Forget about the microwavable mush and slurp down savory tonkotsu broth and crispy pork belly at these top restaurants

Over the last decade, ramen has been elevated from dorm room microwaves to trendy restaurants in Chicago’s top foodie neighborhoods. Upgrades include hand-crafted noodles, slabs of tender pork belly, molten eggs, mouth-tingling chiles and deeply savory broth. Whether you’re looking for a quick, soul-soothing bowl or an upscale Japanese masterpiece, there’s something for everyone on our list of the best ramen restaurants in Chicago. Grab a spoon and some chopsticks and prepare to slurp your way through our all-time favorite ramen purveyors in town.


If you like your ramen with a side of hip-hop, belly up at one of Ramen-San’s three locations for a bowl and a beer. You’ll be bopping your head to Notorious B.I.G. while slurping noodles in no time. The Tokyo-style wavy noodles are spruced up with unconventional ingredients like fried chicken, ground pork and buttered corn. Vegetarians, you’re in luck: Ramen-San offers shiitake ramen with a deeply savory mushroom broth, tofu and fried shiitakes.