2021 Best Classic Restaurants in Chicago Area

Iconic Restaurants
in Chicago

The dining scene is full of restaurants attempting to cash in on the latest culinary trends, and often closing just as quickly as they open. But many landmark restaurants are steeped in history and have served meals to our parents (or even grandparents). They might range from classic lunch counters to white-tablecloth establishments.

Enjoy a meal at GAYOT's Top Old-Timer Restaurants in Chicago, some of which are still trendy and à la mode after all these years. These selections are presented in alphabetical order.

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Chicago Chop House
12/20
Steaks and sides pair with fine wines at this Chicago institution. See More

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Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
14/20
Prime beef, generously portioned sides and first-rate martinis are the draw at this masculine steakhouse. See More

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QB
Winning Chicago-style dogs that are best charred and topped with all the standard fixings. See More
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Harry Caray's
13/20
Cubs fans (heck, carnivores in general) flock to this honorary Italian steakhouse. See More

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Lou Mitchell's
11/20
A breakfast institution with ahhh-inducing omelets and homey lunch specials. See More
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Margie's Candies
QB
This legendary ice cream parlor with its homemade goodies has served everyone from the Beatles to Al Capone. See More
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Mr. Beef on Orleans
QB
Locals and in-the-know out-of-towners swarm to this stand for Italian beef. See More
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Pizzeria Uno
11/20
Quintessential Chicago-style pizza joint where tourists and locals understandably flock. See More
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Vivere
14/20
Complex Italian dishes shine at this fine dining establishment in the Italian Village restaurant threesome. See More
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