Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Chicago for 2019

The OpenTable Team

March 8th is International Women’s Day. In celebration, we created a list featuring some of the most exceptional women in Chicago’s culinary scene. Chi-town is the windy city famous for its jazz history and chilly winters, but no matter how much it keeps evolving and improving—much like its beloved deep dish pizza—it’ll always be a classic. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:Duck Duck Goat, Girl & the Goat, Little Goat
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Chinese, Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:West Loop

Duck Duck Goat

$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
3,497 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Stephanie Izard was born in Chicago and, after attending Scottsdale Culinary Institute, returned in 2000 when she began her illustrious career working with chefs like Dale LevitskiRead more
91% recommended

Girl & the Goat

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
11,135 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
As well as being a top Chicago restaurateur, Stephanie Izard was also the first-ever female winner of the ever-popular Top Chef series. It was shortly after this that she started tRead more
94% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois

Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
4,724 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Comfort Food
Stephanie Izard, the first female winner of Top Chef, feels that goat is a highly-underrated ingredient. She’s trying to change that. She’s currently incorporating seven whole goatRead more
92% recommended
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Kinzie Chophouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
2,746 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
River North is host to a dazzling array of restaurants, but Kinzie Chophouse keeps it simple and satisfying with sizzling steaks, classic burgers and sandwiches, and homemade favorRead more
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Parachute

$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,403 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
A small restaurant with a big reputation, Parachute’s Korean-American cuisine continuously impresses Chicago’s diners. One of six Chicago chefs on the ninth series of Top Chef, ParRead more
92% recommended
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Saigon Sisters

$$$$·Vietnamese·
West Loop
647 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
As the name suggests, this multiple award-winning Vietnamese restaurant is the brainchild of two sisters, Mary Nguyen Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen, along with their mother, Mama SuuRead more
89% recommended
Best Value in Chicago / Illinois

Vivere

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Loop
1,906 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Gina Capitanini is the third-generation owner of Chicago’s oldest Italian restaurant. Vivere is one of three restaurants housed inside a single building, with sister restaurants LaRead more
91% recommended
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Le Bouchon - Chicago

$$$$·French·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
832 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Susanne Poilevey runs the French restaurants La Sardine and Le Bouchon, both creations of her late husband, Chef Jean-Claude Poilevey. Le Bouchon is widely renowned for introducingRead more
97% recommended

Eden

$$$$·American·
West Loop
842 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
You can’t get fresher than ‘just-picked’ ingredients. That’s the ethos at West Loop’s Eden, which has an on-site greenhouse where fruit, veggies, and herbs grow in a delightful urbRead more
91% recommended
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Yugen

$$$$·Japanese Speciality·
West Loop
113 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Modern, fine dining meets Japanese cuisine at Yūgen, a women-helmed restaurant in the premier dining area of the West Loop. Executive chef Mari Katsumura grew up above her family’sRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois

Travelle - The Langham, Chicago

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Chicago)
965 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
The Langham Hotel is a top destination in Chicago, with a culinary team headed up by director of food and beverage Lindsay Srednicki. A veteran of the food industry since 2007, LinRead more
90% recommended
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Pavilion - The Langham, Chicago

$$$$·Afternoon Tea·
River North (Chicago)
376 reviews
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
Famous for its afternoon tea, Pavilion is another remarkable dining option within the excellent Langham Hotel. Dining industry veteran, Lindsay Srednicki, utilizes her meticulous aRead more
93% recommended
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Macello

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,439 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Macello invites you to “Step into the world of Italy.” Angela (Angie) Padula is the mastermind behind the restaurant, and does everything from designing menus to managing the restaRead more
95% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois

RL Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,191 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Ralph Lauren might be famous for fashion, but now the world-renowned clothing company has dipped their toe into the restaurant industry. The flagship restaurant stands proudly on ERead more
96% recommended
American in Chicago / Illinois

Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,181 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Loved this place! The food was delicious, the environment was so nice, the staff was awesome. Cocktails are pretty darn good as well.
96% recommended
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La Sardine

$$$$·French·
West Loop
1,040 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
The sister restaurant to Susanne Poilevey’s Le Bouchon, La Sardine has been serving French comfort food for over two decades. A dedicated family-and-business woman, Susanne couldn’Read more
92% recommended
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