Published on March 9, 2016

10 Essential American Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago is home to all kinds of great American food. With so many delicious, comforting flavors, it’s impossible not to fall in love with a mouthwatering burger, fresh fish dish or homemade pie.

Scroll through to discover some of Chicago’s best all-American restaurants.


1. THE KITCHEN (River North)

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New American eatery The Kitchen is a community bistro delivering locally sourced, sustainable cuisine in a refined and lively setting. With design touches by local craftsmen, this neighborhood gem serves fresh farm-to-table ingredients from like-minded ranchers and purveyors. Housed in a rustic-chic space with an open kitchen, the restaurant also offers a wide range of craft beers, seasonally inspired cocktails and artisanal spirits.


Chicago- Grange Hall and Burger Bar Photo provided by Grange Hall Burger Bar.

Grange Hall serves up fantastic burgers using all local ingredients, cheeses and other toppings for inventive twists on the classic American staple. Delicious sides, ice creams and house-made pies are also on offer, as well as a great cocktail list and breakfast menu.

3. CELESTE (River North)

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Celeste offers a modern take on the classic cocktail lounge and supper club, serving sophisticated, seasonal American plates. Reminiscent of turn-of-the-century Chicago, the glamorous multi-level space culminates in an elegant rooftop garden, gorgeous tile and ivy-covered brick walls.

4. PRESIDIO (Bucktown)

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San Francisco native Patrick Cullen’s Presidio is home to American cuisine inspired by California’s culinary tradition. Chef Shaun Connelly incorporates fresh West Coast ingredients into the classic dishes. The sleek, brick-walled space features a long bar and framed photographs of the Golden State’s signature wildlife and bridges.


Chicago - Homestead on the Roof Photo provided by Homestead on the Roof.

Cooking up American cuisine, Homestead On The Roof features farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients in its dinner, desserts and handcrafted cocktails. Small-production wines by the bottle and glass, weekly rotating craft brews and a curated 100-bottle spirits list round out the drink menu. The 80-seat outdoor rooftop patio sits adjacent to a 1,000 square foot organic rooftop garden, while the 65-seat indoor space offers a respite for guests hoping to escape the outdoors.

6. TRENCHERMEN (Bucktown)

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Trenchermen is an inviting New American neighborhood restaurant and bar located in a former bathhouse full of exposed brick, suede banquettes and a vintage vibe. Chef Patrick Sheerin's cuisine provides a refined yet approachable dining experience, and a number of classic and unconventional craft cocktails, international wines and domestic beers are available to pair with the sophisticated cuisine.


Travelle Reservations Photo provided by Travelle Kitchen + Bar.

Travelle Kitchen + Bar is a sophisticated lounge and restaurant in the Langham Hotel, offering a seasonal American menu and stunning river views. The space is both industrial and elegant, with a glass-enclosed display kitchen, a digital art installation and ebony accents.

8. THE DAWSON (River West)

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The Dawson is a lively traditional American restaurant and bar. French techniques, American ingredients and Japanese-inspired simplicity characterize Chef Shaun King’s inventive cuisine, composed of diverse, boldly flavored dishes. Notable handcrafted cocktails, international wines and beers complement the eclectic menu.

9. THE BRISTOL (Bucktown)

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New American gastropub The Bristol highlights familiar and comforting dishes, handcrafted cocktails and a curated wine list in a rustic space. With fresh ingredients gathered from farmers, foragers and artisan craftsmen, the restaurant honors the best of the season’s bounty. An airy dining room filled with communal tables and exposed brick provides the perfect backdrop in which to enjoy the seasonally inspired cuisine, inventive cocktails, international wines and domestic beers.

10. LULA CAFE (Logan Square)

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Lula Cafe serves seasonally driven, farm-to-table American dishes with adventurous options for vegetarians and meat and fish from sustainable sources. Unique cocktails and a selection of local and international wines and beers round out the restaurant’s offerings.



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