You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • Avec

      Gourmet temple
      The narrow cubistic wood interior is reminiscent of a modern chalet. The Avec is always packed and loud, but in a pleasant way because it shows that people love to dine here and feel comfortable here. And with good reason: the dishes are culinary delights – innovative, Mediterranean-inspired and seasonal fare with exceptional flavour combinations.
      615 W Randolph Street
      Chicago, 60661
      +1 312 377 2002
    • Gino’s East

      Deep Dish Pizza
      Do you prefer New York or Chicago Style Pizza? This question is asked all over the USA when you order a pizza. The deep dish pizza was invented in Chicago, and what makes it special is that the base and the 5cm rim act as the dish. It is covered with plenty of cheese, sausage and tomato sauce. It takes about 45 minutes to bake, which is why it is ordered in advance in most pizzerias, and diners are then taken to their tables when the pizza is ready. Although a deep dish pizza is definitely a matter of taste, you should try one if you ever go to Chicago.
      162 East Superior Street
      Chicago, 60611
      +1 312 266 3337
    • The Allis

      Eating, sitting, watching
      Whether you come for breakfast, afternoon tea or Late Night Cocktail you do not want to leave again. Just sink in one of the sofas and let your eyes wander through the room. There are thick carpets on the wooden floor, shelves with books and magazines and a basket with knitting – just like in someone’s living room. Natural materials and pastel colors create an elegant but cosy atmosphere. Try the freshly baked banana and walnut bread for breakfast or the perfectly seasoned lamb meatballs for lunch.
      113-125 N Green St
      Chicago, 60661
      +1 312-521-8000
    • The Cheesecake Factory

      Don’t count the calories
      It started with a cheesecake for her husband’s company in 1949. Motivated by the positive feedback Evelyn Overton decided, to open her own bakery business a few years later. The rest is history and the result of a good marketing strategy: today there are 208 Cheesecake Factory restaurants all over the world. You will still find the “original” cake on the menu, extended by some more fancy variations like the one with toasted marshmallows. For those who prefer a hearty meal, they also offer pasta, burger and salads. The portions are huge, so sharing is the best.
      875 N Michigan Ave
      60611 Chicago
      +1 312-337-1101
    • Eggy’s Diner

      Sunny side up
      Choose from at least four Eggs Benedict variations, several omelettes, crepes and potato and egg creations - as the name suggests, it’s all about eggs at this diner located at the New East Side. The perfect breakfast place to set you up for exploring the city, but also nice for lunch or a quick daytime snack. We recommend Eggy’s Benedict with Belgian Waffles and pulled pork.
      333 E Benton Pl 103
      60601 Chicago
      +1 773-234-3449
    • Alinea

      Top cuisine
      When the Alinea opened in 2005, it instantly made headlines. The food was hung up on wires or dragged across the table. Now, years later, the restaurant is still a guarantee for exceptional and exquisite cuisine. Kitchen patron Grant Achatz continues to ensure that the food here is a particularly special experience – which has been acknowledged with the presentation of the Chef’s Choice Award. The restaurant is always among the top positions on lists of the world’s 50 best restaurants, so if you would like to dine here be sure to book a table.
      1723 North Halsted
      Chicago, 60614
      + 1 312 867 0110
    • El Ideas

      With the chef
      More of a kitchen with tables than a restaurant. Guests sit next to the cooker, chatting with the chefs, and can watch their meals being prepared. There is a menu with twelve courses that reflects Chef Philip Foss’s «New American» style. El Ideas is considered one of the most innovative restaurants in Chicago.
      2419 West 14th Street
      Chicago, 60608
      +1 312 226 8144
    • Publican Quality Meats

      For carnivores
      A chic vintage-look butcher’s shop with tables, located in the former Meatpacking District. At the few available tables, guests can order a Butcher’s Meal with braised beef and blood sausage, charcuterie plates and amazing sandwiches stuffed with roast beef, chicken breast and pork belly. Those who prefer a real restaurant can cross the street to The Publican, which belongs to the same owner.
      825 W Fulton Market Street
      Chicago, 60607
      +1 312 445 8977
    • Brindille

      French cuisine
      Classic French cuisine is celebrated here to high standards, and given contemporary interpretations. Steak tartare, sole meuniere, foie gras, oysters, tarte tatin - delights from a time when the gourmet god dined exclusively in France. An elegant venue that is perfect for a sublime evening that is guaranteed not to be boring.
      534 North Clark Street
      Chicago, 60654
      +1 312 595 1616
    • Sumi Robata Bar

