At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Chicago's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Thai food in Chicago, we head to Penny's Noodle Shop – Oak Park - a reader favorite - or we count on Arun's's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Thai cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Oak Park area.

This is visually stunning Thai cuisine that tantalizes the taste buds. The twelve-course tasting menu, though pricey, offers a consistently fantastic culinary tour with favorites like hot and sour soup, steamed rice dumplings stuffed with crab,...  Read More

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Chinatown restaurants can be a bit intimidating for those not familiar with Chinese food. That's by this brightl, hip, low-priced restaurant is so popular. The menu is filled with authentic Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes presented...  Read More

Red Light

This trendy Asian restaurant draws a see-and-be-seen crowd to its hip environs. The menu is as cutting edge as the interior. Feast on seafood, beef, poultry, and vegetarian offerings. Enjoy the Mee Gha Ti (stir fry chicken, chili, and rice...  Read More

Named for the tasty desserts that line the pastry case in the front window, this Thai restaurant serves as both kitchen and bakery. The menu boasts a number of authentic dishes including the obligatory Pad Thai, whole red snapper, roast duck,...  Read More


In the mood for authentic Thai food – perhaps savory dumplings, spicy stuffed wings, or basil chicken? Then you've found your dining spot at Amarind's. This North Avenue eatery welcomes guests with heaping plates of chicken Panang curry as...  Read More

Mama Thai

Casually comfortable Mama Thai is located within a charming storefront. The restaurant's warm interior features wood paneling, Thai artwork, wooden booths, and several freestanding tables. The menu lists tasty Thai eats, including potstickers,...  Read More

Penny's Noodle Shop – Oak Park

As you might expect, Penny's specialty is noodles! And she sells a lot of them to the hip crowd that packs this location every night. Though the fare is admittedly, "Thai for the American palate," regulars swear that the soups and pad Thai are...  Read More

While this little wood-paneled Thai restaurant hits all the Americanized standards, it has a few surprises up its sleeve. Spoon Thai's (not-so) secret translated menu gives diners access to truly authentic Thai dishes. Fresh, pungent spices are...  Read More