Chicago Restaurants

Eat with native Chicagoan; our list of the best places to eat in Chicago. Our top picks: Harris Club at the United Center, Girl & the Goat and Moto.
  • The best restaurant in Chicago: Harris Club at the United Center

    Harris Club at the United Center

    1901 W Madison
    Most games start at $38 for upper level seats, concerts closer to $50. Home of the NBA Chicago Bulls and the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. The United Center doesn't have much in the way of character as a stadium, but the sightlines are great from anywhere in the house, and both teams are on an upswing. Fans of Michael Jordan (who played here from 1996-98) should look for his jersey in the rafters and his statue outside. (Check the statue details — he's wearing stone Air Jordans!) Most games sell out, but it's usually possible to find tickets at or near face value. On off-nights, this is Chicago's second-largest concert venue for big touring bands, the circus (in November), and other random events.
    Near West Side
  • Girl & the Goat

    Girl & the Goat

    809 W Randolph St
    Su-Th 4:30-11PM, F-Sa 4:30PM-12AM. $25+. "Top Chef" winner Stephanie Izard offers ten options each from the meat, seafood, and vegetable categories; sharing plates is advised, and pairing with beer is highly encouraged (30 carefully selected brews on tap). Though the menu changes with the chef's creative whims, variations on the "pig face" theme seem to be a mainstay.
    Near West Side
  • Moto

    Moto

    945 W Fulton Market
    Dinner only, Tu-Sa from 5PM. Ten course tasting menu $135, full tour $195. Chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche star on the television show "Future Food", which chronicles their attempts to make things taste like other things you would not normally expect them to taste like, often with an eye toward ending world hunger. Quite a lot of fun, actually. This is their restaurant. Reservations are a good idea; definitely call ahead if you have vegetarian or other dietary requirements.
    Near North Side
  • Moto

    Moto

    945 W Fulton Market
    Dinner only, Tu-Sa from 5PM. Ten course tasting menu $135, full tour $195. Chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche star on the television show "Future Food", which chronicles their attempts to make things taste like other things you would not normally expect them to taste like, often with an eye toward ending world hunger. Quite a lot of fun, actually. This is their restaurant. Reservations are a good idea; definitely call ahead if you have vegetarian or other dietary requirements.
    Near North Side
  • Smoque BBQ

    Smoque BBQ

    3800 N Pulaski Rd
    Su,Tu-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM. $4-21. This new, but very serious barbecue joint serves the best barbecue on the North Side of Chicago. If the brisket and ribs don't satisfy your refined palate, though, you should try the offerings on the Southwest Side before giving up on Chicago barbecue.
    Irving Park
  • Rosal's

    Rosal's

    1154 W Taylor St
    M-Th 4-9PM, F-Sa 4-11PM, Su closed. For the "Family" atmosphere in Italian food.
    Near West Side
  • The Publican

    The Publican

    837 W Fulton Market
    M-Th 3:30-10:30PM, F-Sa to 11:30PM; Su 10AM-2PM, 5-10PM. $20-35. Come hungry and carnivorous, as the Publican delivers mighty plates stacked high with ham, lamb, pork bellies, and other meats. There's also quite a lot of gourmet seafood from around the world. The Sunday brunch will destroy you.
    Near North Side
  • Alinea

    Alinea

    1723 N Halsted St
    Tasting: $150, Tour: $225. Ranked #1 in 2006 on Gourmet Magazine's "America's Top 50 Restaurants," Alinea is just two blocks from Charlie Trotter's, where the head chef started his career. The meal is served as either a 12-course tasting menu or 24-course "tour" menu, so plan your evening with plenty of time.
    Lincoln Park
  • Carnivale

    Carnivale

    702 W Fulton St
    M-Th 11:30AM-10:30PM (bar to midnight), F 11:30AM-11:30PM (bar to 1:30AM), Sa 5PM-11:30PM (bar to 1:30AM), Su 5PM-10PM. This chic Nuevo-Latino club has a great wait-staff and nice, colorful yet understated decor. Needless to say, they're always ready with a margarita, but only the (delicious) appetizers are available in the afternoon hours.
    Near North Side
  • The Chopping Block

    The Chopping Block

    4747 N Lincoln Ave
    M-F 10AM-9PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM. Kids classes $20, adults $40-75. Even if you're only going to be in town for one day, you can drop in for a class (no experience necessary) on a wide variety of culinary subjects, with plenty of hands-on experience included. Check the calendar on their website to see if anything strikes your fancy.
    Lincoln Square
  • Boka

