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Restaurants in Chicago

With some of the country's best restaurants, Chicago is a food city. Charlie Trotter's rules in Lincoln Park. Gourmands flock to Near North's Gibsons Steakhouse and Shaw's Crab House and Blue Crab Lounge. Comfort food connoisseurs prefer to eat deep-dish pizza at Pizzeria Uno or Portillo's Hot Dogs/Barnelli's Pasta Bowl in River North. Many restaurants are closed on Monday nights. Opening hours vary but dinner begins between 5pm and 6pm. Tipping ranges from 10%-20%.

Top-end

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  1. 1. Gibsons Steakhouse - Top-end: (More than US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Hungry locals, tourists and celebrities such as basketball legend Michael Jordan come to enjoy the best steaks in town at Gibson's Steakhouse. The portions are huge, the staff friendly and the ambience relaxed. Autographed photographs of celebrities who have enjoyed steaks here line the walls - look out for Elizabeth Taylor.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-12am

    Address

    1028, North Rush Street, Near North, Chicago 60611

    Telephone

    +1 312 266 8999

    Transport

    El to Clark or Division

    Website

    Gibsons Steakhouse

  2. 2. TRU - Top-end: (More than US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    TRU, Chicago. Photo by Tim Turner, courtesy of TRU

    A minimalist setting showcases maximum theatre and exquisite presentation at TRU in Near North. The Caviar Staircase starter offers a different type of caviar on each of its steps. Diners ascend to Rick Tramonto's entrees and Gale Gand's sumptuous desserts. Diners tour the kitchen afterwards.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 5.30pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm

    Address

    676, N Saint Clair Street, Chicago 60611

    Telephone

    +1 312 202 0001

    Transport

    El to Chicago or State

    Website

    TRU

  3. 3. Arun's - Top-end: (More than US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Thai silks and carved mahogany characterise Arun's dining-room. Set in Irving Park, dinner is an ever-changing fixed-price 12-course banquet. Groups of diners sample spicy lobster, warming curries and melt-in-the-mouth stewed pork. Lovers of spice can ask for their dishes extra hot.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Thu & Sun 5pm-10pm; Fri & Sat 5pm-10.30pm

    Address

    4156, North Kedzie Avenue, Irving Park, Chicago 60618

    Telephone

    +1 773 539 1909

    Transport

    El to Irving Park

    Website

    Arun's

  4. 4. Charlie Trotter's - Top-end: (More than US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Charlie Trotter's, Chicago. Courtesy of Charlie Trotter's

    Charlie Trotter's understated dining salons serve dishes designed by one of the country's most renowned chefs. Unusual pairings, like frozen cantaloupe, preserved melon rind and lavender-cured pork are served on its three tasting menus, designed daily by Chef Trotter. Popular with upper crust foodies, reservations are required well in advance.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Seatings Tue-Thu 6pm & 9pm; Fri & Sat 5.30pm & 9pm

    Address

    816, W Armitage Avenue, Lincoln Park, Chicago 60614

    Telephone

    +1 773 248 6228

    Transport

    El to to Armitage or Fullerton

    Website

    Charlie Trotter's

Mid-range

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  1. 5. Nacional 27 - Mid-range: (US$30-US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Dim lighting and music evoke a Latin theme in keeping with a menu that boasts cuisine from 27 countries south of the US border. Dishes at River North's Nacional 27 include anything from ceviche to Latin tapas. After 11pm at weekends, the dining room becomes a salsa dance floor.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 5.30pm-9.30pm; Fri & Sat 5.30pm-11pm

    Address

    325 West Huron Avenue, River North, Chicago 60654

    Telephone

    +1 312 664 2727

    Transport

    El to Chicago Avenue

    Website

    Nacional 27

  2. 6. Frontera Grill - Mid-range: (US$30-US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Whimsical Mexican folk art and murals accent this casual bistro in River North. Owner and chef Rick Bayless puts a fresh spin on everything from margaritas to tamales at Frontera Grill. The guacamole and chiles rellenos are favourites with locals. The bar has a large selection of Mexican beers.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Lunch: Tue-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm; Sat 10.30am-2.30pmDinner: Tue 5.20pm-10pm; Wed-Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm

    Address

    445 North Clark Street, River North, Chicago 60654

    Telephone

    +1 312 661 1434

    Transport

    El to Merchandise Mart

    Website

    Frontera Grill

  3. 7. Everest - Mid-range

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    Towering high above the Chicago Stock Exchange, Everest is an oasis of fine-dining civility where you can taste the creations of one of Chicago's top chefs while enjoying one of the city's top views. Chef Jean Joho draws inspiration from the earthy cuisine of his native Alsace, and mixes what he calls "noble" and "simple" ingredients, such as foie gras, with potatoes or turnips. 

