Welcome to Chicago’s “Greatest Hits” List.
Obviously you’re familiar with the concept of a “greatest hits” album, but unlike the best Jock Jams out there, this is one you actually need in your life. This is a short and carefully selected collection of places in Chicago that you should hit first if you’re new to town – restaurants that are essential to the Chicago experience, from classic pizza, hot dogs, and steakhouses, to modern staples.
Just like you wouldn’t introduce someone to Freddie Mercury and Queen without playing them “Bohemian Rhapsody,” we wouldn’t send someone unfamiliar with Chicago to a new hot spot without sending them to these restaurants first. You shouldn’t either.
52 W Illinois St
Giuliana and Bill Rancic have us in a mental pretzel, mainly because they have two really good restaurants in town. There are a million good Italian spots around and everyone adamantly defends their personal favorites. But RPM bottles up the sexy new style of River North with the comforts of traditional Italian dishes, and together that makes it an all-around great place. Go hard on the pastas and you’ll have an ideal night.