As a frequent traveler to Chicago, I’ve put together a list of some great restaurants for you to consider. You can find these on your smart phone as well as by visiting www.dotmed.com/Chicago or by clicking on the QR code on the right.
Big, nicely designed rooms, classic Greek fare, professional wait staff, always on top of list for Greektown restaurants.
200 S. Halsted
Traditional and contemporary Tuscan in energetic, nicely designed space — a favorite of RSNA goers for years.
300 W. Hubbard
Dine in a leafy, shuttered colonial atmosphere. Wonderful soups, fish especially sea bass, shrimp wrapped sugarcane, good variety of dishes. Ideal for smaller and mid-size groups.
937 N. Rush
Offering upscale and creative cuisine by famous PBS chef Rick Bayless. International reputation.
455 N. Clark
Out-of-the-way, but among best sushi in Chicago. Attractive, contemporary dining room, topnotch service. Sister restaurant of Sai Café on Sheffield which also has excellent sushi.
2521 N. California
Offering a wide variety of kabobs, fish, lentil soup, dill rice. Well-suited for larger groups, great Andersonville neighborhood that visitors to Chicago would enjoy.
5255 N.Clark Street
American Steak House
A Chicago powerbroker favorite, great food and drinks. Swagger in and out with the big boys.
1028 N. Rush
Delivering perhaps the country’s best ribs in restaurant/bar setting. Sinatra loved it here. No really — he always came here.
1655 N. Sedgwick
Well-established, classic fare in convivial, relaxed environment. Run by a family with high standards, like a visit to French countryside, repeat customers always satisfied.
900 N. Franklin
A place for serious foodies and those who really appreciate creativity.
767 N. St. Clair #1
Highly Creative, menu changes daily, legendary chef known far and wide for innovation and range of flavors.
4156 North Kedzie
Showcasing a wide range of Hunan dishes a favorite of the Chinese themselves. In Chinatown near McCormick Place, simple setting.
2230 S. Wentworth
Situated in a very elegant contemporary setting. Michelin rated and for those serious about food. Next to Mon Ami Gabi overlooking Lincoln Park.
2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Russian Tea Time
Russian Old World
Classic Russian in classic old world setting. Must try vegetable platter.
77 E. Adams
Chicago Reader calls it “Stunning setting, stunning food, stunning bill.” For those with expense accounts.
980 N. Michigan Avenue
Located in hip/artsy Bucktown location. Wonderful food, but a loud setting.
1952 N. Damen
Authentic Nuevo Latino Cuisine
The menu takes inspiration from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Peru and Puerto Rico. Large, festive open dining room with vivid colors and the feel of Latin America. In West Loop. Get your Salsa on!
702 W. Fulton Market
GT Fish & Oyster
The place for raw oyster lovers, and those who seek a large menu of fresh seafood prepared with skill. Electric, contemporary environment in River North. Non-fish dinners also available.
531 N. Wells Street
A family run restaurant, Andies’ atmosphere is warm and inviting, Andies is located on the Northside about a 10 minute cab ride from the loop in a fun and lively “real” Chicago neighborhood, Andersonville.
5253 N. Clark Street
Chicago used to have scores of German restaurants, few remain but a good festive one, Chicago Brauhaus, remains. Live German music, steins of great Weissbier and delicious spaetzle await you in an old world environment. In charming Lincoln Square, another “real” Chicago neighborhood.
4732 N. Lincoln
The Pump Room
The one-of-a-kind Chicago legend which for decades fed and entertained the world’s best known entertainers has been re-created into a chic and trendy hang out with swanky leather chairs, celestial orbs and a cream tone space. This is a place for dramatic people, dramatic atmosphere and creative food.
1301 N. State Pkwy.
A relative newcomer in a city that has a deep stock of chophouses, Benny’s pleases diners with classic chophouse fare including both dry and wet aged beef, and sumptuous sides. Add in live music several days each week and Benny’s provides for plenty of pleasure for the senses.
444 N. Wabash Avenue
Catch 35 is a well-established and consistently high rated seafood restaurant serving freshly flown-in seafood. The contemporary, yet cozy atmosphere is complemented by a seasoned wait staff that knows their menu and provides expert advice. A good place to entertain clientele as it is lively yet easy on the ears.
35 E. Wacker Drive
Farm to Table
For those who appreciate or just want to explore farm to table fare, Farmhouse brings guests seasonal, locally and regionally grown food that is as delicious as it is fresh. From duck breast to pork shoulder and collard greens and perch — there is something for everyone. Regional beers and wines cap it off.
228 W. Chicago Ave
An unusual mishmash of Chinese, Portuguese and Indian dishes and flavors inspired by Macau, the former Portuguese colony of Chinahas that put Fat Rice on the local and national map and has Chicagoans coming back for repeat performances. Sichuan eggplant pickles, arroz gordo (fat rice) with salted duck, Portuguese country sausage and Malay vegetable curry just scratch the surface of this truly eclectic marvel.
2957 W. Diversey
Located in the hippest part of Chicago (Bucktown/Wicker Park), Trenchermen is situated in a former bathhouse. It has become one of Chicago’s most innovative and creative restaurants with the glowing décor matching the finely crafted flavor that most patrons find one-of-a-kind whether a chicken dish, Octopus Pozole or Arctic Char with beluga lentils.
2039 W. North Avenue
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