Best Chicago, IL Restaurants

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    10. Maudes Liquor Bar

    Like many other restaurants along what seems to be restaurant row in the West Loop, Maude's Liquor Bar has a very industrial and trendy feel to it from the outside. Don't let the outdoors fool you. Once you enter...

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    9. Balena

    The warm and rustic décor in Balena complement the earthy meals you'll enjoy at this Italian outpost best known for its rich pasta dishes and pizza like you've never had before. The restaurant isn't tiny. Although...

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    8. Trencherman

    What was once a Russian bath house is now Trencherman which pays homage to the building's history by incorporating some of its old features into its industrial chic decor (you'll find some of the white subway tiles...

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    7. Grace

    Unlike some fine dining establishments that tend to incorporate science experiments within their dining experience, diners at Grace have only the meal at hand to enjoy although it still feels like you're eating...

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    6. Longman & Eagle

    Best known for its extensive whiskey selection (148 selections currently available), the bar and restaurant offers an ever-changing menu with an emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients. Chef Jared Wentworth keeps...

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    4. Blackbird

    The West Loop's Randolph Street is something of a restaurant row, anchored by Blackbird from local hero Paul Kahan. His food is modern and upscale but deeply committed to local sources and truly seasonal in its...

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    3. Goosefoot

    Are you sure this is the right way? That's what you'll be asking yourself all the way to the front door. On a busy street in a very residential neighborhood sits goosefoot, one of Chicago's recent shining stars on...

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    2. Alinea

    The alinea, or paragraph mark, signals the start of a new idea. The restaurant Alinea aims at nothing short of revolutionizing dinner. Chef Grant Achatz, who trained with the likes of Thomas Keller at The French...

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    1. L2O

    Hidden (it really is hidden) within a large apartment complex overlooking the Lincoln Park Conservatory is L2O, winner of two Michelin stars. The fine dining restaurant experience is best known for its outstanding...

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About Chicago, IL Restaurants

The restaurant scene is hot and getting hotter. Chicago may be known for deep-dish pizza, but it’s hardly the star. Residents hail from all over the world, inspiring ethnic alcoves and an enormous variety in cuisine. Those in fear of living without hometown specialties are pleasantly surprised. Sample the ceviche bar at Nacional 27 before dancing the salsa. Nearly 100 years later we can thank France for colonizing Vietnam, turning out Le Colonial’s amazing fusion cuisine. Sorry Epcot, but you can’t compete with this worldly influence. Good luck finding another city with so many BYOB joints. We love them. Restaurants mix five-star cuisine with five-star views, whether its 80 floors high or smack-dab on the river. Chicago’s list of new restaurants is constantly changing. From one enterprising chef to another, we’ve got all the angles covered. They’ve picked up the vegan craze, with some added flavor. Thanks Mana, for acclimating our taste buds to the healthiest trend.

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