Chicago is a great food city, and the culinary delights extend well beyond the style of deep-dish pizza that has come to bear the city’s name.
Zagat tackled the daunting task of compiling Chicago’s most iconic restaurants still in business; the diverse list ranges from fine dining like Gene & Georgetti to the fun and atmospheric like Superdawg Drive-In. The Chicago Eater took the iconography even further and named 20 iconic dishes found in Chicago restaurants.
No list of the Windy City’s most iconic restaurants would be complete without the notorious Billy Goat Tavern, the cultural impact of which stretches from the Chicago Cubs to Saturday Night Live. Following are just a few of the city’s best restaurants in its most iconic neighborhoods.
Gold Coast Restaurants
Cape Cod Room, 140 E. Walton Place: Since 1933, this elegant dining room in the Drake Hotel has offered exquisite, New England-style seafood.
The Pump Room, 1301 N. State Parkway: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall celebrated their wedding in the restaurant’s Booth One, and the Pump Room has been serving food lovers famous and covert alike since 1938.
Lincoln Park Restaurants
Alinea, 1723 N. Halsted St.: The atmospheric Alinea has been a favorite for its progressive American cuisine since opening in 2005; Complex calls Alinea one of the 10 best restaurants in Chicago.
Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!, 2024 N. Halsted St.: Since 1985, this approachable, cozy gem has been serving some of the city’s best Spanish, tapas-style offerings.
Deleece Restaurant, 3747 N. Southport Ave.: An affordable and eclectic neighborhood spot with indoor-outdoor seating, Deleece is popular for family gatherings, grabbing a bite with friends and relaxed dates.
Senza, 2873 N. Broadway St.: In two short years, this gluten-free, new American restaurant has made a big impression; in the mornings, Senza converts to the Wheat’s End Café, which serves coffee and artisan baked goods.
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