The Sandoval brothers--Alfredo, Felipe and Patricio--of Mercadito renown have opened Tavernita, which falls somewhere between a Med-Latin restaurant and a sexy, elegant lounge. Tavernita is in the ... read more
No moles here. Influenced by classic Texas-style Mexican cantinas the owners frequented growing up, they've kept to a menu of hand-shaken margaritas, sizzling fajitas and bottomless chips and salsa... read more
The Hotel Sax (formerly the House of Blues Hotel) got a $17-million makeover from top to bottom, and that, of course, includes the first-floor lounge. The ornately decorated Crimson (in several sha... read more
There’s nothing basic about bar food here, from one of the biggest and best turkey burgers to its renowned Rockit Burger with Kobe beef and brie, which is such a standout it made the entree list ne... read more
You're in store for a down-to-earth palette and regional Mexican menu choices at this eatery tucked away in River North. The mild décor doesn't mean you're not dining in modern upscale style, howev... read more
It seems like anything these guys get their hands on turns to gold. They've had much success with Viagra Triangle-located siblings Gibson's, Hugo's and Luxbar, and now this bustling enoteca keeps a... read more
This is the place where you're likely to spot a celebrity -- at least the likes of George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston or Brad Pitt when they're staying in town. The Bar is just one of those places th... read more
Let your rich grandfather take you to Joe's. While he'll feel comfortable among the dark wood, white tablecloths and expensive steaks, you'll feel comfortable stuffing your face with some of the mo... read more
A restaurant that’s nothing less than a temple to all things vino: equal parts winebar, cellar and school, minus the snot. The enormous loft’s hardwood floors, tables and wineracks give the effect ... read more
Sports memorabilia dominates the interior of this sprawling chain steakhouse, but it's the exterior view of the river that's more appealing. Smith & Wollensky may not be the top steakhouse in town,... read more
You'll find a number of old-school steakhouses in the River North dining district, but most cater to an old-school crowd. And while Erie Cafe gets its share of weathered businessmen and their desig... read more
Drenched in awards and a coveted four-star rating, Spiaggia plies diners with Chicago's best jacket-required Italian, with elegant meat and seafood dishes that place as much gravity on mouthfeel an... read more
Despite the absence of celeb chef Rick Bayless' physical presence, you'll feel the force of his formidable resume in the strength of the scrum around the bar waiting for tables. Should you be lucky... read more
For over 20 years, world-famous fine dining temple Charlie Trotter's has held court in a bi-level house in Lincoln Park. Trotter's immaculate, fresh cuisine is presented in prix fixe tasting menus ... read more
This is the original Morton's, the genesis of what is now a nationwide chain. As you're led underground (literally) to a table in a dark room that's distressingly close to other tables crowded with... read more
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RL is a bona fide class act all around, but would you have expected anything less from the master of American designer apparel? Ralph Lauren's eponymous all-American steakhouse is housed in his mul... read more
Naha's interior is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows with an opulent, lived-in lounge area. The variety of appetizers alone is so creatively concocted that you'll laugh with glee even as your ... read more
Japonais' subdued sister spotlights an updated French-Vietnamese menu populated with simple, yet innovative seafood, vegetable and chicken dishes with a mostly French wine list. Chao Tom, grilled s... read more
The words seasonal and local seem to be attached to every other res...
Bold experiment provides a bar with everything but the booze. Every...
Massive River North sports bar that becomes late night DJ club. Sup...
Tucked below the swanky River North dining hotspot (yes, Gilt Bar i...
EDM and global house live performances and DJs perform and spin at ...