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Chicago's Cheap Eats from Celeb Chefs

Cuisine from celebrity chefs doesn't have to come with a side of sticker shock. Check out this list of affordable options from famous toques.

  • XOCO
    • Mexican
    • River North
    Food
    27
    Decor
    18
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $21

    Good to know: Rick Bayless is the star power behind this affordable destination for Mexican street eats. 

  • Big Star
    • Mexican
    • Wicker Park
    Food
    26
    Decor
    22
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $22

    Good to know: Paul Kahan’s affordable Wicker Park Mexican draws crowds for its flavorful tacos.

  • Belly Shack
    • Asian
    • Logan Square
    Food
    25
    Decor
    16
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $20

    Good to know: Chef-owner Bill Kim’s casual Humboldt Park outpost is lauded for its Asian dishes with Nuevo Latino accents.

  • DMK Burger Bar
    • Burger
    • Lakeview
    Food
    24
    Decor
    19
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $19

    Good to know: David Morton and Michael Kornick serve up gourmet burgers and brews at these bustling eateries.

  • Bar Toma
    • Italian
    • Gold Coast
    Food
    20
    Decor
    19
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $31

    Good to know: Convenient to Magnificent Mile shopping, Spiaggia's Tony Mantuano offers pizza and sandwiches galore.

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