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Three pieces of beef sit inside a built-in Korean grill on a table. Other round dishes surround the grill, filled with meat, vegetables, and garlic.
Perilla is among the new Bib Gourmands.
Perilla [Official Photo]

Chicago's 2021 Michelin Bib Gourmand List, Mapped

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

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Perilla is among the new Bib Gourmands.
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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 2021 list adds 10 new restaurants while removing five. Altogether, 58 restaurants are represented. This is the tire company’s 10th 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. This year, inspectors took special interest in international cuisine, highlighting Mexican, Korean, Filipino, Spanish, South Asian, and Chinese-American options across the city.

Most of the previous members who fell off the list closed since September 2019 (Fat Rice, Pacific Standard Time, Passerotto, Two). Pizzeria Bebu in Lincoln Park hasn’t yet reopened after ceasing operations in spring 2020, but remains on the list per Michelin’s pandemic-era policy of holding onto temporarily-shuttered spots that appeared on last year’s list. The River North outpost of True Food Kitchen, a health-focused national chain, was a surprise inclusion in 2020 and did not reappear among the new selections.

Scroll through the map below for Michelin’s take on Chicago’s dining scene, check out Eater Chicago’s map of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants in 2020. The city’s restaurants are slated to receive new stars on Thursday, April 29.

As of March 2, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. Regardless, the state requires reservations for both indoor and outdoor dining. However, this should not be taken as an 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. 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 maintains Michelin status.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 fifth year. The BYO features elegant tasting menus in a laid-back setting.

A table and chairs inside a dining room, placed beside a large window.
Herb is a calming retreat in Edgewater.
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

3. 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. 

4. 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.

5. Munno Pizzeria & Bistro

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4656 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 942-7575
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Uptown’s Munno Pizzeria Bistro makes its Bib Gourmand debut this year with Neapolitan-inspired pies.

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.

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.

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 third-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.

A narrow below-ground restaurant space with rows of two-top tables
mfk. is still going strong
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

11. 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.

A dark dining room with a large bar filled with bottles
Longman & Eagle is home to a serious whiskey collection.
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12. 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.

An open kitchen separated from a dining room by a bar painted with green plants
Diners can watch the action inside Mi Tocaya Antojería’s open kitchen.
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13. 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 white dining room space with wooden tables
Avli Taverna whisks diners to the Greek coast.
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14. 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.

A narrow dining room with exposed brick walls and grey tables and chairs.
Daytime dishes get top billing at Jam.
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15. 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 21th birthday.

16. 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.

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This dining room became a weekend market during the pandemic.
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17. 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.

18. Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar

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2165 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 666-5143
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The team behind fellow Michelin-tapped spot Giant this year also earned recognition for its take on Chinese-American fare with Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar in Bucktown.

A spread of Chinese-America food including, meats, egg rolls, sauces, and Chinese broccoli.
Chef’s Special opened in January 2020.
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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 is included for the second year running. Find tacos, fresh juices, cocktails, and more.

A spacious dining room with light wood furnishings and potted cacti
Lonesome Rose is an all day spot for tacos and margaritas.
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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.

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.

A dining room with tall dark wood tables and a bar lined with green painted Mexican tiles
Dos Urban Cantina has developed a following in Logan Square.
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

22. Giant

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3209 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-0997
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Chef Jason Vincent's lauded hotspot in Logan Square is Michelin-approved for another year.

A narrow dining space with exposed brick walls and grey banquette seating
Giant has become a Bib Gourmand regular.
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

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.

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. Bebu has remained closed since spring 2020, but Michelin kept it on the list under the pandemic-era policy of retaining temporarily-closed restaurants that were among last year’s selections.

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 brown, wood-laden restaurant interior
Fans flock to Ina Mae for Southern-style seafood and more.
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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 groups or intimate dates, as Mott St takes a creative approach to Chinese and Korean street food.

27. Mama Delia

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1721 W Division St Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 487-1236
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Mama Delia, the replacement for Black Bull in Wicker Park, has landed on Michelin’s list less than a year after opening. It features contemporary Spanish cuisine alongside a sherry bar and ultramarino, or gourmet market.

A large outdoor patio for dining next to a pink building.
Mama Delia highlights the talents of chef Marcos Campos.
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28. Kasama

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1001 N Winchester Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-3790
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Ukrainian Village Filipino-American bistro and French bakery Kasama has taken the city’s restuarant scene by storm since it opened toward the beginning of the pandemic. Owners and wife-and-husband team Genie Kwon and Tim Flores have won over Michelin as well as Chicagoans with flavorful and creative delights.

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Chef Genie Kwon features some of the best pastries in Chicago.
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29. 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.

A large white dining room with black furnishings
Marisol is a departure from mundane museum restaurants.
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30. Vajra

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1329 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 929-4990
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South Asian powerhouse Vajra brings high quality ingredients and excellent cocktails to the table in West Town. Its Indian and Nepali cuisine landed it on Michelin’s list for the first time this year.

Get the momos, or anything with goat.
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31. 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.

A large dining room with long rows of tables and chairs along banquettes. An open kitchen is at the end of the rows.
An open kitchen creates a festive atmosphere at Funkenhausen.
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32. Soulé

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1931 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 526-3825
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Chicagoans have known Soulé as a hotspot for soul food since it opened in 2017. Now Michelin has tuned into a good thing and giving owner Bridgette Flagg a Bib Gourmand nod for the first time.

