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12 exciting restaurants where you can party the night away
The festive vibes are strong at these nightclub restaurants, from a sceney seafood spot in NYC to a supperclub and honky tonk hybrid in Nashville.
Chicago’s best new restaurants to book ASAP
Choose from new standout spots including a soothing hotpot place in Chinatown and the North Lawndale edition of a soul food favorite from West Town.
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LGBTQ-Owned and -Operated Restaurants to Support in Chicago
OpenTable gives restaurants the ability to celebrate their identity on their restaurant profile—making it even easier for you to find LGBTQ-owned and -operated restaurants to support from coast to coast. Book a table at one of these spots to dine out (and proud!) for Pride month and beyond.
Chicago’s Finest Bars: Where to Drink in the Windy City Right Now
The best bar lies in the eye of the beholder. Many are drawn to immaculate cocktails, while others chase after extensive beer lists. Some might only require a comfortable barstool in a cozy setting. It’s safe to say, though, that a few spots stand out from the crowd. These 10 Chicago bars, from high-end cocktail lounges to tried-and-true neighborhood escapes, are guaranteed to deliver the most memorable of drinking experiences.
Chicago’s 19 Greatest Restaurants
While the Windy City has always prided itself on its restaurant scene, in recent years, the rest of the country has taken note as well. Since the 2000s, the city has routinely picked up MICHELIN stars, launched the careers of star chefs such as Rick Bayless and Stephanie Izard, and played host to the James Beard Awards for the past five years and counting. The year 2017, when both Condé Nast Traveler and Bon Appétit magazines singled Chicago out for being America’s best restaurant city, was a windfall. Coming off a time that’s wreaked havoc on the restaurant industry as a whole, there’s never been a better time to celebrate the iconic spots that have shaped the city’s restaurant scene into the juggernaut it is today. From classic steakhouses to modern Korean food, these are The Greats: 19 restaurants that have helped define Chicago’s world-class dining scene.
A Guide to the Best Date Spots in Chicago
Conversations begin on Bumble but they get even deeper IRL. When it’s time to move from direct messaging to direct eye contact, find a table for two. And to make it super easy, OpenTable and Bumble are teaming up to help you find the best date spots in your city. Find a restaurant that fits your style, whether you want drinks on a patio or a special four-course meal, OpenTable can help you choose the cuisine, seating area, and even book unique experiences with nearby restaurants. Download the Bumble app to find your match, and check the list below to find your table.
Celebrate your special occasions at these 12 top Chicago restaurants
The Windy City has endless options when it comes to transforming a regular Saturday night into an unforgettable evening. Though many celebrations in this Midwestern sports town are centered around home team victories, championships aren’t the only reasons to party. Ring in a birthday at a cevicheria on a bustling West Loop rooftop. Toast a relationship milestone at a MICHELIN-starred, Korean American gem in Avondale. Or hit up a classy but secluded French bistro in Ravenswood, just because. These are the 12 best restaurants in Chicago for celebrating special occasions right now.
6 Must-Book Restaurants in Chicago Right Now
It’s never a bad time to introduce a fresh crop of restaurants to your tried-and-tested repertoire. Here are a dozen new contenders across the Windy City—places you’ll tell all your friends about, whether it’s a farm-to-table favorite returning after a two-year hiatus or a chic gem in a brand-new hotel.
9 Bucket-List Burgers in Chicago
Deep-dish pizza and loaded hot dogs might be what the Windy City is known for, but Chicago knows how to make a damn good burger. The city is jam-packed with restaurants presenting their takes on the ground meat sandwich. Think Venteux’s chuck patty topped with raclette and crispy shallots, Adorn’s dry-aged prime beef burger, or Blue Door Farm Stand’s vegan quinoa burger with mango chutney. Here are the best burgers you do not want to miss in Chicago.
The 11 Best Restaurants in Chicago for a Romantic Date Night
Whether it’s for that special February holiday or just because, the Windy City abounds with romantic restaurants. A sexy seafood spot in River North serves exquisite oysters and liquid nitrogen cocktails. In the West Loop, a Croatian Italian restaurant steered by a Top Chef winner has plenty of cozy corners for cuddling. A flamenco guitarist serenades diners at a 50-year-old fondue favorite in Lakeview. Chicago has plenty of options for your next date, whether you’re looking for a casual evening of quiet conversation or a show-stopping display of culinary wooing. Go ahead and put down that heart-shaped chocolate box and book a table at one of these 11 romantic restaurants instead.
OpenTable gives restaurants the ability to celebrate their identity on their restaurant profile—making it even easier for you to find Black-owned restaurants to support on Juneteenth, and everyday. Explore the spots in your area.
Women-Owned and -Operated Restaurants to Support in Chicago
Celebrate the diversity of the restaurant industry! These Woman-owned and -operated restaurants are proud to share their identity — explore spots to support near you.
Asian-Owned and -Operated Restaurants to Support in Chicago
Celebrate the diversity of the restaurant industry! These Asian-owned and -operated restaurants are proud to share their heritage — explore spots to support near you.
Black-Owned and -Operated Restaurants to Support in Chicago
OpenTable gives restaurants the ability to celebrate their identity on their restaurant profile—making it even easier for you to find Black-owned and -operated restaurants to support on Juneteenth, and everyday. Explore the spots in your area.
LatinX-Owned and -Operated Restaurants to Support in Chicago
Celebrate the diversity of the restaurant industry! These LatinX-owned and -operated restaurants are proud to share their heritage — explore spots to support near you.
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Thomson Diners' Choice Winners
Garden views and sky rise bistros await you when you come to the Thomson suburb of Chicago (1). While everyone knows that Chicago is one of the best places to get Pizza, Thomson is an excellent stop for an American Burger with Aged Swiss or Cheddar and Kennebec Fries (1). Warm Apple Strudel topped with Fresh Whipped Cream is a local favorite to eat when you have time to savor it (1). Italian cuisine options take over Thompson with Spicy King Crab with Squid Ink and Fresno Chili, or a Wood Oven Cooked Eggplant Parmesan and Fried Olives (1). Slow roasted meats and popular favorites like Chicken Parmesan are more Italian dishes that are seen filling the tables of both trendy and comfort restaurants in Thompson (1).