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.Read More