Get Cozy at Chicago's Best Restaurants for Fall Dining and Drinking

It's time to reject charcoal lemonade and poké bowls and order anything soaked in smoky whiskey or sticky maple. Bring back the carbs in the most delicious way at Logan Square's Daisies, where Chef Joe Frillman manages to effortlessly combine dishes from his Polish/Russian/German heritage with his training in Italian food. You can't believe what this guy does with veg and he has a 2018 Jean Banchet Award for Best Neighborhood Restaurant in Chicago to prove it.

Since you're replacing revealing clothes for sweaters and jeans, live it up and have that burger already. Find some of the city's favorites at Owen and Engine, a sanctuary of wood, leather and superb autumn victuals, or Maillard Tavern's titular burger with crispy onions, bacon and onion jam, cheddar, pickles, and Dijon mayo.

If it's dumplings, duck and a familial feeling you crave, Bohemian House  and The Duck Inn are not to be missed. Speaking of family, take the lot of them to River Roast for entire roasts carved tableside like Prime Rib; Crystal Farms Applewood smoked whole chicken and whole fish.

If a German Disneyesque experience lifts your spirits, Hofbrauhaus Chicago's Oktoberfest is your ticket to ride. Have a top notch steak in a refurbished barn in Evanston. And Shaw's Crab House considers it the best shucking time of the year as the seafood temple welcomes hungry oyster fans to it's 30th "Pearl" Annual Oyster Fest this October. 



Thank the culinary gods that it's not all about cauliflower steaks and caviar service. Courtesy of Tony Priolo and Ciro Longobardo (Piccolo Sogno, Nonnina) Maillard Tavern satisfies the very necessary craving for comfort food. Among the...  Read More



If going back to school in fall is behind you - you can still go "old school" in terms of a night out. Take the train or an autumn drive to Evanston's leafy streets and soak up the season at the rustic Barn Steakhouse housed in a former stable,...  Read More



For some people, autumn doesn't mean fireplaces, soft jazz and mohair sweaters but rather football, beer and camaraderie. Check out the brand new Broken Barrel Bar featuring a massive 2000 square-foot outdoor beer garden housing a full bar,...  Read More



Yes, Hofbrauhaus is faux Munich, but people flock here because it may be the nearest they'll ever get to Germany. The massive beer hall - which can easily hold 1,000 people - is designed like its sister beer hall in Munich where people drink...  Read More



Supposedly, legendary lover Casanova ate 50 raw oysters every morning as an aphrodisiac. Shaw's Crab House has been the authority on the briny bivalves with the sexy rep for years with its annual Oyster Festival - the best shucking time of the...  Read More



A Bridgeport supper club, Kevin Hickey's The Duck Inn racked up awards from Michelin Bib Gourmand to Esquire Best New Restaurants and if you haven't been, it's a perfect choice for fall. Especially because the signature dish is a simple yet very...  Read More



There are bites and boards, greens and oysters but what really makes River Roast a fabulous fall foray are the roasts (carved tableside) like slow roasted Prime Rib; Crystal Farms Applewood smoked whole chicken; a boatload of market fresh...  Read More



Owen and Engine's fireplace, leather and wood, dim lighting, casual ambience plus hearty British fare begs for a corduroy blazer with elbow patches. perhaps a Corgi and certainly a gin and tonic. Locals and visitors rave about the Slagel Farms...  Read More



The 2018 Jean Banchet Award for Best Neighborhood Restaurant in Chicago, Daisies is a vegetable-driven and pasta focused restaurant featuring fresh ingredients from Tim Frillman's Frillman Farms. Tim is the brother of Daisies executive...  Read More

Arlington Heights


Hey Nonny will present live music six nights a week in the 150-seat listening room beginning in mid October. Consider arriving early to sample the fresh farm-to-table menu in the intimate Gastropub. Count on autumn items like charcuterie...  Read More


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