A tuna dish at Boka in Lincoln Park
1723 N. Halsted St. 312-867-0110
Chef/owner Grant Achatz’s world-famous wonderland of molecular gastronomy should be on the bucket list of every foodie. The 18-course tasting menu is presented with avant-garde serveware and utensils so novel that some diners are tempted to steal them (don’t you dare). A dinner for four may exceed your monthly rent, but many would call this experience priceless.
1729 N. Halsted St. 312-337-6070
This dining room makes a stunning setting for a date or pre-theater dinner (Steppenwolf’s just down the street). Former Charlie Trotter’s chef Giuseppe Tentori changes the contemporary American menu every couple of weeks, but you can always count on your meal being prepared with locally sourced, seasonal produce.
2610 N. Cannon Drive. 773-477-5845
A tucked-away location on the grounds of Lincoln Park plus an all-season patio set this American restaurant apart from the neighborhood’s other fine-dining destinations. In the kitchen is Bruce Sherman, who has scored multiple James Beard Foundation Awards nominations in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category during the past several years (plus a win in 2012!).
2300 N. Lincoln Park West 773-868-0002
This sophisticated seafood-centric restaurant inside the Belden-Stratford Hotel oozes with indulgence from start to finish. Choose from the four-course prix-fixe dinner, one of two seven- ourse tasting menus or, to really go all out, a 10-course meal in the Tatami Room.
816 W. Armitage Ave. 773-248-6228
Culinary legend Charlie Trotter’s restaurant is tucked so unassumingly between Armitage Avenue boutiques that you just might walk right past it. For a chance to indulge in one of the chef’s multi-course tasting menus, act fast; the restaurant is set to close in August after 25 years in business.