The 100 best dishes and drinks in Chicago

From breakfast to booze, these are the best dishes and drinks we had this year at Chicago restaurants and bars

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

As we finally loosen our belts, unbutton our pants and reflect on the amazing bites we savored over the past 365 days, we feel quite lucky to live in such a taste-forward town. Chicago chefs and bartenders pulled out all the stops, offering unparalleled experiences we’ll never forget. The best part for you? Dining well doesn’t have to break the bank—you can enjoy most items on this list for less than $15. From a revamped peanut butter and jelly sandwich to a decadent chocolate crémeux and funky fried green tomatoes, these are the 100 best morsels we tried this year.

The best dishes and drinks of 2017

Appetizers and sides

Appetizers and sides

Breakfast and brunch

Breakfast and brunch

Burgers and sandwiches

Burgers and sandwiches

Entrees

Entrees

Desserts

Desserts

Drinks

Drinks

The 100 best dishes in Chicago 2017 checklist

The 100 best dishes in Chicago 2017 checklist

The best dishes and drinks of 2016

Appetizers and sides
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Appetizers and sides

Breakfast and brunch
Restaurants

Breakfast and brunch

Burgers and sandwiches
Restaurants

Burgers and sandwiches

Entrees
Restaurants

Entrees

Desserts
Restaurants

Desserts

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Bars

Drinks

The 100 best dishes in Chicago 2016 checklist
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The 100 best dishes in Chicago 2016 checklist

The best dishes and drinks of 2015

Breakfast and brunch
Restaurants

Breakfast and brunch

Small Plates
Restaurants

Small Plates

Burgers and sandwiches
Restaurants

Burgers and sandwiches

Entrees
Restaurants

Entrees

Desserts
Restaurants

Desserts

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Bars

Drinks

The 100 best dishes 2015 checklist
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The 100 best dishes 2015 checklist

The best dishes and drinks of 2014

Breakfast and brunch
Restaurants

Breakfast and brunch

Small plates
Restaurants

Small plates

Burgers and sandwiches
Restaurants

Burgers and sandwiches

Entrees
Bars

Entrees

Desserts
Bars

Desserts

Drinks
Bars

Drinks

The 100 best dishes 2014 checklist
Restaurants

The 100 best dishes 2014 checklist

The best dishes and drinks of 2013

Breakfast and brunch
Restaurants

Breakfast and brunch

Appetizers, side dishes and small plates
Restaurants

Appetizers, side dishes and small plates

Sandwiches and burgers
Restaurants

Sandwiches and burgers

Entrees
Restaurants

Entrees

Desserts
Restaurants

Desserts

Drinks
Bars

Drinks

The 100 best dishes 2013 checklist
Restaurants

The 100 best dishes 2013 checklist

 

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