Best Wine Pairings in Chicago

Sips by the course
March 14, 2017
by Zagat Staff

These restaurants offer the best optional wine pairings matched with prix-fixe menus.

French · The Loop · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

Unmatched " views from the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange set the backdrop for a " grown-up dining experience " at this " elegant " Loop " classic ", luring " high-fliers " with chef Jean Joho’s " finely turned out " French " haute cuisine " and a " wine list that fills a binder "; it all comes at the price you’d expect, but " over-the-top ", " white-glove " service helps make it " truly memorable.
Lincoln Park · $$$$

Following a complete overhaul of both the setting and the cuisine, Grant Achatz's acclaimed Lincoln Park New American offers three tiers of top-flight tasting menus (some more experimental than others) with optional wine pairings and ticket price breaks for off-peak hours. Gutted and reimagined, the posh space features modern art, elaborate crown molding and smart, neutral decor that varies in each of the discrete dining areas (the glass-enclosed kitchen table being the priciest).
North Pond
American · Lincoln Park · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

A "pastoral" "oasis of fine dining" on a pond inside Lincoln Park, this "top-notch" New American offers "creative" , "locally sourced" fare that’s "artistic on the plate" in a "gorgeous" "Arts and Crafts building" with "jaw-dropping views of the city" ; "subtly attentive" service that "makes you feel special" adds to the reasons it’s "worth the splurge" , especially "for a celebration.
Cafe Spiaggia
Italian · Magnificent Mile · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

More relaxed " and " not as pricey " as its neighboring sibling Spiaggia, this Mag Mile " standby " is " fabulous in its own way, " offering " marvelous " Italian dishes in " sleek " surrounds " looking out on Michigan Avenue; " it may " put a dent in your wallet, " but factor in " spectacular service " and fans say it’s an all-around " class act " that " doesn't disappoint.
American · River North · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

Floor-to-ceiling windows afford "awesome" city views at this "special-occasion" New American on the 16th floor of River North's Trump International Hotel & Tower, where "fresh, seasonal ingredients" are turned into "excellent" "works of art" ; the upscale space feels "intimate but expansive at the same time" , and the "agreeable" staff helps take the sting out of "expensive" tabs.