TOP TIER

TRUMP SIXTEEN

Former chef of Joël Robuchon.Chef Lentz401 N. Wabash Ave. Tel. 312-588-8000Magnificent Mile

ALINEA

Instant icon for cutting-edge, world-class cuisine.John Schaeffer, Gary O., Craig Sindelar          1723 N. Halsted St. Tel.

312-867-0110Lincoln Park

GRACE

3 star Michelin, Chef Curtis Duffy.Michael Muser, Chef Curtis Duffey652 W. Randolph St. Tel. 312-234-9494West Loop

L2O

Top tier.  Amazing fish.  Heavy Japanese influence.Aaron McManusBelden-Stratford Hotel / 2300 N. Lincoln Park Way Tel.

773-868-0002Lincoln Park

MK

Semi-casual new American. Great wine list. Bar seating is fun here.  Relaxed environment - great food.Michael Kornick

868 N. Franklin St. Tel. 312-482-9179Near North Side

NEXT

Menu changes 3/4 times a year picking a theme.  Very expensive but very good.Chris Gerber953 W. Fulton Market Tel. 312-226-0858West Loop

SPIAGGIA

Four star Italian. Long standing and proably the best italian in the city.Sommelier Rachel Lowe980 N. Michigan Ave. Tel. 312-280-2750Downtown

TRAVELLE

Wonderful views, both of the city or of its glass encased kitchen, serving Mediterranean style cuisine. Langham Hotel / 330 N. Wabash St. Tel. 312-923-7705Downtown

TRUMP SIXTEEN

10 year bastion of fine dining.  Deep Wine list.  Have to look for a deal but they are found typically in the $250 a bottle and up area - the more you spend the better the deal. 686 N Saint Clair St. Tel. 312-202-0001Downtown

HIGH END - NOT NECESSARILY FINE DINING

42 GRAMS

Highend BYO eatery.4662 N. Broadway Ave. (online reservation)

ACADIA

Elegant dining room, amazing cocktails.  A very quiet place to have a business dinner.1639 S. Wabash Ave. Tel. 312-360-9500Near South Side

AVEC

Amazing peasant food, funky wines and great vibe.Eduard Seitan615 W. Randolph St. Tel. 312-377-2002West Loop

BALENA

Bristol and Boka Restaurant Groups' rustic Italian collaboration.   Great pre or post dinner option for Stepenwolf Theater.Phil Walters1633 N. Halstead St. Tel. 312-867-3888Lincoln Park

BAVETTE'S

European-Style steakhouse from the Sodikoff.   Reservations are necessary in the dinning room the full menu is available at their bar as well.Jean Tomaro218 W. Kinzie St. Tel. 312-624-8154River North

BLACKBIRD

Contemporary French - super hip and always good energy.Paul Kahan and Donny Madena619 W. Randolph Tel. 312-715-0708West Loop

BOARDING HOUSE

Master Sommelier Alpana Singh's Contemporary American restaurant with a bustling bar area and  comfortable dining room.Alpana Singh702 N. Wells St. Tel 312-988-7864Downtown

BOEUFHAUS

Amazing wine list, dry aged beef.  Great value.Nathan / Jamie1012 N. Wester Ave. Tel. 773-661-2116Ukranian Village

BOKA

Serious cocktails and interesting american food, previous Chef of EMP.Lee Wolen1729 N. Halsted St. Tel. 312-337-6070Lincoln Park

BRINDILLE

Carrie Nahabedian (of Naha fame)'s intimate french restaurant serving such luxury items as caviar, foie gras and lobster.Michael Nahabedian534 N. Clark St. Tel. 312-595-1616Downtown

ELIZABETH'S

Communal fine dining on foraged ingredients.4835 N. Western Ave. Tel. 773-681-0651Lincoln Square

GIRL AND THE GOAT

Very hard to get into with rustic american dishes and loud scene. Bar scene is strong.Stephanie Izard from  "Top Chef"809 W. Randolph St. Tel. 312-492-6262West Loop

GT FISH AND OYSTER

Great Oysters, for lunch have the Fish and Chips.Giussepe Tentori, Chef531 N. Wells St. Tel. 312-929-3501River North / Downtown

INTRO

Top tier.  Amazing fish.  Heavy Japanese influence.Aaron McManusBelden-Stratford Hotel / 2300 N. Lincoln Park Way Tel. 773-868-0002Lincoln Park