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    Cost

    Main courses $27-$46; tasting menu $89; 3-course pretheater dinner $49

    Opening hours

    Tues-Thurs 5:30-9pm; Fri 5:30-9:30pm; Sat 5-10pm

    Address

    440 S. LaSalle St., 40th Floor, Chicago, USA

    Telephone

    312/663-8920

    Website

    Everest

  4. 8. Green Zebra - Mid-range: (US$30-US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Green Zebra, Chicago. Photo by Jeff Kauck, courtesy of Green Zebra

    This ordinary storefront in West Loop has attracted celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow. Inside Green Zebra is a hip minimalist bistro, which specialises in vegetarian tapas. The seasonally changing menu might include raviolis with goats cheese and dates, or parmesan caraway gnocchi. For those who prefer flesh, there is a small selection of chicken and fish.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 5.30pm-10pm; Fri & Sat 5pm-11pm; Sun 10.30am-2pm & 5pm-9pm

    Address

    1460 West Chicago Avenue, West Loop, Chicago 60642

    Telephone

    +1 312 243 7100

    Transport

    Bus 66 to Ashland

    Website

    Green Zebra

  5. 9. Russian Tea Time - Mid-range: (US$30-US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Soft lights, round red banquettes and Russian music set the scene for borscht and beef stroganoff accompanied by Tashkent carrot salad, beet caviar, black bread and vodka. Located around the corner from Symphony Hall and the Art Institute, Downtown Russian Tea Time is a popular pre-concert and post museum stop. Afternoon tea is also served.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu & Sun 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-12am

    Address

    77 East Adams Street, Loop/Downtown, Chicago 60603

    Telephone

    +1 312 360 0000

    Transport

    El to Jackson/State, Monroe/State or Jackson/Dearborn

    Website

    Russian Tea Time

  6. 10. Shaw's Crab House and Blue Crab Lounge - Mid-range: (US$30-US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Shaw's Crab House and Blue Crab Lounge, Chicago. Photo by Bill Werme, courtesy of Shaw's Crab House and Blue Crab Lounge

    In a 1940s clubby atmosphere, diners come to relish the city's freshest seafood, flown in daily to this River North location. The Oyster bar features sushi and iced platters of oysters. The specialities of the main dining room are crab, shrimp, lobster and surf'n'turf combinations. Live jazz plays in the lounge.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 11.30am-2pm & 5.30pm-10pm, Fri 11.30am-2pm & 5pm-11pm; Sat 5pm-11pm; Sun 5pm-10pm; Oyster Bar Mon-Thu 11.30am-10pm; Fri & Sat 11.30am-11pm; Sun 12pm-10pm

    Address

    21 East Hubbard Street, River North, Chicago 60611

    Telephone

    +1 312 527 2722

    Transport

    El to Grand Avenue

    Website

    Shaw's Crab House

  7. 11. Trattoria 10 - Mid-range: (US$30-US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Trattoria 10, Chicago. Courtesy of The Rosenthal Group

    Arched walkways, tiled floors and murals suggest Italy. Classic dishes like homemade ravioli, fresh risotto and veal scaloppini underscore the Italian theme at Downtown Trattoria 10. The flatbread and profiterole pastry puffs are favourites with local diners, many of whom have Italian heritage. There is an all-you-can-eat bar buffet Mon-Fri 5pm-7.30pm.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 11.30am-2pm & 5.30pm-9pm, Fri 11.30am-2pm & 5.30pm-10pm; Sat 5.30pm-10pm

    Address

    10 North Dearborn Street, Loop/Downtown, Chicago 60602

    Telephone

    +1 312 984 1718

    Transport

    El to Dearborn

    Website

    Trattoria 10

  8. 12. Le Colonial - Mid-range: (US$30-US$65 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Le Colonial, Chicago. Courtesy of Le Colonial

    Rattan chairs, shutters, potted palms and large ceiling fans transport diners back to 1920s Saigon. The scene is set for dishes like Goi Cuon, Vietnamese spring rolls, and Ca Chien Saigon, a lightly spiced and sour sauced crisp-seared red snapper. The dining-room of this Gold Coast highlight is romantically lit at night.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Wed 11.30am-2.30pm & 5pm-11pm; Thu-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm & 5pm-12am; Sun 11.30am-2.30pm & 5pm-10pm

    Address

    937 North Rush Street, Near North, Chicago 60611

    Telephone

    +1 312 255 0088

    Transport

    El Clark or Division

    Website

    Le Colonial

Budget

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  1. 13. Portillo's Hot Dogs/Barnelli's Pasta Bowl - Budget: (Less than US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Lit with lots of neon, this gaudy Near North joint is filled with memorabilia from the 1930s and 1940s, including a 1930 Chevrolet. Most come to grab a hot dog in a poppyseed bun with pickle and French fries, but there are also tasty salads and large plates of pasta.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sun-Thu 10am-11pm; Fri & Sat 10am-12am

    Address

    100 West Ontario Street, River North, Chicago 60654

    Telephone

    +1 312 587 8910

    Transport

    El to Grand-Red

    Website

    Portillo's

  2. 14. Pizzeria Uno - Budget: (Less than US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Deep dish pizza was invented here in 1943. Characterised by a thick, crunchy-crust topped with fresh tomatoes, a thick layer of sausage and lots of mozzarella cheese, locals and visitors queue for tables. Red checked tablecloths and dark-wood booths deliver a homely feel.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sun 11am-11pm; Mon-Fri 11am-1am; Sat 11am-2am

    Address

    29, East Ohio Street, River North, Chicago 60611

    Telephone

    +1 312 321 1000

    Transport

    El to Grand

    Website

    Pizzeria Uno

  3. 15. Mr. Beef - Budget: (Less than US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Gourmets and office workers order their lunches at Mr Beef's high counter. Juicy and spicy Italian beef on a roll, burgers and Italian sausages are on offer. The huge, sloppy sandwiches are served with crisp french fries on formica counters. This River North spot is a Chicago institution.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 8am-5pm; Fri 8am-4.30am; Sat 10.30am-3.30pm & 10.30pm-5am

    Address

    666 North Orleans Street, River North, Chicago 60610

    Telephone

    +1 312 337 8500

    Transport

    El to Chicago-Brown

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