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1723 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-0110

A pioneer of molecular gastronomy, it’s no surprise that this restaurant is one of the world’s 50 best.


619 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 715-0708

Reserve well in advance. The inventive menu—grilled wagyu beef chuck tail with pomegranate molasses; celery root bisque with oysters, pineapples, limes, and candied cocoa nibs—has garnered this restaurant many fans.


500 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 527-3718

Frank Sinatra loved Gene & Georgetti, Chicago’s oldest steakhouse.

Girl and the Goat

809 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 492-6262

Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s New American offers a bit of everything. We recommend making a reservation.


311 East 75th Street
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 994-2428‎

Barbecue aficionados have been trying to figure out Lem's incredible sauce recipe for years. Be prepared to stand in line and ask for extra napkins.

Maude’s Liquor Bar

840 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-9712

This French-inspired gastropub fills up quickly. Stop by for the sausage of the day and perfect pommes frites.


NoMi Kitchen

800 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 239-4030

Situated on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel, dine here to get a great view of The Magnificent Mile.

Pastoral Cheese and Wine Shop

53 East Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 658-1250

Eat a delicious sandwich, like the Blue Pig n’ Fig, for lunch or pick up an artisan cheese tray to serve later for hors d’oeuvres.



980 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2750

Food critics (and President Obama) will argue it’s the best Italian restaurant in the country. Order any of the pasta dishes — they’re all amazing.

Sweet Mandy B’s bakery

1208 West Webster Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 244-1174

From caramel apples to whoopie pies to angel food cake, this bakery sells an array of old fashioned desserts.


705 West Belden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 404-2253

Swirlz offers flavors like vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate chip, and banana nutella. But our favorite cupcake here? The red velvet.


52 West Elm Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 573-4000

Oprah Winfrey’s chef, Art Smith, opened this restaurant a few years ago. The cheese biscuits alone are worth the trip.

The Doughnut Vault

400 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Lots of buzz and long lines at this pastry shop — donuts are the must-have treat.