Chicago is a town that cares as much about Grant Achatz's newest concept at Next as where to find the best burger. 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 iconic cocktail bars.)
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Here are the best Chicago restaurants for a steak—not to mention a classic wedge salad and a perfectly chilled martini.
Best Greek restaurants
From flaming saganaki to whole-roasted fish, these are the best Greek restaurants in Chicago.
Best pizza places
Whether hawking deep-dish pizza or turning out thin-crust, square-cut pies, these are the pizzerias that do Chicagoans proud.
Best Italian restaurants
From cozy neighborhood trattorias to fancy splurges, these are the best places to eat Italian food in Chicago.
Best fine dining restaurants
These upscale restaurants create the best culinary feasts and luxurious dining experiences.
Best Thai restaurants
Explore pad thai and other spicy and complex flavor profiles at these outstanding Thai restaurants in Chicago.
Best contemporary American
Our favorite spots for new twists on comfort food.
Best Chinese restaurants
Find dim sum, roast duck and other Chinese dishes.
Best French restaurants
Say oui oui to everything from snails to crepes to steak frites.
Best classic American restaurants
The best burgers, brunch spots and comfort-food joints in Chicago.
Best German restaurants
Chicago's rich German heritage is on display via bratwurst, German beer and more.
Best Japanese restaurants
Pick up the chopsticks and dig into maki, sashimi and more.
Best Indian restaurants
From Devon Ave. to Wicker Park, Chicago's best Indian restaurants.
Best Korean restaurants
Dig into kimchi to noodles at these Korean restaurants.
Best Mexican restaurants
Your next great taco isn't far.
Best Middle Eastern restaurants
Where to get falafel and hummus.
Best Polish restaurants
Find pierogies, burek, stuffed cabbage and more.
Best seafood restaurants
Where to get oysters, shrimp and more.
Best burger restaurants
The best cheeseburgers and fries around town.
Best Spanish restaurants
Where to find tapas, paella and other dishes.
Best hot dog stands
The best places for Chicago hot dogs and fries.
Best vegetarian restaurants
Where to get tofu, seitan and straight-up veggies.
Best barbecue restaurants
Pulled pork, rib tips and all the smoked meat you can think of.
Best British food
Fish and chips, pints of beer and more.
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Best Vietnamese restaurants
Banh mi, pho and more.
Pie is always in season.
Drunk food, breakfast and more.
Best pan-Asian restaurants
These spots do multiple cuisines well.
Best Cuban restaurants
Cuban sandwiches, empanadas and more.
Best Latin American restaurants
Empanadas, pisco sours and chimichurri
Best Pakistani restaurants
Devon Avenue isn't just for Indian cuisine.
Best African food
Where to eat Ethiopian and West African food.
Best coffee shops
Get your caffeine fix here.
Best Jamaican restaurants
Jerk chicken, please.