192 E Walton Pl (at Mies Vander Rohe Way), Chicago, IL
Steakhouse · Streeterville · 27 tips and reviews
Epicurious: If you've had the excellent steak, maybe it's time to try the burger - one of the best in the city. Technically it's only on the lunch menu, but you can ask for it anytime - no one will blame you.
French Restaurant · Streeterville · 29 tips and reviews
Epicurious: This high-end spot has the traditional fare (caviar, tartare) as well as a wide variety of creative new dishes: Moroccan-spiced Scottish salmon with Meyer lemon and Israeli couscous is a recent fave.
Epicurious: Traditional fare is sparked to life with quirky touches of molecular gastronomy - foam, "snow," and Altoids are no strangers to your plates during a visit to this refined venue... with a twist.
11 E Walton St (at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 3rd Floor), Chicago, IL
Gastropub · Near North Side · 37 tips and reviews
Epicurious: The more casual of Elysian's two restaurants, Balsan is a buzzy bistro with a wandering menu created for the adventurous. Sample the small plates for fun, but the suckling pig platter reigns supreme.
440 S LaSalle St, 40th Floor (S LaSalle St and W Congress Pkwy), Chicago, IL
French Restaurant · The Loop · 32 tips and reviews
Epicurious: French spins on American cuisine put this 40th-floor gem on top of the world. Sample the signature roasted lobster in Gewürztraminer-ginger butter sauce, but save room for the stellar cheese platter.
New American Restaurant · River North · 48 tips and reviews
Epicurious: This eponymous restaurant from a rising culinary star does not disappoint. Its small-plate offerings, like a gigantic buffalo chicken wing with Budweiser foam, are a joyous, delicious laugh.
Epicurious: This "hotspot" (literally!) keeps patrons warm during the winter - its 1,100°F Vulcan broiler sears steaks to perfection with plenty of heat to spare. Sip on icy martinis to keep cool in the summer.
Italian Restaurant · River North · 39 tips and reviews
Epicurious: A restaurant that does one thing so well nothing else matters, Mr. Beef turns out a juicy Italian beef sandwich customized to order. Also great? The fries - and try a sub with red peppers for variety.
New American Restaurant · Lincoln Park · 31 tips and reviews
Epicurious: Learn where your food comes from at this farm-to-table restaurant, and enjoy the daily-changing menu while gazing at the "rural" scenery - it's located in a park that serves as oasis for the city.
615 W Randolph St (at N Jefferson St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · West Loop · 176 tips and reviews
Epicurious: This venue has surrendered happily to the small plate movement; only 6 items on the menu are full-size. Roasted artichoke crostini and whipped brandade with garlic bread & fresh herbs are winners.
Epicurious: This riverfront hotspot is minimalist and organic in all aspects, but its austere dishes are never lacking in flavor. Cook your own Kobe beef on sizzling rocks as you sip sake from the extensive list.
1723 N Halsted St (btwn W North Ave & W Willow St), Chicago, IL
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant · Lincoln Park · 114 tips and reviews
Epicurious: A hidden second floor of dining space is only the introduction to the surprising, delightful meals to be had at this elegant venue. 12- and 24-course meals are massive, mouth-watering undertakings.
Hot Dog Joint · Northwest Side · 244 tips and reviews
Epicurious: Sure, you could order a classic beef frank with relish, but with odd, intriguing menu items like goji-berry pheasant sausage with jerk mayonnaise & cheese-stuffed sweet peppers, how could you resist?
Epicurious: The Top Chef contestant and co-owner is best known for his love of pork, but the true highlight of this hotspot is its focus on local ingredients. Try the wood-roasted duck breast with Georgia peaches
3751 N Southport Ave (btw Grace & Waveland), Chicago, IL
Cupcake Shop · Lakeview · 30 tips and reviews
Serious Eats: Grace's Caramel Bar provides a hefty vehicle for sugar consumption. Chewy caramel, chocolate chips, and walnuts are sandwiched between layers of chocolate that's a textural mix of cake and brownie.