Narrowing down Chicago’s best restaurants is no easy feat — this is a foodie town after all. For this herculean task, we’ve picked several indelible nosh zones in diverse categories — new and timeworn, casual and upscale — so that you can decide where to go for your next romantic date, kid-friendly brunch, entertainment hot spot, or pizza splurge. 

Booth One

Packed with history dating back to Chicago’s Jazz Age, Booth One, a reinvention of the iconic Pump Room, has a special Frank Sinatra private booth and other surprises. Black and white photographs of celebrity visitors dot the walls throughout this classic Chicago social hub, located inside the Ambassador Chicago, in the heart of the Gold Coast. American fare with fresh seasonal ingredients and cocktails that are created as nods to timeless favorites are served up in a well-lit dining space, creating a romantic and relaxing atmosphere. 

Everest

For a truly indelible dining experience, with one of the best Chicago addresses, dine at Everest. Indulge in a seven course menu of French cuisine, with expertly paired wines, created by chef Jean Joho. Tables are decorated with unique bronze sculptures and walls are adorned with paintings created by local Chicago artist, Adam Siegel. Situated on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Everest offers diners a dazzling view of the city.