May 2021: Chicago is on the road to a full reopening and the rapidly-warming weather is sending diners running to patios and rooftops throughout the city. While some restaurants are still waiting to reopen indoor seating, many have returned over the past few weeks. This month, we recommend finding a place where you can dine outside, whether you enjoy Mediterranean dishes at Fiya or eat a hot dog at the Duck Inn. It's also a great time to snag a reservation at Michelin-starred fine-dining spot Ever, check out the reopened Ken Kee Restaurant in Chinatown or order a platter of sushi from Lawrence Fish Market. Take a look at what's new or rediscover an old favorite when you order from the best restaurants in Chicago this month.
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 Chicago has to offer. The cuisines are just as varied, with every corner of the globe represented through Korean, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean and Indian fare. Whether you're a lifelong resident or simply visiting for the weekend, stuffing your face at one of these restaurants is easily among the best things to do in Chicago. This belt-busting food scene shows no signs of slowing down, so we cut to the chase and ranked our essentials—the absolute best restaurants in Chicago. We call it the Time Out EAT List.
Our editors scour the city for great dishes, excellent value and insider info. They pay their way and sometimes, like the rest of us, their delivery driver gets lost. The EAT List is a unique, authentic snapshot of Chicago's ever-evolving dining experience right now: We update it constantly with the best new restaurants in Chicago as well as decades-old stalwarts that keep us coming back for more. It could be a mega-hyped destination restaurant or a remarkable food truck: If it’s on the list, we think it’s terrific, and we bet you will too.
If you've tried something you love on this list, share it under the hashtag #TimeOutEatList to show your appreciation. Plus, find out more about how we eat through Chicago to make the list.