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Mako offers diners an exquisite omakase experience.
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Where to Eat Sushi in Chicago

Find decadent omakase and pristine sashimi — even for takeout

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Mako offers diners an exquisite omakase experience.
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The Midwest isn’t known for sushi, but Chicago’s scene has exploded in recent years. The city may be far from oceans, but chefs can now better leverage connections to source fresh fish from some of the world’s best fish markets. It doesn’t hurt that Chicago is an air cargo hub, making procuring ingredients attainable, provided restaurants (and ultimately customers) pay a premium price for shipping.

The city’s sushi scene is stronger than ever thanks to spots like B.K. Park’s Michelin-starred Mako in West Loop, James Beard Award semifinalist Kyōten in Logan Square, and omakase counters Sushi Suite 202 (Lincoln Park) and Michelin-starred Omakase Yume (West Loop). So whether it’s spicy tuna rolls or decadent bites of fatty otoro and rich, creamy uni, these are the best places to wild out on raw fish.

A number of Chicago restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tanoshii

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5547 N Clark St, Chicago
IL, 60661
(312) 207-8894
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Those in the know go to Mike Ham, affectionately known as Sushi Mike, for his masterful ability to manipulate maki. In addition to the regular menu, diners can order chef’s choice rolls that are customized to their tastes. These creations are packed with tuna, tempura shrimp, soft shell crab, truffle oil, and more. Tanoshii is also located in Andersonville. The restaurant is open for carryout, delivery, and dine-in, and patio seating is available. A West Loop location along Randolph Street also offers delivery.

Some of Tanoshii’s sushi
Tanoshii Sushi [Official Photo]

2. Lawrence Fish Market

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3920 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 267-6838

The dollar goes a long way at this popular carryout operation in Albany Park. Favored for its budget-friendly prices, Lawrence Fish Market churns out commendable maki rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. Customers can order pieces a la carte or enjoy a sushi feast with one of the party trays. Cash only.

3. Raisu Japanese Fine Dining

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2958 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 961-7299
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Oversized maki rolls take a backseat to minimalist nigiri at Raisu, where chef Simon Liew uses some of the highest-quality fish in the city. The Irving Park restaurant’s modest dining room boasts a five-seat sushi counter dressed with hanging lanterns, and the menu features an omakase option that starts at $75. Products, such as seasonal Hokkaido uni and botan ebi, are sourced weekly from Japan. Raisu is open for carryout, delivery, and dine-in.

Plates of sushi on a table.
Raisu has a selection of stunning sushi.
Raisu Japanese Fine Dining [Official Photo]

4. Juno Sushi

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2638 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
IL, 60614
(773) 935-2000
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For chef B.K. Park, fresh fish is his palette and a sharp knife is his paint brush. With them, he builds composed plates of scallops, sake-marinated sea eel, and aromatic smoked sashimi, as well as an array of nigiri bites. Park also offers a chef’s choice omakase, but make sure to give the restaurant a 24-hour heads up. Juno is open for carryout and dine-in.

A plate of smoked fish.
Gorgeous presentations are a hallmark of Juno.
Juno Sushi [Official Photo]

5. Toro Sushi

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2546 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 348-7255
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Locals pack into this tiny Lincoln Park spot for affordable and quality sushi. Owner and chef Mitch Kim whips up a creative selection of signature maki rolls, such as the “Oh My God” (tempura shrimp, unagi, kani salad, cream cheese, mango, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayo, unagi sauce, sriracha). The BYOB policy is also a crowd-pleaser, and waiting for a table should be expected as reservations are not accepted. However, Toro is currently only open for delivery and carryout.

6. Macku Sushi

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2239 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 880 8012
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Chef Macku Chan breaks out the big knife at his Lincoln Park restaurant to slice fresh seafood into nigiri, sashimi, and maki for $75 a head. The regular menu is also rich with pleasures, from striped bass with seasonal berries and cucumber to sea bream with toasted pine nuts and fried shallots. Macku is open for carryout and delivery.

A plate of sushi and caviar.
Macku’s sushi is as beautiful as it is delicious.
Macku Sushi [Official Photo]

7. Kyōten

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2507 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 678-0800
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Ambitious chef Otto Phan, who recently closed his Austin, Texas restaurant, arrived two years ago to Chicago. His eight-seat restaurant provides guests with a 20-plus-course omakase experience that showcases deft techniques and top-quality fish imported from markets in Tokyo and Fukuoka. The nigiri is composed of premium delicacies, such as Osetra caviar and fatty toro, and larger-than-standard rice grains seasoned with aged red vinegar. Kyoten is currently offering to-go bento boxes and accepting reservations for private dinners with sliding prices for groups of two to four. Dinner for two costs $1,200.

