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San Soo Gap San is a Bib Gourmand winner.
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Chicago's 2020 Michelin Bib Gourmand List, Mapped

Where to find Michelin-approved "quality food for good value" in Chicago

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San Soo Gap San is a Bib Gourmand winner.
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Michelin's Bib Gourmand list is revered by travelers as a sign of a quality meal at an affordable price. The 2020 list adds 14 new restaurants while removing 18. Altogether, 54 restaurants are represented. This is the tire company’s ninth year in Chicago.

Eater Chicago placed the city's Bib Gourmands on a map to make it easier to visually compare Michelin's selections using geography. Geographic diversity is a short coming of many dining lists covering Chicago, and while Michelin removed a handful of South Side restaurants from its latest list including Nana, it added Birrieria Zaragoza, Ghin Khao Eat Rice, Virtue, and Nella Pizza e Pasta. Other additions include Ina Mae Tavern in Wicker Park and La Josie in West Loop.

Scroll through the map below. For Michelin’s take on Chicago fine dining scene, check out Eater Chicago’s map of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mango Pickle

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5842 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 944-5555
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Edgewater's creative Indian destination earns Michelin status. It’s the only South Asian restaurant on the list. The cuisine is far from traditional, as the chef is eager to challenge perceptions. There’s also a killer cocktail list.

2. Herb

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5424 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 944-9050
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The fancy Thai restaurant up north is a Bib Gourmand for the fourth year. The BYO features elegant tasting menus in a laid-back setting.

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3. Passerotto

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5420 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(708) 607-2102
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Chef Jennifer Kim (Snaggletooth) wows fans in Andersonville and was Eater Chicago’s 2018 chef of the year. A suburban Chicago native, she celebrates her Korean heritage using Western kitchen techniques and good wine.

Passerotto’s unique spin on Korean food.
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4. San Soo Gab San

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5247 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 334-1589
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Chicago’s only Michelin-rated Korean barbecue, San Soo Gap San uses charcoal in its grill tables to give customers delectable marinated meats. There’s also a suburban location. 

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San Soo Gab San uses charcoal.
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5. Kie-Gol-Lanee

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5004 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60640
(872) 241-9088
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Named after the Oaxacan village of Santa Maria Quiegolani, this Uptown restaurant is known for stellar moles, tlayudas, and more.

6. Smoque BBQ

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3800 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 545-7427
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Perhaps the city's best barbecue, eaters venture from far and wide for the acclaimed ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and much more.

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7. Ceres' Table

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3124 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 922-4020
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The East Lakeview Italian restaurant hasn't lost a step since relocating from further north.

8. Chilam Balam

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3023 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 296-6901
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The creative Mexican restaurant in East Lakeview gets more accolades from the Michelin Guide. It’s been around since 2009.

Red mole over chicken breast on a bed of veggies.
Chilam Balam has been around Chicago since 2009.
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9. Sol De Mexico

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3018 N Cicero Ave, Chicago
IL, 60641
(773) 282-4119
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This Mexican stalwart on the Northwest Side gets the Michelin nod for the second-straight year.

10. mfk.

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432 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-2540
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The cozy, tiny, subterranean seafood restaurant serves big Michelin-recognized flavors on the Lakeview/Lincoln Park border. The owners also run Bar Biscay in West Town.

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11. Fat Rice

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2957 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-9170
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Beard-winning chef Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo created something special in Logan Square with their unique Macanese-inspired dishes. There’s a come-as-you-are atmosphere where customers will often hear old-school hip hop while digging into imaginative Asian food.

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12. Longman & Eagle

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2657 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-7110
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Logan Square's long-lauded creative restaurant, whiskey bar, and inn is a steady presence in the neighborhood. A former one-Michelin star restaurant, L&E helped lower the floodgates to the rush of restaurants opening in the area.

