70 "Classic Establishment" restaurants in Chicago.
One of the most well known restaurants in Chicago, and one that lives up to the hype.
Joe’s is consistently one of the best steakhouses in town, and you shouldn’t even order steak. Stone crabs are where it’s at.
Lou Malnati’s is a classic Chicago deep-dish pizza spot, and the one we rely on.
Chicago Cut is a great steakhouse right on the river ideal for special occasions and power business meals.
A fish shack on the South Side that everyone should visit at least once. Calumet Fisheries is a true classic.
Gibsons is a classic Chicago steakhouse that deserves its reputation.
Frontera Grill is the most famous Mexican restaurant in Chicago. It’s a classic spot that’s doing excellent food in a casual sit-down place.
Chicken Kalamata and crack fries is one of the best meals in town. Tina Fey agrees.
A rooster thunderdome full of hot dogs, Italian beefs, and chocolate cake shakes.
Gilt Bar is the rare River North spot that’s easy to get into, and also has great food. Prepare for a lot of meat, butter, and salt.
Vito & Nicks is a Southside institution that has excellent tavern-style “cracker crust” pizza.
Shaw’s is like the seafood version of a steakhouse. Come for a nicer dinner and order all the oyster, crab, and lobster.