Parachute

4.6
922 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
We are a 40-seat neighborhood restaurant that serves globally inspired cuisine, that we like to call Korean American. Please understand although we strive to serve food and drink with distinction we are still a small independent family run restaurant. No smoke and mirrors here. Just food from the heart. Our space is limited and our staff is small. We believe that we have the ability and resources to make all of our guests happy while dining in our "home" (as we see it). It can get loud in here when we are full but we believe this adds to the convivial atmosphere we provide. We are always happy here and this shows in the spirit of our restaurant. We look forward to serving you with all of our hearts and a smile!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Korean, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(773) 654-1460
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Beverly Kim & Johnny Clark
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Cross street
Elston & Troy
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Parking details
Free parking is abundant on Elston and side streets.
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Public transit
From Belmont/Kimball Blue line: Either walk .7 of a mile or can take Kimball bus
North to Addison and walk from there.

From Addison Blue line: Either walk .6 of a mile East on Addison or take the Addison bus to Elston.

From Lakeview area: Take the Addison bus West to Elston
Additional
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.9

Exceptional and impressive. That's what comes to mind when describing the Korean-American food at Parachute.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 922 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Parachute has high quality and interesting Korean options. The atmosphere is nice. Someone with a robust appetite, however, will probably not get enough to eat or drink as everything is very pricey and portions are well, small plates.
So this restaurant is for special occasions or when your rich uncle foots the bill.

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NV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just amazing, but do get a reservation, even for the bar. It's not cheap, bit it's worth every penny.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a delicious meal! Did the chefs choice prefix menu and every bite was amazing! Small little place with some communal seating but we were in a corner so still felt private. All plates are for sharing so it was a lovely little date night.

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G
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The hwe dup bap is so good! I was thrilled to see yuba on a menu - one of my favorite foods - and it was smoky delicious. The sesame tart with sour cream sorbet was an outstanding dessert. Everything was yummy.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, creative, delicious small plates. Highly recommend!

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SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great vibe! Very Cool and eclectic with really interesting and beautifully prepared food.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I wouldn't recommend this restaurant at all. Food was extremely salty. Poor flavor. Over priced. Nothing was remarkable. The place was terrible, small, noisy. It was a very disappointing experience. I wonder if the reviews with 5 starts are fake. I wish I could mark it with zero stars.

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M
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Chicago - period.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The food was okay but not really worth the price. Don't think we will go again.

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j
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Highly surprised ! I was expecting “Fuffy” food but the flavors were so good that it was satisfying.

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BZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, off the beaten path and great wine list

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! We really enjoyed our experience.

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DY
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit to Parachute, and we are out of towners. We love Chef Beverly's take on her Korean roots fused with ingenious creativity. She and her team rocked all the dishes for the night. The Bing bread is something we could have eaten 3 orders a piece. It's that sinful in a not heavy way despite cheese and bacon. The of 3 also shared oysters, the steamed dorado, the ceviche, soft shell crab, and the duck ragout. The pastry chef did wonders with the sesame tart in a short pastry crust topped with the perfect Midwest strawberries. The wine we had went perfect with everything. We loved the service between our hostess who started us off on drinks to our waiter who was attentive during a busy Friday night. Thanks y'all! We can't wait to return!

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L
Cleveland
33 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food. Stick with the appetizers - they are the hits. The crab dish was ocerdone and the whole fish was too just okay. The meal petered off as we went through the menu

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w
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food - creative, healthy, fun !
We had the tasting menu and highlights included the whole fish (dorado) and the sesame cake with sour cream ice cream

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ES
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was excellent too until we were seated. Our actual server seemed to have a chip on her shoulder. She came across as a know it all and her suggestions were so snobby... every sentence started with a “We”. “We think sharing is great.” “We think wine goes best with our dishes.” Kind of obnoxious. We probably werent cool enough for her.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Awesome ambience.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great way to celebrate a wedding anniversary, and I'm really thankful that they were very accommodating in allowing our 3-year-old to join us. We had the tasting menu, which is a great way for us to explore new dishes and get out of our comfort zone. If i could offer one suggestion, I would maybe ask the guest how much heat they can handle as some dishes were a little too spicy for my taste buds, but not so for others.

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A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Parachute is a spectacular contemporary Korean restaurant- hip, lively, delicious, attentive service, creative cuisine (without being "over designed"). Also wonderful interior (sterling example of good design on a modest budget). I highly recommend!

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MJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This was the first time the food was a miss for us here. Other than the bing bread and cocktails which were excellent, the food was definitely off. The yellowtail and the dorado fish were way too fishy and seemed off. The soft shell crab had a very heavy, oily batter and the sauce was way too salty. The corn fritters were ok but again very heavy on the oil. The flank steak was bland and lacked flavor. I do, however, highly recommend the cocktails #1 (Reposado) and #2 (whiskey sour). Service and front of the house remain top notch despite the off night for the kitchen.

