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15 of Chicago's Best Hotel Restaurants, Mapped

Locals and tourists can agree about great food

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| Marc Much

As the main hub between both coasts and a dining and hospitality scene that rivals both New York and Los Angeles, many of Chicago's best dining destinations are understandably in hotels and have garnered countless accolades including some Michelin stars. The vast majority of Chicago's best hotels — and the restaurants along with them — are downtown, but that is slowly changing. Wicker Park's The Robey is open and multiple major hotel projects are on the way to the West Loop, Fulton Market, Wrigleyville, and more neighborhoods, bringing major restaurants along with them.

So whether you're a tourist or a local resident who simply wants a top meal or a "staycation," check out the 15 restaurants on this map, listed from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafe Robey

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2018 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(872) 315-3084
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The brand-new long-awaited Hotel Robey in Wicker Park's omnipresent Northwest Tower is a rare standout Chicago dining and sleeping spot outside of downtown. The multi-building destination holds multiple bars and restaurants, but the ground-floor anchor cafe is where to find the best food here, most of which is well-executed French bistro fare. The weekend brunch is popular too, and head upstairs to the Up & Up rooftop for some of the best views in the city.
Nick Fochtman

2. Nico Osteria

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1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 994-7100
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Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality give the Gold Coast one of the most unique Italian seafood restaurants in the country. Located inside the Thompson Hotel, indulge in a variety of whole fish, lobster spaghetti, crudos, and all sorts of coastal dishes reminiscent of the Italian seaside. Much of the menu does change daily, so keep an eye on social media, and try the brunch, lunch, and downstairs bar too.
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3. Allium Restaurant and Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

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120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 799-4900
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Yes, top dining can be found near the touristy Magnificent Mile. Inside the Four Seasons Hotel, much of Allium’s menu is farm-sourced and features a bit of everything for everyone, from lobster nachos to dry-aged steaks. Plus, get a taste of Chicago with former chef Kevin Hickey's DIY Chicago-style hot dog that is completely house-made for a unique take on one of the city's most famous dishes.

4. Café des Architectes

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20 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 324-4063
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Café des Architects — another good dining spot off the Mag Mile (inside the Sofitel Water Tower Hotel) — combines French cuisine with a local flare. The foie gras, halibut, burgers, and terrific baked goods give diners an idea of the menus' range. The restaurant is also a popular spot for the shopping crowd on beautiful days.
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5. NoMI

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800 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 239-4030
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Midwestern hospitality is the focus at this popular restaurant on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt on the Mag Mile. NoMi, meaning North Michigan, brings the farm and forge to the table with swanky farm-sourced dishes. The rooftop bar is a popular spot in the warmer months and offers a generous view of Chicago’s skyline.

6. Shanghai Terrace

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108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 573-6695
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One of the best-regarded Chinese spots in Chicago is an upscale hotel restaurant downtown. Try a variety of Cantonese and Shanghainese dishes that include some traditional classics and modern renditions including a signature Peking duck, golden shrimp, beef tenderloin, and standout dim sum. Weather permitting, the outdoor Terrace features its own menu of bar bites and snacks, and The Lobby, which has garnered a Michelin star, is a standout restaurant in its own right in The Peninsula Chicago hotel.

7. Baptiste & Bottle

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101 E Erie St Fl 20
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 677-6793
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The restaurant on the 20th floor of the new Conrad Hotel in River North serves an upscale American menu that is centered on the flexibility of both seasonal ingredients and an American classic – bourbon. Alongside dinner and a comprehensive whiskey selection, meals can be paired with tableside cocktail service. The brunch is also popular and look for its rooftop Japanese restaurant and lounge soon.
Nick Fochtman

8. Primehouse

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616 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 660-6000
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Formerly David Burke's Primehouse, the celebrity chef is gone but one of the best-regarded steakhouses in Chicago remains inside the James Hotel in River North. Steaks are dry-aged in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room at this classic American steakhouse. Or diners can skip the big steakhouse experience and go for smaller-proportioned dishes, such as the thin burger, at the Primehouse bar.
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9. Beatrix

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519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-1377
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This all-day restaurant by Lettuce Entertain You in the lobby of the Aloft Hotel in River North runs the gamut of chef-driven breakfast, lunch and dinner food; an assortment of baked goods, freshly-squeezed juices, coffees and artisan cocktails; and carry-out for those strapped for time or exploring the city. There’s a location in Streeterville as well, and a location opening in Fulton Market soon.
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10. Sable Kitchen & Bar

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505 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-9704
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Adjoining the Hotel Palomar Chicago in River North and named after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Sable Kitchen and Bar is focused on cocktail creativity as well as sherrys, ports and vermouths. Some of the more unique cocktails include Spanish-style gin and tonics. Although you can sleep in the hotel upstairs, don't sleep on the food in the restaurant either.
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11. Sixteen

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Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 588-8030
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Perhaps the most notable restaurant listed, the two-Michelin-starred food at Sixteen may help you look past (or add to the appeal, depending on your political leanings) of its location on the 16th floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower. The long, expensive, and often extremely-creative tasting menus amaze many well-heeled diners and Michelin inspectors, and the terrace outside brings in Chicago elites for expensive cocktails and awe-inspiring skyline views.

