Top ChoiceGastronomy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Alinea

One of the world's best restaurants, the triple-Michelin-starred Alinea purveys multiple courses of molecular gastronomy. Dishes may emanate from a centrifuge or be pressed into a capsule, à la duck served with a...

Top ChoiceBurgers in Near North & Navy Pier

Billy Goat Tavern

Tribune and Sun Times reporters have guzzled in the subterranean Billy Goat for decades. Order a 'cheezborger' and Schlitz beer, then look around at the newspapered walls to get the scoop on infamous local...

Top ChoicePies in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Hoosier Mama Pie Company

Soothing 1950s pastels and antique pie tins set the Americana vibe at Paula Haney's celebrated pie shop, where hand-rolled, buttery-flaky crust is plumped full with fruit or creamy fillings. Favorites include...

Top ChoiceAmerican in West Loop & Near West Side

Girl & the Goat

Stephanie Izard's flagship restaurant rocks. The soaring ceilings, polished wood tables and cartoon-y art on the walls offer a convivial atmosphere where local beer and housemade wine hit the tables, along with...

Top ChoiceAmerican in The Loop

Revival Food Hall

Revival Food Hall

The Loop needed a forward-thinking food court, and Revival Food Hall delivered. Come lunchtime, hip office workers pack the blond-wood tables of this ground-floor modern marketplace in the historic National...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Andersonville & Uptown

Hopleaf

A cozy, European-like tavern, Hopleaf draws crowds for its Montreal-style smoked brisket, cashew-butter-and-fig-jam sandwich, ubercreamy macaroni and Stilton cheese, and the house-specialty frites (fries) and...

Top ChoiceDesserts in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Margie’s Candies

Margie’s has held court at Bucktown’s edge for more than 90 years, scooping ice cream sundaes into giant clamshell bowls for everyone from Al Capone to the Beatles (check the wall photos). Admire the marble soda...

Top ChoiceFrench 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...

Top ChoicePizza in Near North & Navy Pier

Giordano's

Giordano's makes 'stuffed' pizza, a bigger, doughier version of deep dish. It's awesome. If you want a slice of heaven, order the ‘special,' a stuffed pie containing sausage, mushroom, green pepper and onions....

Top ChoiceMexican in Pilsen & Near South Side

Don Pedro Carnitas

At this no-frills meat den, a man with a machete salutes you at the front counter. He awaits your command to hack off pork pieces and then wraps the thick chunks with onion and cilantro in a warm tortilla. You...

Top ChoiceAmerican in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

Goosefoot

Michelin-starred Goosefoot serves a cutting-edge, modern American tasting menu that never fails to surprise. For instance, your dessert – a vanilla-truffle-cherry-pink-peppercorn ice-cream cone – will arrive in a...

Top ChoicePub Food in Pilsen & Near South Side

Pleasant House Pub

Follow your nose to Pleasant House, which bakes tall, fluffy, savory pies. Daily flavors include chicken and chutney, steak and ale, or kale and mushroom, made with produce the chefs grow themselves. The pub also...

Top ChoiceBakery in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Jennivee’s

This LGBTIQ+-friendly bakery mixes Filipino and American flavors. The teeny room couldn't be any cuter. Chandeliers dangle from the ceiling, and a handful of French-inspired tables and chairs let you sit in...

Top ChoiceKorean in Andersonville & Uptown

Passerotto

Korean American chef Jennifer Kim showcases the food of her childhood through the influences of Italian cooking at Andersonville's hottest new restaurant. The regularly changing menu features sharing plates of...

Top ChoiceLatin American in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Irazu

Chicago’s lone Costa Rican eatery turns out burritos bursting with chicken, black beans and fresh avocado, and sandwiches dressed in a heavenly, spicy-sweet vegetable sauce. Wash them down with an avena (a...

Top ChoiceSenegalese in Hyde Park & South Side

Gorée Cuisine

You’ll feel transported to Dakar upon entering this tidy, white-curtained cafe where spicy yassa chicken (marinated in lemon and onion), bissap (hibiscus flower drink) and a slew of other Senegalese dishes hit...

Top ChoiceTex-Mex in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Dove's Luncheonette

Sit at the retro counter for Tex-Mex plates of pork-shoulder posole and buttermilk fried chicken with chorizo-verde gravy. Dessert? It's pie, of course – maybe horchata, lemon cream or peach jalapeño, baked by...

Top ChoiceKurdish in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Gundis Kurdish Kitchen

The owners, who hail from southern Turkey, prepare meals from their Kurdish homeland. Dishes include sac tawa, a traditional stir-fry of meat, peppers and tomatoes on a sizzling plate, and tirsik, a stew of...

Top ChoiceSpanish in The Loop

Mercat a la Planxa

This Barcelona-style tapas and seafood restaurant buzzes in an enormous, convivial room where light streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. It cooks all the specialties of Catalonia and stokes a festive...

Top ChoiceItalian in West Loop & Near West Side

Monteverde

Housemade pastas are the specialty here. They seem simple in concept, such as the cacio whey pepe (small tube pasta with pecorino Romano, ricotta whey and four-peppercorn blend), but the flavors are lusciously...