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The Best Restaurants in Chicago

The StarTripper Journal presents the best places to dine in Chicago, both international gourmet and good american choices.
Our Team to Chicago are young professional travelers.

They love Chicago, the city on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, the starting point of the "Historic Route 66", the city with 200 theatre’s, 200 art galleries, 7000 restaurants and the Magnificent Mile of Michigan Avenue, a city buzzing with energy in the vibrant downtown, a city with world-class fine dining, shopping, entertainment and the location of the finest luxury hotels as well as plenty of cosy boutique hotels.

Chicago has all world-top-class cuisines – French, Italian, Japanese and of course American – and the Chefs are among the best in the world.

But Chicago also has a flavour of its own — blending its different neighbourhoods, people and cultures. The city's chefs have followed suit, mixing together a wide array of cuisines to create some one-of-a kind global fare – so it's time to start expecting the unexpected on the Chicago dining scene – to experience a wide range of locally-sourced ingredients and international flavours.

Eating out is one of the most popular things to do in Chicago, and The Magnificent Mile is the heart of the city's famous culinary scene, featuring award-winning dining at fine-dining restaurants and a lot of chic and cozy venues year round.

So come to Chicago, the most American city in America, the "City of the Big Shoulders", the funniest nightlife and the biggest and best steaks.

The StarTripper Journal Recommends these Restaurants:

Restaurant Everest From its location on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Everest offers breath-taking views of Chicago. Bronze sculptures adorn each table and paintings by Adam Siegel line the walls overlooking the western view of the city.

Chef Joho presents modern French cuisine based on the finest seasonal produce. You may order the seven-course tasting menu, the seven-course vegetarian tasting menu, or select from the three and four course pre fixe menus. We highly recommend Roasted Maine Lobster in Alsace Gewurztraminer Butter and Ginger as a starter and Magret of Mulard Duck, Marinated Turnips à la Colmarienne and Cardamom as main, and enjoy it with an excellent Alsace wine. Everest wine list is one of the greatest offerings of Alsace wines in the world.

Outstanding Cuisine!

440 S. LaSalle St., 40th Floor
The Sepia Intentionally refine and rustic, but chic setting, custom an old print shop, modern chandeliers, stylish without being sleek, warm and inviting, comfortable yet lively.

Chef Zimmerman creates inventive seasonal American cuisine, rooted in tradition, melding rustic sensibility with contemporary flair, and showcases the best produce of the season. We enjoyed salad of house smoked trout, fennel, apple, dill, pumpernickel as starter followed by grilled filet mignon, maitake mushrooms, bone marrow custard, bordelaise as main. Top cuisine.

Sepia really celebrates American tradition – with an excellent modern twist.

123 North Jefferson Street
NAHA A nice and warm restaurant, pacific shades of brown, grey and taupe, simply luxury but not pretentious or stuffy.

Chef Carrie Nahabedian takes you on a journey of the vibrant, sun-kissed coastal cuisines of Southern Europe and Northern Africa – a cuisine inspired by the great coasts of the Mediterranean, including Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Tunisia, Lebanon, Israel and Morocco.

We chose Island Creek Oysters and Burrata from Puglia as starters, Pan Roasted Skate Wing and Ribeye of Beef with Melted Roquefort as mains, all wonderful paired with well-balanced wines.

Excellent Cooking.

521 N Rush Street
GT Fish & Oyster A very stylish and modern seafood eatery, new and old elements, rustic details combined with more sophisticated sleek components, conveying a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

Chef Giuseppe Tentori presents a seasonal menu comprised of both traditional and non-traditional fish-centric dishes. In addition to a rotating mix of East and West Coast oysters served with innovative accoutrements such as a cucumber cocktail sauce, or ponzu mignonette, he features a wide-selection of shared plates such as Squid Ink Gnocchi with Maine lobster; Braised Baby Octopus with roasted Roma tomato sauce and chili-infused polenta; Chorizo Stuffed Squid, Shrimp and Saffron scented Risotto; and Foie Gras and Prawn Terrine with Szechuan peppercorns, apricot-shallot chutney.

The perfect place for fish lovers.

531 North Wells Street
Pinocchio Piccolo Sogno (“little dream”) is a modern elegant restaurant with bold blue walls, marble bar and terrazzo floors.

Chef Tony Priolo presents a menu of fresh, seasonal rustic Italian Cuisine, fine food prepared by hand, based on special produce such as vegetables from local organic farmers and fish from the Mediterranean, and he offers a wide selection of regional Italian dishes – from homemade pastas and hand-tossed pizzas prepared in the restaurant’s wood-burning oven, and of course homemade gelato and sorbet. Our favorite "paste" are Gnocchi (rosemary and potato dumplings, oven dried tomatoes, braised chicken, leeks, and parmesan), followed with "secondi" Anatra Arrosto (half roasted duck, Tuscan kale, fennel sausage, roasted cauliflower puree) or Coniglio Alla Cacciatore (hunter style braised rabbit, tomatoes, peppers, oli ves, mushrooms, soffrito, soft semolina). This is the true Italian dining experience.

And Ciro Longobardo presents an impressive all-Italian wine list, poured by the glass, carafe and bottle, perfect for sipping on the patio on warm days and breezy nights.
Buon appetito.

464 North Halsted Street

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