2018 Best Restaurants In Chicago


Chicago is famous for its food – not only as a gourmet dining epicenter, but as the home of several local specialties. For an authentic experience, get a taste of these culinary staples with this Chicago guide to deep dish pizza, the classic Chicago-style hot dog and the Italian Beef. One new place we really like is Culichi Town.

What was born out of the Great Depression has since risen in the ranks to become a famous Chicago staple. So what is a Chicago-style hot dog? The primo version is this: an all-beef hot dog on a steamed poppy seed bun, topped with yellow mustard, relish, tomato wedges, chopped onions, a pickle spear, hot peppers and celery salt. Of course, defining it is one thing; tasting it is a whole different ballgame.

Or, hit up the reliable go-to’s that are scattered throughout the city, each neighborhood has a few. For example, there’s George’s Hot Dogs or Red Hot Ranch in Bucktown, and Franks ‘N’ Dawgs or The Wiener’s Circle in Lincoln Park. A meal will set you back just a few dollars and gets you a dog and a side of fries. And remember that yes, wherever you go in Chicago, don’t order your hot dog with ketchup.

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2Toots Train Whistle Grill450 N Main StWebsite
3 Arts Club Cafe1300 N Dearborn PkwyWebsite
5 Loaves Eatery405 E 75th StWebsite
A&W All American Grill810 E Roosevelt RdWebsite
Acadia1639 S Wabash AveWebsite
Ada Street1664 N Ada StWebsite
Al’s Beef1079 W Taylor StWebsite
Al’s Beef601 W Adams StWebsite
Al’s Beef1300 N Milwaukee AveWebsite
Al’s Beef2804 N Western AveWebsite
Al’s Drive In80 Madison StWebsite
Alfredo’s Taqueria5231 Main StWebsite
Alinea1723 N Halsted StWebsite
Allium120 E Delaware PlWebsite
America’s Dog700 E Grand Ave Ste 121Website
AP Deli2415 W 79th StWebsite
Apollo Grill348 E N AveWebsite
Artist’s Cafe412 S Michigan AveWebsite
Band of Bohemia4710 N Ravenswood AveWebsite
Bangers & Lace Evanston810 Grove StWebsite
Bareburger3357 N Lincoln AveWebsite
Barnelli’s Pasta Bowl100 W Ontario StWebsite
Bbq Patio828 S Hicks RdWebsite
Beef Shack Hoffman Estates830 N Roselle RdWebsite
Best Taco & Burrito Joint3947 W Fullerton AveWebsite
BIG & little’s Restaurant1310 N Milwaukee AveWebsite
BIG & little’s Restaurant1034 W Belmont AveWebsite
Big Boy Gyros3541 N Western AveWebsite
Bijan’s Bistro663 N State StWebsite
Bill’s Place1146 N Maple AveWebsite
Billy’s Fast Food705 S Addison RdWebsite
Billy’s Hot Dogs, Beef & Sandwiches52 W Illinois AveWebsite
Bistronomic840 N Wabash AveWebsite
Blackbird619 W Randolph StWebsite
Blackwood BBQ28 S Clinton StWebsite
Bob-O’s Hot Dogs8258 W Irving Park RdWebsite
Booth One1301 N State PkwyWebsite
Boston Blackies120 S Riverside PlzWebsite
Bottom Lounge1375 W Lake StWebsite
Brandy’s Gyros5777 N Milwaukee AveWebsite
Brandy’s Gyros584 E Oakton StWebsite
BRGRBELLY5739 W Irving Park RdWebsite
Broiler’s Flip6009 W Montrose AveWebsite
Bubba and Bobby’s Beef6333 Ogden AveWebsite
Bubble Net Food Court1200 S Lake Shore Dr Shedd AquariumWebsite
Buddy’s Red Hots8508 S Cicero AveWebsite
Buffalo Joe’s812 Clark StWebsite
Buffalo Wings & Rings3434 S Halsted StWebsite
Bunny Hutch6438 N Lincoln AveWebsite
Buona Restaurant & Catering7025 W North AveWebsite
Burger 2114650 S La Grange RdWebsite