A bento box stuffed with various pieces of sushi with a ramekin of wasabi in the middle. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

8. Sushi Suite 202

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1816 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

An intimate experience unlike any other, Sushi Suite offers pristine fish inside a 500-square-foot hotel room. The omakase restaurant — located on the second floor of Hotel Lincoln — receives products fresh from Japan and treats guests to 17 courses over the span of an hour for $125 per head. The bites include luxurious ingredients like A5 wagyu, Hokkaido uni, and otoro tuna. On the beverage side, bartenders create bespoke cocktails while sake is dispensed via a self-serve vending machine. As a safety precaution, capacity is currently limited to four diners per seating.

9. Arami

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1829 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
IL, 60622
(312) 243-1535
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One of the gold standards for sushi in Chicago has long been this West Town staple (also a Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient) that treats slicing fish like a science. Grab a seat and watch chef Joseph Fontelera prepare bigeye tuna topped with avocado, tobiko, and shiso leaf; and trio maki rolls filled with yellowtail, tuna, and salmon. Couples can also opt for a $125 dinner for two, which includes nine courses. The restaurant is open for carryout, delivery, and dine-in service. There is also an Arami outpost in Time Out Market Chicago. Delivery and takeout is available.

10. Yuzu Sushi & Robata Grill

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1751 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 666-4100
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Sushi becomes edible art at this neighborhood favorite in West Town. Massive maki rolls stuffed full of ingredients are the specialty here, presented on boards that have been beautifully decorated with sauces. The colorful drawings feature everything from dragons to the Chicago skyline, and they add a fun element to each dish. Yuzu is currently open for carryout and delivery.

A maki roll plated with colorful sauces on the platter.
Yuzu’s makil rolls are a sight to behold.
Yuzu [Official Photo]

11. Kai Zan

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2557 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
IL, 60622
(773) 278-5776
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At this lauded sushi destination, it’s best to sit back and let chefs Melvin and Carlo Vizconde do all the work by choosing the modestly-priced $65 omakase menu. The twin brothers meticulously assemble inventive sushi interpretations, such as “Angry Crab” (spicy crab wrapped in tuna and topped with tempura crunch) and “Orange Rush” (seared scallop wrapped in salmon with a citrus glaze). Kai Zan is open for carryout.

A piece of nigiri garnished with a flower.
Kai Zan is best known for its creative omakase offerings.
Kai Zan [Official Photo]

12. Sushi-san

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63 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 828-0575
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Sushi-san’s motto is “hip hop and hand rolls,” which should give some indication of the casual vibe at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ ocean-oriented follow-up to Ramen-san. While chef Kaze Chan is serving a full slate of izakaya-inspired plates, from tempura to grilled pork belly, the restaurant’s sweet spot is its “San-sets,” inclusive of both maki rolls and traditional nigiri. A 14-course tableside omakase experience led by Chan is available on Friday and Saturday nights for $98 per person. Sushi-san offers carryout, delivery, and dine-in service.

An assortment of brightly colored sushi on dark trays.
Enjoy laid-back vibes, hip hop beats, and top-notch maki and nigiri at this LEYE establishment.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises/Zoe Rain

13. Omakase Takeya

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819 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-7710
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The folks behind Ramen Takeya added a seven-seat sushi restaurant to the space in 2018. Located in the basement of the noodle shop, Omakase Takeya specializes in Edomae-style sushi and kaiseki small plates by chef Hiromichi Sasaki. During the pandemic, the experience has shifted to sushi boxes and a la carte maki and nigari, available for carryout or delivery.

A piece of uni topped with caviar.
Diners commit to a tasting menu at Omakase Takeya.
Omakase Takeya [Official Photo]

14. Momotaro

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820 W Lake St, Chicago
IL, 60607
(312) 733-4818
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The Boka Restaurant Group made a big splash with its foray into Japanese dining. Esteemed chef Gene Kato not only carves into prime seafood, such as fatty bluefin tuna and Hokkaido uni, he also uses a robata to produce succulent bites of lamb, chicken thigh, and more. Downstairs, a Tokyo-inspired izakaya bar offers comforting dishes like uni pasta and tantanmen ramen. Momotaro is open for carryout, delivery, and sit-down service.

A person holding a platter of sushi.
Momotaro is a two-story sushi and robata temple from one of Chicago’s biggest restaurant groups.
Boka Restaurant Group/Galdones Photography

15. Mako

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731 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 988-0687
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Juno chef B.K. Park debuted his latest project last year in the West Loop — a sophisticated, minimalist dining space devoted to the sea. Housing just 22 seats, divided between tables and a 12-seat bar, Michelin-starred Mako features 20-plus courses of nigiri and plated Japanese dishes for $175 per person. The restaurant is accepting reservations for dine-in service and also offers an eight-course omakase for pickup.

