Chicago Restaurants

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  • 1. Au Cheval

    $ | West Loop | American

    A menu packed with burgers, fries, and chopped liver might sound like your classic dive, but Au Cheval is no greasy spoon. Exposed brick, dim...Read More

  • 2. Big Star

    $ | Wicker Park | Mexican

    It's cramped and noisy, and the service is often ambivalent, but most locals are willing to bear the substantial waits at Big Star because the...Read More

  • 3. Chicago Diner

    $ | Lakeview and the Far North Side | American

    Belovedby vegetarians and vegans, this eatery should also appeal to anyone simply looking for a satisfying, comforting meal. The Chicago Diner...Read More

  • 4. Crisp

    $ | Lakeview and the Far North Side | Korean

    This Lakeview hole-in-the-wall specializes in Korean fried chicken glazed in a variety of unusual sauces ranging from sweet and “Seoul spicy...Read More

  • 5. Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli

    $ | Pilsen, Little Italy, and Chinatown

    The corned-beef sandwich here is the one that other local delis aim to beat. Manny's has always been popular with Chicago politicians—so if...Read More

  • 6. Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

    $ | Far North and Far Northwest Sides | Pizza

    Despite Chicago's renown for deep-dish pizza, locals are swept away by the thin-crust Neapolitan pies at this bright Ravenswood gem. Finely...Read More

  • 7. Ann Sather

    $ | Lakeview | Scandinavian

    This Scandinavian mini-chain, open since 1945, is a Chicago institution for good reason: the aroma of fresh cinnamon rolls, Swedish pancakes...Read More

  • 8. Belly Shack

    $ | Logan Square | Eclectic

    Chef Bill Kim affectionately refers to Belly Shack as his "love story," because the menu fuses his Korean roots and his wife's Puerto Rican...Read More

  • 9. Big Bowl

    $ | Near North and River North

    The chef at this Pan-Asian restaurant is a stickler for using natural ingredients, and the menu of Thai and Chinese dishes has many options...Read More

  • 10. Billy Goat Tavern

    $ | Near North and River North

    Behind and a level down from the Wrigley Building is the inspiration for Saturday Night Live 's classic "cheezborger, cheezborger, cheezborger...Read More

  • 11. Billy Goat Tavern

    $ | River North | American

    The late comedian John Belushi immortalized the Goat's short-order cooks on Saturday Night Live for barking, "No Pepsi! Coke!" and "No fries...Read More

  • 12. Bobtail Ice Cream Company

    $ | Lakeview and the Far North Side

    Head here for shakes, sundaes, and ice cream in flavors like Lakeview Barhopper, Cubby Crunch, and Daley Addiction. ...Read More

  • 13. Brett's Kitchen

    $ | Near North and River North

    Under the El at Superior and Franklin, Brett's Kitchen is an excellent spot for a pastry, sandwich, or omelet. It's open until 4 am. ...Read More

  • 14. Café Iberico

    $ | River North | Spanish

    A Spanish expat from Galicia runs this tapas restaurant hailed by visiting Spaniards and local families, dating couples, and cheap chowhounds...Read More

  • 15. Cafe Jumping Bean

    $ | Pilsen, Little Italy, and Chinatown

    You'll find Mexican hot chocolate, focaccia pizzas, and fresh sandwiches at this cozy neighborhood coffee shop. ...Read More

  • 16. Café Selmarie

    $ | Far North and Far Northwest Sides | Café

    For a light meal in Lincoln Square, line up at this bakery-turned-café, a long-standing favorite among locals—especially during warmer months...Read More

  • 17. Caffè Baci

    $ | The Loop, Including West Loop and South Loop

    For breakfast, lunch, or a quick snack, this is a great find. Try a "Jojo," the bistro's signature sandwich—it's a filone (an Italian baguette...Read More

  • 18. Chicago Brauhaus

    $ | Far North and Far Northwest Sides | German

    The German immigrants who settled in Lincoln Square have mostly moved on, but they left behind the Brauhaus, an Oktoberfest of a restaurant...Read More

  • 19. De Cero Taqueria

    $ | West Loop | Mexican

    Sometimes you want celebrity chef–made regional Mexican, and sometimes you just want a really good taco. For the latter, as well as zesty margaritas...Read More

  • 20. DMK Burger Bar

    $ | Lakeview | Burger

    Chef-owner Michael Kornick knows fine dining, but he is also a longtime fan of the simple burger. The two worlds commingle at DMK Burger Bar...Read More

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