737 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661, USA

Sushi chef B.K. Park waited 20 years to open his own omakase restaurant, and in March 2019, his dream came true. In September, just five months after it opened, Mako obtained a Michelin star. Those familiar with Park’s work at Lincoln Park’s Juno were among the first to reserve seats at this latest venture, knowing that he would be bringing the same precision and dedication to quality to the table. The restaurant has two seatings a night for 22 guests, with 12 courses served over two hours. Each bite is as flavorful as the last, from poached sea bass with tosaka aioli, crispy skin, and yuzu vinaigrette to soy-marinated A5 wagyu with shio kombu. Any seat here is a good one—a minimalist vibe throughout the space helps diners to zero in on the fare in front of them—but, try to score a spot in front of Park.

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