35 Best Restaurants in Chicago
All the food that makes the Windy City one of America’s best places to eat.
The Emerald City of America’s heartland benefits from seasonality like few others in the country. Sourcing farm fresh ingredients from all over Illinois—not to mention neighboring Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin—Chicago’s best restaurants are recognized as some of the most exciting in the country, thanks in no small part to the talent in their kitchens. Take Abe Conlon who shares the rather niche cuisine of Macau with an always rambunctious crowd at Fat Rice, or industry giant Grant Achatz, who continues to ascend gastronomical heights at his temple to modern dining, Alinea, or David and Anna Posey who serve up hygge on a plate at Elske. From acclaimed chefs to memorable dining experiences, we’ve lists our favorite Chicago restaurants here—so snag your reservations ASAP.
Modern Mediterranean is a delightfully malleable cuisine: It offers full flavors to vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike. And no place in Chicago has mastered the style quite like Aba. Hot and cold mezze sit beside house-made spreads and breads. A raw fish section is as popular as the flame-charred kebabs. Garlic-rubbed lamb chops arrive at the table next to falafel that’s been swathed in avocado tzatziki. No one leaves hungry.
Exposed ceilings, painted black; fluorescent lighting; high-top stool seating: Sushi-san’s design pledges itself to the cool kids. The restaurant boasts a direct partnership with a purveyor from Tokyo’s most esteemed seafood market, and the raw fish here is among the city’s freshest. For that reason, the kitchen largely keeps preparations simple, letting the ingredients in its reasonably priced hand rolls and maki speak for themselves. Load up on the Aburi, torched cuts of tuna and scallops lopped over oshizushi-style rice.