Chicago is far from the oceans but definitely not lacking when it comes to quality sushi. The city’s most talented chefs are creating beautiful and luscious bites that rival the best in the country. Raw fish is not something to mess around with, so leave it to the experts who know how to wield a knife around the day’s catch.
From fatty tuna to smoked salmon covered with dollops of uni or fresh caviar, well-made sushi is a treat worth splurging on and these 15 restaurants, listed from north to south, will satisfy. And if a California roll is more your thing, well that’s okay too.
Hidden behind Intro is Lettuce Entertain You’s tribute to fresh fish. Led by Naoki Nakashima, Lettuce’s long-time sushi chef, the menu offers “Naoki-style sashimi”—such as madai with charred shimeji mushroom and plum—as well as classic pieces and maki rolls. The space only seats 50 at an illuminated sushi bar and closely spaced tables reminiscent of an intimate Tokyo restaurant.