26 Best Restaurants in Chicago, From Deep-Dish Joints to Ethiopian Eateries

The Emerald City of America’s heartland benefits from seasonality like few others in the country. Sourcing farm fresh ingredients from all over Illinois—not to mention neighboring Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin—Chicago’s best restaurants are recognized as some of the most exciting in the country, thanks in no small part to the talent in their kitchens. Take John and Karen Urie Shields, who call upon their 20-acre farm to outfit their inventories at Smyth + The Loyalist, or Demera’s Tigist Reda, who serves up colorful share plates steeped in the traditions and flavors of her native Ethiopia, or Proxi’s Andrew Zimmerman, who helps Chicago diners travel far beyond the Midwest with his dynamic displays of global street food. From acclaimed chefs to dining experiences memorable for their hospitality and haute cuisine alike, here are our favorite Chicago restaurants now.

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