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A Mag Mile Guide to James Beard Eats Week

Celebrate Chicago's vibrant food scene during James Beard Eats Week, taking place April 26-May 6.

Now in its fifth year, James Beard Eats Week brings together the restaurant community and the public to celebrate the James Beard Awards weekend. Restaurants participating in Eats Week donate to the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Fund, which supports aspiring Chicago culinary students on a path to success in the hospitality industry. In 2018, Eats Week raised $13,900 for the scholarship program.


  • Baptiste & Bottle

    Perched on the 20th floor of the Conrad Chicago, Baptiste & Bottle offers a nearly wraparound view of the city and a crowd-pleasing menu that specializes in bourbon and provisions. Just steps away from Michigan Avenue, it provides a quiet reprieve from the frantic pace of the city, and guests will feel at home in the tavernesque space while they enjoy an elevated American menu from renowned Chef Richard Sandoval.

    • Crispy Spaetzle - Smoked Rabbit, Wild Mushrooms, Carrots ($16)

    Baptiste & Bottle
    101 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 667-6793


  • Beacon Tavern

    Beacon Tavern offers dining in a rustic, casually-upscale setting steps from the Chicago riverfront and the Magnificent Mile.

    • Oysters Rockefeller - 6 freshly shucked oysters, fine herbs, breadcrumb, bacon, Pernod ($19) 

    Beacon Tavern
    405 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 955-4226

  • Beatrix

    Beatrix is an inviting neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse and meeting place in Chicago's River North and Streeterville neighborhoods.

    • Chicken Meatballs with Ginger Soy Glaze

    671 N. St. Clair Street, Chicago, IL | (312) 642-0001

  • Booth One

    Booth One is a classic Chicago restaurant and social dining scene in the heart of the Gold Coast. Drawing inspiration from the legendary restaurant at the former Ambassador East Hotel, there’s not another room like it in all of Chicago.

    • Classic Beef Wellington with mushroom bordelaise

    Booth One
    1301 N. State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610 | (312) 649-0535

  • Bub City

    A little slice of the south in the heart of the Midwest. Bub City is Chicago's destination for BBQ, whiskey and live country music.

    • Bub City Fried Chicken with Whistle Pig Maple Syrup

    Bub City
    435 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 | (312) 610-4200

  • Cindy's

    The jewel in the crown of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Cindy's is a rooftop restaurant and open-air terrace with panoramic views of Millennium Park, The Art Institute, Lake Michigan, and beyond.

    • In honor of James Beard's iconic “Croque Monsieur,” Cindy's will offer a Breakfast Croque Madame at brunch (Saturdays & Sundays) and lunch (Mondays - Fridays) for the duration of James Beard Eats Week.

    12 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 | (312) 792-3502

  • The Eli's Cheesecake Company

    Enjoy lunch at Eli’s Cheesecake Café, the perfect destination to enjoy homemade soup, freshly prepared artisan sandwich or gourmet salad. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a slice of the rich and famous Eli’s Cheesecake!

    • Tostados De Piccadillo - pickled red onion, watercress, crema and salsa verde.
    • Homemade Chicken Tamales with Romesco Sauce
    • Coconut Cake - five layers of coconut cake, frosted with coconut buttercream, and covered in toasted coconut

    The Eli's Cheesecake Company
    6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago, IL 60634 | (773) 205-3800

  • Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

    Big flavor steaks and chops, fresh fish daily and enormous lobster tails — all matched with an extensive wine list. An evening out at Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse will include a fun and happening atmosphere with light entertainment, large portions of food and uncompromising service.

    • Black Tie Oysters Rockefeller - Truffled Hollandaise, Osetra Caviar-Shaped Bow Tie

    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
    1028 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 266-8999

  • HUB51

    A social dining hub serving up contemporary American eats in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. HUB51 has gained a reputation as one of Chicago's hottest restaurant and nightlife destinations.

    • Ginger-Steamed Halibut with Wild Mushrooms

    51 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654 | (312) 828-0051

  • Il Porcellino

    Il Porcellino, located in the heart of River North in downtown Chicago, is a neighborhood restaurant offering classic Italian-American comfort food in a casual setting.

    • Black Truffle Risotto - cremini mushrooms, Parmesan, truffle oil, and shaved black winter truffles

    Il Porcellino
    59 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654 | (312) 595-0800

  • Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

    An outpost of the legendary Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach, Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab presents a selection of prime steaks, quality seafood and the signature dishes of the original Joe's Stone Crab.

