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Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

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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Duck Duck Goat

$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
2,783 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
93% recommended
151 people mentioned the Dumplings
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Girl & the Goat

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
9,946 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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Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
4,062 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
94% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
106 people mentioned the French Toast

Kinzie Chophouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
2,597 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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

Parachute

$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,196 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
91% recommended
31 people mentioned the Baked Potato

Saigon Sisters

$$$$·Vietnamese·
West Loop
591 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cozy
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

Vivere

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Loop
1,760 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended
15 people mentioned the Pheasant Ravioli

La Sardine

$$$$·French·
West Loop
813 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
94% recommended
French in Chicago
33 people mentioned the Bouillabaisse

Le Bouchon - Chicago

$$$$·French·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
650 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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

Eden

$$$$·American·
West Loop
627 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
97% recommended
American in Chicago / Illinois
10 people mentioned the Tagliatelle

Yugen

$$$$·Japanese Speciality·
West Loop
55 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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Travelle - The Langham, Chicago

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Chicago)
852 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
85% recommended
12 people mentioned the Benedicts

Pavilion - The Langham, Chicago

$$$$·Afternoon Tea·
River North (Chicago)
304 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
83% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago / Illinois
47 people mentioned the High Tea
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Macello

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,197 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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
97% recommended
Italian in Chicago
19 people mentioned the Calamari

RL Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,380 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
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
95% recommended
American in Chicago / Illinois
113 people mentioned the Dover Sole

Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,323 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Such a cool place. Even the new space is done quite nicely. Decor is spot on. Food is fantastic. Service was a bit slow even though we had 4 different servers. Get the snapper.
91% recommended
56 people mentioned the Red Snapper
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