Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Chicago for 2019

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

Duck Duck Goat

$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
3,353 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
92% recommended
Hot Spot in Chicago
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Girl & the Goat

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
10,903 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
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Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
4,712 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Brunch
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
91% recommended
Kid Friendly in Chicago
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Kinzie Chophouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
2,727 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • 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

Parachute

$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,403 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
89% recommended
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Saigon Sisters

$$$$·Vietnamese·
West Loop
634 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
91% recommended

Vivere

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Loop
1,906 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
94% recommended
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La Sardine

$$$$·French·
West Loop
1,040 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
93% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois
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Le Bouchon - Chicago

$$$$·French·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
826 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • 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
92% recommended
Romantic in Chicago / Illinois
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Eden

$$$$·American·
West Loop
835 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
94% recommended
Healthy in Chicago / Illinois
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Yugen

$$$$·Japanese Speciality·
West Loop
101 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for a Date
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
90% recommended
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Travelle - The Langham, Chicago

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Chicago)
961 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • 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
90% recommended
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Pavilion - The Langham, Chicago

$$$$·Afternoon Tea·
River North (Chicago)
376 reviews
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
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
93% recommended
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Macello

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,383 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
96% recommended

RL Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,029 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
94% recommended
American in Chicago
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Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,040 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Another beautiful experience. From food to service , Can’t wait to go back
95% recommended
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