LONGMAN & EAGLE

Michelin One Star "gastropub" - great drinks, good food, deep whiskey list. 2657 N. Kedzie Ave. Tel. 773-276-7110Logan Square

MOMOTARO

BOKA Japanese Restaurant and Bar / Cool design.Chris or Chef MarkWest Loop

MOTT ST.Serves a menu inspired by the post-service cravings of a hungry Ruxbin team with family-style dining.1401 N. Ashland Ave. Tel. 773-687-9977Wicker Park

NAHA

Upper mid-level new American and fun. Classic greek and Armenian indluence.  Great cocktails!  Ask for Steve.Michael Nahabedian500 N. Clark St. Tel. 312-321-6242Downtown

NICO OSTERIA

Italian, seafood focus. One off hospitality group in Viagra Triangle.Kimberly Galban1015 N. Rush St. Tel. 312-994-7100Rush St/ Gold Coast

NOMI

New French, good sushi bar, great outdoor, rooftop space. 7th floor of the Park Hyatt overlooking the water tower.Park Hyatt Hootel / 800 N. Michigan Ave. Tel. 312-252-1795Downtown

PARACHUTE

Asian inspired bistro food.Chef Beverly Kim3500 N. Elston Ave. Tel. 773-654-1460Avondale/Logan Square

TANTA

Peruvian inspired / fish, minimalistic clean *Ken fav.Tommy, GM118 W. Grand Ave. Tel. 312-222-9700

PERENNIAL VIRANT

Some of the city's best cocktails.Chef Paul Virant1800 N. Lincoln Ave. Tel. 312-981-7070Lincoln Park

SEPIA

Contemporary American, great chef, new classic cocktails, nice wine list.Arthur Hon123 N. Jefferson St. Tel. 312-337-6070West Loop

YUSHO

Insanely good food here!  Inspired japanese cusine (NO Sushi). Great wine list and the best gin and tonic on the planet.Matthias Merges2853 N. Kedzie St. Tel. 773-904-8558Logan Square

GOOD EATS

ADA ST

.Off the beaten path/  Small paltes with a hearty twist.  Cocktails named after songs and albums.Michael Kornick1664 N. Ada St. Tel. 773-697-7069Noble Square

AU CHEVAL

European diner-Good for late night.  Known for their burger.800 W. Randolph St. Tel. 312-929-4580West Loop

BIG STAR

On Off Hospitatlity taco and whiskey bar.  Great patio!  1531 N. Damen Ave. Tel. 773-235-4039Wicker Park

CAFÉ SPIAGGIA

Great, rustic Italian in an odd little space.  Piggybacks off Spiaggia for some amazing pasta.Rachel Lowe980 N. Michigan Ave. Tel. 312-280-2750Downtown

EMBEYA

Composed Asian inspired food.  Beautiful space.  Solid wine list and great cocktails.Atilla564 W. Randolph St. Tel. 312-612-5640West Loop

FAT RICE

Southeast Asian restaurant.2957 W. Diversey Ave. Tel. 773-661-9170

FRONTERA GRILL

Rick Bayless' fancy Mexican.  Best place for a tequila lunch.Jill Gubesch445 N. Clark St. Tel. 312-661-1434Downtown

GILT BAR

Great drafts, classic craft cocktails, perfectly executed rustic American food.Jean Tomaro, Brendan Sodikoff230 W. Kinzie St. Tel. 312-464-9544Downtown

GREEN ZEBRA

The place for vegetarian in Chicago.Josh Jones1460 W. Chicago Ave. Tel. 312-243-7100West Town

LITTLE GOAT

Stephanie Izard's (Girl and the Goat) all day and late night diner.  Adjacent to Little Goat Bread-deli and bakery.Ian Goldberg820 W. Randolph St. Tel. 312-888-3455West Loop

PARSON'S CHICKEN & FISH

Fried chicken and fish with a great patio and Negroni slushy machine.2952 W. Armitage St. Tel. 773-384-3333Logan Square

PICCOLO SOGNO

Regional Italian cuisine featuring a combination of local and Italian ingredients.464 N. Halstead St. Tel. 312-421-0077River West

PUBLICAN

Gastropub craze. Sick beer list. Good food. Mussels and FritesRebekah Graham, Donnie Madia837 W. Fulton Market Tel. 312-733-9555  West Loop

THE DAWSON

American bar food, great outdoor space.Brent Balika730 W. Grand Ave. Tel. 312-243-8955River North