33. 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.

34. Tzuco

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720 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 374-8995
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Tzuco, celebrated chef Carlos Gaytán’s show-stopping Mexican restaurant in River North, earned a spot on Michelin’s list for the first time this year. Eater Chicago dubbed its interior 2019’s best Design of the Year.

The dining room is heavy on wood accents, leather chairs, and glass cases filled with vines and Mexican artifacts.
Tzuco earns top marks for food, design, and value.
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35. 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.

36. 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 down the street, but Michelin is still enamored.

The modern dining room with European touches.
The Purple Pig remains a crowd-pleaser.
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37. 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 more than three decades in River North.

38. Perilla Korean American Fare

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401 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 243-3344
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Korean-American destination Perilla is another first-time Bib Gourmand member, marrying homestyle Korean fare to Midwestern styles and ingredients. Many clamor for its great fried chicken, but be sure to explore other options like kimchi silken tofu stew and stir-fried glass noodles.

A circular dish with wing topped with scallions, and flanked by cubed radishes.
There’s lots to try at Perilla.
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39. Ciccio Mio

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226 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 796-3316
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The owners of popular burger spot Au Cheval are reaping the Michelin benefits after reinventing their struggling River North restaurant as Italian-American dining den Ciccio Mio

The dimly-lit dining room of a new Italian restaurant with red booths, vintage framed photographs, and chandeliers.
Ciccio Mio aims for old-school opulence.
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40. Gilt Bar

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

41. 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. Ownership during the pandemic revamped the space, transforming a glamorized gangster retreat into a glittering 1920s-style cabaret.

A large pink marble bar backed by shelves of bottles.
Untitled’s new bar is made of pink marble.
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42. Joe's Imports

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813 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 736-1750
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Globe-trotting wine bar Joe’s Imports lets patrons travel via tastebuds with an extensive bottle list and delectable small plates.

43. 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 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 large dining room with very high ceilings and lots of leafy green plants.
Cabra customers can dine on goat empanadas and take in sweeping views.
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44. 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 large hotel restaurant with huge windows
Boka’s fingerprints are all over the Hoxton Chicago.
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45. 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. 

A restaurant dining room with a line of two-top tables along a large front window
Patrons can come-as-they-are at La Josie.
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

46. 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. Ownership this year opened a second Avec inside the former home of Pacific Standard time, a former Bib Gourmand spot that permanently closed in February.

47. 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.

A dining room with wooden floors and tables
Girl & the Goat keeps putting out hits.
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48. Proxi

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565 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 466-1950
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The follow-up to Sepia — located just a few feet away — this bar-centric West Loop spot draws influence from all over the world for its small dishes. The cocktails also have unusual ingredients and are balanced and refreshing.

Proxi pairs perfectly with sister restaurant Sepia.
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49. County Barbeque

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1352 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 265-0836
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After a long slumber due to a fire, County Barbecue is back. It ditched the table service for the counter, emulating the type of service found at popular barbecues in the South. County is one of four barbecue spots on the list. And while the barbecue went through and ownership change during the pandemic in 2020, it retains its Michelin status.

50. DeColores

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1626 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 226-9886
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This Mexican restaurant is still underrated in Pilsen. Find delicious mole, refried beans, and more in a colorful space.

51. Haisous Vietnamese Kitchen

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1800 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 702-1303
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Pilsen's Vietnamese destination from acclaimed chef Thai Dang (Embeya) gets another nod from Michelin. There’s also a neighboring casual cafe that owners have repurposed into a spot for killer wings.

A large restaurant dining room
Haisous draws patrons from across Chicago.
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52. Pleasant House Pub

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2119 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 523-7437
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The South Side's savory pie specialist gets Michelin status after moving to Pilsen and adding full service, craft beer, and a larger menu. For lovers of British food, this is their bet in Chicago.

53. Ghin Khao Eat Rice

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2128 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 565-4487
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Northern Thai food has made its way to Chicago in a big way thanks to Ghin Khao, a recently opened Pilsen restaurant. Standouts include grilled pork shoulder, crab fried rice, and Grandma’s pork belly.

54. Daguan Noodle

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2230 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 929-2758
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Daguan Noodle is a member of the Bib Gourmand list for another year. It specializes in rice noodles.

55. The Duck Inn

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2701 S Eleanor St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 724-8811
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Chef Kevin Hickey’s Bridgeport institution gets Michelin accolades for its outstanding creative comfort food and bar program.

The Duck Inn
The Duck Inn is an endless font of creativity.
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

56. Birrieria Zaragoza

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4852 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60632
(773) 523-3700
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Birreria Zaragoza is an Eater 38 restaurant near Midway International Airport, and one of those bucket-list places people need to try if they consider themselves truly a Chicagoan. It has a simple menu of boneless or bone-in goat served with all the needed fixings, including handmade tortillas, for some of the best tacos around.

57. Virtue Restaurant

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1462 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 947-8831
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Chef Erick Williams had the idea for Virtue in his head for a long time. He is finally able to execute in Hyde Park, bringing a multicultural approach to Southern food to the South Side. Virtue is racking up awards, including being named to Eater Chicago’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year.

A classic dining room.
Virtue is a treasure in Hyde Park.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

58. Nella Pizza e Pasta

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1125 E 55th St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 643-0603
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After vacating Lincoln Park, the owners of Nella Pizza e Pasta found a home near the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. Customers will find top-notch Neapolitan pizzas and more.