Burger Baron Restaurant1381 W Grand AveWebsite
Burger Bungalow1090 Landmeier RdWebsite
Burger King6261 N Lincoln AveWebsite
Burger King6701 Roosevelt RdWebsite
Burger King1012 N Rohlwing RdWebsite
Burnham Grocers & Deli828 S Wabash AveWebsite
Busy Burger1120 W Taylor StWebsite
Butcher & The Burger1021 W Armitage AveWebsite
Byron’s Hot Dog1701 W Lawrence AveWebsite
Cafe Brauer2021 N Stockton DrWebsite
Candlelite Chicago7452 N Western AveWebsite
Carms Beef1057 W Polk StWebsite
Casino’s Pizza190 N Swift Rd Ste AWebsite
Cellars Market141 W Jackson BlvdWebsite
Charcoal Delights3139 W Foster AveWebsite
Charcoal Delights1090 E Oakton StWebsite
Checkers1008 East Sibley BlvdWebsite
Cheesie’s Pub & Grub958 W Belmont AveWebsite
Chicago Burger Company301 E N Water StWebsite
Chicago Waffles1400 S Michigan AveWebsite
Chicago’s Finest324 N Leavitt StWebsite
Choo Choo Restaurant600 Lee StWebsite
Chop Shop2033 W North AveWebsite
City Pool Hall & Sports Bar640 W Hubbard StWebsite
City Porch600 E Grand AveWebsite
Cleos1935 W Chicago AveWebsite
Cozzi Corner Hot Dogs, Beef, & Catering1202 75th StWebsite
Crepes on the Beach1230 W Greenleaf AveWebsite
Crosby’s Kitchen3455 N Southport AveWebsite
Da Lobsta416 N Clark StWebsite
Dairy Queen3811 N Southport AveWebsite
Dairy Queen of Roselle261 E Irving Park RdWebsite
Dark Horse Tap & Grille3443 N Sheffield AveWebsite
Dear Franks of Deerfield843 Waukegan RdWebsite
Dear Franks of Niles5699 W Touhy AveWebsite
Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen - River North55 E Grand AveWebsite
Doggie Diner7536 Janes AveWebsite
Don’s Hot Dogs7245 W 151st StWebsite
Dunlays on the Square3137 W Logan BlvdWebsite
Dusek’s Board & Beer1227 W 18th StWebsite
Eagle Restaurant406 Maple AveWebsite
Eat a Pita3155 N Halsted StWebsite
Edzo’s Burger Shop1571 Sherman AveWebsite
Eight Bar and Patio8 W Maple StWebsite
Estelle’s2013 W North AveWebsite
Evan’s Place1900 E Touhy AveWebsite
Exchequer Restaurant & Pub226 S Wabash AveWebsite
Express Grill1260 S Union AveWebsite
Express Grill1730 S Halsted StWebsite
Farmhouse Chicago228 W Chicago AveWebsite
Fat Cat4840 N Broadway StWebsite
Fat Tommy’s3031 W 111th StWebsite
Fatso’s Last Stand2258 W Chicago AveWebsite
Fatt Mustard Cafe586 E Devon AveWebsite
Ferro’s200 W 31st StWebsite
Fireplace Inn1448 N Wells StWebsite
Floyd’s Pub1944 N Oakley AveWebsite
Flub A Dub Chub’s3021 N BroadwayWebsite
Franky’s Red Hots1250 W Lake StWebsite
Frannies Beef & Catering4304 River RdWebsite
Frontier1072 N Milwaukee AveWebsite
George’s Hot Dogs1876 N Damen AveWebsite
Gina’s Hot Dogs & Beef1222 W Irving Park RdWebsite
Gold Coast DogsO'Hare International Airport International Concourse L 10000 W O'HareWebsite
Gold Coast Dogs3525 W Peterson AveWebsite
Gold Coast DogsO'Hare International Airport Concourse L 10000 W O'HareWebsite
Gold Coast Dogs159 N Wabash AveWebsite
Gold Coast Dogs222 S Riverside Plz Lowr LL14Website
Golden Nugget2406 W Diversey AveWebsite
Goodi’s9645 N Milwaukee AveWebsite
Goose Island BrewpubTerminal 3 - Gate L10 10000 W O'Hare Ave Terminal 3Website
Grandpa’s Place1868 Prairie StWebsite
Grange Hall Burger Bar844 W Randolph StWebsite
Grecian Kitchen3938 Dempster StWebsite
Hash House a Go Go1212 N State PkwyWebsite
Hideout Pub and Grill3435 N Kennicott AveWebsite
