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The best Chicago restaurants by cuisine

Our up-to-date guide to the best Chicago restaurants will direct you toward great Italian food, steakhouses and more

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Fat Rice is one of the best Chicago restaurants.

Chicago is a town that cares as much about Grant Achatz's newest concept as where to find the best burgers. Hence it's with an equal passion for worthwhile splurges and cheap eats that we present our picks for the best restaurants in Chicago. (Tip: Begin or end your culinary adventures at one of Chicago's best cocktail bars.)

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Best steakhouses

For a steak and a perfectly chilled martini, here's where to head

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Best Greek restaurants

From flaming saganaki to gyros, these Greek spots are tops

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Best pizza places

These are the pizzerias that do Chicagoans proud

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Best Italian restaurants

The best Italian spots range from neighborhood trattorias to fancy splurges

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Best fine dining restaurants

These upscale restaurants offer creative, luxurious dining experiences

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Best Thai restaurants

Explore complex flavor profiles at these Thai restaurants

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Best contemporary American

These spots serve new twists on comfort food

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Best Chinese restaurants

Find dim sum, roast duck and other Chinese dishes

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Best French restaurants

Say oui oui to snails, crepes and steak frites

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Best classic American restaurants

These spots serve great American dishes

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Best German restaurants

Chicago's German heritage is on display with brats, beer and more

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Best Japanese restaurants

Dig into maki, sashimi and ramen

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Best Indian restaurants

The best Indian spots, from Devon to Wicker Park

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Best Korean restaurants

Dig into kimchi to noodles at these Korean restaurants

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Best Mexican restaurants

Your next great taco isn't far

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Best Middle Eastern restaurants

Dig into falafel and hummus

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Best Polish restaurants

Find pierogies, burek and stuffed cabbage

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Best seafood restaurants

Where to get oysters, shrimp and crab

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Best burger restaurants

The best cheeseburgers and fries around town

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Best Spanish restaurants

Where to find tapas, paella and other dishes

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Best hot dog stands

The best places for Chicago hot dogs and fries

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Best vegetarian restaurants

Where to get tofu, seitan and straight-up veggies

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Best barbecue restaurants

Pulled pork, rib tips and all the smoked meat you can eat

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Best British food

Devour fish and chips, pints of beer and more

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Best delis

From pastrami sandwiches to matzo, here are the best delis

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Best Vietnamese restaurants

Our top picks for banh mi and pho

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Best pies

Pie is always in season

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Best diners

Diners are always there for you

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Best pan-Asian restaurants

These spots do multiple cuisines well

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Best Cuban restaurants

Cuban sandwiches, empanadas and more.

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Best Latin American restaurants

Here's where to find empanadas, pisco and chimichurri

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Best Pakistani restaurants

Devon Avenue isn't just for Indian cuisine

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Best African food

Where to eat Ethiopian and West African food

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Best coffee shops

Get your caffeine fix here

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Best Jamaican restaurants

Jerk chicken, please

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Comments

3 comments
Walter K
Walter K

All of these restaurants sound delicious. I'm what you might call a "foody," so I'm always excited about trying different foods. If I ever get the chance, I'll have to check out some of these restaurants.


Walter Kowalski | http://www.mrmikesgrandeprairie.ca/

Kent C
Kent C

I've never been to Chicago before. However, when they play my Phoenix Suns later this year, I will definitely be there! I love food, so I'll be excited to have an opportunity to go to a few of these restaurants. http://www.scotchnsirloin.com