Whether you want to cozy up in a casual neighborhood bar or don your best black dress for some late night cocktails, Chicago has it all! Here are just some of our Picks:
Alinea – With a kitchen filled with the country’s top culinary awards, risk-taking super-chef Grant Achatz has upped the ante in Chicago with these avant-garde culinary creations.

NoMi (Chi - Gold Coast/Streeterville) – Located on the 7th floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel, NoMi serves upscale contemporary French global cuisine with an Asian twist.

Follia (West Loop) - A chic and icy-cool destination in the gritty Fulton Street warehouse district, Folia is a new Italian restaurant that always buzzing with the hip young crowd and corporate diners.

Landmark (Lincoln Park) – Fine dining meets hip and bustling bar/lounge scene at this multi-level space located in the Lincoln Park/Clybourn Corridor.

Sushi Wabi – Voted “Best Sushi in Chicago” by Chicago Tribune readers, Sushi Wabi is the city’s original hipster sushi hot spot – its industrial (wood-block and steel tables), its loud, its filled with well-heeled, well-dressed locals who dig the clubby vibe and the DJ-spun music (nightly from 7pm to 11pm) while chowing down on a mean plate of maki.

  Piece (Bucktown) – Where else can you create your own East Coast, thin-crust style pizza in a trendy and casual bar atmosphere?

LuxBar (Chi - Gold Coast/Streeterville) – A neighborhood saloon, LuxBar captures an elegance and simplicity with its stone, glass brass and wood to a late-30’s business crowd.

Zapatista (CHI - South Loop) – The Mexican fare at this latest rustic-like restaurant in the South Loop is made with passion, heart & soul.

Le Colonial (Chi - Gold Coast/Streeterville) – If you’re looking to be transported to another time and place, Le Colonial vividly captures the beauty, romance and spirit of 1920’s French-Colonial Southeast Asia.

Blackbird (Chi – Downtown) – Serving French and American cuisine to a consistently packed house (daily), Blackbird is very trendy and minimalist – with bare white walls and a single banquette that spans the length of the room.

 

 
TRU (Chi - Gold Coast/Streeterville) – Talk about fine dining! Set in an open, airy loft space that could almost double as an art gallery, TRU marries style, sophistications and substance – offering progressive French cuisine (that’s more like playful works of art) and impeccable service.

David Burke’s Primehouse (River North) – Located in the River North’s James Chicago Hotel, David Burke’s Primehouse is a mecca for all meat aficionados.

Japonais (River West) – One of the city’s trendiest dining destinations. Japonais offers a sensuous scene and Euro-Asian fare that’s got foodies and fashionistas in Chi-town buzzing. 

Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse (Chi - Gold Coast/Streeterville) – Named after the Gibson martini (garnished with an onion), this bar and restaurant commemorates all things big and bigger.

Narcisse (River North) – A former champagne n’ caviar bar, Narcisse has gotten serious about fine dining. A swanky hot spot with really attractive eats, drinks, décor and clientele, it boasts a remarkable champagne collection and four-star meals.

 

  Twisted Lizard (Lincoln Park/DePaul) – A lively Mexican restaurant that caters to young professionals who love to feast on fresh fajitas, enchiladas, chimichangas, burritos and "sincronizadas" (layered flour tortillas filled with re-fried black beans and choice of meat or vegetables).

Yoshi’s Café – Formerly one of Chi-town’s most exclusive dining spots, Yoshi’s has now adopted a more casual (and less expensive) vibe.

Tavern on Rush (River North) – If you’re looking for something that’s part restaurant, part lounge, Tavern on Rush offers both.

Avec – If you’re looking for a wine bar with great food, and you don’t mind rubbing elbows with your neighbors at long communal tables, Avec is the place.

X/O Chicago – This loungy place is named after the cognac designation (XO stands for “extra old” – the premium designation). The eclectic menu inflects global influences and mainly focuses on small sharable plates that change frequently, based on the season.

Fireplace Inn (Old Town) – An Old Town institution specializing in “Flinstone-sized” fall-off-the-bone BBQ baby back ribs, Fireplace Inn has been around since 1969.

With 77 neighborhoods (yes, we did say 77), you can go from one to the next in a split second before you realize you’re in a different area with completely new sights and sounds. Having unmistakable character, each of this city’s neighborhoods brings a whole new array of shops, restaurants, attractions, historical elements, and intrigue.
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