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. Chicago Diner

    $ | Boystown | American

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

  • 3. Crisp

    $ | Lakeview | 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

  • 4. Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli

    $ | West Loop

    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

  • 5. 694 Wine & Spirits

    $$ | West Loop | Wine Bar

    This smart wine bar is proof that you don't need more than a minimal kitchen (limited to what will fit behind the bar's counter) to thrill foodies...Read More

  • 6. Ann Sather

    $$ | Lakeview

    This nominally Swedish mini-chain serves breakfast until midafternoon, including legendary lingonberry pancakes and giant cinnamon buns. Other...Read More

  • 7. Bar Toma

    $$ | Near North | Italian

    Italian culinary master Tony Mantuano (of Spiaggia and Terzo Piano) has reclaimed the Water Tower tourist trap area as Chicago's landmark piazza...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

    $ | 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

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

  • 11. Bobtail Ice Cream Company

    $ | Lakeview

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

  • 12. Brett's Kitchen

    $ | 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

  • 13. Cafe Jumping Bean

    $ | Pilsen

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

  • 14. Caffè Baci

    $ | 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Ed Debevic's

    $ | River North

    The purposefully sassy waiters and waitresses at this touristy '50s-style diner keep the crowds entertained. ...Read More

  • 17. Edzo's Burger Shop

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    Northwestern students and suits line up here for burgers (ground in-house), nine kinds of french fries (try the ones with truffle salt and Parmesan...Read More

  • 18. El Milagro Tortilla

    $ | Pilsen

    The chicken mole and the rest of the home-style Mexican food served here come with very reasonable prices attached. ...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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