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  Chicago Restaurants

Akai Hana
2206 North Clark St.
773-528-1380
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa Price range: Inexpensive Cuisine type: Japanese This popular, casual sushi bar offers a fresh selection of sushi and hot entrees.

Ann Sather
929 West Belmont Ave.
773-348-2378
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Inexpensive
Cuisine type: Scandinavian, Breakfast
This classic Chicago spot has dished up great Scandinavian food and legendary breakfasts for more than 50 years. Don't miss the homemade cinnamon rolls, Swedish meatballs and roast duck. The sophisticated comfort food is served amidst stained-glass windows and dark wood that gives the restaurant a homey feel.

Army & Lou's
422 East 75th St.
773-483-3100
Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Moderate
Cuisine type: Southern, Soul Food
Army & Lou's is a South Side establishment, a popular stop for many African-American politicians since it was first opened by Army (a political reporter for The Chicago Defender) and his wife Lou. Fifty years later, under new ownership, it still serves up great soul food, including fried catfish, fried chicken, short ribs, chitterlings, and mustard and turnip greens with turkey.

Berghoff Restaurant
17 West Adams St.
312-427-3170
Credit cards accepted: American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Moderate
Cuisine type: German
Chicago's oldest restaurant, the Berghoff, has been a family-run culinary institution since 1898. Favorite German staples include the Wiener schnitzel and sauerbraten, although some lighter fare is available. This casual eatery bakes its own bread and makes its own bourbon, root beer and beer from the original, 100-year-old family recipe.

Billy Goat Tavern
430 North Michigan Ave.
312-222-1525
Price range: Inexpensive
Cuisine type: Diner
Though burgers here are standard, the tavern was made famous by Chicago native John Belushi, who depicted the burger joint in the famous "chizborger, chizborger" sketch on Saturday Night Live. A Chicago original for 62 years, the Billy Goat is chock full of local history with newspapers and trivia covering the walls.

Brasserie Jo
59 W. Hubbard St.
312-595-0800
Price range: Moderate
Cuisine type: French
Brasserie Jo serves traditional French food from the Alsace region, including steak frites, coq au vin, cassoulet, and dessert crepes. The winner of the 1996 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant of the Year, the restaurant is large, boisterous and open with a wonderful art nouveau mural in the more private, glass-enclosed winter garden. Bon vivants will relish the rich food, flowing wine and casual atmosphere.

Cafe Absinthe
1954 West North Ave.
773-278-4488
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Expensive
Cuisine type: American Fusion
Cafe Absinthe was the first serious restaurant to set up shop in Bucktown/Wicker Park, and it sparked the restaurant revolution that's occurred in the neighborhood since. This casual eatery describes itself as a mix of contemporary American and French bistro fare with fish, wild game and beef as staples on the menu and a strong wine list to accompany it. Reservations are recommended.

Cafe Matou
1846 North Milwaukee Ave.
773-384-8911
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Expensive
Cuisine type: French
Chef Charlie Socher's classy bistro serves simple, unpretentious French cuisine with savory, earthy ingredients like chicken, pork, tomatoes and beets. Dark wood, high-backed leather chairs and crisp white linens give the establishment a formal, elegant feel. 1846 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Cafe Spiaggia
980 N. Michigan Ave.
312-280-2750
Price range: Expensive
Cuisine type: Italian
This relaxed sibling to the more formal Spiaggia serves similar authentic trattoria-style food that is rich and comforting. The decor is defined by the heavenly frescos that are replicas of 15th-century murals from Mantua, Italy. The modern furnishings and soft-pastels add to the lovely, casual atmosphere.

Cape Cod Room
140 East Walton Pl.
312-787-2200
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Very Expensive
Cuisine type: Seafood
The Drake Hotel's old-fashioned Cape Cod Room, which is designed to look like the inside of a ship, serves fresh seafood in a comfortable, saloon setting. Regulars come here for the oysters and martinis; the menu also includes classics like Dover sole and bookbinder soup. Reservations are required.

