It’s no secret that over here at Thrillist, we like rankings almost as much as we enjoy eating and exploring neighborhoods. So it should come as no surprise that, like the great George Costanza when he tried to combine food, sex, and TV into one glorious trio, we’ve combined our most urgent passions in order to declare the top 10 'hoods in Chicago for eating, ranked for your argumentative pleasure.

4. Lincoln Park 

There are plenty of things to gripe about when it comes to Lincoln Park, but lack of quality restaurants is not one of them. There’s Alinea, of course, but no shortage of additional date-worthy options such as Perennial VirantJunoBalena, and Café Ba-Ba-Reeba. Oh, and did we mention Pequod’s and Half Shell are here too? There’s also solid eats everywhere from classy cocktail bars Barrelhouse Flat and J. Parker to more down-to-earth joints like R.J. Grunts and Local Option -- not to mention Galway Arms and, of course, Weiner’s Circle. Wait, why does Lincoln Park suck again?

2. River North 

Yes, River North is drowning in pretty much every bar you’ve been trying to avoid since you moved out of Wrigleyville. But that doesn’t mean it’s not also home to some of the hands-down finest dining institutions in the city, with steakhouses like Chicago CutRPM SteakBavette’s, and Gene & Georgetti leading the charge alongside epic rooftop bar/restaurants like Vertigo Sky LoungeZED451, and the Terrace at Trump. In between you’ll find pretty much everything under the sun, from Peruvian (Tanta) and Asian fusion (Sunda) to BBQ (Bub City) and burgers (Bottlefork). Throw in Chicago classic institutions like Portillo’sLou Malnati’s, and Mr. Beef, and it might be time to take a second look at this 'hood before you immediately hightail it outta here after work.



(October 10, 2016)