Best Restaurants with a View in Chicago

March 20, 2017
by Zagat Staff

The best restaurants for taking in the city views in Chicago.

French · The Loop · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.6

"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."
North Pond
American · Lincoln Park · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.6

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."
NoMi Kitchen
American · Gold Coast · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

"Excellent" , "beautifully plated" New American dishes and "fabulous sushi" are matched by "killer views" "overlooking Michigan Avenue" at this "dependable" kitchen in the Gold Coast’s Park Hyatt, where a "terrific" terrace lends a "romantic" vibe; a "lovely" interior and an "attentive" staff further suit it to "entertaining clients" or "formal events" , as do "expense-account" tabs.
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.