By now, Chicago deep dish pizza is legendary. However, Chicago’s fine dining scene rivals even New York. With a decidedly working class history, and enclaves of progressive young people, Chicago is a city with a reputation for hard work and Midwestern hospitality – and you can see that in the legacy of its famed restaurants, from Alinea to Oriole, which are both Michelin-starred icons. Just as important as the food is the design – after all, Chicago is a famed destination for its architectural masterpieces. All you need to do is walk around the city to see what we mean.
Restaurant Row, on Randolph Street between Halsted and Ogden Avenue, is home to some of the most coveted tables in Chicago – you’ll find many of the restaurants on this list there. Here are seven essential Chicago restaurants to try on your next visit.