50 "Special Occasions" restaurants in Chicago.
Schwa, the restaurant equivalent of the most interesting man in the world. Better start working on the reservation now.
Smyth serves Virginia-inspired tasting menus in the West Loop, and it’s one of the best restaurants in Chicago.
Somerset is a restaurant in the Gold Coast serving excellent American food that you should be eating immediately.
Roister is the casual restaurant from the Alinea team. It’s still expensive, but it’s fun, laid-back, and excellent.
Kyoten is an expensive omakase-only sushi restaurant in Logan Square. It’s definitely worth it for a special occasion.
Giant is doing special things in Logan Square. It’s a great restaurant ideal for a date or any small group.
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.
Ruxbin may not get as much press as it used to, but it’s still excellent. A must hit for a quiet meal.
The Publican is a Medieval styled mecca of all things beer, pork, and oysters. If that’s not appealing, you can’t sit with us.
Chicago Cut is a great steakhouse right on the river ideal for special occasions and power business meals.
Naoki is a fancy but expensive sushi restaurant inside the Belden Statford building in Lincoln Park.
Gibsons is a classic Chicago steakhouse that deserves its reputation.
Elske is a tasting menu spot in West Loop that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and we’re big fans.