Chicago Steakhouses: Rooted in History, Reaching Forward



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 David Burke’s 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.




Although Ditka's offers both a lunch and dinner menu, diners will only find its trademark steaks during dinner. However, its signature pork chop with apple chutney, cherry jus and mashed sweet potato can be had anytime of the day. Props go to...  Read More




This classic dinner club-style restaurant boasts a vaulted ceiling, dark wooden furniture and excellent lighting, making it an ideal place for a power lunch or entertaining important clients. Celebrities and athletes are routinely spotted at...  Read More


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Tango Sur
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This Argentinean steak house offers diners a mix of traditional South American appetizers and grilled meats. It has an old-school vibe from the authentic décor to the service. It's BYOB so bring a nice bottle to enjoy and try to snag a coveted...  Read More




With roots in the West Coast, Mastro's finally made its way to Chicago. The 12oz Bone-In Filet and Tomahawk Waygu Bone-In Ribeye both get high marks among meat lovers. For those who enjoy their seafood as much as their steak, opt for the Seafood...  Read More


Gene & Georgetti


Gene & Georgetti's, serving steaks and Italian specialties in the shadow of Chicago's El tracks since 1941, is a classic restaurant still in the same family that opened it. The T-Bone Steak is a favorite, but multiple strip, rib eye and loin...  Read More


III Forks
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A modern yet elegant space in the city's high-rise neighborhood of Lakeshore East, the Chicago outpost of this Dallas-based chain holds its own with local standouts, offering Wagyu beef in a 46-ounce tomahawk rib-eye cut, and appetizers...  Read More


RPM Steak


One of Chicago's newest contenders in the steakhouse category, RPM (denoting principals Bill and Giuliana Rancic, chef Doug Psaltis and restaurateurs R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman) offers a sleek and elegant dining space with butter-soft leather...  Read More




David Burke's Primehouse at The James Hotel, in Chicago's Rush Street entertainment district, is known for dry aging its beef on premises in a room lined with Himalayan salt tiles. Indeed, menu choices include ribeyes aged 28, 40, 55 or even 75...  Read More




A classic, Chicago-style restaurant with convivial bar and clubby dining room, Gibson's has its own USDA prime label on its meat. Portions are large for the meat, the sides and the desserts, and Gibson's is happy if you want to share any of it:...  Read More


Chicago Cut Steakhouse
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Chicago Cut Steakhouse celebrates its USDA-certified prime beef but its service surely helps to keep it on top. Owners work the room like politicians, stopping to greet newcomers along with the CEOs and law firm partners who are regulars. ...  Read More


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Meet Terri Colby

A Chicagoan by birth and by choice, there's no other place Terri Colby could ever call home. She loves visiting exotic destinations as a travel writer, but insists on spending at least part of...  More About Terri

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