Chicago’s dining landscape has grown exponentially this past year, having seen a slew of fresh new concepts open in practically every corner of the city. Having a hard time deciding where to dine? Let Chicago’s concierges’ help you narrow down the choices. Here’s a look at their four top tables around town.
Revival Food Hall is an all-local dining concept that essentially serves as a best-of hit list of Chicago’s culinary staples and burgeoning talents all under one roof. The massive, 24,000 square foot venue is located in the heart of The Loop in The National building, a historic century-old property designed by the legendary Daniel Burnham. This collaborative project boasts 15 fast-casual stalls spotlighting the city’s diverse dining culture with outposts of Antique Taco, Furious Spoon, Smoque BBQ, Black Dog Gelato, the first location for sandwich-centric food truck The Fat Shallot, and much more. Concierges advice? Come hungry and prepare to gather snacks from a variety of counters to maximize your experience.
Landmark Loop Dining
The Loop’s stylish Kimpton Gray Hotel is home to Steadfast, a handsome, New American restaurant where the likes of wood-grilled kale with bacon vinaigrette and whole-roasted duck cassoulet pair perfectly with their extensive selection of rare brown spirits. Executive chef Chris Davies and executive pastry chef Christopher Teixeira double-team a menu of inspired dishes that infuse Mediterranean and Portuguese flavors into beautifully composed dishes. The focal point of the luxe dining room is the exhibition kitchen, which gives guests from every seat in the house a great up-close-and-personal look at the culinary action.
Putting Pasta First
The vibe is casual but the food makes the evening feel special at Monteverde, an Italian restaurant in the West Loop. Here, celebrated chef Sarah Grueneberg blends the traditions of Italian culture and cooking with influences from her family heritage and trips around the world. At the heart of the restaurant—which was recently named by “Food & Wine” as one of 2016’s “Best New Restaurants”—is the pastificio, where the team creates fresh, handmade pastas throughout the day in all shapes, sizes, and textures. From skate wing schnitzel to her beautifully simple, but masterful cacio e pepe, the food here is always soulful and surprising.
Modern Meat Palace
Chef Giuseppe Tentori offers a delightful departure from the traditional steakhouse with his new River North restaurant GT Prime. The menu revolves around 4-8 ounces of perfectly prepared beef, lamb, buffalo, and venison that’s served sliced and intended for sharing. Seafood and New American small plates round out the menu, alongside signature cocktails and a plethora of wines by the glass, all offered in stylishly edgy surrounds.