in West Loop & Near West Side

This buzzy destination for Chicago’s young and trendy perches atop best-of lists for its exciting, seasonal menu. The warm-ups – like 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 chestnut cheesecake and roasted-cocoa-nib ice cream.

The chef offers a tasting menu (around 10 courses) from $140, and there's a three-course prix-fixe lunch for $25, which is a total steal. Reserve ahead.