This buzzy dining destination for Chicago’s young and trendy perches atop best-of lists for its exciting, notably seasonal menu. The warm-ups – such as the cauliflower soup and poached lobster with black truffles – are a perfect introduction to the visionary mains, which pair well with the short, careful wine list. The best comes last: award-winning desserts à la coffee mascarpone and candied hazelnut crepes.

The chef offers a tasting menu (eight to 10 courses) from $115, and there's a three-course prix-fixe lunch for $25.