It should come as no surprise that when you visit Chicagoland, it is best to bring your appetite. While the city is bursting with culinary talent, the suburbs also have quite a few restaurants worth visiting. From casual favorites to fine dining, there is something for everyone.
(El Tapeo, credit to Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center)
1. El Tapeo
Got a taste for Spanish tapas? Look no further than El Tapeo, located inside the Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center hotel. The stylish and contemporary restaurant offers floor to ceiling glass windows, with lovely views and delicious shareable plates.
2100 Spring Road, Oak Brook
2. Mon Ami Gabi
Classic French fare is done expertly well at Mon Ami Gabi in Oak Brook, near the Le Meridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center hotel. From French favorites like Steak Frites and crepes to a delicious brunch menu and extensive wine list, this stylish and upscale restaurant is a perfect place to treat yourself to something fancy in the suburbs.
260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook
(Seared, credit to The Westin Chicago Northwest)
High style and delicious steak are found at The Westin Chicago Northwest’s restaurant, Seared. This is a fine dining establishment, perfect for an intimate date night. Enjoy classic American comfort food, with dishes such as lobster bisque, loaded baked potatoes, and steak from local farm, Oswego Illinois Family Farms.
400 Park Boulevard, Itasca
Italian food is a go-to for special occasions, and Antonio Ristorante does not disappoint. Enjoy an authentic plate of pasta at this fine dining establishment located in Itasca, not far from The Westin Chicago Northwest.
280 N Rohlwing Road, Itasca
(Found Kitchen and Social House, credit to Dining Chicago)
If you are looking for a stylish but relaxed restaurant to unwind at after a long day, you have found it. Dine on seasonal Midwestern dishes with ingredients thoughtfully sourced from the best local farmers. After a long day spent exploring charming Evanston, a meal at Found is exactly what you will be in the mood for.
1631 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Beloved and highly acclaimed Chef Paul Virant’s Vie Restaurant is reason enough to visit the suburb of Western Springs. This restaurant not only serves award-winning cuisine, but it also caters to families, a rare combination in the city! Everyone is welcome at this contemporary American eatery.
4471 Lawn Avenue, Western Springs
(Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket, credit to Mark Weston)
Low-key and filled with history, Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket is a casual diner where everyone can feel relaxed. Their fried chicken recipe has been passed down over generations, so you know you are in for something special. The 50’s style diner has been open since 1946, and is located right off Route 66, making it an American classic.
645 Joliet Road, Willowbrook