The 12 Essential Sushi Restaurants in Chicago
Where to find the Windy City’s finest fish
From fat-marbled otoro to delicate live scallop, Chicago chefs continue to up their game when it comes to sushi. And in the last couple of years, the local sushi scene has become stronger than ever thanks to lauded Juno chef B.K. Park’s quality-minded Mako, in addition to Austin export and James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant, Kyōten.
From splurge-worth sushi counters to casual table engagements, here are Chicago’s 12 best places to wild out on raw fish, freshly updated for 2020.
Sushi-san’s motto is “hip hop and hand rolls,” which should give some indication of the casual vibe at LEYE’s ocean-oriented follow-up to Ramen-san. While chef Kaze Chan is serving a full slate of izakaya-inspired plates, from tempura to grilled pork belly, Sushi-san’s sweet spot is its namesake, inclusive of both maki rolls and more traditional nigiri. A $45, 45-minute omakase changes seasonally, served from 4 to 11 p.m. on the hour, four seats per seating, ten courses total.