Chicago's Award-Winning Chefs
Collected by Kaitlyn Barrett, AFAR Local Expert
Chicago’s award winning chefs compete on television shows, host food festivals, and every year they open new restaurants. Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard is one of Chicago’s favorite daughters and has a new Chinese restaurant opening in summer 2015. James Beard Award winner Mindy Segal continually expands her chocolate bakery business in Bucktown while Culinary Hall of Fame inductee Rick Bayless treats Chicago visitors to the best Mexican food of their lives.
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
1400 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
This drink was amazing, as always, with Peter V behind the stick. The man with the plan behind beverages collaborating with the marvelous Chef Bill Kim, BellyQ has been popular since before it opened! Artfully devised drinks, a sensational...
1466 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Schwa is kind of a difficult place to describe; it's such an eclectic bundle of everything, you just have to experience it for yourself. The exterior of the building makes it look like it should be condemned, but it's actually structurally sound....
619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
Blackbird opened in 1997, and its Paul Kahan won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013. I spent five hours there on New Year’s Eve eating a 10-course tasting meal with some of my best friends. We were a relatively large group in...
953 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Next is famous for its ever-changing theme menus. The most recent is "The World's 50 Best Restaurants," featuring dishes created by the world's best chefs and curated by the Next team. When I was there we ate the centerpiece, and the floating...
449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Rick Bayless opened his upscale Mexican restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo in the late 1980s and then won a litany of James Beard Awards, including Outstanding Restaurant (in 2007 and 2017). He took the top spot in the first season of Top...
1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
Hot chocolate isn’t the only thing Mindy’s has going for it, although the varieties are epic. Mexican chocolate with spicy cinnamon, French chocolate made with 72 percent cacao, and Belgian chocolate mixed with mint, chai, and...more...
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The chefs of top Chicago restaurants Spiagga, Mia Francesca and Heaven on Seven came together to collaborate on one restaurant and I think The Purple Pig is better than all their other restaurants. Specializing in Mediterranean food served tapas...
800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Why the best burger in Chicago is served at a bar with a French name might be a question for the ages. But rather than question it, just go there! The single burger at Au Cheval is actually a double, and don't even ask about the double...
1545 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Brought to you by the guys who own Big Star Tacos down the street, Dove’s Luncheonette channels the spirit of a retro lunch counter and the soul of Southern-Mexican fusion food. The menu includes Mexican classics like chili rellenos and...
116 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
RM Champagne Salon is another bright light on Chicago’s Randolph Street restaurant row. It’s a gorgeous space with exposed brick walls, vintage furnishings and soft lighting, a delightful romantic date spot. The compact menu has a...
1639 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
Chef and owner Ryan McCaskey helms the menu at this South Loop tasting-menu restaurant, where he’s best known for contemporary American fare that serves as a nod to his formative years in coastal Maine. Diners travel far and wide for his...
2957 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
It’s easy to span the globe at this Logan Square restaurant, where co-owners Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo fuse together flavors from China, India, Southeast Asia, and Portugal in a menu meant for crowds. Do spring for the Arroz...
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