A piece of wagyu beef served on a bed of rice.
Mako received a Michelin star in 2019.
Mako [Official Photo]

16. Omakase Yume

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651 W Washington Blvd #101
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 265-1610
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Korean chef Sangtae Park helms Michelin-starred Omakase Yume, the uncluttered, blonde wood-designed omakase den in the West Loop. Expect a series of 17 seasonally-changing bites focused on Edomae-style sushi. This type of sushi originated in Edo, the old name for Tokyo, and hinges on various curing and preservation techniques. The cost is $150 per person and reservations are currently being booked for sit-down service.

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1. Tanoshii

5547 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, 60661
Some of Tanoshii’s sushi
Tanoshii Sushi [Official Photo]

Those in the know go to Mike Ham, affectionately known as Sushi Mike, for his masterful ability to manipulate maki. In addition to the regular menu, diners can order chef’s choice rolls that are customized to their tastes. These creations are packed with tuna, tempura shrimp, soft shell crab, truffle oil, and more. Tanoshii is also located in Andersonville. The restaurant is open for carryout, delivery, and dine-in, and patio seating is available. A West Loop location along Randolph Street also offers delivery.

5547 N Clark St, Chicago
IL, 60661

2. Lawrence Fish Market

3920 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

The dollar goes a long way at this popular carryout operation in Albany Park. Favored for its budget-friendly prices, Lawrence Fish Market churns out commendable maki rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. Customers can order pieces a la carte or enjoy a sushi feast with one of the party trays. Cash only.

3920 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

3. Raisu Japanese Fine Dining

2958 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618
Plates of sushi on a table.
Raisu has a selection of stunning sushi.
Raisu Japanese Fine Dining [Official Photo]

Oversized maki rolls take a backseat to minimalist nigiri at Raisu, where chef Simon Liew uses some of the highest-quality fish in the city. The Irving Park restaurant’s modest dining room boasts a five-seat sushi counter dressed with hanging lanterns, and the menu features an omakase option that starts at $75. Products, such as seasonal Hokkaido uni and botan ebi, are sourced weekly from Japan. Raisu is open for carryout, delivery, and dine-in.

2958 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60618

4. Juno Sushi

2638 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, 60614
A plate of smoked fish.
Gorgeous presentations are a hallmark of Juno.
Juno Sushi [Official Photo]

For chef B.K. Park, fresh fish is his palette and a sharp knife is his paint brush. With them, he builds composed plates of scallops, sake-marinated sea eel, and aromatic smoked sashimi, as well as an array of nigiri bites. Park also offers a chef’s choice omakase, but make sure to give the restaurant a 24-hour heads up. Juno is open for carryout and dine-in.

2638 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
IL, 60614

5. Toro Sushi

2546 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

Locals pack into this tiny Lincoln Park spot for affordable and quality sushi. Owner and chef Mitch Kim whips up a creative selection of signature maki rolls, such as the “Oh My God” (tempura shrimp, unagi, kani salad, cream cheese, mango, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayo, unagi sauce, sriracha). The BYOB policy is also a crowd-pleaser, and waiting for a table should be expected as reservations are not accepted. However, Toro is currently only open for delivery and carryout.

2546 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

6. Macku Sushi

2239 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
A plate of sushi and caviar.
Macku’s sushi is as beautiful as it is delicious.
Macku Sushi [Official Photo]

Chef Macku Chan breaks out the big knife at his Lincoln Park restaurant to slice fresh seafood into nigiri, sashimi, and maki for $75 a head. The regular menu is also rich with pleasures, from striped bass with seasonal berries and cucumber to sea bream with toasted pine nuts and fried shallots. Macku is open for carryout and delivery.

2239 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

7. Kyōten

2507 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A bento box stuffed with various pieces of sushi with a ramekin of wasabi in the middle. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Ambitious chef Otto Phan, who recently closed his Austin, Texas restaurant, arrived two years ago to Chicago. His eight-seat restaurant provides guests with a 20-plus-course omakase experience that showcases deft techniques and top-quality fish imported from markets in Tokyo and Fukuoka. The nigiri is composed of premium delicacies, such as Osetra caviar and fatty toro, and larger-than-standard rice grains seasoned with aged red vinegar. Kyoten is currently offering to-go bento boxes and accepting reservations for private dinners with sliding prices for groups of two to four. Dinner for two costs $1,200.

2507 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. Sushi Suite 202

1816 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

An intimate experience unlike any other, Sushi Suite offers pristine fish inside a 500-square-foot hotel room. The omakase restaurant — located on the second floor of Hotel Lincoln — receives products fresh from Japan and treats guests to 17 courses over the span of an hour for $125 per head. The bites include luxurious ingredients like A5 wagyu, Hokkaido uni, and otoro tuna. On the beverage side, bartenders create bespoke cocktails while sake is dispensed via a self-serve vending machine. As a safety precaution, capacity is currently limited to four diners per seating.

