25 Best Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago’s best restaurants include everything from Italian hot beef sandwiches to Michelin-starred fare.

Chicago is a major player when it comes to ranking high as a food city in the U.S.—and even the world. But it’s not just Michelin-star restaurants or James Beard Award-winning chefs (although the Windy City has plenty of those, too).

Hot dog stands, and deep-dish pizza joints, not to mention classic diners, are also among the city’s culinary offerings. “Top Chef” contestants who call Chicago home have also helped bring the city up several notches into international acclaim. And then there’s the wildly popular Hulu series “The Bear,” which shone a light on Chicago’s Italian hot-beef specialty.

Spanning many different neighborhoods, here are Chicago’s 25 most essential restaurants.



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This glitzy dining room is tucked into a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed skyscraper and within Langham Chicago, capitalizing on the skyline view and open for all three meals of the day. It’s also where chef de cuisine Justin Gomes serves a love letter to his favorite food cities around the world, paired with a 1,600-bottle wine list and cocktails like “Joyful Expression,” served in a ceramic cat. Ask for the “Bar Bites” menu if all you want are apps (such as burrata, oysters, and just-baked chocolate-chip cookies), a drink, and the view.

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