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A Chicago Food Crawl: Your Local Dining Guide

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by The OpenTable team
Updated March 10, 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 (1710)
$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
CeCeM
Dined on Feb 24, 2024
I haven't been here since before the pandemic. I'm beyond thrilled that this place is still around. Everything is still absolutely high quality - the food, the service, the ambiance - I can't wait to go back!
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4.8
4.8 (13777)
$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.
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MarkJ
Dined 3 days ago
An unforgettable experience. Wonderful, creative and delicious dishes. One of the best restaurants we have ever been to.
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4.8
4.8 (575)
$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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PTE1vip
Dined 5 days ago
The food was great, the service was good, at lunchtime the small restaurant was packed and noisy
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4.8
4.8 (7860)
$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.
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EricF
Dined 2 days ago
Terrific dinner and easy walk from the Porchlight Music Theatre. Awesome bone in rib-eye, and martinis! Karl provided excellent service. Top notch dining experience. 👍👍
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4.6
4.6 (5562)
$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.
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John
Dined on Feb 23, 2024
Everything was amazing except for the Barbecue Carrots, which were severely underdone. This went beyond al dente into raw. Otherwise, the Squash and the Bread were both phenomenal and the sunchokes were delicious as well. The happy hour deals are very good. Would recommend!
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