Many of us have had to put off celebratory dinners over the last two years, but now that restaurants in Chicago are back to a new version of normal (ish), it’s time to go out with our nearest and dearest, and raise a glass to that special birthday, anniversary, graduation, engagement, promotion, or — what the heck, who needs an excuse? — to just get the band back together.
Not all restaurants can accommodate large parties, so we did the work and rounded up a list of venues eager to host your next gathering. Each encourages family-style ordering, offering shareable plates so everyone can try a little something off the menu. From a dimly lit steakhouse with wrap-around booths to a Bohemian-inspired riverside hot spot, here are some of the best restaurants in Chicago for celebrating right now. Cheers to making up for lost time.