    • Joe's "Hot Brown" - King Crab, Lobster & Shrimp with Fried Green Tomatoes and Gruyere Mornay

    Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab
    60 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago IL 60611 | (312) 379-5637

  • Margeaux Brasserie

    Inspired by Parisian culture, Margeaux Brasserie is a celebration of french cuisine featuring regional, Midwestern ingredients. Margeaux Brasserie will offer guests the ambiance of an established brasserie in Paris, encouraging them to celebrate at the distinguished bar with glasses of fine wine, relax in the lounge while savoring cocktails and hor d’oeuvres or enjoy a Gold Coast destination brunch in the dining room with friends.

    • Milk-Braised Slagel Family Farm Pork Belly - Maine Lobster, Mick Klug Farm Asparagus, Smoked Blueberries, and Pistachio

    Margeaux Brasserie
    11 E Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 625-1324

  • Ocean Prime

    OCEAN PRIME delivers an extraordinary experience to guests: stunning settings and a vibrant energy, an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator-honored wine list and truly genuine hospitality.  

    • Ahi Tuna Au Poivre with Baby Carrots, Forest Mushrooms, Buttered Leeks, Truffle Potatoes, Cognac Cream and Fresh Truffles

    Ocean Prime
    87 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 | (312) 428-4344

  • NoMI Kitchen

    Rustic American cuisine with flavors inspired by the season. That is NoMI Kitchen, Lounge and Garden located in Park Hyatt Chicago. As one of the top restaurants in Chicago, NoMI Kitchen serves up casually elegant dining rooted in the simplicity of food.

    • Colorado Lamb Shank
    • Flageolet Fricassee - House Smoked Bacon - Roasted Mighty Vine Tomato
    • Crotin Goat Chesse Gatine
    • Yellow Frisee Salad - Juniper Berries, Grapes, Black Garlic Olive Oil

    NoMI Kitchen
    800 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 239-4030

  • Public House

    Located at the corner of State & Kinzie, beer aficionados pledge their allegiance to Public House, a 10,000 square foot beer-lovers paradise featuring beloved American, smokehouse fare with an upscale twist, unprecedented multimedia capabilities and mouth-watering libations.

    • Oxtail Cheesesteak - braised oxtail, dill havarti, spring onion, horseradish, bitter greens

    Public House
    400 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654 | (312) 265-1240

  • Prime & Provisions

    The menu celebrates the simplicity of true steakhouse cuisine. In an era inundated with restaurant concepts all vying to tap into the newest trend, or meld the most avant-garde ingredients, Prime & Provisions reconnects with traditional steakhouse roots. Reaching back to a time when a night out enjoying a marvelous, hand-cut steak was a celebration in itself, Prime & Provisions puts quality first.
    • Black Truffle & Duck Risotto - black truffle, duck confit, parmesan, truffle oil

    Prime & Provisions
    222 N Lasalle Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 | (312) 726-7777



  • Ramen-San

    RAMEN-SAN is a neighborhood noodle joint that slings hot broth, ice-cold beer and the best ’90s hip-hop in town.

    • "Mapo-Chashu" - Tonkotsu Broth, spicy garlic miso, roasted chashu, silken tofu

    59 W Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654 | (312) 377-9950

  • Riva Crab House

    Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan at Riva Crab House on Navy Pier. The nautically-inspired, vibrant dining room is complemented by experienced service. All the elements provide a perfect foreground for the breathtaking views.

    • Riva's Signature Ahi Tuna Fillet: Savoy Cabbage, King Oyster Mushrooms, Toasted Sesame, Thyme Demi

    Riva Crab House
    700 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 644-7482


  • Shaw's Crab House

    Shaw's Crab House is two restaurants in one – a jazzy, sophisticated, seafood restaurant and a carefree, lively oyster bar. Both serve top-grade fish and shellfish, several varieties of just-shucked oysters, and inventive sushi and sashimi combinations, made with the freshest fish in town.

    • Alaskan Halibut - served oven roasted, white asparagus, zesty herb vinaigrette, pea tendrils

    Shaw's Crab House
    21 E. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 527-2722

  • Siena Tavern

    Siena Tavern's décor reflects a hybrid of a rustic Italian market, fine dining restaurants, and a modern, industrial tavern, bridging old world comfort and hospitality with a contemporary menu and design.

