Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Chicago for 2019

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Duck Duck Goat, Girl & the Goat, Little Goat
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Chinese, Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:West Loop
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Duck Duck Goat

$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
3,883 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Groups

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 Levitski and Sean McLain. It...

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Girl & the Goat

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
11,585 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot

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 to form the concepts ...

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Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
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Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
5,042 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

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 goats a week into her di...

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Great for Brunch in Chicago / Illinois
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Kinzie Chophouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
2,693 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies

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 favorites like meatloaf. ...

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Parachute

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

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, Parachute’s Beverley Ki...

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Saigon Sisters

$$$$·Vietnamese·
West Loop
758 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 Suu. Their entrepreneuri...

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Le Bouchon - Chicago

$$$$·French·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
1,069 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

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 introducing French home-style f...

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French in Chicago / Illinois
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Macello

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,648 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Notable Wine List

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 restaurant’s social media...

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Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois

RL Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,228 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

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 East Chicago Avenue, ...

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Great for Lunch in Chicago / Illinois
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Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,780 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
I've been coming to Le Colonial for twenty-four years and it never disappoints. We love the new location.
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