Chicago chefs undoubtedly represent on the TV reality competitions. Here's where they actually work when the cameras aren't rolling.
Molecular gastonomy. Flavor twisting. Yup, both are a thing now. And this is the spot to try 'em out. I love this spot for a foodie-riffic date.
Perennially packed Rick Bayless gem where you can grab his killer guac, along w/ Mex sandwiches, for a cas lunch. Fab coffee & pastries too.
The menu lets you opt for small or large portions, so dabble away! After all, the chef is Top Chef alumna Sarah Grueneberg. The lobster roll sliders are divine.
Top Chef Stephanie Izard is on her game at her perpetually packed West Looper. Think you can't stomach pig face? You clearly haven't tried it here! Let your server guide your meal--they won't steer you wrong.
A slick space for a slurpy power lunch or a noodly dinner date. Love the little tapas-style bincho bites & the yuzu macarons for dessert.
Love this spot for a long, lingering lunch. Crepes are awesome--esp. the peach/mushroom--and the fun drinks are worth the calorie-splurge!
Super chef Graham Elliot goes casual. Go for the sandwiches (obviously!)--the grilled cheese is the richest of the rich--but don't overlook the tasty salads. And soft serve is a must-try.