Call Chicago a meat-and-potatoes town if you must. We know we’ve moved beyond the stereotype with our world-class restaurants, innovative cuisines, and cutting-edge cocktailing. But we do have a staggering number of excellent steakhouses, which people can’t get enough of. Why, otherwise, would new ones keep opening?
While steakhouses are as ubiquitous as Bears fans in this city, we’ve sifted through the crowded market to highlight nearly 20 we think stand above the rest. Some are of the supremely upscale variety, while others sit quietly tucked within their neighborhoods. Some have chops, seafood towers, and other non-steak attractions. Some traffic exclusively in wagyu or prime beef, while others carry a little bit of everything. Some are old-school classics, others brand-spanking new. But each one is worth a visit; here’s why.