Top 8 Best Neighborhood Restaurants in Each Chicago Neighborhood
1. Mott Street – Bucktown
Mott St is an American restaurant featuring Eastern cooking techniques and a paired selection of cocktails, wine, sake, and beer. Family style dining forms delightful meals fitting for feasts and celebrations. Reservations available in the dining room. Bar and Patio are walk-in only.
2. Giant – Logan Square
We like food. We like people. We like feeding people food. We promise not to make people into food. We promise to make simple, delicious (slightly cheffy) food for people to eat. We promise to be ready with the wine should the people want it. We don’t have room for a lot of people, so, people please, make your reservations early. People.
3. Entente – Lakeview
Entente [ahn-tahnt], being a “friendly understanding”, highlights collaboration between the chefs. Ingredients drive the dishes that live as staples on the a la carte menu. Seasonality of game, seafood, meat and vegetable inspire the direction of the kitchen. Reinterpretations of dishes with cross-cultural influences showcase the true diversity and talent of the chefs. Beverage pairings are available to further enhance the experience.
4. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse – Gold Coast
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse has been a Chicago steakhouse icon since opening its doors in May of 1989. Housed in the space made legendary by the famous Mr. Kelley’s, and later occupied by the following hot spot Sweetwater, Gibsons continues to be a must-visit Chicago dining destination for celebrities, tourists, and locals alike. The classic American steakhouse features Gibsons Prime Angus beef, fresh fish, classic cocktails, an extensive wine list and uncompromising service. Gibsons operates three distinguished locations in Chicago, Rosemont, and Oak Brook.
5. Revival Food Hall – The Loop
6. Acadia – South Loop
In 2010, Chef Ryan McCaskey began planning on fulfilling his lifelong dream of opening his own restaurant. In 2011, this dream became a reality and has since garnered accolades locally and nationally, including a Michelin One Star-rating after just 10 months, a Michelin Two Star-rating in 2015, a 2012 Jean Banchet Best New Restaurant Award, and Four Stars by Chicago Tribune’s Dining Critic Phil Vettel in 2016. Inspired by his time spent in Maine since childhood, Chef McCaskey pays homage to the serenity and abundance found across the state. Many of the subtle nuances and details within the restaurant have touches of Maine throughout. Chef also sources much of the products found on Acadia’s tasting menus directly from the Deer Isle area, specifically Penobscot Bay and islands surrounding.
Since its launch, Acadia has strived for excellence in many areas. The restaurant’s contemporary menu is complemented by an extensive collection of cocktails, wine and beverage pairings. Acadia is dining at its finest, tucked away in the up and coming South Loop of Chicago.
7. Parachute – Avondale
Husband-and-wife chef team Johnny Clark and Beverly Kim have put their little corner of Avondale on Chicago’s culinary map with this hip and homey bistro. Young foodies fill the space every night, whether seated at tables lining the wooden banquette or perched along colorful stools dotting the double-sided counter that faces the open kitchen. Though there’s a distinctive Korean thread running through the menu, Parachute is a creative, open-ended endeavor at heart. Impeccably sourced ingredients from local purveyors lay the framework, but the team’s brilliant application of cutting-edge techniques take the fare to inventive heights. Baked potato bing bread, a signature flatbread carb-bomb, is stuffed with melted scallions and bacon bits, topped with sesame, and served with sour cream butter. The regularly re-written menu has also been known to feature tender braised pork shoulder with a fermented black bean- and dried shrimp-sauce, then paired with ripe figs and grilled pearl onion petals. Desserts make for a stellar finish. Order the patbingsu, which arrives in a pretty glass bowl layered with condensed milk ice cream, mochi rice cakes, concord grape shaved ice, Azuki beans, and toasted rice.
8. Alinea – Lincoln Park