Best Celebrity Owned Restaurants in Chicago

Star Power
March 14, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

When a restaurant is owned by a celebrity, you never know who might walk in the door. Here's a shortlist of restaurants noted for two highlights: good food and prime stargazing potential.

Ditka's Restaurant Chicago
Brunch · Gold Coast · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

A "fitting tribute to da coach" , these steakhouses provide "melt-in-your-mouth" filets and "comfort food" like "addicting" pot roast nachos; the "warm" , "clubby" digs are decorated with "sports memorabilia" , and while they’re a "little spendy" , many agree they’re "pretty reasonable" given the overall experience.
Michael Jordan's Steak House Chicago
Steakhouse · Magnificent Mile · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Warm ", " helpful " staffers contribute to the " all-star performance " of this booth-enhanced dining room in Streeterville's InterContinental where supporters cheer a surprisingly " innovative menu for a steakhouse ", deeming it " expensive but worth it for a special night out "; reticent refs, however, say " there are better options " in the city, though they concede it's still a " great stop for any fan of the Bulls or Jordan.
RPM Italian
Italian · River North · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“Delicious” , “well-presented” Italian food is just part of what draws “beautiful people” to this “classy” River North collaboration between Giuliana and Bill Rancic and the Melmans, where the “chic” , “modern” space also boasts a “vibrant bar scene” and “impeccable” service; while “not inexpensive” , it's “perfect for a special night out” , and though some find it “crowded and loud” most chalk it up to the “happening” vibe.
Ditka's Restaurant Oakbrook Terrace
American · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

A "fitting tribute to da coach" , these steakhouses provide "melt-in-your-mouth" filets and "comfort food" like "addicting" pot roast nachos; the "warm" , "clubby" digs are decorated with "sports memorabilia" , and while they’re a "little spendy" , many agree they’re "pretty reasonable" given the overall experience.
Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse
Italian · River North · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Diners who "like steak and sports memorabilia" find this midpriced chain a "true Chicago treat" , with "surprisingly good" chops plus "solid Italian staples" in "old-fashioned" surroundings filled with "interesting" baseball paraphernalia; despite "tourist trap" vibes, fans say the "crowd-watching" capabilities are "endlessly entertaining.
Harry Caray's Tavern- Navy Pier
Pizza · Streeterville · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

Consistently good " American standards (burgers, salads, pasta) offered at " reasonable " prices make this more casual Streeterville sib to the Harry Caray steakhouses the " valedictorian in a wasteland of subpar " Navy Pier dining options; critics complain it’s a " tourist trap ", but the " sports bar " vibe appeals to others who find it a " comfortable " choice, especially for " people-watching" on the patio.
Harry Caray's
Garfield Ridge · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Diners who "like steak and sports memorabilia" find this midpriced chain a "true Chicago treat" , with "surprisingly good" chops plus "solid Italian staples" in "old-fashioned" surroundings filled with "interesting" baseball paraphernalia; despite "tourist trap" vibes, fans say the "crowd-watching" capabilities are "endlessly entertaining" , and the Water Tower Place outpost has an adjoining sports museum.
The Boarding House
American · River North · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.1

A "gorgeous" bi-level space showcases "cool" interior design, including a ceiling hung with wine bottles, at this "sophisticated" River North New American from master sommelier Alpana Singh, whose "vast" vino list pairs with "well-executed" dishes that range from pizza to venison; "pricey" tabs are on par with the "special setting" and "civilized experience.