Chicago – Dining

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Take a look at what might be the world’s best destination for filling your stomach, from cozy favorites to celebrity chefs to the avant garde.

    Female Speaker: If our restaurants get any more stars, they'll qualify as their own galaxy. So whatever you decide to bring with you to Chicago, make sure an appetite is first on the list.

    Chicago is one of the world's culinary epicenters, thanks to award winning fine dining establishments, family-friendly eats, and locales serving a tasty, cheapies to avant-garde cuisine.

    The city owes its outstanding dining scene to the melting pot of people spread across 77 ethnically diverse neighborhoods, who call this great city home, and welcome visitors with an array of international aromas.

    Chicago boasts many top chefs, including TVs top chefs Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless, Oprah's former personal chef Art Smith and Graham Elliot, the man who made fine dining accessible and the culinary homage would not be complete without paying respects to Grant Achatz, the mastermind of Alinea, voted the best restaurant in North America.

    Even in a city filled with award winners, there are a few standouts, the Michelin Guide recognized so many in fact, it published its own Chicago publication. Even Chicago's outstanding brunch scene earned its rightful place at the table.

    Of course, a visit to Chicago would not be complete without some staples, like its world famous Deep Dish Chicago-style pizza as well as several long time favorite restaurants, both family-friendly and budget conscious.

    And when the weather is gorgeous, there is no better place to take in the sites and enjoy your meal, than from one of Chicago's rooftop restaurants, alfresco hotspots.

    You can discover new favorite spots and get the biggest bang for your buck during restaurant week, held each February where hundreds of the city's best eats offer special fixed price menus. Or consider a dining tour and get inside peeks of some of the cities best kept culinary secrets.

    The best restaurant city in America far none, only here can you enjoy the classics and comfort foods, gourmet meals, and ethnic dishes, sure to please even the most discerning palates and wide ranging budget.