Restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Near North & Navy Pier

Topolobampo/Frontera Grill

You’ve probably seen chef-owner Rick Bayless on TV, stirring up pepper sauces and other jump-off-the-tongue Mexican creations. His isn’t your typical taco menu: Bayless uses seasonal, sustainable ingredients for his…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Alinea

One of the world's best restaurants, with three Michelin stars, Alinea brings on multiple courses of molecular gastronomy. Dishes may emanate from a centrifuge or be pressed into a capsule, a la duck served with a ‘…
Top Choice Modern American in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Ruxbin

The passion of the Kim family, who run Ruxbin, is evident in everything from the decor made of found items, such as antique theater seats and church pews, to the artfully prepared flavors on the small, ever-changing…
Top Choice Diner in Near West Side & Pilsen

Little Goat

Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard opened this diner for the foodie masses across the street from her ever-booked main restaurant, Girl and the Goat. Scooch into a vintage booth and order off the all-day breakfast menu…
Top Choice Gastropub in The Loop

Gage

This always-hopping gastropub dishes up fanciful grub, from Gouda-topped venison burgers to mussels vindaloo to Guinness-battered fish and chips. The booze rocks, too, including a solid whiskey list and small-batch …
Top Choice European in Andersonville & Uptown

Hopleaf

A cozy, European-like tavern, Hopleaf draws crowds for its Montreal-style smoked brisket, cashew-butter-and-fig-jam sandwich, uber-creamy macaroni and Stilton cheese, and the house-specialty frites (fries) and ale-s…
Top Choice French 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 substitutions …
Top Choice Korean in Logan Square & Humboldt Park

Parachute

Michelin-starred Parachute puts an American spin on Korean street-food classics – say, mackerel and barbecued onion bibimbap (mixed vegetables and rice). The ambience is like a dinner party in your friend's retro-co…
Top Choice Pizza 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. Each …
Top Choice Latin American in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Irazu

Chicago’s unassuming 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 (…