July 2021: Chicago fully reopened last month and majority of restaurants throughout the city have reopened to guests at full capacity, just in time for the arrival of summer festival season. This month, we've added some new and old favorites to the EAT List, including Joe Flamm's popular Rose Mary in Fulton Market, HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen in Pilsen and the revamped Giant in Logan Square. We're also including some summertime standbys like Costa Rican fare from Irazú and cheesy pan pizzas from Pequod's (yes, pizza is appropriate during all seasons in Chicago). 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.