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A Chicago Food Crawl: Your Local Dining Guide

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by The OpenTable team
Updated 10 March 2019

You’re in Chicago for 48 hours, and you’re hungry. What’s the plan? We’ve rounded up the best spots to hit on your first trip to town: the breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and everything-in-between that will give you a definitive sampling of what the city has to offer. Let’s get to it.

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4.5
4.5 (1711)
$31 to $50
Korean
Avondale

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About the restaurant
Parachute is one of Chicago’s most-talked-about restaurants, and it’s not hard to see why. Chefs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark’s take on Korean-American food is singular and unique, with takes on classic dishes like bibimbap, mandu, and dukbukki that at once thoughtful, exciting, and new.
Top review
RobG
Dined on 16 Feb 2024
The kimchi pajeon and whole grilled mackerel were outstanding. The server recommended a makgeolli that I probably would not have tried and it was perfect. Parachute is welcoming and completely unpretentious.
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4.8
4.8 (13981)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
West Loop

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About the restaurant
Chef Stephanie Izard isn’t just the first female Top Chef winner—she’s also the lady behind one of Chicago’s most celebrated restaurants. Cuisine-wise, Girl and the Goat is probably best described as “global”—but labels don’t matter here. This is delicious, exciting food, the kind of stuff you’ll be thinking about the rest of the weekend.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We had the Chickpea Fitters, Goat Empanadas, Grilled Prime Skirt Steak, and Hazelnut Praline Sundae. Everything was so delicious! The flavors were interesting and so well balanced. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago!
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4.7
4.7 (571)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
West Loop

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About the restaurant
Chef Paul Kahan has some of the best restaurants in Chicago, and Avec is a shining example. You’re here for the chorizo-stuffed dates, the cheese-stuffed “deluxe” focaccia, and anything coming out of the wood-fired oven.
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KDubvip
Dined 2 days ago
We eat here every year when we are in Chicago for a meeting. 12-15 years straight. The medjool dates are a must — one of my favorite dishes anywhere. But everything we had was top notch. Always very friendly and efficient service. The vibe is both slightly buzzy and relaxed/casual. Love, love, love this place.
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4.8
4.8 (8018)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Gold Coast / Streeterville

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About the restaurant
We’re in the Midwest, after all—and if you’re eating steak in this town, you want to be eating it at Gibson’s. They even have a USDA grade named for them: USDA Gibsons Prime Angus. This is a steakhouse in every sense of the word, and it’s glorious.
Top review
MarquitaM
Dined 3 days ago
Great experience my server was the best …he was everything
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4.6
4.6 (5741)
$31 to $50
American
West Loop

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About the restaurant
Since it opened in 2009, The Publican has been one of the most fun, boisterous spots in the city to eat pig, drink beer, and be merry. The food, to this day, is deliciously craveable, and the plentiful beer selection will ensure you’re drinking happily all night long.
Top review
KalenRvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and service, always a great experience coming to the Publican!
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