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BLACKBIRD

www.blackbirdrestaurant.com

619 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 715-0708


Reserve well in advance. The inventive menu—grilled wagyu beef chuck tail with pomegranate molasses; celery root bisque with oysters, pineapples, limes, and candied cocoa nibs—has garnered this restaurant many fans.
 

GENE & GEORGETTI

www.geneandgeorgetti.com

500 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 527-3718


Frank Sinatra loved Gene & Georgetti, Chicago's oldest steakhouse.
 

LEM'S BBQ HOUSE

www.lemsbarbq.com/Home.do

311 East 75th Street
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 994-2428‎


Barbecue aficionados have been trying to figure out Lem's incredible sauce recipe for years. Be prepared to stand in line and ask for extra napkins.
 

MARIO'S ITALIAN LEMONADE

www.eatmarios.com/

1066 W. Taylor Street
Chicago,IL 60607
(312) 527-3718


Everyone loves the lemon ice at this Little Italy locale.
 

TABLE FIFTY-TWO

www.tablefifty-two.com

52 West Elm Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 573-4000


Oprah Winfrey's chef, Art Smith, opened this restaurant a few years ago. The cheese biscuits alone are worth the trip.
 

SPIAGGIA

www.spiaggiarestaurant.com

980 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2750


Food critics (and President Obama) will argue it's the best Italian restaurant in the country. Order any of the pasta dishes—they're all amazing.
 

SWIRLZ CUPCAKES

www.swirlzcupcakes.com

705 West Belden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 404-2253


Swirlz offers flavors like vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate chip, and banana nutella. But our favorite cupcake here? The red velvet.