Top Choice French in Gold Coast

Le Colonial

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. Staff can arrange vegetarian and gluten-free substitutions …
Pizza in Gold Coast


Congenial Pizano's gets lost amid Chicago's pizza places, which is a shame since it's one of the best and has an illustrious pedigree (founded by Rudy Malnati Jr, whose dad created the deep-dish pizza, so the legend…
Bakery in Gold Coast

Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter

Hiding in a nondescript apartment building, Hendrickx is a local secret. Push open the bright orange door and behold the waffles, white-chocolate bread and dark-chocolate croissants among the flaky, buttery, Belgian…
Steak in Gold Coast


There is a scene every night at this local original. Politicians, movers, shakers and the shaken-down swirl the famed martinis and compete for prime table space in the buzzing dining room. The rich and beautiful min…
American in Gold Coast

Signature Room at the 95th

Given that diners spend most of the meal view-gaping, you’d think the kitchen atop the Hancock wouldn’t trouble itself over the food, but the chef does a fine job with the fish, steak and pasta dishes. Vegetarians w…
Steak in Gold Coast


Morton’s is a chain now, but Chicago is where it all began. The meat here is aged to perfection and displayed tableside before cooking. See that half a cow? It’s the 48oz double porterhouse. Smaller – but still quit…
American in Gold Coast

Mike Ditka’s Restaurant

When it’s too cold for a tailgate party, come to this spot in the Tremont Hotel owned by the famously cantankerous former coach of the Chicago Bears (who often pops in). The menu is as meaty as you’d expect, with st…
American in Gold Coast

Tempo Cafe

Bright and cheery, this diner brings most of its meals to the table the way they’re meant to be served – in a skillet. The omelet-centric menu includes all manner of fresh veggies and meat, as well as sandwiches. It…
Italian in Gold Coast

Francesca's on Chestnut

Part of a well-loved local chain, Francesca's buzzes with regulars who come for the trattoria's rustic standards, such as seafood linguine, spinach ravioli and mushroom-sauced veal medallions, all prepared with simp…
Bakery in Gold Coast

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sink your teeth into chocolate marshmallow, chai latte, salty caramel and other creamy-frosted mini cakes. The cupcake ATM out front dispenses 24/7. A couple of vegan and gluten-free options are usually available.