Loop and South Loop
Hotel Burnham, 1 W. Washington St., tel.312-368-1900, www.atwoodcafe.com
The Atwood Café is located in the heart of Chicago's Central Business District. Its dining room offers contemporary American comfort food. You can even stop by in the afternoon for a cup of tea.
Chicago Symphony Center, 65 E. Adams St., tel.312-786-9911
Rhapsody as a splendid garden-terrace on Wabash Street. Critics have raved about this new establishment since it opened its doors, praising its well-balanced menu.
110 E. Pearson St., tel.312-266-3110
At the adorable Bistro 110, guests dine in a festive atmosphere. The menu includes bouillabaisse, cassoulet and pepper steak, all delicious, as well as sandwiches and croque-monsieur at lunch. During summer, a New Orleans jazz trio livens up the Sunday brunch.
676 N. St. Clair St., tel.312-202-0001
Tru have conceived one of the most innovative examples of nouvelle French cuisine. The spectacularly presented meals are put together by local and international chefs, and are striking not only in their appearance, but in taste and audacity, as well.
33 W. Kinzie St., tel.312-828-0966
Harry Caray's kitschy facade is well-known in Chicago. His restaurant offers traditional Italian specialties (cheese ravioli, seafood lasagna), as well as a few American dishes (grilled steak, chicken Vesuvio). For dessert, let yourself be tempted by the delicious carrot cake-you won't be disappointed!
House of Blues
329 N. Dearborn St., tel.312-923-2000, www.hob.com
The House of Blues is a hotel, a restaurant and a performance hall that showcases some of the best musicians from across the United States. Southern specialties are the mainstays here, including jambalaya, braised meat and bread pudding.
445 N. Clark St., tel.312-661-1434, www.fronterakitchens.com/restaurants
The Frontera Grill is sure to be a hit with fans of Mexican food: first of all because it's a fun place to go, and secondly because it features a restaurant within a restaurant, Topolobampo. The tiny and very popular Frontera serves authentic Mexican cuisine in a cheerful, relaxed setting, while Topolobampo is a more elegant establishment with a more sophisticated but equally authentic menu.
640 N. Wells St., tel.312-664-1707
Ed Debevic's is an authentic chrome-plated 1950's-style diner. On the menu: burgers, Cherry Coke and milkshakes. The perfect place for a family outing.
29 E. Ohio St., tel.312-321-1000, www.unos.com
Pizzeria Uno is the self-proclaimed "birthplace of deep-dish pizza." It is an extremely friendly place where the deep-dish pizza is indeed as good as it gets. This outlet is the original Pizzeria Uno, which was founded in the 1940s and spawned a major chain of restaurants in the United States.
Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Wrigleyville
1723 N. Halsted St., tel.312-867-0110
Alinea's cuisine has been described as "American progressive", and the restaurant's reputation is firmly established in Chicago and across the country. Though rather expensive, Alinea's 12 to 23 (!) course tasting menu allows diners to discover the full range of its chef's creativity.
816 W. Armitage Ave., tel.773-248-6228
Charlie Trotter's is one of the Windy City's great restaurants. This is a true temple of gourmet cuisine that uses only the richest ingredients (lobster, foie gras, caviar, etc.) to prepare his complex dishes. The food here is thus extremely sophisticated, offering the palate a-thousand-and-one surprises and flavours.