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On the hunt for the best restaurants in Chicago? Look no further. Explore our chef interviews to discover favorite dishes, drinks, eateries, and bars throughout the city.

Our handy color-coded map pinpoints every recommendation. Click on a specific establishment to get more information, such as cuisine and best dishes to order.

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Chicago chef Bill Kim of Urbanbelly, Belly Q, and Belly Shack

Chef Bill Kim on his favorite bars, Korean eats, and more...

Bill Kim—owner of bellyQ, Urbanbelly, and Belly Shack—talks best desserts, Polish sausage, and Puerto Rican dishes in Chicago.
Takashi Yagihashi of Slurping Turtle in Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit: Takashi Restaurant.

The Chicago restaurants every visitor must try, according to Takashi Yagihashi

The "Top Chef Masters" alum shares his go-to restaurants for Japanese BBQ, French food, and more in Chicago.
Chef Rick Bayless of Topolobampo, Frontera, and Xoco in Chicago

Chef Rick Bayless on his favorite Chicago restaurants

Chef Rick Bayless reveals his top picks for authentic Mexican eats in Chicago and where he goes for his guilty pleasure snack.
Chef BK Park of Juno in Chicago. Photo credit: Christopher Andrew, Stoptime341 Productions.

BK Park, chef and owner of Chicago’s Juno, on his favorite...

Chef BK Park talks Korean restaurants, Chicago-style hot dogs, and favorite bars in Chicago.
Mindy Segal of HotChocolate Food and Drink in Chicago, Illinois

Chef Mindy Segal reveals her top restaurant and bar picks in...

The James Beard Award winner and Chicago native reveals her favorite eats in her hometown.
Vanilla glazed doughnut from Doughnut Vault

Mapped: Chefs’ Top Restaurant Recommendations in Chicago

Find the best places to eat and drink by neighborhood in our color-coded map of chef-recommended restaurants and bars in Chicago.
Truffle fries from DMK Burger Bar. Photo credit: Lindsey Becker.

My Famous Five: Michael Kornick of DMK Burger Bar in Chicago

Chef Michael Kornick describes five dishes from his DMK Burger Bar that should be on everyone's must-try list.
Fried chicken from Honey Butter Fried Chicken

10 Best Restaurants in Chicago

Our Chicago chefs raved about these 11 restaurants in the city (get ready to venture outside of downtown Chicago).
Shane Kost of Chicago Food Planet Food Tours

Chicago Food Planet Food Tours’ Shane Kost on the best places...

The founder of Chicago Food Planet Food Tours offers nearly 30 dining and drinking suggestions in Chicago.
Paul Kahan of avec, Blackbird, The Publican, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria, Big Star, and Dove's Luncheonette in Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit: Derek Richmond.

Restaurateur Paul Kahan on the best Chicago eats and drinks

Paul Kahan—owner of Blackbird, avec, and The Publican—reveals his favorite restaurants and bars in Chicago.