Hot Dog Express10000 W O'HareWebsite
Houlihan’s Restaurant & Bar550 W Touhy AveWebsite
Hub’s Restaurant5540 N Lincoln AveWebsite
Hubbard Inn110 W Hubbard StWebsite
Hubcaps Bar & Grill4663 N Ruby StWebsite
HVAC Pub5700 S Cicero Ave Concourse B Gate B19Website
Irving’s For Red Hot Lovers3207 Lake AveWebsite
Janson’s Drive-in9900 S Western AveWebsite
Jay’s Beef9732 Irving Park RdWebsite
Jay’s Italian Beef & Sausage4418 N Narragansett AveWebsite
Jim & Tom’s123 W Irving Park RdWebsite
Jimmy’s Red Hots4000 W Grand AveWebsite
John Barleycorn3524 N Clark StWebsite
Johnnie’s Snack Shop160 N Halsted StWebsite
Johnny’s Beef & Gyros2300 N Lincoln AveWebsite
Johnny’s Grill5313 W Lincoln AveWebsite
Joseph’s3123 W 111th StWebsite
Josh’s873 Sanders RdWebsite
Josh’s On The Square740 Waukegan RdWebsite
Kaiser Tiger1415 W Randolph StWebsite
Kelly’s Pub949 W Webster AveWebsite
Kentone’s Drive-In551 W 18th StWebsite
King Beefy1513 W Irving ParkWebsite
Kings No 2 Gyros5233 N Milwaukee AveWebsite
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club3700 N Halsted StWebsite
LeaderBar Drafthouse & Eatery3000 W Irving Park RdWebsite
Little Joe’s20 E Plainfield RdWebsite
Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub400 N McClurg CtWebsite
Lucky Grill7779 W Talcott AveWebsite
M Burger161 E Huron StWebsite
Mable’s Table1655 W Cortland StWebsite
Manzo’s Burger2353 W 111th StWebsite
Margie’s Beef & Gyros6410 S Cass AveWebsite
Market Creations Cafe20 N Wacker Dr Civic Opera HouseWebsite
Meatheads601 N Martingale Rd Ste 324 Streets Of Woodfield Shopping CtrWebsite
Meatheads549 E Roosevelt RdWebsite
Michael’s Chicago Style Red Hots1879 2nd StWebsite
Mikkey’s Retro Grill5319 S Hyde Park BlvdWebsite
Miller’s Ale House - Norridge4474 N Harlem AveWebsite
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate1747 N Damen AveWebsite
Mini Hut6659 W Archer AveWebsite
Mitchell’s Tap3356 S Halsted StWebsite
Morse Gyros & Chicken1335 W Morse AveWebsite
Mr. Beef & Pizza3917 N Harlem AveWebsite
Mr. Gyros109 W Division StWebsite
Mullen’s Bar & Grill7301 N Western AveWebsite
Murphy’s Red Hots1211 W Belmont AveWebsite
Nicky’s Grill and Yogurt Oasis10255 S Western AveWebsite
Novi’s Beef6746 Ogden AveWebsite
O’Sullivan’s Public House7244 Madison StWebsite
Oak Street Beach Food + Drink1001 N Lake Shore DrWebsite
Oiistar1385 N Milwaukee AveWebsite
Old Town Social455 W North AveWebsite
Outdoor Grill3265 N Milwaukee AveWebsite
Parrilla Express6401 34th StWebsite
Parson’s Chicken & Fish2952 W ArmitageWebsite
Pita Pit2404 North Lincoln AveWebsite
Pizza Nova5849 S Pulaski RdWebsite
Pizza Nova3704 W 26th StWebsite
Pizza Track10S650 Kingery HwyWebsite
Pluto’s10341 S Cicero AveWebsite
Poochie’s3602 Dempster StWebsite
Pop’s Italian Beef16600 W 159th St Ste 103Website
Pop’s Italian Beef and Sausage157 W North AveWebsite
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen159 N Wabash AveWebsite
Portillo’s520 West Taylor StWebsite
Portillo’s Hot Dogs134 E Lake StWebsite
Portillo’s Hot Dogs134 E Boughton RdWebsite
Portillo’s Hot Dogs1500 Butterfield RdWebsite
Portillo’s Hot Dogs1500 Busse HighwayWebsite
Portillo’s Hot Dogs7740Roosevelt RdWebsite
Portillo’s Hot Dogs170 W North AveWebsite
Portillo’s Hot Dogs4020 W 95th StWebsite
