The Most Famous Restaurants in Chicago

Famous restaurants in Chicago span a wide range of dining styles from tourist-friendly deep-dish pizza joints to neighborhood Italian spots along the North Shore. Add in the ethnically diverse eateries of the West Loop and, and for those with big budgets and a taste for the gourmet, the world-class fine-dining venues of the Magnificent Mile. But where do the savviest, most seasoned diners eat out in Chicago? This is the Tastemaker 18. We used data covering thousands of restaurants to determine the top spots among OpenTable's smartest expert diners. Anyone visiting or residing in the Windy City, who are looking for a meal that sums up the city's excellent dining scene, should check out these 18 famous restaurants.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:The Chew Chew, The Chocolate Sanctuary, Il Vicinato Ristorante
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American, Italian
Neighborhoods:Riverside, Gurnee, Little Italy / University Village
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

The Chew Chew

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Riverside
1,418 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

The Chew Chew in Riverside started as a small sandwich shop in 1996. Its popularity required a move to its current two-story space, a charming venue adorned with vintage railroad décor. The restaurant...

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Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois

The Chocolate Sanctuary

$$$$·American·
Gurnee
1,903 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies

With its intriguing concept of cocoa-inspired cuisine (and not just for dessert), The Chocolate Sanctuary is one of the most famous restaurants in Chicago. Locals and visitors seeking an unusual fine ...

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Great for Brunch in North Suburbs
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Il Vicinato Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy / University Village
422 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

The family-owned Il Vicinato Ristorante has welcomed Chicagoland diners since 1983 and has changed little on its menu of Italian classics since its early days. The nostalgic neighborhood restaurant wi...

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The Shanty Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gurnee
1,191 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

In 2010 and again in 2018, Guy Fieri filmed episodes of his Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” at The Shanty Restaurant, bringing national attention to the Wadsworth eatery. Locals were a...

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Most Booked in North Suburbs
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Herb

$$$$·Thai·
Uptown
411 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Herb, a sophisticated Thai restaurant in Edgewater, is the brainchild of chef-owner Patty Neumson. The acclaimed chef’s enthusiasm for holistic living and nutritious cuisine complements her signature ...

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Staropolska

$$$$·Eastern European·
Logan Square
110 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Kid-friendly

Chicago locals with a taste for Polish cuisine – or for great cuisine in general – love Staropolska for its hearty Eastern European classics. The Logan Square venue is a bright space reminiscent of an...

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Best Value in Chicago / Illinois

Froggy's

$$$$·French·
Highwood
697 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

A North Shore institution since 1980, Froggy’s French Café is a neighborhood bistro with a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, plus some top-notch French cuisine. The venue includes the Greenhouse Bar with...

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French in Chicago / Illinois
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Longitud315

$$$$·Latin American·
Highwood
1,501 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic

Longitud315 serves up South American fusion fare with a focus on open-flame-grilled meats and seafood. Venezuela-born chef Tony Castillo’s dishes cover the diverse cuisines of the continent while taki...

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Mirabella Italian Cuisine

$$$$·Italian·
Avondale / Irving Park
411 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Mirabella Italian Cuisine in Avondale is an upscale Italian steakhouse with a warm ambiance. The white-tablecloth dining room with romantic lighting sets the scene for indulgent pasta dishes. These in...

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Hemmingway's Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Oak Park
766 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Hemmingway’s Bistro, inside the historic White Inn hotel, takes inspiration from Paris in the 1930s for both its décor and cuisine. The food – breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a lavish jazz and champa...

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Best Ambiance in Near West

Libertad

$$$$·Latin American·
Skokie
2,565 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

Chef Armando Gonzalez’s contemporary Latin American cuisine draws diners from all over Chicagoland to Libertad in Skokie. His dinner menu of mix-and-matchable small plates, divided into equally sized ...

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Best Overall in North Suburbs
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Cafe Touche

$$$$·Bistro·
Edison Park
752 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch

The Edison Park neighborhood bistro Café Touche serves generous portions of authentic French cuisine in a light, bright space. Its lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menus cover the classics – expect bou...

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