French food is full of butter, cheese, and puff pastry – which means it’s pretty much the dream. Luckily, we happen to know the best spots to get it around the city. Whether you’re planning a casual dinner with friends, a fancy-ish date night, or a special occasion meal, use our guide to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Mon Ami Gabi
2300 N Lincoln Park W
Located in the lobby of an apartment building in Lincoln Park, Mon Ami Gabi has an upscale French ambience, but isn’t overly fancy. It’s the kind of place you could easily see Ernest Hemingway pounding whisky at the bar, which makes you feel like you can do the same. At the very least, make sure to pound their French onion soup, which is excellent. This is a great spot for groups, or dinner with the parents.
440 S LaSalle St, 40th Floor
Did you know there’s a fancy French restaurant on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange? Now you do. Everest is stuffy, but the view is beautiful and the food is excellent. You can get three courses for $98, four for $135, or do the full-on eight-course tasting menu for $165. This is where to go with your rich aunt – and hope she’s paying.