Chicago is notoriously known for gravity-defying sky lounges, rustic bars and home-grown dining spots that positively make our mouths water. Time to turn it up a notch and imagine creatively succulent plates amidst an atmosphere that’s an experience in itself. Chicago has a number of exclusive restaurants that are well worth the hype. And when better to experience their delights than on date night, that special evening you set aside for good food and great company. Here's how to do it in style, with these 6 top eateries.
Alinea1723 N. Halsted St
Chicago foodies, prepare to indulge in modern American cuisine that’s sure to make you view food as an art. Chef Grant Achatz combines innovative plates in a decadent show featuring 15 different courses in avant-garde arrangements. Be sure to book in advance, you wouldn’t want to miss out on Alinea’s Black Truffle explosion or edible helium balloon delight. But don’t get your heart too fixated - the menu is ever-changing and oh so surprising.
EL ideas2419 W. 14th St
Chef Phillip Foss’ closely acquainted kitchen features American taste and savory flavors. With a delicate chandelier hanging from ceiling and a lively atmosphere, El ideas encourages interactions and conversation, thanks to the fact there's no walls separating the chef and its guests. This relationship really sets the restaurant apart. But so does the food: current menu items include a mixing of sweetbreads, foie gras and carabineros. But menus change on the dime, so be sure to book a reservation in advance.
Grace652 W. Randolph St This
West Loop dining experience prides itself on exquisite ambience and its highly recommended wine pairings (there’s quite the extensive list to choose from). The stunningly New American menu showcases a flora and fauna duo - think Trumpet Royale and Miyazaki Beef. The duo highlights vegetable flavors which enhance, as well as seafoods and proteins. Your taste buds' journey begins here.
Sixteen401 N. Wabash Ave
Located on the 16th floor in one of Chicago’s most top-notch hotels, Trump Tower - this high-end dining experience shows off a view to die for. With paneled glass windows and a chic surrounding, the French-American restaurant offers fresh and seasonal ingredients. A pairing of Lavender Poached Langoustine is a must-try, though whatever you do try is unlikely to disappoint. The only thing better than the impeccable service is the a la carte dishes.
42 Grams4662 N. Broadway St
By reservation only, 42 Grams lets you experience Chef Jake Bickelhaupt’s multi-course tasting menu. With a New American style, this dining extraordinaire features a chef’s spot and communal tables, meaning a super intimate atmosphere. The restaurant is known for having eclectic music and mixes - so be prepared for a night of interesting and delicious fusions. Favorites include a delicate floral and fruit arrangement that is exceptionally tasty to eat - and look at.
North Pond2610 North Cannon Drive This
serene Lincoln Park restaurant features fresh local ingredients. Dine adjacent to the peaceful lake and experience creative American fare with an organic twist. Known as the “oasis of fine dining”, the view puts the cherry on top of tasting seasonal bites - think Spring Garlic Chicken and tuna with a dash of watermelon and apple mint.brewery & taqueria by chef Rick Bayless.