Downtown Chicago Restaurants

The Mag mile is crawling with tourists, shoppers and Chicagoans, and with all the historic landmarks, museums and high-end shops crowding Michigan Avenue, it's not hard to see why. When hunger strikes after a long day of exploring downtown Chicago, pop in to one of these Chicago restaurants for a perfect end to the day, whether you are looking for a casual cafe or a full-blown fancy schmancy meal. (Photo: Pane Caldo)

Updated: July 01, 2010

Upscale Restaurants in Downtown Chicago

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Anyone who's anyone (tourists and locals alike) flock to this world-renowned steakhouse, where they order up a perfectly done steak and larger-than-life desserts.

Le Colonial

937 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

This whimsical French Colonial restaurant has a menu influenced by Southeast Asia and the decor to match.

Pane Caldo

72 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611

This upscale Italian establishment--right across from Bloomingdales--is the perfect date spot. Jennifer Aniston stops here regularly when she comes to town.

Rosebud On Rush

720 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Sumptuous Italian dishes are served in a traditional atmosphere at this classic restaurant.

Spiaggia Restaurant

980 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

You'll want to wear a suit and tie when you show up at this fancy Italian restaurant overlooking Michigan Avenue. The white-linen tables and waiters in freshly pressed outfits make diners feel truly pampered,


800 N Michigan Ave (Park Hyatt Hotel), Chicago, IL 60611

Everything inside of Nomi--from the decor to the flawless cuisine--is top notch. When a fabulous evening on the town comes to mind, there's no place better suited than this French restaurant inside Park Hyatt.

Casual Bites in Downtown Chicago

Pizzeria Uno

29 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Deep dish pizzas rule at this famous pizza joint downtown. During summer months, tourists and pizza-lovers wait outside for hours to snag a table and a cheesy, topping-loaded pizza with buttery crust.

Goddess & Grocer

25 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

For a fine selection of soups, sandwiches and make-your-own salads, Goddess & Grocer makes a great stop for a quick, satisfying bite. Limited outside and inside seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, but you can always take your meal to go and eat it in on a park bench around the city.

M Burger

161 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611

Neighbor to award-winning restaurant Tru, this casual burger joint serves juicy burgers with a little touch of class.