With over 7,300 restaurants in Chicago, it is difficult to pinpoint which restaurants are the best! Sometimes you just want to eat a good meal–but what often distinguishes a good restaurant from a great one is the restaurant’s atmosphere. Make the most of your trip to the Windy City and enjoy some note-worthy meals at these unique dining destinations.
Three Dots and a Dash, the tiki bar and lounge located in the Near North Side neighborhood, takes you away from Chicago’s harsh cold nights and welcomes to the South Pacific. With sunny paper umbrellas teetering on the edge of tall tropical drinks and a well-edited menu of Asian fusion bites, this destination bar is a must for all visitors and locals alike. Grab some friends and party into the night!
4518 North Lincoln Ave.
OPEN Monday-Friday 5:30PM; Saturday 5PM; Sunday 11AM CLOSED Monday-Thursday & Sunday 9PM; Friday 10PM; Saturday 10:30PM
Bistro Campagne captures the true essence of a French Bistro. The traditional bistro fare features seasonal ingredients and a frequently updated menu. Chef Adam Dittmer and his team are committed to supporting organic and sustainable farming, and make an effort to work with local midwest food purveyors. Editor’s tips: live music every other Sunday; happy hour every Thursday and Friday.
71 West Monroe
OPEN Monday-Saturday 11AM; Sunday 12PM CLOSED Monday-Thursday & Sunday 12AM; Friday-Saturday 1AM
Chicago’s grandfather of Italian dining is Italian Village, which at 88 years-old, is the longest existing Italian restaurant in the city, and is considered a true classic. Located in the Loop and spread out over several floors, Italian Village is a great place for wine lovers–the institution has often been the recipient of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award since 1984!
118 West Grand Ave.
OPEN Monday -Saturfday 5PM; Sunday 11AM CLOSED Monday & Sunday 9PM; Tuesday-Thursday 11PM; Friday-Saturday 12AM
Dive into the Peruvian culture by eating at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants, Tanta. Tanta embodies Chicago’s downtown setting with the addition of conceptual designs that reflect the culture of Peru. Come for their exquisite brunch and dinner, and don’t miss their selection of unique Peruvian cocktails.
325 West Huron St.
OPEN Tuesday- Saturday 5PM CLOSED Tuesday-Thursday 9:30PM; Friday 2AM; Saturday 3AM
Nacional 27, one of Chicago’s most sought after Latin-inspired dining experiences, is part of the Lettuce Entertain You family, which means that you can expect great service and a perky atmosphere. Lively Latin music piped over the entire dining area and salsa lessons on Wednesdays adds to the entertainment factor. Order the tapas platter to share and pair it with one of Nacional 27’s tropically inspired cocktails.