THE GAGE

New school Irish pub across from Millennium Park. Deep whiskey offerings and great food.Billy Lawless, Terry McNeiss24 S. Michigan Ave. Tel. 312-372-4243Downtown

THE KITCHEN

316 N. Clark Ave. Tel. 312-836-1300

ACANTO

Italian restaurant own by same people as The Gage.Jon McDanielDowntown

OSTERIA LANGHE

Piedmonte's only food and wine list, great industry place.Aldo

THE PURPLE PIGTucked away just down the "alley" on the west side of upper Michigan over Illinois, this is the spot when shopping the Magnificent Mile - everything is great here - best for lunch.Laura500 N. Michigan Ave. Tel. 312-464-1744 Downtown

BYOB

BELLY SCHACK

Chef Bill Kim's Korean/Puerto Rican casual counter-service spot.1912 N. Western Ave. Tel. 773-252-1414Bucktown

GOOSEFOOT

Nine-course contemporary American tasting menu with French technique.  2656 W. Lawrence Ave. Tel. 773-942-7547Lincoln Sqaure

KAI ZAN

Tiny jewel box of sushi restaurants.  Creative signatures with a focus on the fish.  Will not find a large selection of deep fried/cream cheese filled rolls here!2557 W. Chicago Ave. Tel. 773-278-5576Humboldt Park

MIXTECO

Authentic Oaxacan style Mexican from a previous Sous Chef of Frontera Grill.1601 W. Montrose Ave. Tel. 773-868-1601Lakeview

RUXBIN

Ken's favorite fancy BYO.851 N. Ashland Ave. Tel. 312-624-8509West Town

SUN WAH

Hong-Kong style BBQ joint-Get the duck dinner.5039 N. Broadway St. Tel. 773-769-1254Uptown

TANGO SUR

Not the best service but great hunks of beef. The perfect place to take the big reds. Near the Music Box theater.3763 N. Southport Ave. Tel. 773-477-5466Lakeview

STEAK HOUSES

BAVETTE'SEuropean-Style steakhouse.  Hard to get reservations but full menus are served at both bars.218 W. Kinzie St. Tel. 312-624-8154River North

CHICAGO CUT

Beautiful views of the river with a global wine list. Total scene. Pricey.300 N. LaSalle St. Tel. 312-329-1800River North

DAVID BURKE'S STEAKHOUSE

Dry aged steaks with more than just creamed spinach and a baker. F&W best burger in America.James Hotel / 616 N. Rush St. Tel. 312-660-6000Downtown

DEL FRISCO'S

In the former Esquire Theater space.  Award winning wine list.Mike Taylor58 E. Oak St. Tel. 312-888-2499Downtown

MJ STEAKHOUSE

Michael Jordan's restaurant.505 N. Michigan Ave. Tel. 312-321-8823Downtown

JAPANESE

ARAMI

Best bet is Omakase.Tai2020 W. Division St. Tel. 773-862-8500Ukrainian Village

JAPONAIS

Recentley partnered with Iron Chef Morimoto.600 W. Chicago Ave. Tel. 312-822-9600Near North

JUNO

Former Arami chef, B.K. Park serves up sushi and seafood with sophistication and precision.2638 N. Lincoln Ave. Tel. 873-206-8662Lincoln Park

KAMEHACHI

If you want sushi late this is the place until 2 a.m.1400 N. Wells St. Tel. 312-664-3663Old Town

KATSU

Small, cozy, traditional Japanese.  Topped Alinea on the 2014 Zagat poll for "Top Food" 2651 W. Peterson St. Tel. 773-784-3383Rogers Park

MIRAI

Modern Japanese. Great sake menu!2020 W. Division St. Tel. 773-862-8500Wicker Park

ROKA AKOR

Steak and sushi with a Robatayaki style of "open charcoal" cooking.256 N. Clark St. Tel. 312-477-7652  River North

SUMI

Gene Kato (Japonais) is the Chef of this Robata Bar and Charcoal Bar.702 N. Wells St. Tel. 312-988-7864Near North

UNION

High-energy atmosphere with robata style cooking and traditional sushi.230 W. Erie St. Tel. 312-662-4888Near North

PIZZA

COAL FIRE

Coal fired pizza oven for a pretty old-school pie.1321 W. Grand Ave. Tel. 312-226-2625West Town