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13. Mi Tocaya Antojería

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2800 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(872) 315-3947
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Chef Diana Dávila's Mexican hotspot in Logan Square is already on Eater Chicago's 38, Eater's Midwest 38, and now the Michelin Guide. Dávila tells a story with each dish, like peanut butter and lengua and more. Don’t be shy: order the burrito. It’s great.

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14. Avli Taverna

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1335 W Wrightwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-5577
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Nestled near DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus, chef Louie Alexakis’s Avli Taverna gives the neighborhood a soulful and fun spot for Greek food. Sure, diners could opt for gyros, but there’s a deeper menu with more interesting items to explore. Co-owner Lou Canellis is a sportscaster who covered the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan glory days. 

A well-lit Greek bar.
Avlia Taverna is in Lincoln Park.
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15. Jam

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3057 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 292-6011
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Brunch and lunch food made with fine-dining care is what you'll find at this Logan Square masterpiece. The French toast is a must.

16. Lula Café

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2537 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-9554
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The all-day restaurant that started both the farm-to-table craze in Chicago and the Logan Square boom is rightfully recognized again. The community icon just celebrated its 20th birthday.

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17. Daisies

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2523 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-1671
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Chef Joe Frillman combines produce from his brother’s farm with a love for making pasta at Daisies in Logan Square.

18. Flat & Point

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3524 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 904-7152
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Flat & Point is a surprise hit from a fine dining chef who also spent a summer serving food to customers along the lakefront trail. The massive smoker stationed in the back of kitchen produces the basis for some non-traditional barbecue. Food is elegantly plated without the fine dining prices — don’t expect slabs of ribs smothered in tomato sauce.

A dish of smoked meats and fruit.
Flat & Point features creative smoked meats.
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19. Lonesome Rose

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2101 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 770-3414
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This Logan Square Tex-Mex spot from the owners of Lost Lake was a surprise add to the list. Find tacos, fresh juices, cocktails, and more.

20. Table, Donkey and Stick

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2728 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 486-8525
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The Alps-inspired restaurant in Logan Square is — deservingly — on the Bib Gourmand list again. It’s one of the must unique restaurants in the city. The meats and cheeses are impressive. The burger is a can’t-miss.

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21. Dos Urban Cantina

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2829 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-6452
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From a husband-and-wife team who once worked with Chicago's famed Rick Bayless, Dos Urban makes modern Mexican-inspired food with respected sources and fine dining chops. Don’t skip dessert.

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22. Giant

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3209 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-0997
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Lauded chef Jason Vincent's triumphant return to the Chicago scene is already an Eater 38 restaurant and is now Michelin-approved for his interesting comfort food.

A long, narrow dining room lined by tables on the left and right sides of the room. One wall is painted white brick and the other is light wood inlayed with black and white geometric designs. Marc Much

23. etta

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1840 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 757-4444
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The team behind Maple & Ash, the lavish Gold Coast steakhouse have toned it down a few notches at Etta, its neighborhood-friendly restaurant in Wicker Park. Diners will find pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and something for nearly everyone in a two-floor space. Wicker Park was once the home to the most artists in the city. Now, it’s a family-friendly community that needs restaurants where mom and dad can hire a babysitter and escape. Etta fits the bill.

Etta is a neighborhood restaurant in Bucktown/Wicker Park.
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24. Pizzeria Bebu

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1521 N Fremont St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 280-6000
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Hidden behind the intersection of Halsted and Clybourn, this tiny pizzeria has gourmet thin crusts that will make most New Yorkers shut up. This is an Eater 38 member.

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25. Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

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1415 N Wood St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 360-8320
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Ina Mae sits inside the former Beachwood, a charming dive bar that wasn’t exactly a looker in Wicker Park. The transformation inside has been remarkable as chef Brian Jupiter and his team have brought a taste of New Orleans to Chicago. Customers can buy seafood by the pound and enjoy it with chef Jupe’s signature hot sauce.

A restaurant with exposed brick walls with vintage seating and stools.
Ina Mae is the rehabbed Beachwood space.
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26. Mott St

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1401 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9977
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This restaurant is ideal for large groups or intimate dates, as Mott St takes a creative approach to Chinese and Korean street food.

