Looking for a Restaurant in Downtown Chicago?

676 Restaurant & Bar
(New American Brasserie)
Omni Chicago Hotel
676 N Michigan Ave, 4th Fl.
312–944–7676

Art Deco accoutrements and a view of bustling Michigan Avenue.

Alinea
(Progressive American)
1723 N Halsted St
312–867–0110

Owner and chef Grant Achatz, formerly of French Laundry and the four-star Trio, offers a multi-sensory experience of progressive American cuisine using familiar elements in mind-bending new fashions.

**IN THE KNOW: Alinea takes its name from the typographical symbol of a new paragraph, signifying a new train of thought.

Ambria
(French)
2300 N Lincoln Park West
773–472–5959

A Chicago institution for over a quarter of a century; fine food is set in a stage of deep-toned woods and ultra suede banquettes.

Avec
(French/Italian/Spanish)
615 W Randolph St
312–377–2002

Thomas Schlesser–designed space featuring communal tables.

Avenue M
(Steakhouse)
695 N Milwaukee Ave
312–243–1133

Newcomer Avenue M features affordable, delicious cuisine; a patio dining area overlooks a magnolia tree and imported grapevines.

Army & Lou’s
(Soul Food)
422 E 75th St
773–483–3100

At 61, this Southside institution is still one of the best soul-food restaurants in the city.

Avenues
(American Contemporary)
108 E Superior St
312–573–6754

Corporate high rollers and affluent out-of-towners are checking into this swank hotel spot.

Bandera
(American with a Southern flair)
535 N Michigan Ave
312–644–3524

A chain restaurant that doesn’t act like one—lighting is dark, and black vinyl booths with wood tables line the walls. Live jazz nightly.

Bin 36
(Contemporary)
339 N Dearborn St
312–755–9463

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for great food and wine pairings.

Bistro 110
(French)
110 E Pearson St
312–266–3110

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A bustling atmosphere and a savory menu, with a Sunday brunch that’s très magnifique.

Blue Water Grill
(New American/Seafood/Sushi)
520 N Dearborn St
312–777–1400

Designed by Yabu Pushelberg to echo the rich architectural texture of Chicago.

Brasserie Jo
(French Brasserie)
59 W Hubbard St
312–595–0808

Check out the zinc bar imported from France, or lounge outside at the café.

Boka
(Contemporary American)
1729 N Halsted St
312–337–6070

Ambitious menu and wine list from noted chef Giuseppe Scurato.

Butter
(New American)
130 S Green St
312–666–9813

A color scheme of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc—envisioned by owner Jason Chan—courses through this sultry space. Chicago native and executive chef Ryan Poli turns out gourmet dishes with simple, yet effective, flourishes.

**IN THE KNOW: Check out the great view of the Sears Tower from the front window.

Café des Architectes
(French)
20 E Chestnut St
Sofitel Chicago Watertower
312–324–4063

Modern brasserie designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon.

Carmine’s
(Italian/Seafood)
1043 N Rush St
312–988–7676

Huge portions and an outdoor café make this spot great for lunch or dinner.

Carnivale
(Latin)
702 W Fulton Market
312–850–5005

An extravaganza of color and flavors.

Charlie Trotter’s
(Contemporary American)
816 W Armitage Ave
773–248–6228

The ultimate indulgence in fine food and wine.

Chicago Chop House
(Steakhouse)
60 W Ontario St
312–787–7100

Steaks, steaks, and more steaks in a restored Victorian brownstone.

Copperblue
(French Mediterranean)
505 N Lake Shore Dr
312–527–1200

The newly-opened space offers the flavors of Southern France, Northern Italy, and Spain.

Custom House
(Regional American)
500 S Dearborn St
312–523–0200

Francois Geneve designed Custom House to feel like a 1950s gentlemen’s club.

David Burke’s Primehouse
(Modern American Cuisine)
616 N Rush St, at The James Hotel
312–660–6000

Steaks are dry-aged and sired by a bull named “Prime” in Kentucky.

De Cero
(Mexican)
814 W Randolph St
312–455–8114

Loosely translating as “from scratch,” De Cero offers upscale food in a modern Mexican atmosphere.

Fogo de Chão
(Brazilian Steakhouse)
661 N La Salle Dr
312–932–9330

At this churrascaria, chefs carve skewered, slow-roasted meat tableside on request.

Fulton’s on the River
(Steaks & Seafood)
315 N LaSalle St
312–822–0100

Stunning riverside views and prime steaks in the historic Reid Murdoch building.

Golden Budha
(Chinese/Steakhouse)
312 W Randolph St
312–609–0000

A large laughing Buddha statue watches over this traditional Chinese eatery in the Atrium building.

Green Zebra
(Vegetarian/New American)
1460 Chicago Ave
312–243–7100

The organic and contemporary design matches the seasonal ingredients at this veggie-focused restaurant.

