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This steakhouse is a Chicago staple serving delicious aged meats, superb seafood, stiff drinks, and huge desserts. Always busy, the accommodating staff bustle around the lively space constantly attending to the filled-tables. Make a Reservation “I love Gibsons always for a big fat steak, if you’re a steak person.” – Anne Burrell (Worst Cooks In America) www.gibsonssteakhouse.com
The original creators of the Chicago-style stuffed pizza, this pizzeria has received wide acclaim from critics for its recipe. Their pizza dough takes several days to prepare, and results in a soft flaky crust that pairs perfectly with their herb-filled, homemade tomato sauce. The pizzas come traditionally with only cheese inside, but a plethora of [...]
Ralph Lauren brings his signature all-American style to his very first dining venture, which serves its steaks and chops to the likes of Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, and the big shots of Chicago and beyond. The menu holds no surprises; available year-round are classic entrees such as a massive bone-in ribeye, a garlic-parsley roasted lamb, and of [...]
Helmed by James Beard Award winner Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia delivers upscale, outstanding Italian cuisine in a warm, formal setting. Mantuano creatively reinvents Italian classics with high-end ingredients, yet is mindful of traditional Italian cooking techniques and traditions. The attentive service combined with beautiful views of Lake Michigan make this a stunning spot to dine. Make [...]
Gastropub meets wine bar at this sanctuary of house-made charcuterie, cheese, wine, and Mediterranean fare. Small and medium-sized plates dominate the menu with items ranging from traditional antipasti to more adventurous pigtail, marrow, and Wagyu dishes. The friendly staff compliments the lively, busy atmosphere. www.thepurplepigchicago.com
Floating sixteen floors above Chicago is an ultra-chic terrace lounge with one of the best alfresco views of the city. A curved bar faces the terrace’s edge, allowing you to enjoy a full view of both the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. On Wednesday and Saturday evenings, feast your eyes with Navy Pier’s seasonal fireworks as [...]