Any other city might be offended by the generalization of being a meat-and-potatoes town, but Chicagoans know better. Between the Civil War and the mid-1920s, Chicago was the world’s largest producer of meat, and while the Union Stock Yards—where much of the meat originated—closed in 1971, the steak tradition has sizzled on throughout the city. Chicago steakhouses represent decades of style, service and, of course, juicy perfection. We present a few institutions as well as the newcomers that are shaking things up.

And for the record, this is only a sampler of the more than 50 steakhouses in Chicago. We know, it’s a lot to chew.

Classic Cuts

RPM Steak

The brainchild of celeb power couple Bill and Guiliana Rancic and restaurateurs R.J., Jerrod, and Molly Melman, RPM Steak doesn’t miss a beat. The well-heeled crowd bites into perfectly cooked cowboy steaks (with bone marrow butter) before heading up to the exclusive nightclub Studio Paris. Also make sure to try this restaurant’s older sister, RPM Italian for an equally glam carb-loaded dinner. 66 W. Kinzie St., 312.284.4990

RPM Steak