      Robatayaki is a traditional Japanese slow-grilling technique over white oak charcoal, which produces remarkably intense aromas. The minimalistically appointed Sumi Robata Bar serves incomparably delectable Wagyu rib eye steaks, king crabs, mushrooms, tofu, chicken or tea-smoked duck breast medallions with special seasonings.
      702 North Wells Street
      Chicago, 60654
      +1 312 988 7864
    • Au Cheval

      Forget about calories
      A look at the menu reveals: it’s all about hearty food at this diner and restaurant. Dishes like goose liver terrine with strawberry jam, baked chicken in honey crust or homemade sausages warm your heart and soul. The cheeseburgers here are legendary, for this the guests willingly wait a little bit longer for a free table. The bar serves classic cocktails and local draught beers, the atmosphere is cozy and informal.
      800 W Randolph St
      Chicago, 60607
      +1 312-929-4580
    • Intelligentsia Coffee

      First-class coffee
      In 1995, Doug Zell and Emily Mange opened their first coffee roastery on the north side of Chicago. It evolved to become a small, exclusive chain of cafés that has received a number of awards. Intelligentsia’s baristas are professionals – they all receive thorough training that lasts several months. The fact that the cafés are also very cool further enhances the pleasure.
      53 East Randolph Street/Millennium Park
      Chicago, 60601
      +1 312 920 9332
    • Floriole Café & Bakery

      Best bakery in town
      Located in the charming Lincoln Park residential area, this lovely bakery-cum-café is the perfect spot for breakfast or coffee and cake in the afternoon. The ingredients used for the exquisite sweet and savoury bakery products are first class and sourced from organic farms in the region. Floriole is said to be the best bakery in Chicago.
      1220 West Webster Avenue/Lincoln Park
      +1 773 883 1313
    • Little Goat Bread & Diner

      Popular for sweet and savoury delights
      This cross between an American diner and old-fashioned bakery is literally beleaguered by fans. In the 1950s-meets-2013 styling, patrons enjoy unusual creations such as apricot and Marsala scones, broccoli and cheddar bread, bagels with cinnamon and cocoa butter or Asian kimchi bacon and egg pancakes.
      820 West Randolph Street/West Loop
      Chicago, 60607
      +1 312 888 3455
    • The Aviary

      Cocktail pleasure
      Grant Achatz's cocktail lounge – hisRestaurant Alinearanks among the world’s best – is an exceptional experience for the palate. It serves cocktails with foam, bubbles, filled ice balls, balloons and in specially shaped glasses. Inspired by molecular cuisine, the cocktails are mixed with magic – but the flavour is always the main objective. And it is excellent.
      955 West Fulton Street/West Loop
      Chicago, 60607
    • The Violet Hour

      Velvety and theatrical
      Named after the opening of a passage in T.S. Eliot’s «The Wasteland», the lounge bar has become an institution. The «mixologists», formerly referred to as bartenders, delight guests with fabulous drinks and cocktails in theatrically orchestrated surroundings with velvet curtains, royal blue walls, ivory-coloured furniture and sparkling chandeliers.
      1520 Damen Avenue/Bucktown
      Chicago, 60622
      +1 773 252 1500
    • Lost Lake

      Hawaiianisches Lebensgefühl
      Paul McGee ist die namhafte Grösse in Chicago, wenn es um Barkonzepte geht. Sein neustes Tikibar-Projekt Lost Lake ist für mich das schönste und innovativste, das es gibt. Das Interieur ist perfekt auf die Cocktails abgestimmt – ein absolutes Muss für Fans tropischer Mixturen!
      3154 West Diversey Avenue
      Chicago 60647
      +1 773 293 6048
    • Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf

      Back to the past
      Dark wood panelling, dark red leather upholstery, muted lights, a zinc-top bar and Ella Fitzgerald’s voice in the background. Time seems to stand still in this stylish retro-chic bar where you can sip an old-school cocktail like an Old Fashioned. And appetites are sated here, too: with steaks and other meat dishes.
      218 West Kinzie Street/West Loop
      Chicago, 60654
      +1 312 624 8154
    • Blue Chicago

      Für Blues-Liebhaber
      Schon von weitem leuchtet einem die neonblaue Schrift des Blue Chicago entgegen. Wer rein will, muss mindestens 21 sein und den bärenhaften Türsteher überwinden. Drinnen erlebt man dann authentischen Chicago Blues, so, wie er sein sollte: Von einer lokalen Live Band gespielt, dazu kühles Bier und eine grosse Auswahl Whiskeysorten. Der Eintritt kostet 10 Dollar plus zwei Getränke Mindestverzehr.
      534 N Clark St
      Chicago IL 60654
      +1 312 661 0100