Northern Illinois restaurants

Bakery in North Shore Suburbs


Handcrafted baked goods and naturally fermented breads are an increasingly rare commodity in the convenience-loving US. Not so at this Evanston charmer, where old-school, labor-intensive pastries such as croissants …
Cafe in Moline & Rock Island

QC Coffee and Pancake House

You will not leave hungry from this traditional Midwestern cafe. Enormous portions of biscuits and gravy, omelets and hash browns, and chicken fried steak thud onto the tables, along with the menu's pièce de résista…
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 Ernest Hemingway Museum. If nothing else, drop in and sit at the bar for a glass of wine.
Bakery in North Shore Suburbs

Bennison’s Bakery

Family-run Bennison’s has been tempting Evanstonians since 1938. Follow your nose into the retro building for éclairs, red velvet cupcakes, ham-and-cheese croissants and much more.
French in Galena

Fritz and Frites

This romantic little bistro serves a compact menu of both German and French classics. Dig in to escargot (snails) in garlic-herb butter or maybe a tender schnitzel.
American in Galena

111 Main

Pot roast, pork tenderloins and other Midwestern favorites arrive at the table, using ingredients sourced from local farms.
Burgers in North Shore Suburbs


More is more at this cheap and cheerful burger and dog slinger, where Evanston comes to cheat on its diet. Fries quake beneath extravagant toppings such as French onion cream and fried leeks; milkshakes come with de…