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27. Marisol

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205 E Pearson St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 799-3599
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Chicago’s museums have been slow to accept that visitors would like to eat that something that actually tastes good. The MCA’s ownership has finally listened, forging a partnership with Jason Hammel of Logan Square’s popular Lula Cafe.

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28. Funkenhausen

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1709 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 929-4727
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Funkenhausen is the unlikely marriage of German and Southern food. It’s a casual spot with a friendly environment. The staff don’t take themselves too seriously, except in the kitchen where former Carriage House chef Mark Steuer is serving up brunch and more.

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Funkenhausen in West Town.
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29. Arami

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1829 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 243-1535
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The West Town Japanese restaurant is one of the gold standards for sushi in Chicago. Restaurateur Ty Fujimura is also behind Michelin-starred Entente.

30. Kai Zan

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2557 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 278-5776
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Find sushi masterpieces at this West Town mainstay.

31. True Food Kitchen

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1 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 204-6981
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The full-service healthy-living restaurant chain's Chicago location in River North is recognized by Michelin.

32. Pacific Standard Time

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141 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 736-1778
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Opened by a group that worked with One Off Hospitality, PST brings life into a long vacant River North space. The seasonal West Coast-inspired menu features noodles, can’t-miss salads, and a large-format seared duck breast with fresh pita bread.

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33. GT Fish and Oyster

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531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 929-3501
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Chef Giuseppe Tentori's unique seafood menu in River North creates magic with small dishes. It’s one of four Boka restaurants on the list.

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34. Two

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1132 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 624-8363
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The chef-driven farm-focused American restaurant in West Town is a Michelin favorite for another year.

35. The Purple Pig

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500 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1744
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The Bannos's downtown Mediterranean restaurant is a constantly-bustling small plate bonanza. Bannos moved to a new space this year, but Michelin is still enamored.

The modern dining room with European touches.
This is the Purple Pig’s new incarnation.
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36. Frontera Grill

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445 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 661-1434
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The Mexican restaurant that started it all for Rick Bayless continues to endure after nearly three decades in River North.

37. Gilt Bar

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230 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 464-9544
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Brendan Sodikoff's first River North restaurant set the sultry standard for his string of smash hits.

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38. Untitled Supper Club

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111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 880-1511
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The large speakeasy-style supper club, whiskey paradise, and vintage event space gets noticed for its food.

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39. Cabra

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200 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 761-1717
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Stephanie Izard and Boka Restaurant Group have teamed up again for a rooftop restaurant on top of the Hoxton Chicago hotel. Izard and staff spent time in Peru for R&D and came home with ideas for ceviche and more. 

A rooftop restaurant right lots of sunshine and modern decor.
Cabra is the rooftop restaurant at the Hoxton.
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40. Cira

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200 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 761-1777
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The rooftop isn’t the only place to have fun inside the Hoxton Chicago in the West Loop. Boka’s other restaurant inside the hotel, Cira, features top-notch pita and more Mediterranean items.

A smattering of Mediterranean food on a table.
Cira also earned a Bib Gourmand in 2020.
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41. La Josie

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740 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 929-2900
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An upscale Mexican restaurant and bar where customers can let their hair down and party or devour some fancy tacos stuffed with lobster and red snapper, La Josie was a long time coming on Randolph Street. It’s from the same family behind El Solazo near Midway International Airport. 

The first floor of a restaurant’s dining room.
La Josie on Randolph Street.
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42. Avec

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615 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 377-2002
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One Off Hospitality's West Loop restaurant kicked off a small plate frenzy in Chicago and continues to be one of the best restaurants in the city.

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43. Girl & the Goat

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809 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 492-6262
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Stephanie Izard's Randolph Row mainstay is not only one of the toughest reservations in Chicago, but it also serves outstanding food, as the Michelin guide attests. It’s one of two Izard restaurants on the list.