Chicago Restaurants

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. Slurping Turtle

    $$ | River North | Japanese

    Slurping is not only allowed at this casual River North noodle shop—it's encouraged. Chef Takashi Yagihashi's ramen gained a cult following...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Ed Debevic's

    $ | River North | American

    Gum-snapping waiters in garish costumes trade quips and snide remarks with customers at this tongue-in-cheek re-creation of a 1950s diner, but...Read More

  • 10. Eleven City Diner

    $ | South Loop | American

    For all its great food, Chicago is not a big deli town, which endears Eleven City Diner, an old-school deli and family restaurant in the South...Read More

  • 11. Emperor's Choice

    $ | Chinatown | Chinese

    This sophisticated restaurant sets out to prove that Chinese specialties can get beyond deep-fried prawns and Kung Pao chicken, and it succeeds...Read More

  • 12. Epic Burger

    $ | South Loop | Burger

    After walking through exhibits at the Art Institute, follow the local college crowd to this order-at-the-counter eatery. While the ambience...Read More

  • 13. Han 202

    $$$ | Chinatown | Chinese

    Tasting menus tend to come with sky-high prices, but that's not the case at this BYOB spot in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood, just south...Read More

  • 14. Heaven on Seven

    $ | Loop | American

    Every day is Mardi Gras at Heaven on Seven, which pursues a good time all the time. The restaurant has a menu centered on a daring collection...Read More

  • 15. Kitsch'n on Roscoe

    $ | Lakeview | American

    If you love all things '70s, you'll love Kitsch'n as much as the regulars. It's a diner in retro garb, with lava lamps and vintage appliances...Read More

  • 16. Lao Sze Chuan

    $ | Chinatown | Chinese

    If you're looking for spicy, filling food and great prices in Chinatown, check out this Szechuan kitchen from Tony Hu, the neighborhood's most...Read More

  • 17. Lou Mitchell's Restaurant

    $ | West Loop | American

    Shelve your calorie and cholesterol concerns, because Lou Mitchell's heeds no modern health warnings. The diner, a destination close to Union...Read More

  • 18. MANA Food Bar

    $ | Wicker Park | Vegetarian

    It's easy to miss this slim, stylish restaurant amid the clothing boutiques and bars along Division Street, but those in the know squeeze in...Read More

  • 19. Mia Francesca

    $ | Lakeview | Italian

    Moderate prices and a smart, urbane style drive ceaseless crowds to this Lakeview storefront. Enlightened Italian dishes like classic bruschetta...Read More

  • 20. Milk & Honey Café

    $ | Wicker Park | Café

    Division Street has long been a prowl of night owls but with the growing number of spas and boutiques in the area, not to mention the many work...Read More

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