Where Chefs Eat in Chicago

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Phaidon
Restaurants:Franco's Ristorante, Parachute, Elske
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Korean, American
Neighborhoods:Bridgeport, Avondale / Irving Park, West Loop
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Franco's Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Bridgeport
379 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • 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

Italian in Chicago / Illinois

Parachute

$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,404 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

“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

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Elske

$$$$·American·
West Loop
359 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

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Les Nomades

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,828 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

“Les Nomades has been celebrating fine French cuisine in one form or another for over three decades.” – Kevin Hickey

Best Service in Chicago / Illinois
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Momotaro

$$$$·Japanese·
West Loop
2,684 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

“Special shout-out to the izakaya and mentaiko spaghetti by Chef Mark Hellyar at Momotaro.” – Phillip Foss

Japanese in Chicago / Illinois
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Boka

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Park
5,540 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

“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 Goss

Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
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Brindille

$$$$·French·
River North (Chicago)
854 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romantic

“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

French in Chicago / Illinois
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Nico Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,565 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Bar Seating

Recommended by Chef Michael Friedman from The Red Hen

Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
5,925 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

“Fench Fare in a great ambience.” – Jean Joho

French in Chicago / Illinois

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,803 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Business Meals

“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 – politicians, professional ath...

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Steak in Chicago / Illinois
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Beatrix - River North

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
4,059 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

Recommended by Chef Jean Joho from Everest

Great for Brunch in Chicago