12. Travelle

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330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 923-7705
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Travelle, the swanky chef-driven restaurant on the second floor of the Langham, is an upscale food destination whether you're staying in the hotel or not. Flame-grilled small plates are some of the most popular dishes, as well as duck confit and some adventurous foods.
Timothy Hiatt

13. Cherry Circle Room

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 792-3515
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Semi-hidden on the second floor of the gorgeous and historic Chicago Athletic Association hotel across from Millennium Park, the menu at CCR is as much of a time capsule as the space it inhabits — it's inspired by menus of CAA’s past that date back as far as 1890. Much of the regional classic menu can be presented tableside, alongside the terrific cocktail menu by Paul McGee that highlights a slew of martinis. Also check out the outstanding rooftop, Cindy's; the casual food, drinks, and games in the Game Room; and the unique upscale drinking experience in Drawing Room.
The entrance to Cherry Circle Room inside the Chicago Athletic Association hotel has plenty of historic wood paneling, wooden furniture, drim lighting, and the logo on the floor. Marc Much

14. Boleo

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122 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 750-9007
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Score Latin-American cuisine inspired by the bustling Peruvian street food scene high above the Loop on the 15th floor of the Kimpton Gray Hotel in The Loop. The menu ranges from ceviches to empanadas and many other Latin flavors in between. Regardless of the weather, the rooftop bar is open-round with a retractable glass roof, as is the standout swanky bar, Vol. 39, on the second floor. A third restaurant, the creative chef-driven Steadfast on the ground floor, is also worth a meal.
Sarah Joyce

15. Mercat a la Planxa

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638 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 765-0524
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Dive into a meal that's reminiscent of the Barcelona Market at Chicago's best-regarded Spanish restaurant. Located in the historic Blackstone Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the South Loop, the menu is inspired by Catalonian cuisine with specialties from the Planxa grill. Cocktails and bites are in the lounge, or head to the dining room for some classic Spanish tapas that include grilled octopus, smoked-paprika garlic sausage, and the very popular patatas bravas. Mercat recently reopened following renovations.

1. Cafe Robey

2018 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Nick Fochtman
The brand-new long-awaited Hotel Robey in Wicker Park's omnipresent Northwest Tower is a rare standout Chicago dining and sleeping spot outside of downtown. The multi-building destination holds multiple bars and restaurants, but the ground-floor anchor cafe is where to find the best food here, most of which is well-executed French bistro fare. The weekend brunch is popular too, and head upstairs to the Up & Up rooftop for some of the best views in the city.
2018 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

2. Nico Osteria

1015 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Marc Much
Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality give the Gold Coast one of the most unique Italian seafood restaurants in the country. Located inside the Thompson Hotel, indulge in a variety of whole fish, lobster spaghetti, crudos, and all sorts of coastal dishes reminiscent of the Italian seaside. Much of the menu does change daily, so keep an eye on social media, and try the brunch, lunch, and downstairs bar too.
1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

3. Allium Restaurant and Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611
Yes, top dining can be found near the touristy Magnificent Mile. Inside the Four Seasons Hotel, much of Allium’s menu is farm-sourced and features a bit of everything for everyone, from lobster nachos to dry-aged steaks. Plus, get a taste of Chicago with former chef Kevin Hickey's DIY Chicago-style hot dog that is completely house-made for a unique take on one of the city's most famous dishes.
120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611

4. Café des Architectes

20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
cafe des architectes Provided
Café des Architects — another good dining spot off the Mag Mile (inside the Sofitel Water Tower Hotel) — combines French cuisine with a local flare. The foie gras, halibut, burgers, and terrific baked goods give diners an idea of the menus' range. The restaurant is also a popular spot for the shopping crowd on beautiful days.
20 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611

5. NoMI

800 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Midwestern hospitality is the focus at this popular restaurant on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt on the Mag Mile. NoMi, meaning North Michigan, brings the farm and forge to the table with swanky farm-sourced dishes. The rooftop bar is a popular spot in the warmer months and offers a generous view of Chicago’s skyline.
800 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Shanghai Terrace