1816 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

9. Arami

1829 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL, 60622

One of the gold standards for sushi in Chicago has long been this West Town staple (also a Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient) that treats slicing fish like a science. Grab a seat and watch chef Joseph Fontelera prepare bigeye tuna topped with avocado, tobiko, and shiso leaf; and trio maki rolls filled with yellowtail, tuna, and salmon. Couples can also opt for a $125 dinner for two, which includes nine courses. The restaurant is open for carryout, delivery, and dine-in service. There is also an Arami outpost in Time Out Market Chicago. Delivery and takeout is available.

1829 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
IL, 60622

10. Yuzu Sushi & Robata Grill

1751 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A maki roll plated with colorful sauces on the platter.
Yuzu’s makil rolls are a sight to behold.
Yuzu [Official Photo]

Sushi becomes edible art at this neighborhood favorite in West Town. Massive maki rolls stuffed full of ingredients are the specialty here, presented on boards that have been beautifully decorated with sauces. The colorful drawings feature everything from dragons to the Chicago skyline, and they add a fun element to each dish. Yuzu is currently open for carryout and delivery.

1751 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

11. Kai Zan

2557 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL, 60622
A piece of nigiri garnished with a flower.
Kai Zan is best known for its creative omakase offerings.
Kai Zan [Official Photo]

At this lauded sushi destination, it’s best to sit back and let chefs Melvin and Carlo Vizconde do all the work by choosing the modestly-priced $65 omakase menu. The twin brothers meticulously assemble inventive sushi interpretations, such as “Angry Crab” (spicy crab wrapped in tuna and topped with tempura crunch) and “Orange Rush” (seared scallop wrapped in salmon with a citrus glaze). Kai Zan is open for carryout.

2557 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
IL, 60622

12. Sushi-san

63 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
An assortment of brightly colored sushi on dark trays.
Enjoy laid-back vibes, hip hop beats, and top-notch maki and nigiri at this LEYE establishment.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises/Zoe Rain

Sushi-san’s motto is “hip hop and hand rolls,” which should give some indication of the casual vibe at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ ocean-oriented follow-up to Ramen-san. While chef Kaze Chan is serving a full slate of izakaya-inspired plates, from tempura to grilled pork belly, the restaurant’s sweet spot is its “San-sets,” inclusive of both maki rolls and traditional nigiri. A 14-course tableside omakase experience led by Chan is available on Friday and Saturday nights for $98 per person. Sushi-san offers carryout, delivery, and dine-in service.

63 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Omakase Takeya

819 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
A piece of uni topped with caviar.
Diners commit to a tasting menu at Omakase Takeya.
Omakase Takeya [Official Photo]

The folks behind Ramen Takeya added a seven-seat sushi restaurant to the space in 2018. Located in the basement of the noodle shop, Omakase Takeya specializes in Edomae-style sushi and kaiseki small plates by chef Hiromichi Sasaki. During the pandemic, the experience has shifted to sushi boxes and a la carte maki and nigari, available for carryout or delivery.

819 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

14. Momotaro

820 W Lake St, Chicago, IL, 60607
A person holding a platter of sushi.
Momotaro is a two-story sushi and robata temple from one of Chicago’s biggest restaurant groups.
Boka Restaurant Group/Galdones Photography

The Boka Restaurant Group made a big splash with its foray into Japanese dining. Esteemed chef Gene Kato not only carves into prime seafood, such as fatty bluefin tuna and Hokkaido uni, he also uses a robata to produce succulent bites of lamb, chicken thigh, and more. Downstairs, a Tokyo-inspired izakaya bar offers comforting dishes like uni pasta and tantanmen ramen. Momotaro is open for carryout, delivery, and sit-down service.

820 W Lake St, Chicago
IL, 60607

15. Mako

731 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661
A piece of wagyu beef served on a bed of rice.
Mako received a Michelin star in 2019.
Mako [Official Photo]

Juno chef B.K. Park debuted his latest project last year in the West Loop — a sophisticated, minimalist dining space devoted to the sea. Housing just 22 seats, divided between tables and a 12-seat bar, Michelin-starred Mako features 20-plus courses of nigiri and plated Japanese dishes for $175 per person. The restaurant is accepting reservations for dine-in service and also offers an eight-course omakase for pickup.

731 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60661

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16. Omakase Yume

651 W Washington Blvd #101, Chicago, IL 60661

Korean chef Sangtae Park helms Michelin-starred Omakase Yume, the uncluttered, blonde wood-designed omakase den in the West Loop. Expect a series of 17 seasonally-changing bites focused on Edomae-style sushi. This type of sushi originated in Edo, the old name for Tokyo, and hinges on various curing and preservation techniques. The cost is $150 per person and reservations are currently being booked for sit-down service.

651 W Washington Blvd #101
Chicago, IL 60661

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