Where Chefs Eat in Chicago

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Restaurants:Franco's Ristorante, Parachute, Elske
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Korean, American
Neighborhoods:Bridgeport, Avondale / Irving Park, West Loop

Franco's Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Bridgeport
258 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
“Franco's in Bridgeport is doing classic Italian-American food in a very traditional Italian neighborhood that strangely, doesn't have many Italian restaurants.” – Kevin Hickey
99% recommended
Best Value in Chicago / Illinois

Parachute

$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,403 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
“I could never cook this food — I admire Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark so much. They bring nuance and depth to their cooking. Just a fantastic place.” – Rick Bayless
92% recommended
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Elske

$$$$·American·
West Loop
260 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
“I love the owners and I can't wait to go back. They're trying to push tasting menus only, which is a dying breed of restaurant.” – Cosmo Goss
90% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago / Illinois
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Oriole

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
1,153 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Romantic
“I'm very excited about some newcomers to our fine-dining arena. Noah Sandoval earned two Michelin stars straight out of the gate at Oriole.” – Phillip Foss
99% recommended
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Les Nomades

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,706 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
“Les Nomades has been celebrating fine French cuisine in one form or another for over three decades.” – Kevin Hickey
100% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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Momotaro

$$$$·Japanese·
West Loop
2,353 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
“Special shout-out to the izakaya and mentaiko spaghetti by Chef Mark Hellyar at Momotaro.” – Phillip Foss
87% recommended
Japanese in Chicago

Boka

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Park
5,188 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
“The food is great and simple – it's not trying to be anything it's not. It's still one of my favorite restaurants in the city and it continues to define new Chicago.” – Cosmo GossRead more
93% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois

Brindille

$$$$·French·
River North (Chicago)
758 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
“This is a Michelin-starred restaurant run by the amazing Chef Carrie Nahabedian. The place is stunning and her food is timeless.” – Norman Van Aken
85% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago / Illinois
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Nico Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,441 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Recommended by Chef Michael Friedman from The Red Hen
84% recommended
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Naoki

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
559 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Recommended by Chef Carolina Bazan from Ambrosia
100% recommended
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RPM Steak

$$$$·Steak·
Chicago
5,123 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Recommended by Chef Jean Joho from Everest
93% recommended
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Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
5,283 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
“Fench Fare in a great ambience.” – Jean Joho
97% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois

Cold Storage @ Swift & Sons

$$$$·Seafood·
West Loop
416 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
“I love being able to eat at a classic East Coast oyster bar that's chef driven but still has the classic dishes of an old-school oyster bar. Whether it's the vegetable inspired diRead more
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Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,731 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
“I was born and raised in Chicago but lived around the world for thirteen years. Whenever I came home Gibsons was a must. It feels like the whole city is centered there – politiciaRead more
95% recommended
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Everest

$$$$·French·
Downtown / Loop
2,243 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
“Top culinary experience in finedinning in the Midwest.” – Jean Joho
85% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago / Illinois
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Beatrix - River North

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
3,700 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Healthy
Recommended by Chef Jean Joho from Everest
96% recommended
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