108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
One of the best-regarded Chinese spots in Chicago is an upscale hotel restaurant downtown. Try a variety of Cantonese and Shanghainese dishes that include some traditional classics and modern renditions including a signature Peking duck, golden shrimp, beef tenderloin, and standout dim sum. Weather permitting, the outdoor Terrace features its own menu of bar bites and snacks, and The Lobby, which has garnered a Michelin star, is a standout restaurant in its own right in The Peninsula Chicago hotel.
108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

7. Baptiste & Bottle

101 E Erie St Fl 20, Chicago, IL 60611
Nick Fochtman
The restaurant on the 20th floor of the new Conrad Hotel in River North serves an upscale American menu that is centered on the flexibility of both seasonal ingredients and an American classic – bourbon. Alongside dinner and a comprehensive whiskey selection, meals can be paired with tableside cocktail service. The brunch is also popular and look for its rooftop Japanese restaurant and lounge soon.
101 E Erie St Fl 20
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Primehouse

616 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Provided
Formerly David Burke's Primehouse, the celebrity chef is gone but one of the best-regarded steakhouses in Chicago remains inside the James Hotel in River North. Steaks are dry-aged in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room at this classic American steakhouse. Or diners can skip the big steakhouse experience and go for smaller-proportioned dishes, such as the thin burger, at the Primehouse bar.
616 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Beatrix

519 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Beatrix Provided
This all-day restaurant by Lettuce Entertain You in the lobby of the Aloft Hotel in River North runs the gamut of chef-driven breakfast, lunch and dinner food; an assortment of baked goods, freshly-squeezed juices, coffees and artisan cocktails; and carry-out for those strapped for time or exploring the city. There’s a location in Streeterville as well, and a location opening in Fulton Market soon.
519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Sable Kitchen & Bar

505 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Provided
Adjoining the Hotel Palomar Chicago in River North and named after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Sable Kitchen and Bar is focused on cocktail creativity as well as sherrys, ports and vermouths. Some of the more unique cocktails include Spanish-style gin and tonics. Although you can sleep in the hotel upstairs, don't sleep on the food in the restaurant either.
505 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Sixteen

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, Chicago, IL 60611
Perhaps the most notable restaurant listed, the two-Michelin-starred food at Sixteen may help you look past (or add to the appeal, depending on your political leanings) of its location on the 16th floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower. The long, expensive, and often extremely-creative tasting menus amaze many well-heeled diners and Michelin inspectors, and the terrace outside brings in Chicago elites for expensive cocktails and awe-inspiring skyline views.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Chicago, IL 60611

12. Travelle

330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Timothy Hiatt
Travelle, the swanky chef-driven restaurant on the second floor of the Langham, is an upscale food destination whether you're staying in the hotel or not. Flame-grilled small plates are some of the most popular dishes, as well as duck confit and some adventurous foods.
330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

13. Cherry Circle Room

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
The entrance to Cherry Circle Room inside the Chicago Athletic Association hotel has plenty of historic wood paneling, wooden furniture, drim lighting, and the logo on the floor. Marc Much
Semi-hidden on the second floor of the gorgeous and historic Chicago Athletic Association hotel across from Millennium Park, the menu at CCR is as much of a time capsule as the space it inhabits — it's inspired by menus of CAA’s past that date back as far as 1890. Much of the regional classic menu can be presented tableside, alongside the terrific cocktail menu by Paul McGee that highlights a slew of martinis. Also check out the outstanding rooftop, Cindy's; the casual food, drinks, and games in the Game Room; and the unique upscale drinking experience in Drawing Room.
12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

14. Boleo

122 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Sarah Joyce
Score Latin-American cuisine inspired by the bustling Peruvian street food scene high above the Loop on the 15th floor of the Kimpton Gray Hotel in The Loop. The menu ranges from ceviches to empanadas and many other Latin flavors in between. Regardless of the weather, the rooftop bar is open-round with a retractable glass roof, as is the standout swanky bar, Vol. 39, on the second floor. A third restaurant, the creative chef-driven Steadfast on the ground floor, is also worth a meal.
122 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603

15. Mercat a la Planxa

638 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Dive into a meal that's reminiscent of the Barcelona Market at Chicago's best-regarded Spanish restaurant. Located in the historic Blackstone Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the South Loop, the menu is inspired by Catalonian cuisine with specialties from the Planxa grill. Cocktails and bites are in the lounge, or head to the dining room for some classic Spanish tapas that include grilled octopus, smoked-paprika garlic sausage, and the very popular patatas bravas. Mercat recently reopened following renovations.
638 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

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