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Steakhouses claim a favored spot in Chicago's restaurant scene, perhaps because of the city's connection with the now-shuttered Chicago stock yards. At one point during the last century, Chicago packaged more meat than any other place in the world. But maybe it's because the best steakhouses are a bit like the city itself, down-to-earth and friendly but sophisticated, offering up generous portions of familiar food while still highlighting something that is surprising or whimsical.
The number of choices across the city grid is overwhelming. Perennial favorites like Chicago Cut Steakhouse and Gibson’s still require reservations made way in advance to score a coveted table.
And newcomers are frequent, including the stylish RPM Steak and III Forks, with its popular rooftop spot near Millennium Park. Creative chefs keep things exciting and fresh and they introduce unique ways to prepare their steaks like Primehouse does by dry-aging its meat in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room.
Other restaurants serving great steak include South American joints like Tango Sur, and their large generous portions are giving the classics relentless competition.
We all know it's not just about the steak and ambiance matters. Gibson's speakeasy layout is only missing a cloud of smoke floating over dinner booths and Mastro’s live entertainment adds yet another element to an already classy establishment.
These picks are distinguished by outstanding chefs, engaging staff, decor and, most importantly, top-tier selections of sirloin.