Our Picks

Storefront Company

The restaurant is nestled among the boutique shopping and retail hot spots that dot the North Avenue and Damen Avenue corridor in Wicker Park, which provided the inspiration for the restaurant’s name. Storefront Company offers a comfortable yet artistically inspired dining space in 2,500 square feet. “we wanted the design to embody the soul of Wicker Park,” says Harris, who personally designed the space with the team. “I love this neighborhood because it was founded by artists and still draws the open-minded and diverse" adds Gassel.


Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab is the culmination of a partnership between Lettuce Entertain You and Joe's Stone Crab, the legendary seafood restaurant of Miami Beach. Opened in Chicago in the fall of 2000, Joe's features an extensive selection of seafood, flown in fresh daily, to complement the world's finest Florida Stone Crab claws. Joe's has quickly built a reputation as one of Chicago's top steakhouses, featuring the signature 16 oz. Bone-In Filet Mignon and 22 oz. New York Strip Steak. Matched with Joe's famous side dishes, dinner only gets better when capped with a slice of key lime pie. Enjoy a generous cocktail in the bustling lounge or the tuxedo-clad service of the clubby dining room and you'll understand why dinner at Joe's has quickly become one of Chicago's favorite social engagements.


Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute

The Parrot Cage Restaurant, is operated by Washburne Culinary Institute, offering opportunities for students to apply their skills in the kitchen as well as in the front of the house. Parrot Cage specializes in modern American Cuisine at affordable prices, prepared and served by Washburne Culinary Institute students. We ensure that a high standard for quality is always present from preparation to presentation. In fact, we have earned the industry’s prestigious Zagat rating of “Excellent or Better” for three consecutive years and our Sunday Brunch has repeatedly earned the OpenTable Diners Top Choice Award. The Parrot Cage Restaurant is located in the South Shore Cultural Center – a Chicago Historic Landmark and Architectural treasure positioned between Lake Michigan’s picturesque beach front and the lush greenery of the South Shore golf course.


Rockit Bar & Grill

The Chicago Club Hot Shots of Rockit Ranch Productions Billy Dec, Arturo Gomez and Brad Young are behind this laid-back yet upscale bar and grill. But with an interior designed by Oprah's Nate Berkus and a menu planned by James Gottwald, whose last gig was at Jordan's in Washington D.C., we suggest you do some down right dressing up before showing up.


The GrillRoom Chop House and Wine Bar

Enjoy prime steaks, chops, seafood, pasta and salads in this urban chophouse and wine bar. Over forty varieties of wine by the glass available. Warm, cozy surroundings include hardwood floors, accents of brass, mood lighting and tall, leather booths. Located right in the heart of downtown Chicago, The Grillroom is perfect for power lunches, business meetings or before the theatre.


Hash House a Go Go

We keep the fun in food while pulling from the experiences of farm fresh agriculture, live stock, and old recipes with a twist. We maintain a level of excitement & entertainment within the dining experience, while ensuring excellent service each & every day. We are proud to have been serving up Twisted Farm Food for 12 years, and can't wait to feed you again.

Ada Street

Ada Street is the newest bar & restaurant from DMK Restaurants (DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar) founders David Morton and Michael Kornick. Located in the Elston Industrial District--not quite Bucktown, not quite Lincoln Park--Ada Street offers dinner and late night service six days a week (closed Sunday). The restaurant, which was named one of Chicago Magazine's Best New Restaurants of 2012, features eclectic small plates from Chef Zoë Schor and a comprehensive list of interesting wines, craft spirits and house cocktails. Inquire about Ada Street's private dining room, which can host parties up to 15, or rent the entire space for parties up to 100.


An industrial chic décor serves as the dramatic backdrop to signature dishes such as Braised Short Ribs, Seared Duck Breast and an extensive hor d'oeurve menu. An eclectic wine list and extensive cocktail selections, welcome guests to Epic’s first floor lounge; a voluminous space with exposed brick and intimate seating.


Frontier is a warm, multi-level space replete with a 40-foot bar, private party room, open-air kitchen and beer garden. The West Town tavern features state-of-the-art ice taps with 16 seasonal and traditional beers, over 20 varieties of canned and bottled beers, specialty cocktails and wine pairings. Grab dinner and drinks on the main level and then head upstairs to the lounge to watch your favorite game and enjoy live DJs on the weekend.

G.E.B. (Graham Elliot Bistro)

Graham Elliot Bistro (g.e.b.) is the third restaurant from Chef Graham Elliot. With focus on the technique and craft of cooking, G.E.B. brings the "perfection of simplicity" to the table.


A second-story interior and rooftop restaurant featuring a 1,000 square foot organic food meadow, living wall, and two vertical gardens. Shareable plates from Chef John Wayne Formica, specialty cocktails from Revae Schneider of Femme du Coupe, all Midwestern beers, esoteric wine list, full liquor bar.

John Barleycorn

The original John Barleycorn, which opened nearly 50 years ago at 658 W. Belden Avenue, has become a Chicago classic. From its debut as a neighborhood haunt featuring classical music and art slides to its current format as a sports-focused neighborhood bar and restaurant, the core of the concept remains the same: quality food at reasonable prices, a full-service bar with a stellar beer list and an eclectic interior which is both welcoming and comfortable.

M Avenue

The Allerton Hotel Chicago, M Avenue is a stylish dining spot open for breakfast and lunch, with daily lunch specials, in downtown Chicago.

Mercer 113

Mercer 113, Chicago’s first and only Resta Lounge, combines upscale food and contemporary cocktails with a comfortable yet lavish atmosphere. The nature-inspired restaurant/lounge is a one of a kind visual experience, with bold natural graphics inside, and a double-sided fireplace burning as a centerpiece to this urban forest.