Portillo’s Hot Dogs1900Golf RdWebsite
Portillo’s Hot Dogs15900Harlem AveWebsite
Portillo’s Hot Dogs635 1/2 North AveWebsite
Portillo’s Hot Dogs700 Lake Cook RdWebsite
Portillo’s Hot Dogs & Barnelli’s Salad Bowl100 W Ontario StWebsite
PR Italian Bistro3908 N Sheridan RdWebsite
Prost2566 N Lincoln AveWebsite
Protein Bar10 W Lake StWebsite
Rainforest Cafe605 N Clark StWebsite
Rand Red Hots1441 Rand RdWebsite
Red Hot Chicago3500 N Kimball AveWebsite
Redmond’s Ale House3358 N Sheffield AveWebsite
Rics Dine In-Dine Out670 E Rte 22Website
River Roast315 N La Salle DrWebsite
Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryOne West Grand AveWebsite
Rockit Bar & Grill22 W HubbardWebsite
Rocky’s Gyros5319 St Charles RdWebsite
Roister951 W Fulton MarketWebsite
ROOF on theWit201 N State StWebsite
Rudy’s Bar & Grille69 E Madison StWebsite
Ruth’s Chris Steak House431 N Dearborn StWebsite
Sable505 N State StWebsite
Sarno’s Restaurant & Lounge5615 W Roosevelt RdWebsite
SausageFest Chicago1060 W Addison StWebsite
Scooby’s Red Hots25 W Grand AveWebsite
Seven Bar and Restaurant400 E Randolph St Fl 7Website
Seven Lions130 S Michigan AveWebsite
Shake Shack66 E Ohio StWebsite
Skippy’s Gyros2121 Butterfield RdWebsite
Skuddlebutts Pizza & Catering440 Ogden AveWebsite
Small Cheval1732 N Milwaukee AveWebsite
Smilin Clyde’s Hot DogsWebsite
Sonic Drive-In1022 W Wilson AveWebsite
Southern Cut Barbeque198 E Delaware PlWebsite
Southport & Irving SIP4000 N Southport AveWebsite
Stanley’s Grill1543 N Elston AveWebsite
Steak ‘n Shake2209 Oakton StWebsite
Stretch Bar & Grill3485 N Clark StWebsite
Superdawg Drive-In6363 N Milwaukee AveWebsite
Tasty World4834 N Cumberland AveWebsite
That Burger Joint4811 Dempster StWebsite
The Avenue Tavern2916 N Broadway StWebsite
The Dearborn145 N Dearborn StWebsite
The Dock At Montrose Beach200 W Montrose Harbor DrWebsite
The Duck Inn2701 S EleanorWebsite
The Gage24 S Michigan AveWebsite
The Harding Tavern2732 N Milwaukee AveWebsite
The Hat Chicago1604 W North AveWebsite
The Junction Diner7401 W Madison StWebsite
The Lucky Dog1201 W Cermak AveWebsite
The Lucky Dog1819 W Lake StWebsite
The Spoke & Bird205 E 18th StWebsite
The Taste of Chicago3170 S Ashland AveWebsite
The Windsor160 E Huron StWebsite
The Winking Dog100 E N AveWebsite
The Works2676 Golf RdWebsite
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery17 N Wabash 2nd FlWebsite
Toast2046 N Damen AveWebsite
Tommy’s on Grand6001 W Grand AveWebsite
Top Dog II3961 W Irving Park RdWebsite
Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern1655 N Sedgwick StWebsite
Twisted Spoke501 N Ogden AveWebsite
TWO1132 W Grand AveWebsite
U Dawg U300 S Happ RdWebsite
UB Dogs185 N Franklin StWebsite
Uncle Sam’s8668 S Cicero AveWebsite
Velvet Taco1110 N State StWebsite
Vienna Beef Factory Store3847 S Morgan StWebsite
Vienna Beef Factory Store and Deli2501 N Damen AveWebsite
Vines On Clark3554 N ClarkStWebsite
VinnyD’s1709 W Division StWebsite
Waterhouse3407 N Paulina StWebsite
Weather Mark Tavern1503 S Michigan AveWebsite
Wilmette Chuck Wagon1120 Central AveWebsite
Windy City Gyros3932 N Broadway StWebsite
Wrigleyville Dogs3737 N Clark StWebsite
Yak-Zies Bar & Grill3710 N Clark StWebsite
Yolk - Streeterville355 E Ohio StWebsite
Yolk River North747 N WellsWebsite