EATALY

Traditional most classic Napolitan.43 E. Ohio St. Tel. 312-521-8700

LOU MALNATI'S

Chicago style deep dish.439 N. Wells St. Tel. 312-828-9800 and other locationsDowntown

PIECE

Fantastic beers brewed in house and good New Haven style pizza. Tons of TVs with the games always on.1927 W. North Ave. Tel. 773-772-4422Wicker Park

GRUB

AL'S BEEF

Classic Chicago beef.169 W. Ontario St. Tel. 312-943-3222Downtown

GLAZED AND INFUSED

Gourmet doughnuts in the West Loop.813 W. Fulton Market Tel. 312-226-5556West Loop

CEMITA'S PUEBLA

Mexican tacos, tortas.817 W. Fulton MarketFulton Market

KUMA'S CORNER

Sick burgers and heavy metal.2900 W. Belmont Ave. Tel. 773-604-8769Avondale

LAZO'S TACOS

When you're done drinking your way through 20 different beers at the Map Room you can hit this place at any time of the night for tacos and colorful company.2009 N. Western Ave. Tel. 773-486-3303Bucktown

THE WIENER CIRCLEClassic post-booze stop for dogs and shocking service.2623 N. Clark St. Tel. 773-477-7444Lincoln Park

BBQ

COUNTY BBQCarolina style, great cocktails.Chef Erick1352 W. Taylor St. Tel. 312-929-2528

FAT WILLY'S RIB SCHACKContemporary BBQ across from the City North Cineplex.  Owned by the Owen & Engin folks.2416 W. Schubert Ave. Tel. 773-782-1800Logan Square

SMOKE DADDYLongstanding joint on Division which has improved greatly in the past few years.  Live music too.Doug Dunlay1804 W. Division St. Tel. 773-772-6656Wicker Park

SMOQUELaid back, neighborhood spot.  BYOB.3800 N. Pulaski Rd. Tel. 773-545-7427Old Irving Park

COCKTAILS AND WINE

7 LIONSMaster Sommelier Alpana Singh's four floor restaurant and wine haven.Alpana Singh130 S. Michigan Ave. Tel. 312-880-0130Downtown

AVIARYA Grant Achatz cocktail lounge with creativity and originality where bartenders are trained as chefs.Chris Gerber955 W. Fulton Market Tel. 312-226-0868Fulton Market

BAR DEVILLEFun, laidback hangout. Brad Bolt701 N. Damen Ave. Tel. 312-929-2349 Ukranian Village

BARRELHOUSE FLATFormer Violet Hour bartender.  Extensive classic cocktail menu in a cozy two story extablishment.2624 N. Lincoln Ave. Tel. 773-857-0421Lincoln Park

BERKSHIRE ROOM

Inside the Acme Hotel-Ben Schiller's old world cocktail lounge with contemporary touches.15 E. Ohio St. Tel. 312-894-0800River North

BILLY SUNDAY

Matthias Merges cocktail bar and housemade sodas.Alex Bachman3143 W. Logan Blvd. Tel. 773-661-2485Logan Square

BOARDING HOUSE

Master Sommelier Alpana Singh's four floor restaurant and wine haven.Alpana Singh720 N. Wells St. Tel. 312-280-0720River North

DELILAH'SDirty, loud rock bar with the most amazing collection of Bourbon and Scotch.Mike Miller2771 N. Lincoln Ave. Tel. 773-472-2771Lincoln Park

LA SIRENA CLANDESTINA

Latin-American inspired food and cocktails.Justin Anderson954 W. Fulton Market Tel. 312-226-5300Fulton Market

MAUDE'S LIQUOR BARGood kitchen pumping out rich comfort foods and an amazing cocktail list.Brendan Sodikof, Jean Tomaro - Sara Thompson840 W. Randolph St. Tel. 312-401-8315West Loop

POP'S FOR CHAMPAGNEDeep list of Champagne and sparklers.  Classic cocktails downstairs at Watershed.Craig Cooper601 N. State St. Tel. 312-266-7677Downtown

ROOTSTOCKSick little winelist and incredible burgers.Jaime954 N. California Ave. Tel. 773-292-1616Humbolt Park - not recommended for tourists

SABLE BARTrendy atmosphere with impressive cocktails.505 N. State St. Tel. 312-755-9704Downtown

SCOFFLAWNeighborhood spot with a focus on gin based cocktails.3201 W. Armitage Ave. Tel. 773-252-9700   Logan Square