A word from MK
mk has been serving casual fine dining with unrivaled hospitality for more than 12 years. Excellent food, fine wine and a memorable dining experience are at mk’s core. Chef and owner Michael Kornick’s approach to food is a simple preparation using classic techniques allows the ingredients to shine. The quality and freshness of the finest market products are unmatched by any other restaurant. mk’s extensive wine list can enhance any meal. Executive Chef Erick Williams and Pastry Chef Stephanie Mazzone continue to impress guests with creative new menu items. Classic dishes include Yellowfin tuna tartare and grilled Atlantic salmon. And don’t forget about the infamous pomme frites! Few fine dining restaurants offer the impeccable service and inviting atmosphere that mk does. Come in and experience for yourself why Food & Wine magazine said,“Windy City diners are blown away by mk."

Parson's Chicken & Fish

Picnic tables. Buckets of fried chicken. Cans of ice-cold beer. That sounds a lot like summer. But we just looked at the calendar. Nope, not summer.
That only leaves one explanation: Parson’s Chicken & Fish, the long-awaited new enterprise from the Longman & Eagle crew, is finally soft-open in Logan Square. Imagine if Harold’s Chicken Shack and Big Star had a love child. That’s basically this. You’ve got a lot of fried food. You’ve got an amazing sun-dappled patio. If you want a good old-fashioned bucket of fried chicken, Texas toast and an ice-cold can of Mexican beer, that’s what you shall have. Then again, if you want a Negroni Slushy and some crudo or whipped cod fritters, you shall have that, too.

Public House

Beer aficionadas will pledge their allegiance to Public House, a 10,000 square foot beer-lovers paradise featuring beloved American fare with an upscale twist, unprecedented multimedia capabilities, and mouth watering libations.

With 100 beer selections and featuring Dineamic Group's signature table tap technology, which includes 12 table tap booths with 2 types of beer and liquor on tap, Public House is home to one of the most extensive – and impressive - beer lists in Chicago. A third table tap will allow guests to pour chilled spirits of choice. Public House will thrill your taste buds with a menu featuring American favorites with tantalizing twists including beer-infused dishes, house made sauces, flights and bites, food and beer pairings, and superb sweet treats and desserts.

Ruxbin Restaurant

Ruxbin, the West Town eatery known for its eclectic interior and equally eclectic menu has just been named one of Bon Appetit's Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America.
Yet those repurposed church pews and theater seats, cookbooks-as-wall-art and pressed tin ceilings are just a backdrop for the culinary wizardry of Teddy Kim. He's the Korean-American chef  who cleverly balances his menu: There's pork belly salad and a soba with green soy gelee and horseradish granita as well as Amish chicken, garlic fries with chipotle aioli and a berry shortcake with home-baked biscuit.

State Restaurant

"At STATE, you’ll be welcomed by our sleek, sophisticated design and friendly, dedicated staff. Whether you’re looking to share the bar with others or have a booth to yourself, cool, refreshing drinks and delicious, hearty meals are only a moment away. With 124 flat-screen HDTVs, you’ll never miss a moment of sports action or breaking news, and if that’s not enough for you, check out our high-speed computer terminals that connect to the world beyond our walls. With open-air windows to welcome the sweet summer breeze and a warm, inviting atmosphere to keep out the winter chill, STATE has all of Chicago’s seasons covered. So, whether you want one thing or you want it all, make a statement with your choice. Come and join us here at STATE."

– Kostas Giannoulias

Storefront Company

The restaurant is nestled among the boutique shopping and retail hot spots that dot the North Avenue and Damen Avenue corridor in Wicker Park, which provided the inspiration for the restaurant’s name. Storefront Company offers a comfortable yet artistically inspired dining space in 2,500 square feet. “we wanted the design to embody the soul of Wicker Park,” says Harris, who personally designed the space with the team. “I love this neighborhood because it was founded by artists and still draws the open-minded and diverse" adds Gassel.


Tavernita, located in the popular River North neighborhood at the corner of Erie and LaSalle Streets, offers a mix of American dishes, using influences from France, Italy and Spain, and an innovative beverage program showcasing creative selections from around the world. Designed to encourage sampling and sharing, the menu has something for every taste.
Presenting lively atmosphere with a rustic feel, guests can relax in a warm, inviting environment ideal for socialization while experiencing a tailored dining experience – whether it’s a casual meal with friends or an exciting night on the town.

The Aviary

The Aviary is where cocktails and service are given the same attention to detail as a four-star restaurant; where bartenders are trained as chefs; where the produce and herbs are carefully sourced and procured fresh daily; where the name and branding of the spirit mixed is less important than its actual flavor; where drinks are made quickly and consistently in a state-of-the-art drink kitchen; where innovation and tradition are both honored.

The Tortoise Club

A Fresh Approach To Traditional American Cuisine in a Classic Clubhouse Atmosphere.

Au Cheval

We describe this eatery as a classic diner with an gastronomic touch. You won't find a jukebox inside, but you will be able to order from a full bar and snack on hefty sandwiches (including a reinvented bologna sandwich made with fried mortadella on white bread) and $6 burgers along with classic dishes such as Dover sole prepared with brown butter, capers and parsley. The kitchen is closed from 3:00pm - 5:00 pm daily, so get there early for lunch or weekend brunch.

505 Zest

Here you will go on a culinary journey throughout the world, were they celebrate different cuisines by offering a gustatory magic carpet ride from little plates of tantalizing bits to entrees infused with flavorful spices from various regions.

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