation

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

"Try everything" say fans of Paul Kahan's "inspired" West Loop New American, where the pork-centric menu allows for a "superb pigtastic experience". — Zagat

Acadia

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

McCaskey's plates are camera-ready gorgeous, each component getting its own space on the plate. — Chicago Tribune

Multi-course tasting menus inspired by Vacationland. — Not For Tourists

Acadia is unique in that its bar menu has its own set of upscale bites like Korean-style fried Jidori Chicken and Maine lobster rolls. — Fodor's

Acadia’s 10-course prix fixe menu, which includes two cocktails that are mixed table-side, earned it a Michelin star. — goop

Ryan McCaskey's classic, contemporary American in the South Loop flies in the face of current convention. — Gayot

North Pond

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

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

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

Built in 1912 as a warming house for ice skaters, this craftsman-style cottage inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright is home to North Pond. — Michelin Guide

Chef Bruce Sherman cultivates close relationships with local farmers for fresh ingredients for his dishes, which change according to what's fresh, delicious and in season. — BlackBook

Nestled in a stylish, Prairie-style building within the confines of Lincoln Park, this Michelin-star restaurant and special occasion favorite is a French-American culinary dynamo — Where

Schwa

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

Schwa is kind of a difficult place to describe, because it's such an eclectic bundle of everything, that you just have to experience it yourself. — Afar Magazine

Schwa offers a bit of everything, including some molecular gastronomy, a fun atmosphere, rotating menu, and great music. — The Infatuation

Innovative fine dining with a hipster vibe. — Not For Tourists

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

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

The Purple Pig

International 85 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

It has the look and feel of a wine bar, but there's also a large food menu full of small plates. It's perfect for date night, catching up with a couple friends, or hitting the town with visitors. — The Infatuation

This small, warm restaurant is a wine-filled oasis on the Magnificent Mile, with lusty Mediterranean dishes, mostly of Italian and Greek origin — Tasting Table

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

Grace under pressure defines the atmosphere at this fantastically busy spot overlooking the Chicago River. — Michelin Guide

Girl & The Goat

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

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

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

If you're not one of the fortunate reservation holders, it helps to be nimble as a mountain goat to score a seat at Top Chef champ Stephanie lzard's hot spot. — Michelin Guide

Start with the warm marinated olives, chickpea fritters or escargot ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce. The restaurant'€™s namesake, too, appears in ways you may not expect. — Gayot

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... — Concierge

GT Fish & Oyster

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

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

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

Proof that oysters are aphrodisiacs. — Not For Tourists

If we are forced to live in a world where 50 Cent doesn’t own an oyster bar, GT Fish & Oyster is at least an alternative option we’ll happily take. — The Infatuation

Ask a local to suggest a great upscale spot for seafood that’s not sushi in Chicago, and this usually tops the list. — Frommer's

Slurping Turtle

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

Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi, Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi) knows his way around a bowl of noodles --- that much was already clear. — Gayot

As a Japanese izakaya you can go a number of routes at Slurping Turtle, including ramen, sushi, or small plates like gyoza, short ribs, and more. — The Infatuation

Part of the menu is called "sashimi bar," which embraces all manner of raw goodies, including salads, and a few cooked dishes, including a very nice octopus salad. — Chicago Tribune

Who in their right mind could say no to a colorful kid-size sundae, to softball-size cream puffs, to big, chewy macarons sandwiching caramel or red-bean paste? — Time Out

Michelin two-star chef Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi) goes casual with this buzzing ramen joint, which also serves up delectable plates of wings, dumplings and decadent beef tataki. — Where

Fat Rice

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

From the X-Marx supper club team, this casual, rustic-modern Logan Square purveyor of midpriced ‘global peasant cuisine’ features Eclectic comfort foods. — Zagat

This Logan Square spot looks to Macau for inspiration for its flavorful fare — Where

Fat Rice's menu melds Portuguese and Chinese elements, but also Goan, African and Malaysian influences. — Chicago Tribune

A rich paella-esque casserole of roast pork, chicken thighs, thick sausage slices, huge prawns, clams, hard-boiled eggs, olives, chilies and pickled peppers. — Lonely Planet

Fans line up early at this Portuguese-Macanese fusion spot. — Not For Tourists

Tru

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

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

Serious but not stuffy and imposing but not showy, Tru is a mind-reader of a restaurant, effortlessly giving you what you want before you can even consider asking. — Michelin Guide

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

One of the city’s top fine dining destinations, this restaurant offers signature dishes like caviar presented on a miniature glass staircase and lobster bisque served in a Versace espresso cup — Where

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

Blackbird

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

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

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

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

"Interesting", "sophisticated" New American dishes are "beautifully presented" by "attentive" staffers at this "well-established" West Loop "classic" from Paul Kahan and crew. — Zagat

Behind an all-glass storefront, Blackbird’s interior is sleek and minimalist, adorned with bare white walls, hardwood floors, and metallic chairs facing high-backed gray banquettes. — Travel + Leisure

Spiaggia

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

Here, modern Italian elegance reigns as jacketed gentlemen talk shop and couples celebrate anniversaries in the intimate u-shaped banquettes. — Michelin Guide

An Italian culinary treasure since 1984, Spiaggia features a spectacular view of Lake Michigan and four-star cuisine by chef/partner Tony Mantuano — Where

After a massive renovation, Tony Mantuano’s "special-occasion" Mag Mile Italian "still has the touch", offering a "true dining experience" "unlike any other". — Zagat

While the vibe is more relaxed, the food is still elegant and beautiful. — Time Out

Spiaggia means "beach" in Italian, and the restaurant's name is a tribute to its spectacular view of Lake Michigan and Oak Street Beach. — Frommer's

Boka Restaurant

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

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

An undercurrent of romance buzzes through Boka, from the airy patio to the remodeled lounge, and through the tented ceiling of the chic dining room. — Michelin Guide

After starting with creative handcrafted cocktails, which can be customized to suit personal flavor preferences, move on to seasonal specialties like the braised beef short rib ravioli. — Travel + Leisure

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

After a serious refresh (which may not be reflected in the scores), this hip Lincoln Park New American has a new menu and a new look. — Zagat

Grace

Asian 85 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

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

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

Breakout culinary star Curtis Duffy (veteran of Avenues and Alinea) makes a home for his inventive white-tablecloth cuisine at this West Loop stunner. — Fodor's

Offers two tasting menus of eight to twelve courses, the Flora, with dishes marked by floral influences and highlights expertly cooked veggies, and the Fauna which features more substantial eats. — Where

Crisp

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

And while we often question our life decisions, we aren’t questioning the food at Crisp, particularly their jumbo fried chicken wings. — The Infatuation

In the land of 20-pound pizza and street-seller hot dogs, there’s a new craving in town, and it comes from (and with) Seoul. — Travel + Leisure

The chicken is fresh, of good quality, and comes slathered in three different sauces: a sticky barbecue, a hot sauce–laced Buffalo and a sesame-soy glaze dubbed “Seoul Sassy.” — Time Out

Fried Korean chicken. — Not For Tourists

Specializing in Korean fried chicken, Crisp isn'€™t for those who are afraid to get their hands dirty. — Gayot

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