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Here are ten Chicago restaurants – each simply wonderful – that received a one-star Michelin rating and that deliver some of the best food in the world at reasonable prices.


Boka. A Lincoln Park gem, Boka focuses on seasonal ingredients in marvelously inventive combinations.


Elizabeth. Quirky and exquisite, Iliana Regan’s Elizabeth is one chef’s dream of a restaurant that pushes boundaries while staying grounded in solid sourcing and brilliant execution.


Elske. With a solid foundation in Danish cuisine and aesthetic, Elske serves artfully crafted, undeniably delicious dishes that speak to tradition and sing with creativity.




Goosefoot. With finely finessed tasting menus, Goosefoot offers what feels like a special occasion any day of the year.


Mako. A local legend known for its magnificent and creative sushi and sashimi, Mako serves omakase menus highlighting the best fish and seafood you’ll find in Chicago.


Next. Next presents a regularly adventurous, constantly changing menu that’s as witty and clever as it is delicious.


North Pond. The now universal focus on the highest-quality local ingredients all started at North Pond, with a gorgeous Lincoln Park location matched only by the fantastic food.




Parachute. With selections that change sometimes nightly, Parachute showcases carefully sourced products at the peak of perfection.


Porto.  Spanish-inspired and seafood-focused, Porto reflects the Galician tradition of serving fresh fish and conservas, artfully matched with superb sauces.


Schwa. Idiosyncratic and brilliant, Schwa’s cuisine and atmosphere is one-of-a kind, truly memorable and mind-blowing.