Top 5 Casual Dining


Schwa Restaurant

Schwa Restaurant
"With only 13 tables, Schwa Restaurant is one of Chicago's most exclusive hotspots. This tiny space is so small that Chef Michael Carlson is one of the servers. There's a personal touch to every dish, which is why critics and customers can't stop raving about this Wicker Park haunt's New American tasting menu. Schwa Restaurant is nearly impossible to get into, but it's worth the added effort."
Address: Schwa Restaurant 1466 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 | Map it
Phone: 7732521466


Trenchermen

Trenchermen
"Located in a former bathhouse, Trenchermen offers an intoxicating mix of modern cuisine and vintage style. Paying homage to Chicago's rich history, this Wicker Park mainstay features a menu rich with hearty modern dishes, each expertly crafted using the freshest ingredients and flavors. Whether you're catching up with old friends or looking for the perfect space for a business engagement, Trenchermen is hard to beat."
Address: Trenchermen 2039 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 | Map it
Phone: 7736611540


Carriage House

Carriage House
"One of Chicago's favorite casual dining spots just got a lot better. Thanks to a recent remodel, Carriage House has taken their rustic-chic setting to a brand new level. The menu is a taste of the Lowcountry, offering genteel seasoned Southern cuisine and some of the stiffest drinks in town. Named Wicker Park's best brunch destination, Carriage House elevates some of your favorite comfort foods. With an inventive menu and friendly staff, it's easy to see why Carriage House remains a Chicago favorite."
Address: Carriage House 1700 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 | Map it
Phone: 7733849700


Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

Doc B's Fresh Kitchen
"A new take on fresh-casual, Doc B's Fresh Kitchen serves a delicious selection of comfort foods. The menu includes such favorites as the Tennessee Hot Chicken, California kale salad and housemade gelato sandwich, all created with the highest-quality ingredients from local famers and best-in-class purveyors. From burgers to salads, pizzas to desserts, Doc B's Fresh Kitchen has something for just about any mood."
Address: Doc Bs Fresh Kitchen 55 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 | Map it
Phone: 3129999300


The Gage

The Gage
"Traditional favorites are given the gastropub treatment at The Gage, a popular respite from crowded Michigan Avenue. Attracting a young and lively crowd, this Chicago favorite offers an innovative menu, extensive beer list and first-rate service. But beware, the bustling dining room is extremely loud. It's this party atmosphere that has earned The Gage a reputation for being the best place for after-work drinks and nights out with friends."
Address: The Gage 24 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603 | Map it
Phone: 3123724243


Honorable Mention: Found Kitchen & Social House

Found Kitchen & Social House
"Led by Chef Nicole Pederson, Found Kitchen & Social House is a restaurant on a mission. This community-minded eatery strives to hire and train people coming out of homelessness, a goal that has helped turn Found into a real find. With a farm-driven menu, the seasonal dishes are created using the best local produce and ingredients. You will taste the international flavors with every bite and savor your time at Found Kitchen & Social House."
Address: Found Kitchen & Social House 1631 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201 | Map it
Phone: 8478688945