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The 10 Restaurants That Defined Chicago Dining This Year


We asked our contributors to the Resy Hit List to share their top dining experiences in their cities this year — 10 restaurants that are helping to define the state of great dining right now. Please welcome back our Best of The Hit List for 2023. (You can find other cities’ top picks here.)

2023 was a standout year for food in the city: one that rekindled our love of old standbys and brought us fresh new perspectives. As we look back, we’re celebrating the spots that earned new accolades, like Kasama, and those that took a risk, like Sifr, which blends South Asian and Middle Eastern flavors with aplomb.

We can’t help but feel joy, too, for the places taking care of others—especially when dessert is involved (see: Justice of the Pies). Finally, we’re celebrating the simple pleasures, like a meal at Pompette, with its consistently on-point food, drinks, and service. In times of uncertainty and unrest, being able to count on these neighborhood standbys is nothing short of priceless. 

Here’s to another stunning year of food: These are the 10 restaurants that defined Chicago dining for us in 2023.