French in Near West Side & Pilsen

Chez Joel

Whether you’re dining outside under the big oak tree or tucked in a cozy corner inside, the atmosphere and exceptional French fare make Chez Joel a romantic favorite, though an odd duck among this predominantly Ital…
Modern French in Near North & Navy Pier


Considered one of the city’s best, Tru's prix fixe menu (from seven to 13 courses) is artful and capricious, with highly seasonal offerings and brilliant desserts. As you might expect by the price, the service is ac…
French in Lincoln Square

Bistro Campagne

Chicago has a lot of French bistros sprinkled around, but not many perfect the balance of fine yet unfussy dining in a sophisticated but welcoming ambience the way Campagne does. The stained-glass-filled Lincoln Squ…
French in Lincoln Park & Old Town

La Fournette

The chef hails from Alsace in France and he fills his narrow, rustic-wood bakery with bright-hued macarons (purple passionfruit, green pistachio, red raspberry-chocolate), cheese-infused breads, crust-crackling bagu…
French in Oak Park

Hemmingway's Bistro

Fork in to all the French classics – coq au vin, caussoulet, bouillabaisse – at this cozy little bistro across from the Hemingway Museum. If nothing else, drop in and sit at the bar for a glass of wine.