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KP
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is superb. Never disappointed. This is the 3rd time I’ve been to Parachute. Each time has been wonderful. My friend that lives in Manhattan requests that we go to Parachute every time she visits...and she has a lot of choices of excellent restaurants. Do yourself a favor and try this restaurant for the delicious and unique flavors in every dish!

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F
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Truly enjoyed the food. Especially loved the snow crabs, the fish with peppers, the corn fritters, the melon salad and the baked potato bread. The only flop was the flank steak which was flavorful but tough and chewy. We were originally seated at a communal table in the window.. Hostess noticed my husband was having difficulty hearing and moved us to a table in alcove. What a difference and made our experience so much more enjoyable. The staff was very accommodating and knowledgeable. Tasty menus was fun, every course being a surprise.

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LF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Overall, disappointing. Don't mind costs if it's a good meal. Too expensive. Food was so-so. Four people, ages 26-65, at our meal out. All of us left hungry after ordering 7 of small orders altogether.

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MB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Parachute never disappoints. The food is incredible and the service is always spot-on.

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CF
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our tasting menu! There is always an element of surprise with each course in terms of flavors, and I mean the good kind of surprise too. Very often in some other acclaimed/upscale fusion restaurants, I find the flavors to be odd, but not this time. They were harmoniously combined and the meal satisfied without using overly rich and pricy ingredients. It was really an excellent value compared to other Michelin restaurants in Chicago. I also love that the courses don’t taste salty like some 2 or 3 Michelin starred restaurants we visited this year. 2 thumbs up and will be back with family and friends soon!

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P
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It just wasn't that great. Maybe our expectations were too high.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal as always with each meal
Topping the next . We are leaving Chicago and had to hit up parachute one last time before moving - one of our fave places in the city! They are always very attentive and helpful with describing the unique menu items and going over the wine list. Also, they are so very accommodating to children. We brought our 5 yr old son at 5 pm this time (and a few other times)and he loved the miso soup, sea weed appetizer and the legos! We will miss you Parachute!

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AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from advance phone call, hostess greeting, wonderful friendly and knowledgable waitress. The food was flavorful with interesting textures and combinations. One of the best meals we have had recently and will return again to try the rotating menu.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Served us our entire 6-plate meal in about a half hour. The food was good but the reviews oversold it. Completely ruined the experience. I would not go again

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Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Off the cuff tasting menu! It's a must try!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful experience at Parachute! Trust in the guidance from the very knowledgeable staff and enjoy!
As a return diner, it’s so special to be acknowledged and remembered. Thank you for the flavors I would have never experienced if not for you.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always superb!

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M
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great meal. Thoroughly enjoyable with fabulous food.

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JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great meal and ambiance. Server was great. Hostess was rude and made a innocent miscommunication over our party being 4 instead of 2 a major ordeal. The restaurant was pretty empty most of the time we were there so there was no reason for it.

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MP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Staff was great. Food was overpriced. Way overpriced. Food was good but not $20-30 per dish good. This place seemed to attract some real jerks too. Had to listen to a couple of super obnoxious salesman puff each other up and just be awful for the entire meal. Would’ve liked to have been able to talk with the person I came with but the table is too wide to talk without shouting...and the wanna-be hot shots we were seated next to just reveled in the need to talk loudly about how awesome they are at medical sales and how EVERYONE else is not as good at it...especially their coworker Lisa. Boy oh boy. We learned SO much about Lisa.

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LN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! The bing bread is the best thing on the menu!

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FN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having heard nothing but raves about Parachute since it opened, my wife and I were very excited to celebrate our anniversary there. The raves were totally justified. Outstanding, creative cuisine. Friendly, attentive, engaging staff. Reasonable prices for food of that quality. Loved the decor -- mid-century audio gear hanging on the wall. (Shout out to Zenith!) Tables of varying lengths in the space, enabling groups of different sizes (and intentions) to be accommodated accordingly. Have already recommended it to some of my closest friends. Will definitely return soon!

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Naples
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I was super excited for this restaurant. I understand Korean food has bold flavors, but felt one spice overwhelmed every single dish. The broccoli salad had a nice start on the palate but was quickly over taken by the heat of the jalapenos. That heat lingered into the other courses. I love spice too but this was a sucker punch on an appetizer. The hangar steak was flavorful and cooked perfectly but the eggplant was over smoked and didnt compliment the meat at all. The trout dish with the roe was so heavy handed in cumin, it was impossible to enjoy. The ambiance wasn't great. Just didnt love it.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommend sitting at the bar to watch food prep. Noise level was a bit high but the most important things: food, service and drink were amazing. Will definitely be back.

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately, this was the single worst meal I've ever eaten anywhere globally. The meat tasted rancid, the vegetables were off, and the whole meal tasted terrible.

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