The 17 best steakhouses in Chicago
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Chicago is the unofficial steakhouse capital of the country. This meat-and-potatoes town is dotted with red-meat shrines that range from fancy-schmancy to old-timey haunts. But all of the best Chicago steakhouses put beef on a pedestal, serving plump filet mignon, juicy tenderloin and thick T-bone steaks. As an added bonus, some double as the best seafood restaurants in Chicago, offering some surf to go with all that turf. Diners can also expect generous sides, primo wines and some of the most decadent desserts in Chicago. So, get dressed up, make a reservation and prepare to get primal at the best steakhouses in Chicago.
Perhaps glitziest of Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s restaurants, RPM Steak is an expense-account buster, with a dry-aged steak burger, a jam-packed seafood platter, millionaire potatoes with black truffles and 14K chocolate cake with gold leaf. The steak options are similarly indulgent, with a lineup of wagyu and kobe beef, a 60-day long-bone ribeye and a 36-ounce Akaushi porterhouse. Trust us, it’s worth every penny.
You should feel like royalty when you’re paying through the nose for a steakhouse experience, and you will here. Start with the sweet, cool stone crabs, oysters Rockerfeller and a delicious chopped salad that could easily feed two. Go straight to the top with the bone-in New York strip, perfect when ordered charred medium-rare, or the Alaskan king crab legs served chilled. Key lime pie is puckeringly sweet for those who like a hit-you-over-the-head finish, and Joe’s fried chicken is the best secret in town.