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Where Chefs Eat in Chicago

You’re in luck. The world’s best chefs are sharing their favorite places to dine out in Chicago. We’ve partnered with Phaidon’s Where Chefs Eat, the best-selling restaurant guidebook with over 7,000 recommendations across the globe, to create a list of restaurants in Chicago where chefs love to eat. Grab your copy of this must-have guide, and get 30% off, just for being an OpenTable diner.

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11 Restaurants
Updated September 13, 2021
Restaurants:Franco's Ristorante, Parachute, Elske
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Korean, American
Neighborhoods:Bridgeport, Avondale / Irving Park, West Loop
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Franco's Ristorante

$$$$
Italian
Bridgeport
4.9
489 reviews
"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

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Parachute

$$$$
Korean
Avondale / Irving Park
4.7
1523 reviews
"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
4.7
747 reviews
"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
4.9
2003 reviews
"Les Nomades has been celebrating fine French cuisine in one form or another for over three decades." – Kevin Hickey

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Momotaro

$$$$
Japanese
West Loop
4.7
3145 reviews
"Special shout-out to the izakaya and mentaiko spaghetti by Chef Mark Hellyar at Momotaro." – Phillip Foss

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Boka

$$$$
Contemporary American
Lincoln Park
4.8
6170 reviews
"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

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Brindille

$$$$
French
River North (Chicago)
4.5
1080 reviews
"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

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RPM Steak

$$$$
Steak
Chicago
4.7
5112 reviews
Recommended by Chef Jean Joho from Everest

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Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$
French
Lincoln Park
4.8
6748 reviews
"Fench Fare in a great ambience." – Jean Joho

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Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$
Steak
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.8
7130 reviews
"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 athletes, cops and celebrities, all eating giant food – quintessential Chicago!" – Kevin Hickey

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Beatrix - River North

$$$$
American
River North (Chicago)
4.6
4614 reviews
Recommended by Chef Jean Joho from Everest

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