Charlie Trotter's
816 West Armitage Ave.
773-248-6228
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Very Expensive
Cuisine type: American Fusion
Renowned chef Charlie Trotter gives patrons a unique dining experience with his multi-course tasting menu, which relies on exotic ingredients and unusual flavors. The restaurant is housed in a beautiful old Lincoln Park townhouse and the wine list is probably the best in the city. Reservations must be made at least a month in advance.

China Garden Cafe
2230 South Wentworth Ave.
312-949-9898
Price range: Inexpensive
Cuisine type: Chinese
Locals come here for the fresh, cheap dim sum (order from the yellow menu, not the blue) in the mornings, the rice boxes for lunch and the traditional Chinese fare for dinner.

Como Inn
546 North Milwaukee Ave.
312-421-5222
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Expensive
Cuisine type: Italian
A family-run Chicago establishment, the Como Inn has been dishing up Italian specialties in this piano-bar atmosphere since 1924. Try the Vitello alla Como (veal with peppers, mushrooms, pimento, and garlic), a house specialty.

Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop
5225 South Harper Ave. #A
773-363-4943
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Inexp ensive
Cuisine type: Cajun, Southern
Stop in at this roadhouse cafe for some down-home Southern treats like fried green tomatoes, pulled pork barbecue or an oyster po' boy. The decor is funky with gas pumps, old stoves and retro tables and chairs.

Ena
2920 North Clark St.
773-871-8846
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Expensive
Cuisine type: American Fusion
Ena is a small, sophisticated restaurant with a hip, but comfortable decor. The American fusion menu emphasizes food from the Pacific Northwest with creative contemporary seafood and hearty wild game dishes.

Frontera Grill/Topolobampo
445 North Clark St.
312-661-1434
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Moderate (Frontera Grill)/Very Expensive (Topolobampo)
Cuisine type: Mexican, Tex-Mex
For outstanding creative Mexican fare, head to award-winning chef Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill, or its fine-dining counterpart Topolobampo. Frontera is bold and brightly decorated with a casual, rustic appeal, and it doesn't accept reservations. Its more expensive neighbor Topolobampo serves haute cuisine in a formal setting and reservations are required.

Gordon
500 North Clark St.
312-467-9780
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Expensive
Cuisine type: American Fusion
One of the first restaurants in the now-trendy River North area, Gordon features American cuisine with French and Mediterranean influences. Try the famous artichoke fritters as an appetizer and save room for the signature flourless chocolate cake. Jackets are required for dinner.

Harry Caray's Restaurant
33 West Kinzie St.
312-828-0966
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Moderate/Expensive
Cuisine type: Italian, Steakhouse
Opened in 1987, this sports-bar restaurant is, of course, filled with baseball memorabilia. But the restaurant is not just a tourist draw--the Italian food is actually quite good. Try the chicken vesuvio, the house specialty.

Heaven on Seven
111 North Wabash Ave., 7th Fl.
312-263-6443
Price range: Moderate
Cuisine type: Cajun
For a taste of New Orleans, check out this spicy-hot lunch spot for some gumbo, jambalaya, or red beans and rice.

Italian Village
71 West Monroe St.
312-332-7005
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Moderate
Cuisine type: Italian
The Italian Village is actually three restaurants that all serve traditional Italian fare, at different levels of sophistication. The eatery upstairs is the most casual and traditional menu, the main floor dining room is upscale, and the downstairs is more seafood-oriented cuisine.

Jackson Harbor Grill
6401 South Coast Guard Dr.
773-288-4442
Credit cards accepted: American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Moderate
Cuisine type: Cajun
This Southern Creole restaurant has a large Sunday brunch, and live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights. In the summer, there is outdoor seating available right on the lake.