Deep Dish Pizza

One great place to go for slice of deep-dish is The Original Gino’s East of Chicago, whose interior is almost as beloved as its pie. Inside, the walls are covered with writing and graffiti drawn by dining patrons, so don’t forget to leave your mark.

Adding their own special twist by doubling up on the crust, Giordano’s is famed for their stuffed pizza. An ultra-thin second layer of flaky crust holds in the melted cheese, which oozes out the moment a slice is pulled apart. These massive creations are a good 40% bigger than other deep dish pizzas — meaning there is more to love!

Forget thin crusts and delicate toppings. This treasured food staple is as hearty as they come, baked in a deep, round pan filled to the brim with cheese (and any other ingredients you desire) and topped with a thick layer of tomato sauce. The result is a piping hot, gooey piece of pizza on a buttery, flaky crust.

Vying for most popular pizza spot is the family-owned and operated Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, which uses hand-selected ingredients like sweet-and tangy tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese from the same small dairy that has supplied the pizzeria for more than 40 years.

Italian beef

Another popular place for Italian beef is aptly named Mr. Beef on Orleans. It’s a small space with more of a “dive” vibe than “restaurant,” but the big flavors are what really matter. Whether you eat standing at the counter or sitting at the communal table, you’re in good company: Even Jay Leno has sung the praises of this place. Just remember to bring cash (there’s an ATM if you forget), be quick with your order (service is speedy) and bring a big appetite.

Al’s Beef in Little Italy claims to be the inventor of the sandwich and has won countless awards since its founding in 1938, including being named one of the Best Sandwiches in America by Esquire Magazine and Top 10 Sandwiches in America by Travel + Leisure.

Thin slices of seasoned roast beef bursting out from a long Italian roll, dripping with juices – this is the famous Italian beef sandwich. You can order it hot (with giardiniera peppers) or sweet (with sweet peppers); dipped/wet (the bread is quickly dunked), juicy (wetter) or soaked (even wetter!). But it’s more than just a Chicago specialty. It’s a historic icon.

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