    • Yellowfin Tun Carpaccio - onion ash, cerignola olives, grapefruit relish, crispy fingerling potatoes, frisée salad

    Siena Tavern
    51 Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL 60654 | (312) 595-1322

  • Signature Room at the 95th

    Located atop the former John Hancock Center, The Signature Room at the 95th® offers diners exquisite food, superb service, and a dazzling skyline view.

    • Braised Osso Bucco - saffron risotto, English peas, chives

    The Signature Room at the 95th
    875 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 787-9596

  • State and Lake Chicago Tavern

     Named after the iconic intersection in the heart of the city, State and Lake Chicago Tavern serves up new twists on bistro fare, with an emphasis on featuring the finest locally sourced and wholesome ingredients. Cozy enough to lounge in and stylish enough for business, State and Lake Chicago Tavern is ideal for guests and locals alike looking to unwind over a drink, gather together to watch a game, or grab a pre-theater bite before heading to the nearby historic theater district.

    • Midwestern Braised Beans with Beef Cheek - Fire Roasted Tomato, Ramp, Giardiniera, Radish and Herbs

    State and Lake Chicago Tavern
    201 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601 | (312) 239-9400

  • Tanta Chicago

    A dining experience at Tanta Chicago is truly a journey through Peru’s flavors and culture, with locally sourced products from vendors sensitive to sustainable farming and fishing.

    • Tamal con Leche - Peruvian organic quinoa, crackling skin pork belly, stewed pork feet sauce, peanuts, and onions mojo criolla.

    Tanta Chicago
    118 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654 | (312) 222-9700

  • Terrace 16

    Terrace 16 captures the spirit of Chicago’s glorious summer months year-round with genuine hospitality, warm design, a convivial bar, unmatched vistas and an ever-changing menu whose ingredients shine bright.

    • Fried Green Tomato - Crab Salad, Tomato Jam, Frisée
    • Whole Roasted Branzino - Carolina Dirty Rice, Pea-Lemon Grass Puree, Red Pepper Glaze

    Terrace 16
    401 N Wabash Drive, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 588-8030

  • the Albert

    The Albert is a vibrant, communal place where epicureans can share in globally inspired cuisine, a memorable dining experience, and a round of signature cocktails with rousing conversation. It is truly a place where contemporary global cuisine meets unparalleled service and guests can eclectically be themselves. The Albert showcases an ultra-seasonal menu and the culinary team prides itself by using the highest quality ingredients, primarily sourced from local farms, to show our pride and support in the Midwest.

    • Cream Biscuits with Aged Butter and Jam
    • Wild Rice Salad with Chicken and Ramp Vinaigrette

    the Albert
    228 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 471-3883

  • The Purple Pig

    Located on The Magnificent Mile, The Purple Pig features Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr.'s housemade charcuterie, cheeses, and classic Mediterranean fare plus an extensive yet accessible wine list.

    • Grilled Broccoli with Anchovy Vinaigrette, Roasted Garlic, and Toasted Bread crumb

    The Purple Pig
    500 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 464-1744

  • Three Dots and a Dash

    Three Dots and a Dash is Chicago’s premier tropical tiki bar and craft cocktail destination hidden below the bustling streets of River North. Surrender all your cares and let Three Dots and a Dash whisk you away onto a rum-soaked tropical excursion.

    • Chef Dino's Pu Pu Platter

    Three Dots and a Dash
    435 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 | (312) 610-4220

  • Travelle at The Langham

    Located on the hotel's second floor, Travelle features a contemporary interpretation of Seasonal American cuisine. Drawing inspiration from the country’s rich culinary history, the kitchen takes guests on a culinary journey that includes ingredients from the finest farms, ranches and orchards in the nation.

    • Rainbow Trout Almondine featuring Fiddleheads, Green Almond Dukkah, Charred Orange Beurre Blanc

    Travelle at the Langham
    330 N. Wabash Street, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 923-7705

  • Upstairs at the Gwen

    A standout among rooftop terraces & lounges in downtown Chicago, Upstairs at The Gwen focuses on the art of craft cocktails paired with shareable small plate fare and cityscape views from among the Art Deco-infused architecture.

    • Warmed King Crab, Chilled Farro Noodles, Bottarga, Tobiko (Appetizer: $18, Entree: $26)

    Upstairs at the Gwen
    521 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 645-1500

  • Wildfire

    A warm atmosphere and your favorite foods transport you to the aura of a quintessential 1940's supper club. Enjoy Wildfire specialties from the club menu, served family-style.

    • Fire Grilled Half Chicken - roasted potato wedges, lemon, garlic and herbs

    159 West Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60654 | (312) 787-9000

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