Originally known as a steak-and-potatoes town, Chicago has emerged as one of the top foodie destinations of the world. Multiple award-winning chefs and restaurants keep raising the bar, resulting in more dining options that surpass expectations.
But it's more than the restaurants that have built Chicago into a food-lover's fantasy. It's the cooking schools that educate pros and amateurs alike; it's the farmers markets that fill the city from spring through fall (and a year-round market we love); and it's the gourmet food shops and marketplaces that offer chefs of all levels all the tools, gadgets and hard-to-find ingredients they need to cook up their own culinary works of art right at home. Sure, some of the best restaurants in town are still the traditional types that serve top-of-the-line, prime cuts of beef, complete with fancy trimmings, cushy booths and impressive wine lists, but the dining scene for foodies has spread itself far and wide. It's time to explore and enjoy.