From upmarket to street food, Chicago is your kind of place if you're into great food cooked with passion and served with pride. This is the home of feel-good classics like deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs and the classic Italian beef sandwich. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding great places to eat in Chicago, so take note of some of our picks below.
1) Summer House Santa Monica
The Golden State meets the midwest at the Summer House Santa Monica — where a beach house vibe brings California to life in the Windy City’s Lincoln Park. Local, seasonal ingredients are the order of the day — with the wood-fired grill a real crowd-pleaser. Look out for superb Californian wines and the last word in fresh pastries.
1954 N Halsted St, IL 60614 +1 (773) 634-4100
2) Shaw’s Crab House
Fabulous fish and seafood set the taste buds singing at Shaw’s Crab House — just two blocks north of the river’s edge — with seasonal crab varieties always on the menu. If you’re feeling jazzy and sophisticated, head straight for the main restaurant or to the lively Oyster Bar if you like your music on the side.
21 E Hubbard St IL 60611, +1 (312) 527-2722
For fans of grass-fed, grain-finished stock, Boefhaus ticks all the boxes. But this cozy venue in the Ukrainian village offers a fresh take on the revered Chicago steakhouse model — serving the finest meat with a French and German twist in smart, contemporary surroundings.
1012 N. Western Ave IL 60622, + 1 (773) 661-2116
4) Smoque BBQ
Baby back ribs, spare ribs, pulled pork and tender brisket . . . These are just some of the mouthwatering ways you can celebrate meat and fire at this friendly neighborhood eatery whose motto is, ‘low and slow’. Bring along your own chilled beer (or anything else that takes your fancy) as Smoque BBQ is proudly BYOB.
3800 N Pulaski IL 60641-3197Tel: +1 773 545-RIBS (7427)
You'll find a playful mix of contemporary and classic Japanese cuisine, including sushi, up for grabs at Naoko. Created from a former private dining room inside the Intro restaurant, its calm, blond wood interior is the perfect backdrop for ‘food art’ that tastes every bit as fabulous as it looks. One of the best.
2300 N. Lincoln Park West, IL 60614 +1 (773) 868-0002
The legendary Chicago deep-dish pizza is a thing of beauty — nowhere more so than at Giordano's. It may be a chain with over 40 restaurants, but Giordano's has definitely earned its popularity, regularly topping 'best pizza' lists in Chicago and throughout the US. Its tall, buttery crust is literally stacked with sauce and cheese, and this is an experience to be shared and savored.
223 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60606, Tel: +1 312-583-9400
700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, Tel: +1 312-288-8783
Fresh ingredients and big bold flavors come together in spectacular style at Yusho — inspired by the bustle of Tokyo’s fish markets. Share stunning small plates over lunch or dinner, or go all the way with Sunday Noodles — where a set of noodles, dessert and beverage are available for just $25.
2853 N Kedzie Ave, IL 60618 Tel: + 1 773 904-8558
8) AL’s #1 Italian Beef
More religion than restaurant, AL’s has been inspiring Italian beef sandwich devotees since the late 30s — right in the heart of Little Italy on Taylor Street. Piled onto a near foot-long roll, the thinly sliced beef is slow-cooked to perfection and traditionally dipped in rich gravy.
1079 W Taylor St Chicago, IL 60607, +1 (312) 226-4017
9) The Bento Box
Thai chili-scented broth, complex curries and wonderful namesake bento boxes all shine here — fresh, zingy, authentic versions of dishes that put most Pan-Asian places to shame. Much on the menu in this small but perfectly formed restaurant is fresh, organic, and constantly rotates to keep you on your toes.
2246 W. Armitage Ave, IL 60647 (773) 278.3932
10) Frontera Grill
The founders of Frontera Grill, Rick Bayliss and his wife Deann, wanted a restaurant that didn’t just look like their travels in Mexico, but tasted like them too. The cuisine here is as colorful as it’s vibrant — just perfect for weekend brunch, a laid-back lunch or late night dinner for two.
445 North Clark Street, IL 60654 Tel: +1 (312) 661-1434