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March 8th is International Women’s Day. In celebration, we created a list featuring some of the most exceptional women in Chicago’s culinary scene. Chi-town is the windy city famous for its jazz history and chilly winters, but no matter how much it keeps evolving and improving—much like its beloved deep dish pizza—it’ll always be a classic. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:Duck Duck Goat, Girl & the Goat, Little Goat
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Chinese, Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:West Loop
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$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
2,707 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Stephanie Izard was born in Chicago and, after attending Scottsdale Culinary Institute, returned in 2000 when she began her illustrious career working with chefs like Dale LevitskiRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
151 people mentioned the Dumplings
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
9,870 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
As well as being a top Chicago restaurateur, Stephanie Izard was also the first-ever female winner of the ever-popular Top Chef series. It was shortly after this that she started tRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
481 people mentioned the Green Bean
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$$$$·American·
West Loop
4,002 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
Stephanie Izard, the first female winner of Top Chef, feels that goat is a highly-underrated ingredient. She’s trying to change that. She’s currently incorporating seven whole goatRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
106 people mentioned the French Toast
$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
2,589 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
River North is host to a dazzling array of restaurants, but Kinzie Chophouse keeps it simple and satisfying with sizzling steaks, classic burgers and sandwiches, and homemade favorRead more
37 people mentioned the Prime Rib
$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,160 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
A small restaurant with a big reputation, Parachute’s Korean-American cuisine continuously impresses Chicago’s diners. One of six Chicago chefs on the ninth series of Top Chef, ParRead more
93% recommended
31 people mentioned the Baked Potato
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$$$$·Vietnamese·
West Loop
590 reviews
  • Casual
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
As the name suggests, this multiple award-winning Vietnamese restaurant is the brainchild of two sisters, Mary Nguyen Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen, along with their mother, Mama SuuRead more
100% recommended
13 people mentioned the Green Papaya Salad
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$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Loop
1,750 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Gina Capitanini is the third-generation owner of Chicago’s oldest Italian restaurant. Vivere is one of three restaurants housed inside a single building, with sister restaurants LaRead more
90% recommended
15 people mentioned the Pheasant Ravioli
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$$$$·French·
West Loop
795 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
The sister restaurant to Susanne Poilevey’s Le Bouchon, La Sardine has been serving French comfort food for over two decades. A dedicated family-and-business woman, Susanne couldn’Read more
97% recommended
French in Chicago
33 people mentioned the Bouillabaisse
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$$$$·French·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
635 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
Susanne Poilevey runs the French restaurants La Sardine and Le Bouchon, both creations of her late husband, Chef Jean-Claude Poilevey. Le Bouchon is widely renowned for introducingRead more
95% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois
18 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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$$$$·American·
West Loop
604 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Local Ingredients
You can’t get fresher than ‘just-picked’ ingredients. That’s the ethos at West Loop’s Eden, which has an on-site greenhouse where fruit, veggies, and herbs grow in a delightful urbRead more
96% recommended
American in Chicago / Illinois
10 people mentioned the Tagliatelle
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$$$$·Japanese Speciality·
West Loop
51 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Modern, fine dining meets Japanese cuisine at Yūgen, a women-helmed restaurant in the premier dining area of the West Loop. Executive chef Mari Katsumura grew up above her family’sRead more
100% recommended
Best Service in Chicago / Illinois
1 people mentioned the Shellfish
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Chicago)
843 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The Langham Hotel is a top destination in Chicago, with a culinary team headed up by director of food and beverage Lindsay Srednicki. A veteran of the food industry since 2007, LinRead more
88% recommended
12 people mentioned the Benedicts
$$$$·Afternoon Tea·
River North (Chicago)
302 reviews
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
Famous for its afternoon tea, Pavilion is another remarkable dining option within the excellent Langham Hotel. Dining industry veteran, Lindsay Srednicki, utilizes her meticulous aRead more
47 people mentioned the High Tea
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$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,190 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Macello invites you to “Step into the world of Italy.” Angela (Angie) Padula is the mastermind behind the restaurant, and does everything from designing menus to managing the restaRead more
95% recommended
19 people mentioned the Calamari
$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,310 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Ralph Lauren might be famous for fashion, but now the world-renowned clothing company has dipped their toe into the restaurant industry. The flagship restaurant stands proudly on ERead more
97% recommended
American in Chicago / Illinois
113 people mentioned the Dover Sole
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$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,258 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
For the past 15 years every trip to Chicago included a stop @ Le Colonial. We have enjoyed every experience and this last visit to the new location was no exception. To be quite hoRead more
91% recommended
56 people mentioned the Red Snapper
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