The Top Ten Restaurants For Dining in Chicago

Megy Karydes

By , Local Expert, Chicago
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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...  Read more »

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    Bottlefork

    Wine bottles line the wooden walls, intimate tufted banquette seating inspire conversation and the open...  Read more »

     
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    L2O

    A 2-Star Michelin award winner, L2O doesn't just serve exceptional seafood, its serves up interactive performance art you won't soon forget.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't bother to look for parking: drive up and use the valet service."

     
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    Alinea

    Alinea merges art and science to create a dining experience like no other. This is not a meal or experience you will soon forget.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can purchase the Alinea servicewear from the firm that designed them for the restaurant."

     
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    Goosefoot

    • Neighborhood: Albany Park

    Goosefoot is as much a dining experience as it is a meal. Three hours, BYOB and outstanding food make this one of Chicago's best.

    Local Expert Tip: "It's BYOB."

     
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    Blackbird

    The intimate place can feel crowded at times, but such coziness is a small concession to make for such a superb meal.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make reservations way in advance"

     
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    Sable Kitchen & Bar

    Sable is a gastro-lounge that pairs seasonally-inspired New American cuisine in a sleek and sexy setting reminiscent of the 1940's glamour scene.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out brunch!"

     
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    Longman & Eagle

    In case you have too much to drink, ask to stay in one of the six bedrooms on the premises. Clever, no?

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask for a whiskey tasting for $3. "

     
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    Grace

    Grace offers two 8-12 course Chef's Tasting menus (called Flora and Fauna) and choosing one is harder than you think.

    Local Expert Tip: "Diners can enjoy a pre- or post-dinner cocktail in the lounge. "

     
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    Trencherman

    Housed in a former Russian bath house, Trencherman gets high marks for its brunch and cocktail menus.

    Local Expert Tip: "For dessert, try the Trenchermen S'mores."

     
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    Balena

    Balena gives diners uniquely Italian meals in a warm, swanky dining atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't even try to come here without a reservation."

     

 

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