The 84 best restaurants in Chicago you have to try

The 84 best restaurants in Chicago you have to try

  • Edited by Jeffy MaiWritten by Zach Long, Morgan Olsen & Emma Krupp Photograph: Mandalyn Renicker
  • 09/13/23

September 2023: On our latest roundup of the city's best eateries, we're welcoming farm-to-table stalwart Eden, along with Italian deli and sandwich shop Tempesta Market. Also joining them is West Town bakery Aya Pastry. Many of the city's best chefs and restaurants are in Time Out Market Chicago as well, and you can scroll through the full vendor lineup at the bottom of this page.

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 town.

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 (here's how we eat through Chicago to make the list). We hope to provide an 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.

 
Time Out Market Chicago

Time Out Market Chicago

  • Restaurants
  • West Loop

 

We've rounded up the best chefs in the city to join us at Time Out Market Chicago, a culinary and cultural destination in the heart of Fulton Market.

 

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