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How does one choose the best restaurants worthy of your time and money in a city? Should it based solely on food or do ambiance, price and location come into play? Choosing the top 10 best restaurants in Chicago isn’t for the faint of heart, but neither are our winters.
These 10 places promise a stellar experience and a taste of Chicago that you just can't miss.
Fine dining is often done right but in some spots in Chicago, it’s a downright experience. Reservations at places like Alinea, goosefoot and L2O can take months to secure but once you’re in, expect a three to four hour experience that involves all of your senses at these Michelin-star standouts.
In the west loop area, also known as some as Restaurant Row since it’s full of great restaurants, Blackbird, Grace and Maude’s Liquor Bar are particularly known for their inventive dishes and outstanding drink menus.
A little more casual but just as outstanding are Sable Kitchen and Bar, Trencherman and Longman and Eagle. In addition to great dinner menus, each serves up a decadent brunch and one even offers a place to stay for the night (true story).
One’s best restaurant, admittedly, may not be another’s best. And, we’ll admit, there are dozens more we wanted to include because there really are some great restaurants in Chicago. These 10 are among the best restaurants in Chicago and I'd be happy to dine in any of them on any given day or night. Bon appetit!