Steak tartare is one of my favorite dishes in the world. Done right, it's ambrosia. Done wrong, it's poisonous. So you need to know where to go. Not all of these tartare's are made with beef, but they are all worth a try. Plus, if one of your friends is on that stupid caveman diet, tell them this is something they can eat.
Bistro Campagne is exactly what a neighborhood french restaurant should feel like: cozy, approachable, a bit bustling. It's got a menu full of French classics - don't skip the escargot.
A great neighborhood wine bar and restaurant in Roscoe Village. Come summer, they have one of the best patios in town.
One of the best gastro pubs in town. Order the burger with all the add ons and the bison tartare.
Don't let the front bar fool you - there is an entire restaurant hidden in the basement. It's a good one, too, and their steak tartare is made from hand-cut wagyu beef.
Henri is your best fine dining option in or near the loop. This restaurant is for a special occasion - put on your fancy dress, order a cocktail in a long-stemmed glass and chose from a menu of classic french-inspired dishes. The "Crown Tower of Seafood" includes oysters, mussels, ceviche, lobster, crab and squid for $130. The smoked steak tartare is awesome.
Every dish at Homestead has something from their huge rooftop garden. When it reopens in the spring, don't skip the cocktails by mixologist Revae Schneider.
Wonderful French food in a dark, romantic setting. The tower of seafood is particularly decadent, and includes dozens of oysters, mussels and shrimp.
One of Chicago's best. Don't be fooled by the fact that it's in a store - the menu is filled with 1950s classics that you just can't get anywhere else.
Classic atmosphere, classic cocktails and classic american dishes. Relax and pretend it is 1950.
My new favorite neighborhood restaurant. Don't skip the tartare or the apple fritter.