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Momatoro, Juno, Japonis by Morimoto, Taonshii Sushi Mike's, Kai Zan
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Ten Spots to Satisfy That Sushi Craving

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Despite being in the middle of the country, Chicago's sushi spots rival the best in the country. The efforts from the city's talented chefs can convince even the most sushi-averse eaters to give it a shot. Whether you're looking to spend big or just have a cheap night out, here's a few new and old spots that will satisfy.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Momotaro

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820 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-4818
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Boka Group’s shiny new Japanese behemoth features just about everything imaginable from an izakaya bar and robata grill to a sushi bar. The talented and experienced chef Jeff Ramsey is in charge of the sushi bites and he delivers with an astonishing array of nigiri, sashimi and maki. The FU roll will set you back a pretty penny but is packed with toro, king crab, uni and wagyu beef for one of the most decadent rolls you’ll ever taste.

2. Katsu

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2651 W Peterson Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 784-3383
It’s arguably Chicago’s best sushi restaurant and it’s easy to miss tucked away in West Rogers Park, but you’d be remiss to do so. The menu features the freshest selection of fish around in rolls such as the katsu maki (tuna, yellowtail, masago, king crab, avocado and cucumber), and those looking for the finest experience should put their faith in the chefs and splurge on the nigiri omakase.

3. Kai Zan

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2557 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 278-5776
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The proclaimed “sushi twins” Melvin and Carlo Vizconde put their spin on Japanese using both modern and traditional cooking techniques. Diners rave about the Orange Rush rolls (sushi scallops wrapped in salmon, seared with a citrus glaze) while the signature premium omakase menu focuses on carefully selected non-traditional ingredients and puts you in good hands.

4. Juno

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2638 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 935-2000
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Despite a fire knocking the restaurant out of commission for more than 8 months, Juno is back and as good as ever. B.K. Park has made a name for himself as one of the most talented sushi chefs in town and he puts those skills on display with a fine assortment of nigiri, sashimi and maki. The signature smoked sashimi is not to be missed—served under a smoky glass dome—as it’s a real table-pleaser. Or let chef Park create your dining experience by trying the omakase menu.

5. Japonais by Morimoto

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600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 822-9600
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The revamped and overhauled Japonais by Morimoto offers plenty of new dishes such as a tuna “pizza” and hamachi tacos but the real prize is in the fresh fish that make up the sashimi and maki rolls. If you can afford to go big, order the toro fatty tuna and let it melt in your mouth for a heavenly experience.

6. Arami

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1829 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 243-1535
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One of the city’s most heralded sushi spots, Arami continues to impress with its quality selection of fresh fish and bites like the hamachi truffle sashimi (yellowtail, mushroom, truffle oil). You’ll also want to start with an uni shooter, a flavorful explosion of sea urchin, wasabi tobiko, diced cucumber, ohba and housemade soy sauce.

7. Toro Sushi

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2546 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 348-7255
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Lincoln Park’s most popular sushi joint packs the house every night with an affordable menu of quality sushi. There’s just about every conceivable combination of maki rolls available but make sure to show up early or you’ll be waiting as the lines are long and the restaurant is small. Though the BYOB policy will help ease the pain of waiting just a little bit.

8. Lawrence Fish Market

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3914 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 267-6838
Sushi on a budget doesn’t mean you have to settle for substandard seafood. A case in point is Lawrence Fish Market, a market that also serves as a takeout sushi spot. Prices are undeniably cheap, the fish is super fresh and you’ll eat like a king for half the cost of other places. It’s one of the best values in town.

9. Tanoshii Sushi Mike's

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720 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 207-8894
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The Andersonville favorite opened a new West Loop location this year that’s dishing out the same beloved dishes like the “Fish & Chips,” a tuna tartare with avocado, pico de gallo and tobiko served with pita chips. Or let Sushi Mike do his thing and try to impress you with his specialty omakase rolls, customized based on personal preferences. It’s perfect for those who know what they like but want something new.

10. Coast Sushi Bar

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2045 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-5775
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It’s always a full house at Coast (and its South Loop, non-BYO sibling, South Coast) as diners can’t get enough of the sashimi, nigiri and signature maki rolls. The creations include everything from Smoking Pumpkin (Japanese pumpkin tempura topped with seared smoked salmon, mayo and masago) to a Maine roll (cooked lobster in ginger mayo with scallion, salmon roe and cucumber on top). It’s not the most authentic sushi spot in town, but it’s delicious enough that you won’t care. Vegetarians also have plenty of options as the vegetable maki selection has enough to satisfy everyone.

