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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Chatterbox of Long Grove restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8)
$30 and under
American
Long Grove
About the restaurant
Chatterbox of Long Grove, located in Long Grove, Illinois, specializes in serving small plates, craft beer and crafted cocktails. The menu and libations are served in a rustic barn atmosphere that offers live music on weekends and a family friendly environment. Chatterbox of Long Grove has a patio for outdoor seating, Taco Tuesdays, Wing Wednesdays and Slider Thursdays.

NOTE FOR WEDNESDAYS:
On Wednesdays we only allow walk ins with the exception of reservations for trivia. You'll have to select the trivia event in the experiences section to book a reservation.

**Please note: GROUPS OF 6 OR MORE WILL BE CHARGED A 20% SERVICE FEE & WILL BE ON ONE CHECK**
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 12, 2024
Usually the food and service is much better. Being that it was Mother's Day, it was slammed.
A photo of Forno Rosso Pizzeria - West Loop restaurant
4.8
4.8 (564)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
West Loop
About the restaurant
Bringing traditional Vera Pizza Napoletana to the West Loop

Please note we do not take reservations for our Patio outdoors, it is first come first serve. We also operate on a 90 minute dine time for the entire restaurant. Thank you for your corporation

For Our Gluten Free Diners please make reservations for gluten free dough. In our effort to serve the best and safest quality product our gluten free is available in limited supply, we strive to always have it available sometimes demand is greater and we do run out.

Pizza in Napoli is soft and foldable and can be considered “wet” by American standards. For this reason, people in Napoli generally eat their pizza with a knife and fork. Blackened char spots on the pizza crust is a tell–tale sign of Pizza Napoletana that has been cooked in a blistering hot, wood-burning oven.
Top review
Osvaldo
Dined 2 days ago
Outstanding pizza. As close as you can get to Italian genuine and original. Brought back a lot of great memories. Tanks for the whole experience!!! My family was super amaze by the food quality and the whole experience. Thanks
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | Lakeview restaurant
4.8
4.8 (504)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The waiter was very nice and attentive to our needs and was appreciative.
A photo of Prost! restaurant
4.7
4.7 (167)
$30 and under
German
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
German Beer Hall and Food
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 19, 2024
Great food and awesome pretzel/beer deal on Sunday!
A photo of LG's Bar & Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (117)
$30 and under
American
Old Town
About the restaurant
LG's is a modern Irish American Bar & Kitchen in the heart of Old Town, Chicago. Offering evening meals, weekend brunch, and a variety of daily food and drink specials, LG’s Bar & Kitchen is the premier hotspot on Wells Street. Carrying a diverse selection of craft beers and cocktails, we pay particular attention to our Irish roots and love of Irish whiskeys. Diners can enjoy a variety of globally influenced dishes that are approachable, yet delicious. With an expansive TV selection, guests are welcomed into the best gameday location in Old Town. When the lights go down, LG’s features the best DJs in town, spinning all your favorite tunes. In the warmer months, LG’s has a full pet-friendly patio. We at LG’s like to say, “come for the food and stay for the party!”

Our weekly events include:
- Bingo Night on Wednesday at 7pm
- Trivia Thursday from 7-9pm
- All Day Happy Hour on Friday 12pm-7pm
- Brunch on Saturdays & Sundays from 11am-3pm
Top review
HeatherSvip
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
This was a great spot for Sunday Brunch. Nice weather allowed patio dining. Food and service were very good.
A photo of Grapes & Grains restaurant
4.5
4.5 (23)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
West Loop
About the restaurant
GG, as it is affectionately referred to in the neighborhood, is a piano bar located in the heart of West Loop, featuring Chicago's top talent.

Exposed brick, vintage chandeliers, chesterfield couches, and intimate lighting pay sexy homage to Old Chicago. The main floor boasts 2,500 square feet of gorgeous lounge space complete with a baby grand piano and sabrage room providing the most lively of atmospheres. Guests can reserve a live music experience on select evenings or learn the nuances of whiskeys and wines at one of our monthly masterclass events.

Experience live music performances at GG Wednesday through Sunday. Be entertained on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM, Fridays 7:00PM-1:30AM, Saturdays 7:00PM-2:30AM, and Sundays 6:00-9:00PM, with no minimums and no live music fee. First come first serve seating and standing room available after 9pm on Fridays & Saturdays.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Connor was a great performer! We loved the drinks, Cecil is the man.
A photo of Donny G's Ristorante restaurant
4.5
4.5 (134)
$30 and under
Italian
Elmwood Park
About the restaurant
Welcome to Donny G's Ristorante! At Donny G's Ristorante & Bar in Elmwood Park we refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. That's why we source our fresh ingredients from local farmers' markets to prepare our menu offerings for you and your loved ones. We have a main restaurant as well as a banquet and entertainment space which holds up to 125 people. We have unique lunch, dinner, catering and banquet menus.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Excellent food, everything is so good, from walking in that front door, that everyone greets you and so nice.
A photo of The Metropolitan restaurant
4.4
4.4 (511)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant
You’re invited for an exclusive ‘guest pass’ dining experience at Chicago's finest Private Business and Social Club, The Metropolitan, on floor 67 of the iconic Willis Tower. This reservation includes limited access to our Private Club. Member events, benefits, charge privileges etc, are for Members Only. While enjoying the Club, ask about your invitation to Membership for future All Club ACCESS to Dine. Host. Connect. Work. And Play. 

DRESS CODE: Smart Casual. No rips or tears in denim, athletic wear, hats or sandals. Jackets are recommended for gentlemen in Craftsman.

Text: 312-940-9375 or Call: 312-876-3200.

All food and beverage purchases are subject to an automatic 20% Service Charge, a portion of which may be distributed by the Club to certain food and beverage service employees. The Service Charge is not a tip or gratuity. Please inform your server if you or anyone in your party has food allergies or special dietary requirements. ©Invited. All rights reserved.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Understated yet appropriate. The Service throughout was Seamless and Gracious. Staff: Lisa, Mona, Donato; Gracious, However not Intrusive. Fabulous Evening. Thanking Y’All for your Hospitality. Well Served
A photo of Swordfish restaurant
4.4
4.4 (246)
$30 and under
Sushi
Batavia
About the restaurant
Swordfish – Running strong in its 13th year, first opened in Batavia in the spring of 2004. Swordfish is a contemporary sushi and grill restaurant that delivers fine dining at its best and leaves you with an experience that will have you coming back for more.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Food was on point. Couple apps on the house was nice touch.
A photo of The Fifty/50 Sports Bar restaurant
3.8
3.8 (30)
$30 and under
American
Ukrainian Village
About the restaurant
The Fifty/50 has been a Wicker Park staple since 2008. Our entire menu features scratch-made comfort food developed by industry veteran's Scott Weiner & Greg Mohr. Our 150 lb capacity smoker turns out great BBQ, while our house ground burger blend is considered one of the best in Chicago.

Most well known for our Buffalo Wings, made with house made & aged hot sauce. We look forward to seeing you at one of most fun sports bar scenes in the city.

Named Best Sports Bar in America by Yahoo, Thrillist, & Maxim Magazine | Named Best Wings in Chicago several years running | Featured on Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America on the Travel Channel
Top review
RJRJvip
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
We came to try to Wings and had original Buffalo style. Great flavor!
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