In a city like Chicago, there’s never a shortage of dining options for every feasible occasion. Of course, any occasion entails some budgetary decisions as well, but thanks to the abundance of choices, there’s always something to fit the bill. Here are our top picks around town, whether you’re out for a bargain or a splurge.


Girls’ night out

Inexpensive: When it comes to tapas in Chicago, Cafe Ba-Ba Reeba! (pictured) is still one of the best spots for gathering with friends and enjoying quality small plates at an equally small cost. You can get all six of the restaurant’s pintxos for just $11, including chorizo-wrapped Medjool dates and deviled eggs with jamón serrano, along with numerous tapas like octopus with marrow-roasted potatoes ($12), meatballs with sherry tomato sauce ($7) and spinach-and Manchego-stuffed mushrooms ($7). There are also fantastic paellas, served in heaping portions.