Iconic Chicago Restaurants

Iconic Chicago Restaurants

Chicago is a city well known for its variety of restaurants. This includes world renowned fine dining, celebrity hot spots, and local favorites. Not to mention all the Michelin stars and James Beard awards the city has racked up over the years.

Here you’ll find a list of some of Chicago’s most famous restaurants from cult classics to trendsetting hot spots.


Alinea gives food much more meaning than just being food. They often include interactive performance art dishes. Image an apple-flavored balloon that actually floats and gelatin bites that taste like a Chicago-style hot dog.

Chef Grant Achatz has led the famed Lincoln Park establishment since 2005 which as earned him the most elite accolades in the culinary world.

Gene & Georgetti Steakhouse

Chicago’s oldest steakhouse located in the heart of River North is a must try restaurant. Inside, you’ll find an old school setting with red leather chairs and white table clothes. The walls are lined with photos of famous patrons.

Gene & Georgetti is beloved for their traditional Italian dishes, and of course their wide variety of flavorful steaks.

Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse

Another Chicago steakhouse you can’t miss is Gibson’s. It is the first restaurants group in the country to have its own USDA Certified Angus beef program completely sourced from the Midwest.

Their menu includes a wide variety of cuts in addition to salads, seafood, and the famous “Sandwich King,” a hamburger topped with crispy cherry peppers, jalapeno havarti cheese, and spicy mango.

Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen

Manny’s boasts recipes that have been passed down for generations, and for good reason. Their award winning meats are top of the line. With a full menu of deli classics, there is plenty to chose from. However, Manny’s is most known for their corned beef. Try the corn beef piled high between two slices of rye bread, tucked into eggs benedict, or served as an entree with potato pancakes.

The Signature Room at the 95th

Sitting on the 95th floor of one of Chicago’s most famous skyscrapers, the Signature Room offers sweeping panoramas of the surrounding city and lake. The menu includes upscale options such as seafood towers, roasted rack of lamb, and twin lobster tails in addition to an extensive cocktail and wine list.


Top Chef winner Joe Flamm executive chef at Spiaggia has refined Italian dishes which have earned him and Spiaggia numerous accolades including a coveted Michelin star.

While the entire menu is tempting, the Tasting Experience is a great way to try seasonal selections. Spiaggia also boast an acclaimed wine program with more than 700 bottles.

The Walnut Room

Located on the 7th floor of Macy’s on State Street The Walnut Room is one of the city’s longest running restaurants, and the first to ever open inside a department store. The space is covered with ornate touches such as wood paneling imported from Russia and glittering Austrian chandeliers.

The menu remains a classic with dishes such as Mrs. Hering’s Chicken Pot Pie which they have served sine they opened in 1905. The best time to visit is during the holiday. The famous 45-foot-tall lavishly decorated Christmas tree is on display.