SPORTSMANAwesome cocktails, low key Chicago bar.Jeff948 N. Western Ave. Tel. 872-206-8054

THE BETTYGreat cocktails and service, swanky lounge/comfortable environment.Peter Vestinos839 W. Fulton Market Tel. 312-733-2222Fulton Market

THE DRAWING ROOMCocktail focused. Good food. Swanky, downtown digs.937 N. Rush St. Tel. 312-255-0022Downtown

THE VIOLET HOURStarted the cocktail renaissance in Chcago.  Long wait for drinks but perfectly constructed.  Sit at the bar.Steven Cole - Michael Rubel1520 N. Damen Ave. Tel. 773-252-1500    Wicker Park

THE WHISTLEROut of the way.  Amazing cocktails (best price $8) meets hipster dive.2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tel. 773-227-3530Logan Square

LOST LAKETiki lounge inspired by famous Chicago bartender Paul McGee.3154 W. Diversey Ave. Tel. 773-293-6048

BEST BEER

HOPLEAFAmazing beer list. Belgian bar fare.5148 N. Clark St. Tel. 773-334-9851Andersonville

MONK'S PUBBest beer list downtown – only open Monday through Friday.205 W. Lake St. Tel. 312-357-6665Loop

SMALL BAROver 160 beers, soccer on the screens, and a pretty good burger.Phil McFarland, Ty Fujimaru2049 W. Division St. Tel. 773-772-2727   Ukrainian Village

THE MAP ROOMAmazing beer list.  No food.1949 N. Hoyne Ave. Tel. 773-252-7636Bucktown

THE PUBLICANGastropub craze. Sick beer list. Good food. Mussels and Frites.Katie Syracopolous, Donny Madena837 W. Fulton Market Tel. 312-733-9555  West Loop

SCENE

DRUM BARAnother rooftop spot. Swanky spot atop the Raffeallo.Mauro212 W. delaware St. Tel. 312-933-4805Downtown

J PARKERYear-round rooftop restaurant and lounge.  Gorgeous views of the city!1816 N. Lincoln Ave. Tel. 312-254-4747Lincoln Park

REBARDo it like Donald at the Trump Hotel.Dan PilkeyThe Trump Hotel / 401 N. Wabash St. Tel. 312-588-8100Downtown

THE ROOFSwank rooftop if you're into waiting in line.The Wit Hotel / 201 N. State St. Tel. 312-467-0200Downtown

MUSIC

THE GREEN MILLAn Al Capone spot.  Great flavor - always live music.4802 N. Broadway St. Tel. 773-878-5552Uptown

KINSTON MINESChicago Blues.2548 N. Halsted St. Tel. 773-477-4646Depaul

SHUBBA'S TAVERNGreat bar and grill with an awesome small hall for a wide variety of live music.Mike Shubba3159 N. Southport St. Tel. 773-525-2508Lakeview

THE EMPTY BOTTLEGritty hole - great place to see indie acts live and loud.1035 N. Western Ave. Tel. 773-276-3600Ukrainian Village

THE METROPerfect sized space for your favorite indie band and just across the street from Wrigley Field.3730 N. Clark St. Tel. 773-549-0203Wrigleyville

ROSA'SLive blues 7 nights a week - kens favorite keep it real drink budweiser and listen to dirty good music.3420 W. Armitage St. Tel. 773-342-0452Logan Square

DANCE CLUBS

FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGELong running Chicago dance club.728 W. Grand Ave. Tel. 312-666-1695Downtown / Warehouse

PARIS CLUBScene.  Athletes and posers.  Vegas in chicago (why not just go to vegas).59 W. Hubbard St. Tel. 312-595-0800Downtown / Warehouse

SMART BARVarying dance styles beneath The Metro. The best DJs in the city play at Smartbar. 3730 N. Clark St. Tel. 773-549-0203Wrigleyville

SMOKE

TESSA CIGAR CO.BYOB smoke shop with good house brand.464 N. Halsted St. Tel. 312-929-3075West Loop

COFFEE

LA COLOMBEgreat coffee in the west loop.  Very serious ice coffee.GregCorner of Randolph and MorganWest Loop

IPSENTOfavorite coffee in city - must drink there.  Pour over good also good small roaster.2035 N. Wester Ave. Tel. 773-904-8177Bucktown

DARK MATTER738 N. Wester Ave. Tel. 773-697-8472Ukranian Village