Chicago is a vibrant and diverse city that has been one of the most popular US destinations for decades and remains its status to this day. It’s a mecca of jazz music, incredible architecture, and, of course, high-end restaurants. Imagine having a romantic dinner date in a city as stunning as Chicago. Well, we have some good news for you. We have rounded up Chicago’s top-rated fancy restaurants that will make your experience the most unforgettable one. Hurry up and reserve the best seats for you and your bae!
If you are yearning for some Mediterranean food, then welcome to Aba. This restaurant's menu is highly influenced by Israeli, Lebanese, Turkish, and Greek cuisine. Reserve one of Aba’s regular or intimate semi-private tables, and start your experience. Try out Aba’s signature dishes created by Chef CJ Jacobson. On the menu you will find Crispy Short Rib Hummus, Muhammara, Jerusalem Bagel with Labneh, Skirt Steak Shawarma, and other flavorsome meals. As for drinks, the restaurant offers a rich bar program that showcases rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits.
Founded in 2005, Alinea is a living legend! It’s one of only 14 restaurants in the States to earn the coveted Michelin 3-star rating. Rightfully, though. Alinea offers gourmands a truly unique dining experience that showcases an innovative approach to modernist cuisine. Incredible play with textures, flavors, and temperatures — expect the unexpected. Courses range from one-bite tastes that dazzle to substantially composed dishes. Chef Achatz creates food that captures a sense of wonder. In Alinea, you never know what will happen next.
Brindille is a fine dining place with a modern setting and Parisian touches. Intimate and hushed inside, this Chicago restaurant is the perfect option for a romantic dinner date. Just like seasons, Brindille’s menu is also ever-changing! The September one, for instance, celebrates the flavors and spirit of autumn. Try out Brindille’s Duck Breast With Cherries And Apricots, a Potato Tarte Tatin or something from the pastry menu — your taste buds will be thankful for such an exquisite treat. The restaurant also offers private cooking classes, which is yet another great option to experience Brindille.
Elske is a Michelin-star dining spot managed by David and Anna Posey, a husband-and-wife tandem. Minimalist design, intimate atmosphere, and spacious sitting — Elske is perfect for lovely conversations and sharing precious moments with your other half. Plus, the restaurant has an incredible patio with an open-air campfire. If you are fond of dining outside, that’s the option just for you! At Elske, there’s so much to order: from tea of lightly smoked fruits and vegetables to grilled duck breast with salted plum and sunflower seed parfait. The restaurant also accommodates dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free meals, so if you have any allergies, let the staff know while booking your reservation. Enjoy your stay!
Ever is a creative obsession of Michelin-starred chef Curtis Duffy and his business partner Michael Muser. From food to service, everything is equally supreme in this luxe restaurant. Once you enter the restaurant, you will be offered an 8 to 10-course tasting menu focused on proteins from the land and sea and vegetables. The menu is seasonal, so it changes frequently. The meal in Ever is nothing but pure art, and inventive presentations prove that. Looking for a more intimate experience? Ever has a separate private dining room perfect for romantic occasions.
Yume is an intimate omakase-style restaurant founded by Busan-born Chef Sangtae Park. Yume introduces a unique sushi-focused dining experience. Here, Japanese tradition and philosophy beautifully co-exist with Korean heritage. No wonder the restaurant got a star from Michelin! Treat yourself to Yume's 16-course tasting menu that includes appetizers, daily sushi prepared by the chef, and dessert. The restaurant also offers special dishes specific to the season, so keep an eye on the menu. You will never regret experiencing Omakase Yume!
At Proxi, Chef Andrew Zimmerman combines two of his great loves: travel and cooking. The restaurant’s menu wanders freely through Asia, India, Mexico, and beyond but still feels completely at home in Chicago. Floor-to-ceiling windows, leather-quilted upholstery, and antique mirrors — Proxi's interior is rooted in beloved American brasseries of the mid-century. Steamed Coconut Curry Custard, Indonesian Chili Chicken, Grilled New York Strip Steak, and more delicious and rich in flavor dishes are waiting for you at Proxi. So are you ready to join the journey?