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The Resy Guide to Chicago’s New Wave of French Restaurants


French dining has a long legacy in Chicago, with much of the foundation laid by Le Francais, Jean Banchet’s iconic restaurant that wowed diners with its haute cuisine and elegant environs. Over the years, others have followed in Le Francais’ footsteps, but lately, there’s been a shift in Chicago’s French scene. Now, the city is increasingly drawing inspiration from France’s bustling bistro culture, resulting in more relaxed, convivial dining rooms and a warmer, less stuffy approach to hospitality. As for the food? Count it every bit as thoughtful, refined, and worthy of a big night out as its more traditional counterparts.

From a River North newcomer to a Lincoln Square staple, here’s our guide to the best of the city’s nouveau French restaurants.