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 Modern American in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Alinea

One of the world's best restaurants, Alinea brings on multiple courses of mind-bending molecular gastronomy. Dishes may emanate from a centrifuge or be pressed into a capsule, a la duck served with a ‘pillow of lave…
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 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 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 American in Near West Side & Pilsen

Sweet Maple Cafe

The creaking floorboards, matronly staff and soulful home cookin’ lend the Sweet Maple Cafe the bucolic appeal of a Southern roadside diner. The signature dishes – inch-thick banana (or, seasonally, peaches and crea…
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 (…
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Dove's Luncheonette

Grab a seat at the retro counter for Tex-Mex plates of pork-shoulder posole and shrimp-stuffed sweet-corn tamales. Dessert? It's pie, of course, maybe lemon cream or peach jalapeno, depending on what staff have bake…
Top Choice Breakfast in Near West Side & Pilsen

Lou Mitchell's

A relic of Route 66, Lou's brings in elbow-to-elbow locals and tourists for breakfast. The old-school waitresses deliver fluffy omelets that hang off the plate and thick-cut French toast with a jug of syrup. They ca…