It seems like overnight our lives changed in nearly every regard, from how we work and travel to how we exercise and gather. How we dine, of course, is no exception, with restaurant opening restrictions depending on the state, city, and venue itself — and changing on the regular.

It’s all the more reason to seize those moments when we can, tapping into takeout and delivery options and reserving socially distanced seats for what we crave most in restaurants: warm hospitality and expertly crafted eats. Couple that with the chance to support some of our favorite spots now, and call it a major win-win.

Offering everything from hotly anticipated tasting menus to French-Filipino fare, here are some of Chicago’s best restaurants to eat at or order from now — all eager and honored to be serving their city the best way they know how.


RPM Seafood
The gist: After finessing the Italian and steak spheres, the RPM team strikes again — and this time, they’ve made seafood central. Couple on-point fare with upscale environs and Chicago River views, and consider it the ultimate Saturday night spot.

The food: Start with the tuna tartare, topped with avocado and yuzu, then meander into heartier portions of Baja fish tacos, spicy miso black cod, or grilled king crab, complete with curry aioli.

The cost: Starters $21-26, mains $27-41, cocktails $15.
How to order: Open for patio and limited dining room seating, reservations strongly recommended. Carryout and delivery also available.