Lou Mitchell's
565 West Jackson Blvd.
312-939-3111
Credit cards accepted: American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Moderate
Cuisine type: Breakfast/Brunch
This is one of the most popular breakfast spots in the city. The diner has an old-school charm seeped into its tacky decor. It's famous for its Sunday brunch, which includes homemade baked goods, 17 kinds of omelets, waffles, pancakes and French toast.

Louisiana Kitchen
2666 North Halsted St.
773-529-1666
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Moderate
Cuisine type: Cajun
Try the blackened salmon special, gumbo, etoufee, or fried alligator nuggets at this Cajun and Creole kitchen that specializes in New Orleans home-style cooking. The refined atmosphere and quiet jazz music in the background add to the Southern charm.

Mellow Yellow
1508 East 53rd St.
773-667-2000
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Moderate
Cuisine type: American
This sunny diner is best known for its rotisserie chicken, but it also serves breakfast, dinner, and dessert crepes. The good breakfast dishes, large burgers and tasty chili are also favorites.

Michael Jordan's Restaurant
500 North LaSalle St.
312-644-3865, 800-974-MIKE
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Moderate
Cuisine type: American
There are actually two restaurants in this tribute to Chicago's basketball prodigy, a casual sports bar downstairs, and a more formal restaurant upstairs. The cuisine upstairs has subtle Southern influences, in honor of M.J.'s roots.

Morton's of Chicago
1050 North State St.
312-266-4820
Credit cards accepted: American Ex press, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Expensive
Cuisine type: Steakhouse
Morton's of Chicago has become a reputable national steakhouse chain. This original Gold Coast location still serves fine wines and some of the best steak in Chicago, in addition to lobster, swordfish and vegetarian dishes.

The Original Gino's East of Chicago
160 East Superior St.
312-943-1124
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Inexpensive
Cuisine type: Pizza
Serving Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza, Gino's East attracts crowds for both its food and atmosphere. While you wait for your pizza you can read the graffiti on the walls and add your own scribblings as well.

Penang
2201 South Wentworth Ave.
312-326-6888
Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Moderate
Cuisine type: Asian
There is an enormous menu in this casual eatery in Chinatown; ask your server to help with recommendations. This may be the only restaurant in the city that specializes in Malaysian cuisine.

Penny's Noodle Shop
950 West Diversey Pkwy.
773-281-8448
Price range: Inexpensive
Cuisine type: Thai, Asian
This bright and busy restaurant serves inexpensive, fresh Thai cuisine and pan-Asian dishes, both spicy and sweet. Be sure to try the house specialty pad Thai.

Pizzeria Uno
29 East Ohio St.
312-321-1000
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Inexpensive
Cuisine type: Pizza
This is where Chicago's signature deep-dish style pizza was invented, and people still line up for a taste of the original stuffed pizza. These pies take at least 45 minutes to cook, so be prepared to wait even after you've been seated. Pizzeria Due serves the same fare a few blocks away, at 619 N. Wabash Ave.

Pump Room
1301 North State Pkwy
312-266-0360
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Expensive/Very Expensive
Cuisine type: American Fusion, French
One of the grandest and oldest Chicago establishments for dining and dancing, this formal, elegant dining room has photos of celebrity patrons lining the walls. The food is innovative French, from rack of lamb to pheasant and sea bass, and the restaurant has been recognized for the artistry of its food presentation and its table settings. Reservations are recommended.

Signature Room at the 95th
875 North Michigan Ave.
312-787-9596
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Expensive/Very Expensive
Cuisine type: American Fusion
On the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center, this world-class restaurant offers a fine menu of contemporary American cuisine such as lobster tail, applewood-smoked pork chop and seared salmon. With a memorable view of the city and live music on the weekends, the ambiance is as magical as the food.

Soul Kitchen
1576 North Milwaukee
773-342-9742
Credit cards accepted: American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Price range: Expensive
Cuisine type: Soul Food, American Fusion
Soul Kitchen takes traditional Southern recipes and soul food and gives it the upscale bistro style so popular in this neighborhood. The result is creations such as the popular crawfish etouffee. Reservations are not accepted.

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