Who cares about trends? These are restaurants that have stood the test of time. Each one, in its own way, will make you feel like you've been transported back to a bygone era. And no, the Pump Room doesn't count - they have to still LOOK like they did back when.
Open since 1927 and still packed. If you want classic italian food, this is the place. They're keeping up with some trends, though - a little bird told us they may be getting a rooftop garden next year.
Where else can you get this much corned beef for such a low price? They've been open so long because they do it right.
Yes, it's expensive. But where else can you feel like you're dining in the good old days of the 1950s and still eat a (somewhat) updated menu of fresh seafood?
What a great place for a huge, old-school feast. Cozy dining room, cheap wine and great pizza pot pies. Plus, a basement wood panelled dining room that is the coziest, warmest place for a winter night.
The most romantic restaurant in Chicago. I've been on more great dates here than I can remember. Go for the ambiance, the wine list and the chocolate fondue.
Authentic German food, just the way they've been doing it for forty years. Plus a great location right off the Brown line.
The most incredible, ridiculous, wacky old-school ice cream parlor in the world.
The food isn't, and has never been, the point. The point is to go up to the top of Marshall Fields and feel like you're back in a bygone era.
The best smoked fish in Chicago, in a store that's been around since the beginning of time. Go here - it's worth the trip South to 95th. Plus, it's on the same bridge the Blues Brothers jumped over.
It's the oldest restaurant in Chicago. If it's lasted this long (and is still decent) what more is there to say? Not so much a fan for dinner anymore, but for a beer or lunch, it's great.