In the heart of Chicago, Shaman by Chilam Balam is a unique Mexican restaurant providing high-quality cuisine with BYOB drink service. The concept is simple, more food and more flavors. Shaman by Chilam Balam specializes in small plates meant to be shared among friends. All of the dishes are created fresh from sustainable local sources. The menu is almost entirely gluten free.
Guests to Shaman claim too many favorites to list. The notable dishes include the entirely unique goat cheese enchiladas, the pork belly tacos that seem to disappear instantly and the chile en nogada, which is hand crafted with more than 30 different ingredients.
This was our 4th or 5th time at Shaman and it continues to get better. The food is modern fine Mexican cuisine with very attentive service. We highly recommend it and it is BOB.
This was my first time at Shaman, although I've frequented its Lakeview sister several times. We had a larger group and were happy to let the server pick dishes and serve us family style. Each dish was delicious and the desserts were excellent as well. The flavors were the same as lakeview and we'd probably just return there in the future out of convenience to us. This venue did offer more elbow room than the original which was nice.
Fantastic food! Excellent service. Love that it's byob. Sat outside, lovely evening. Inside is quite noisy.
Every single thing we ordered was delectable. The service was outstanding, as well. Highly recommend!
The food was pretty good if you evaluated each dish in a vacuum. But for the overall meal, there wasn't much range. Every dish seemed to have the same sauces on them: their guajillo salsa and their avocado sauce. It seemed like everything we ordered from quesadillas, to empanadas, to enchiladas all had the same sauce and the same flavors. We were looking for something a little different.
The value was not that great for what it was, but we appreciated the BYOB factor. Our bill seemed pretty high for just some small sharing plates that didnt have much range.
We love Chilam Balam and Shaman is just as good. The rotating menu helps keep things fresh every time you visit.
As always, the food is so good... lots of flavor and spiced appropriately. Atmosphere is a bit noisy, but all a good night out with friends. BYOB also makes it easier on the wallet.
No complaints about the food ... everything was really tasty. But the portions were SO small that, even if you go with their recommendation of 3 plates/person, you'll leave with a decent size tab and still be hungry.
The food was fine and not as expensive in the end as I expected. The restaurant is a bit overbearing with its rules. It also seems to be designed to be unnecessarily loud. Overall, it was fine for one meal but probably not a repeat.
Really outstanding, thoughtfully prepared food. Service was intelligent and friendly. For instance, we had three of us sharing items so they included extra portions so everybody got what they wanted. We'll definitely be back!