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1. Momotaro

820 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607
Boka Group’s shiny new Japanese behemoth features just about everything imaginable from an izakaya bar and robata grill to a sushi bar. The talented and experienced chef Jeff Ramsey is in charge of the sushi bites and he delivers with an astonishing array of nigiri, sashimi and maki. The FU roll will set you back a pretty penny but is packed with toro, king crab, uni and wagyu beef for one of the most decadent rolls you’ll ever taste.
820 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

2. Katsu

2651 W Peterson Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
It’s arguably Chicago’s best sushi restaurant and it’s easy to miss tucked away in West Rogers Park, but you’d be remiss to do so. The menu features the freshest selection of fish around in rolls such as the katsu maki (tuna, yellowtail, masago, king crab, avocado and cucumber), and those looking for the finest experience should put their faith in the chefs and splurge on the nigiri omakase.
2651 W Peterson Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

3. Kai Zan

2557 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
The proclaimed “sushi twins” Melvin and Carlo Vizconde put their spin on Japanese using both modern and traditional cooking techniques. Diners rave about the Orange Rush rolls (sushi scallops wrapped in salmon, seared with a citrus glaze) while the signature premium omakase menu focuses on carefully selected non-traditional ingredients and puts you in good hands.
2557 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Juno

2638 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Despite a fire knocking the restaurant out of commission for more than 8 months, Juno is back and as good as ever. B.K. Park has made a name for himself as one of the most talented sushi chefs in town and he puts those skills on display with a fine assortment of nigiri, sashimi and maki. The signature smoked sashimi is not to be missed—served under a smoky glass dome—as it’s a real table-pleaser. Or let chef Park create your dining experience by trying the omakase menu.
2638 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Japonais by Morimoto

600 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
The revamped and overhauled Japonais by Morimoto offers plenty of new dishes such as a tuna “pizza” and hamachi tacos but the real prize is in the fresh fish that make up the sashimi and maki rolls. If you can afford to go big, order the toro fatty tuna and let it melt in your mouth for a heavenly experience.
600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60610

6. Arami

1829 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
One of the city’s most heralded sushi spots, Arami continues to impress with its quality selection of fresh fish and bites like the hamachi truffle sashimi (yellowtail, mushroom, truffle oil). You’ll also want to start with an uni shooter, a flavorful explosion of sea urchin, wasabi tobiko, diced cucumber, ohba and housemade soy sauce.
1829 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

7. Toro Sushi

2546 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Lincoln Park’s most popular sushi joint packs the house every night with an affordable menu of quality sushi. There’s just about every conceivable combination of maki rolls available but make sure to show up early or you’ll be waiting as the lines are long and the restaurant is small. Though the BYOB policy will help ease the pain of waiting just a little bit.
2546 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Lawrence Fish Market

3914 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Sushi on a budget doesn’t mean you have to settle for substandard seafood. A case in point is Lawrence Fish Market, a market that also serves as a takeout sushi spot. Prices are undeniably cheap, the fish is super fresh and you’ll eat like a king for half the cost of other places. It’s one of the best values in town.
3914 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

9. Tanoshii Sushi Mike's

720 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
The Andersonville favorite opened a new West Loop location this year that’s dishing out the same beloved dishes like the “Fish & Chips,” a tuna tartare with avocado, pico de gallo and tobiko served with pita chips. Or let Sushi Mike do his thing and try to impress you with his specialty omakase rolls, customized based on personal preferences. It’s perfect for those who know what they like but want something new.
720 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

10. Coast Sushi Bar

2045 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
It’s always a full house at Coast (and its South Loop, non-BYO sibling, South Coast) as diners can’t get enough of the sashimi, nigiri and signature maki rolls. The creations include everything from Smoking Pumpkin (Japanese pumpkin tempura topped with seared smoked salmon, mayo and masago) to a Maine roll (cooked lobster in ginger mayo with scallion, salmon roe and cucumber on top). It’s not the most authentic sushi spot in town, but it’s delicious enough that you won’t care. Vegetarians also have plenty of options as the vegetable maki selection has enough to satisfy everyone.
2045 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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