    Boka

    1729 N Halsted St
    Su-F 5PM-2AM, Sa 5PM-3AM. $50+. Another Charlie Trotter's alum runs this popular, trendy restaurant. You won't need formal dress, but you will need a reservation. The menu mixes Japanese, Mediterranean, European, and dang ol' Midwestern food without apparent self-consciousness. Plenty of seafood and a raw bar, too. Dinners are satisfying but light, making it the perfect place for a pre-show meal.
    Lincoln Park
  • Jazz Showcase

    Jazz Showcase

    806 S Plymouth CtDearborn Station
    Sets at 8 and 10 Mon-Sat, and at 4 PM and 8 and 10 on Sundays. Started in 1948 by Joe Segal, this historic jazz club is home to both national touring acts and the finest local jazz musicians Chicago has to offer. Currently located in the historic Dearborn Station building in the South Loop, Segal continues to maintain the high standard for acoustic jazz that over the years has featured luminaries from Dizzy Gillespie to Chick Corea.
    Loop
  • The restaurant is also well known for it's drinks.
    Austin
  • The restaurant is also well known for it's drinks.
    Austin
  • Spacca Napoli

    Spacca Napoli

    1769 W Sunnyside Ave
    Tu 5-9PM, W-Th 11:30AM-3PM,5-9PM, F 11:30AM-3PM,5-10PM, Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su noon-9PM, M closed. $15-25. If you're weary of the pizza struggle between Chicago and NYC, side with the Sicilians at this fantastic Neapolitan restaurant and their excellent wine list.
    Uptown
  • Smoke Daddy

    Smoke Daddy

    1804 W Division St
    Su-W 11:30AM-11PM, Th-Sa 11:30AM-1AM. $12-24. Jazz, swing, bluegrass and BBQ on Division. Smoke Daddy has live music seven nights a week, with big sandwiches and huge rib platters. They offer a BBQ Veggie sandwich if you're trying to coerce a vegetarian friend to come along.
    West Town
  • Nightwood

    Nightwood

    2119 S. Halsted St.
    M-Sa 5:30PM-11PM, Su 9:00AM-2:30PM. $9-25. Sister to the popular Lula Cafe (in Logan Square), Nightwood has a seasonal menu featuring many local ingredients and extensive wine list.
    Lower West Side
  • Sabatino's Restaurant and Lounge

    Sabatino's Restaurant and Lounge

    4441 W Irving Park Rd
    M-Tu,Th 11AM-11:30PM, W 11AM-midnight, F 11AM-12:30AM, Sa 4PM-12:30AM, Su 12-10:30PM. $14-29. Another fine choice for forgotten-by-time Chicago-Italian ambiance and reasonable prices, with strolling violins Monday through Thursday. It's close to the expressway as well as the train, and offers free valet parking.
    Irving Park
  • Le Bouchon

    Le Bouchon

    1958 N Damen Ave
    Lunch M-Sa 11:30AM-2:30PM, dinner M-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM, Su closed. $22. In Bucktown. Small, funky bistro with a limited but excellent menu of standard French fare. For peak dining hours you will need a reservation. Reasonably priced. Monday is 1/2-price wine night, and on Tuesday the entire menu is prix fixe – your choice of appetizer, main course, and dessert for
    Lincoln Park
  • Bongo Room

    Bongo Room

    1470 N Milwaukee Ave
    M-F 8AM-2:30PM, Sa-Su 9AM-2PM. Great breakfast, with two stars: the design-your-own omelets and the big, delicious praline banana pancakes.
    West Town
  • Penny's Noodle Shop

    Penny's Noodle Shop

    1542 N Damen Ave
    Su, Tu-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-10:30PM, M closed. $6-8. Excellent Southeast Asian dishes and cheap for such large portions.
    West Town
  • Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

    Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

    2024 N Halsted St
  • Hopleaf

    Hopleaf

    5148 N Clark Street
    http://www.hopleaf.com/
    Uptown
  • Sixteen

    Sixteen

    401 N Wabash Ave
    Sixteen Mile Creek is a tributary of the Missouri River, approximately 45 mi long, in western Montana in the United States. The canyon through which it travels is known as "Sixteen Mile Canyon." The abandoned grade of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad parallels the creek through the canyon; the Milwaukee Road called Sixteen Mile Canyon "Montana Canyon" in its promotional material.
    Loop
  • Buddy Guy's Legends

    Buddy Guy's Legends

    700 S Wabash Ave
    M-F 11AM-2AM, Sa 5PM-3AM, Su 6PM-2AM. Cover $10 Su-Th, $20 F-Sa. A famous, fairly large blues club with a cajun/soul food menu and frequent big-name acts. Buddy Guy himself holds court every January.
    Loop
  • Cucina Paradiso

    Cucina Paradiso

    814 North Blvd
    We are mixing drinks, pouring wine, and preparing the best Stone Baked Pizzas, Pastas and creative Entrees to keep you well fed and feeling fine!
    Austin
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