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Finest and Most Popular Chicago Restaurants

   There isn’t a shortage of fantastic food options in Chicago. They are known for a variety of delicious fare from the gooiest deep-dish pizza, to the simply craveable Chicago style hot dog. There is finer food stuffs as well, at the many excellent dining establishments all over this major city. So no matter what you are in the mood to sample, you’ll find it around town in popular restaurants that have a lot to offer its patrons. Some are old school with significant historical attributes, others are trendy and new. But above all the classy selections in restaurants will have you hungry to come back to Chicago again and again to sample everything tasty the city has to offer. Don’t forget to make a reservation!

The Best Views In The City

  Chicago is a bustling city with tons to look at. This is especially true from a higher vantage point where you can see Lake Michigan for miles around. Not only are these restaurants serving high quality chef inspired food, but the views are spectacular.

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

  If you are in the mood for a great steak with an atmosphere that is resplendent with views of the River North side of the Chicago River, this is the place to be. During the summer their patio is open as well, which lies alongside the river view. A great first date option if you are not dating a vegan. The beef is the prime choice here, don’t miss the Shellfish Bouquet though followed by some Prime USDA meat in your cut preference. So whether you want the Delmonico, Filet, or the Ribeye, they are all perfect with a side of Truffle Scalloped Potatoes or Crab Mac N’ Cheese.


    Just recently opened on the rooftop of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel this open restaurant lined with large windows gives you views of the entire city. Millennium Park and Lake Michigan are in full view here at this trendy locale. The food and cocktails are sublime with top choices being the Shellfish Platter, Pheasant, or even the Portuguese Fish Stew. They have a fantastic brunch menu as well on the weekends.


  Located in the Park Hyatt this place is great for people watching along the Magnificent Mile, which is the popular shopping district. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a variety of menu items that are sure to please. A special offering of sushi is also available to add to the asian fusion flare of the place. The Executive Chef is Satoru Takeuchi who is originally from Japan, but is settling nicely into his new Chicago home.
Start with the Crackling Pork Belly & Seared Scallops. Then your next course should be the Cabernet Braised Veal Cheek, or the Pan Seared Cod. Either is an excellent choice. Make sure you leave room for dessert since the selections from Pastry Chef Greg Mosko are amazing. The Gingerbread Cremeux, or the Buckwheat Panna Cotta made with Concord gelee, fresh grapes, vanilla sponge cake and sesame brittle. Delightful!


Popular In Demand Places Where The A-List Goes

  The A-List of Chicago loves to be seen at a number of popular joints that cater to an upscale crowd. Trends may come and go in food, but a restaurant will survive on a coolness factor that is hard to beat. These popular places are high in demand on the reservations circuit. Make sure you reserve your table far in advance to sample any of the fine dining options here.


   Grant Achatz has created a restaurant that will defy all expectations. You can hardly describe this tasting menu without a degree is gastromolecular cooking. It’s high end food with a scientific edge. This is food that will blow your mind. That’s why it’s so hard to get a table here. In 2010 it received the coveted “three stars” from Michelin that only two other restaurants in Chicago have. It’s been open since 2005, and continues to be a rock star dining experience like no other. With between 18-22 courses this is more dinner theater than just a meal. It’s undergoing renovations right now, but it’s master reopening is in March 2016.

The Girl and The Goat

  Stephanie Izard is the brains behind this gastropub that feature a variety of farm to table choices that are highly satisfying. Open seven days a week, you’ll find a hipster young professional crowd here that loves to try a different dish each time they come. Starters like Pan Fried Shishito Peppers, Chickpea Fritters, and Sweet Potato Blue Cheese Perogies take old school favorites and put a new twist on them. Main dishes like Duck Tongues, and Crispy Beef Short Ribs will surely stick to your bones on a cold Chicago’s winter night. They also have a choice of fresh, fried, or wood fired oysters. Have a three if you are really in the mood for this sensational shellfish.

Avec Restaurant

  Located in the West Loop, “Avec” means “with” in French. If you are going to dine here in this minimalist environment you had better bring some friends to share some of the fine small plates here since the food will have you talking. Foodies are in love with Avec which opened in 2003. The combination of Mediterranean fused with old fashioned Midwestern salt of the earth recipes makes for some fine nibbles. Try the extensive “Cheese From Their Cave” menu if you are in the mood for decadent cheese paired with some incredible wines. The wine list is extensive and surprisingly has some affordable, yet tasty thirst quenching options.


Classy Historical Flair

   The history of some of these restaurants dates back quite a few decades. The spaces that house some of these places are easily on the United States listing of historical properties. Take in all the history and delicious food when you dine in one of these establishments that are a throwback to days gone by.

Everest Restaurant

Classy, elegant, with style for days, this restaurant is high on the list for a place to propose to your lady on a big night out. The white tablecloth treatment that this fancy french restaurant is known for is second to none. Located on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, the views are amazing of downtown Chicago. You’ll feel all lit up with the glow of the candlelit table on your face. They offer a seasonal tasting menu, wine list that is perfect for the wine snob, and classy fare like Warm Maine Lobster, Imported Caspian Sea Caviar, and Filet of Sole Meuniere. Don’t worry if you have no idea what that last one is the patient wait staff will explain it to you.


   This is innovative Italian four star cuisine. Located on Michigan Avenue, this restaurant is celebrating it’s third decade there. So you are clearly getting a little bit of Chicago history and tradition when you dine there. Tony Manero is the Chef-Partner in residence there with his tendency towards food that will speak to your soul. Enjoy his ‘tasting experience” or order off the a la carte menu depending on what you are in the mood for. You’ll be more than happy you chose this unique restaurant dining option which is only open for dinner.

Lou Mitchell’s

   A restaurant that has been around since the 1920’s, Lou Mitchell's is still a popular spot to dine at today. It’s more of a classic diner experience than fine restaurant, but the food is hearty and dependable. The regulars say they have the best coffee in the city hand’s down!



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