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The Luxury Restaurant Guide for Downtown Chicago Condos

If there’s one thing Chicagoans love, it’s food. The bustling restaurant scene is just one of the reasons why so many people are interested in buying Chicago condos for sale. The number of restaurants in the city limits is staggering, over 6,000 within the city limits alone. It’s not just pizza and hot dogs joints either—the Windy City is also home to some of the country’s most luxurious restaurants, helmed by some of the world’s most renowned chefs. This list takes a look at Second City’s hippest, ritziest, and most exclusive restaurants in downtown Chicago.

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Gibson’s Steakhouse

Don’t be surprised by the celebrities sitting at the table next to you—Gibson’s Steakhouse has been a favorite among Chicago’s elite favorite steakhouse for over two decades. Located on Rush Street, in the heart of the Gold Coast, Gibson’s has just about every cut of meat imaginable, including, bone-in sirloin, bone-in filet mignon, T-bone, New York sirloin, and their famous, bone-in ribeye known by patrons as W.R’s Chicago Cut. If you aren’t in the mood for steak, Gibson’s also has a top-flight seafood menu—the Jumbo Florida Stone Crab Claws and Australian lobster tail are ideal red meat substitutes.

The Publican

The Publican has enjoyed its fair share of press over the last two years, but don’t let the hype scare you away. The culinary creations here are as delicious as they are unconventional. In addition to the fish, the Publican is stocked with oysters and mussels from all over the world, as well as a diverse selection of craft beers and rare wines to complement your meal. Still, if you want the true Publican experience, stop by on Sundays for the restaurant’s four-course meal for a sample of some of the restaurants most popular items, like the seared diver scallops or grilled hanger steak.

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The collage of dark reds and warm yellows decorating the interior of Carnivale only hint at the high energy and innovation behind the Latin American dishes served here. If there’s a word to describe the cuisine at Carnivale it’s robust. The kitchen’s ability to improve upon pan-Latin standbys like whitefish tacos and Nicaraguan style wood-grilled beef tenderloin without appearing heavy-handed is what separates Carnivale other Chicago restaurants like it.

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Chicago may be over 2,500 miles away from Hawaii, but the fresh red snapper and swordfish at Roy’s is styled in a way that evokes the culture of the Pacific islands. Although the restaurant is part of celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi’s restaurant empire, executive chef Kevin Dusinski has also offered a few creations of his own. Some of the new entrees on the fall menu are cilantro grilled tiger shrimp and crusted salmon in sundried tomato sauce.


Henri’s ability to effortlessly infuse the pageantry of French dining is just a one of the reasons why it’s ideal for romantic dinner dates and anniversaries. Still, even more than ambiance, Henri’s unique combination of French and English cooking styles is what has really made the restaurant a favorite with Chicagoans. Seafood lovers will fall in love with Henri’s housemade pappardelle with lobster, and the torchon of foie gras is considered one of the restaurant’s trademark dishes. For cocktails, try the Burnham Manhattan. This handcrafted cocktail, made with Wild Turkey Rye and garnished with fresh Michigan cherries, the Burnham Manhattan is the perfect nightcap for a memorable night downtown.

From steak to seafood, Chicago’s restaurants are on par with the world’s most elite eateries. With the sheer number of options available, it’s no surprise that so many have already expressed interest in living downtown and in Chicago condos for sale.

Chicago skyline from Hancock Tower – Photo credit

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