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Your ultimate guide to restaurants

The best restaurants and cafés in the city, from casual to smart dining

The all-time best restaurants in Chicago you have to try
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The all-time best restaurants in Chicago you have to try

The best restaurants in Chicago come in all shapes and sizes, from pizza joints and Michelin-starred heavyweights to some of the best cheap eats this city has to offer.

The best restaurants for delivery and takeout in Chicago
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The best restaurants for delivery and takeout in Chicago

Some of the best restaurants in Chicago will bring the feast straight to your doorstep thanks to the modern convenience of delivery service.

25 Michelin-starred restaurants in Chicago
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25 Michelin-starred restaurants in Chicago

Take a look at the Chicago eateries that earned Michelin stars for 2020.

The 18 best pizza joints in Chicago
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The 18 best pizza joints in Chicago

Put down the folk and knife and prepare to get your hands dirty with the best pizza in Chicago.

The 17 best cheap eats in Chicago
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The 17 best cheap eats in Chicago

The best part? Everything on this list rings up at $10 or less.

Latest restaurant reviews

Gaijin
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Gaijin

Finally, a West Loop hotspot that doesn’t break the bank. Chef Paul Virant’s thoughtful take on okonomiyaki is complexly flavored and wholly satisfying.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Tzuco
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Tzuco

Carlos Gáytan’s ambitious comeback restaurant channels his roots in Huitzuco, Mexico, with bold, heartfelt and unfailingly delicious results.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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Papa Cenar
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Papa Cenar

This pan-Mediterranean tapas spot in Logan Square aims to please with an array of dishes from land and sea—and it mostly succeeds.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Butterdough
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Butterdough

Serving mouth-watering pastries and wholesome, scratch-made sandwiches, Butterdough is the neighborhood bakery that every community deserves.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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The best of Chicago’s food scene

The best Italian restaurants in Chicago
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The best Italian restaurants in Chicago

If you're craving gnocchi, arancini, meatballs and tiramisu, you’ve come to the right place.

The most romantic restaurants in Chicago
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The most romantic restaurants in Chicago

These spots crank up the heat and set the mood for an intimate evening out.

The best pizza joints in Chicago
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The best pizza joints in Chicago

Trying them all is a rite of passge that should top your list bucket list of things to do in Chicago.

The best fine dining experiences in Chicago
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The best fine dining experiences in Chicago

Chicago is a relaxed town, and that attitude extends to the fine dining scene.

The best vegetarian restaurants in Chicago
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The best vegetarian restaurants in Chicago

From seitan to vegan brunches, these are the best vegetarian restaurants in Chicago.

The best brunch spots in Chicago
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The best brunch spots in Chicago

The best brunches in Chicago are two things: a chance to replenish and a mandatory social experience.

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Classic Chicago eats

Chicago-style hot dogs
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Chicago-style hot dogs

There's no denying that the hot dog is a major food group in Chicago.

Deep dish pizza
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Deep dish pizza

Chicago’s signature approach to pizza is unapologetically excessive.

Italian beef
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Italian beef

It's a rite of passage for locals and out-of-towners alike.

How to eat like a local in Chicago
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How to eat like a local in Chicago

If you haven’t already guessed, we like to indulge.

American cuisine in Chicago

The best burgers in Chicago
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The best burgers in Chicago

The best burgers in Chicago are messy and piled high with indulgent toppings.

The best BBQ in Chicago
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The best BBQ in Chicago

Chicago may not be one of the major barbecue regions, but we have a style all our own.=

The best fried chicken in Chicago
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The best fried chicken in Chicago

Wet-Naps at the ready!

The best steakhouses in Chicago
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The best steakhouses in Chicago

Whether you prefer a plump filet mignon or a thick-cut porterhouse , there's something on this list for every carnivor.

Asian cuisine in Chicago

The best sushi in Chicago
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The best sushi in Chicago

Chicago has more great options than you'd expect in a city so far from the ocean.

The best Chinese restaurants in Chicago
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The best Chinese restaurants in Chicago

For when you're searching for a legit dim sum brunch or you've got a hankering for char siu.

The best dim sum restaurants in Chicago
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The best dim sum restaurants in Chicago

When the weekend rolls around, the best dim sum restaurants in Chicago buzz with energy.

The best Thai restaurants in Chicago
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The best Thai restaurants in Chicago

Take a sensory journey through Thailand with staples like green papaya salad and pandan-wrapped chicken.

The best ramen in Chicago
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The best ramen in Chicago

Hand-pulled noodles, slabs of tender pork belly, molten eggs, mouth-tingling chiles and deeply savory broth.

The best Japanese restaurants in Chicago
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The best Japanese restaurants in Chicago

Whether you're looking for maki, yakitori or ramen, Chicago restaurants are bringing their A-game.

Mexican cuisine in Chicago

The best Mexican restaurants in Chicago
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The best Mexican restaurants in Chicago

Your search should start in Pilsen and Little Village, where many of the top Mexican restaurants established themselves decades ago.

The best tacos in Chicago
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The best tacos in Chicago

We like 'em swaddled in warm, handmade tortillas and filled with all the good stuff.

The best restaurants in Pilsen
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The best restaurants in Pilsen

Some of the best restaurants in Pilsen specialize in authentic Mexican fare, including carnitas, tamales and tacos.

The best margaritas in Chicago
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The best margaritas in Chicago

An undeniably refreshing drink whether it's Cinco de Mayo or any old Friday night.

Breakfast and brunch in Chicago

The best brunch spots in Chicago
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The best brunch spots in Chicago

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but when the weekend rolls around, it's all about brunch.

The best donut shops in Chicago
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The best donut shops in Chicago

The best breakfast in Chicago is round, dipped in frosting and showered in rainbow-colored sprinkles.

The best breakfast in Chicago
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The best breakfast in Chicago

The only thing that makes getting out of bed enjoyable is the best breakfast in Chicago.

The best coffee shops in Chicago
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The best coffee shops in Chicago

Rise and shine, Chicago!

The best diners in Chicago
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The best diners in Chicago

The beautiful thing about the best diners in Chicago is that they can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

Sweet treats in Chicago

The best ice cream in Chicago
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The best ice cream in Chicago

Gelato, frosty Italian ice, fancy-ass popsicles and sky-high cones of hand-spun custard.

The best bakeries in Chicago
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The best bakeries in Chicago

Give your sweet tooth what it wants.

Delicious desserts to try at Time Out Market Chicago
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Delicious desserts to try at Time Out Market Chicago

Make any meal feel like a celebration with a towering slice of layered cake or a handful of candy-colored meringues.

The best dessert menus in Chicago
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The best dessert menus in Chicago

You don't have to go far to satisfy your sweet tooth in this city.

The best pies in Chicago
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The best pies in Chicago

There's nothing more classic than a slice of pie.

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Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
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Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

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Carnitas Uruapan
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Carnitas Uruapan

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Hot "G" Dog
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Hot "G" Dog

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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Big Star

Big Star

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Pizzeria Uno
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Pizzeria Uno

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Koval Distillery

Koval Distillery

Tour the distillery and taste Koval's organic whiskey and liquers for just $16

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Beatrix
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Beatrix

Make reservations at this American restaurant in River North today 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Emporium Arcade Bar

Emporium Arcade Bar

Spend $11 and get two well drinks and $10 in tokens when you book with Time Out

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avec
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avec

You must order the bacon-wrapped dates at this Mediterranean eatery

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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