Haro
(Spanish Tapas)
2436 S Oakley Ave
773–847–2400

The newest tapas restaurant in Little Italy serves up Basque food with Spanish techno.

Harry Caray’s
(Italian Steakhouse)
33 W Kinzie St
312–828–0966

Named for the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer.

Il Mulino
(Italian)
1150 N Dearborn St
312–440–8888

Formal Italian served in a dining room of crystal chandeliers.

Japonais
(Japanese?/?Sushi)
600 W Chicago Ave
312–822–9600

Two of the city’s best chefs—Gene Kato, also of Ohba, and Jun Ichikawa, also of Mirai Sushi—turn out hot and cold delicacies at this eatery located along the north branch of the Chicago River.

**IN THE KNOW: This sensuous space once housed the Chicago-based catalog retailer, Montgomery Ward.

Jin Ju
(Korean)
5203 N Clark St
773–334–6377

If you crave Korean, get hip food and a cozy scene at Jin Ju.

Kamehachi
(Japanese)
1400 N Wells St
312–664–3663

Chicago’s first sushi bar.

Karyn’s Cooked
(Vegan)
738 N Wells St
312–587–1050

Herbivore heaven!

Manny’s Coffee Shop and Deli
(Deli)
1141 S Jefferson St
312–939–2855

Hardly anything has changed at Manny’s since opening in 1942, except the free wireless internet.

mk the restaurant
(Contemporary American)
868 N Franklin St
312–482–9179

Located in a refurbished paint factory, the environmentally-friendly space sports energy-efficient systems and nontoxic, local materials. The natural details of the interior mirror mk’s commitment to farm fresh, seasonal ingredients.

**IN THE KNOW: The food at mk is primarily sourced from local or sustainable farms, and the restaurant supports Green City Market—Chicago’s only organic sustainable market.

Moto
(Avant-Garde Asian/International)
945 W Fulton Market
312–491–0058

Chef Homaro Cantu’s futuristic eatery.

Naha
(Contemporary American with Mediterranean influences)
500 N Clark St
312–321–6242

World-renowned wine list and foie gras.

NoMI
(French)
800 N Michigan Ave
312–239–4030

Stunning views from Park Hyatt’s 7th floor and a beautiful interior by Tony Chi.

Orange
(Traditional American)
75 W Harrison St
312–447–1000

Creative brunches.

Oysy
(Japanese/sushi)
888 S Michigan Ave
312–922–1127

Oysy means “delicious.”

Park Grill
(American)
11 N Michigan Ave
312–521–7275

The first restaurant in the new Millennium Park.

Rosebud Steakhouse
(Steakhouse)
192 E Walton Pl
312–397–1000

The plush berry leather booths are as inviting as the steaks.

Rushmore
(Contemporary American)
1023 W Lake St
312–421–8845

Don’t miss the lobster pies.

Sal & Carvao
(Churrascaria)
Brazilian Steakhouse
739 N Clark St
312–932–1100

Savory cuts of meat are presented on swords and carved tableside.

Saltaus
(Mediterranean?/?Asian)
1350 W Randolph St
312–455–1919

The minimal, earth-toned surroundings of this sleek, contemporary restaurant feature a bamboo-encased dining room and exposed brick and steel details. Executive chef Brad Philips offers entrees and desserts, as well as small plates—perfect for dining at the bar

**IN THE KNOW: The multi-level building that houses Saltaus was once home to a corned beef factory.

Shaw’s Crab House
(Seafood)
21 E Hubbard St
312–527–2722

A 1940s-style seafood house and oyster bar.

Socca
(French?/?Italian)
3301 N Clark St
773–248–1155

Pasta, pizza, and steak frites.

SUSHISAMBA rio
(Japanese/Brazilian Fusion)
504 N Wells St
312–595–2300

Originating in New York—now with two Manhattan locations, a third in Miami Beach, and another in the works for Tel Aviv—SUSHISAMBA fuses the energy, food and culture of Japan, Peru, and Brazil, inspired by Japanese emigrants who traveled to South America in the early 20th century.

**IN THE KNOW: Hit the year-round rooftop lounge for sambatinis, small plates, and city views.

Tank Sushi
(Japanese fusion)
4514 N Lincoln Ave
773–769–2600

Innovative sushi with a Latin twist.

Timo
(Modern Italian)
464 N Halsted St
312–226–4300

Hip bistro-chic cooking with seating in one of the city’s best gardens.

Viand
(American Brasserie)
155 E Ontario
312–255–8505

A modern day supper club in grand art deco style.

Wishbone
(Southern-Style American)
1001 W Washington Blvd
312–850–2663

Home cooking.

Wow Bao
(Asian)
835 N Michigan Ave
312–642–5888

This carryout spot specializes in steamed buns with a wide array of savory fillings.

Zapatista
(Mexican?/?Southwestern)
1307 S Wabash Ave
312–435–1307

Tableside guacamole and more than 50 tequilas.

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