Dining in Lincoln Park: An Overview for Chicago Newcomers
There’s so much to love about Lincoln Park. Between the gorgeous brick-row houses, tranquil parks, upscale shopping, and poised, tree-lined streets, this beloved corner of Chicago also offers a wonderfully diverse dining landscape. Dining in Lincoln mark features exquisite, artistic delights from around the world, delivered right to our front door.
With so many incredible dining options available, as a Lincoln Park newcomer, it can be difficult to decide where to begin your culinary campaign of fine dining. But, worry not. We’ve put together a list of some of Lincoln Park’s can’t miss dining experiences. Let’s take a look.
Alinea is regularly celebrated as the best restaurant in Chicago and one of the best in the entire country. With mastermind Grant Achatz at the helm with his three Michelin-star rating, this game-changing restaurant remains on the shortlist of the most influential modernist kitchens in the world. Needless to say, Alinea lives up to the hype. Chef Achatz delivers a well-orchestrated experience that plays with textures and temperatures while remaining grounded in season, flavor and impeccable execution. From apple-flavored balloons to salsify jerky hidden within a bird’s nest, the menu is constantly changing, so guests never know which flawless dish will be highlighted each night.
Boka is a pillar of Chicago’s vast food scene. They have been serving inventive seasonal American cuisine for 12 years. Led by mastermind Chef Lee Wolen, Boka has no shortage of accolades including six consecutive Michelin stars and a Jean Banchet “Chef of the Year” award for Chef Wolen. With a modern approach to seasonal fare, guests are treated to balanced dishes like cured fluke with pickled watermelon and roasted Spanish octopus with eggplant, spicy ‘nduja, hazelnut, and lemon. Desserts by Meg Galus are equally as exquisite and decked out, so be sure to save some room to really treat yourself.
North Pond is a fantastic special occasion restaurant that can be found right in the middle of Lincoln Park. Located in a pristine, natural setting with dramatic views of the Chicago skyline, this American eatery is as close to nature as it gets in the city. Chef Bruce Sherman really plays into this aspect of appreciating the natural surroundings, as his seasonal creations are concocted with as much locally grown organic food as he can get his hands on. His path from earth to plate is reflected both in his outstanding artistic cuisine as well as in the décor of the dining room, which dawns complex layers of subtle craft beneath a simple decorative style. Guests will find beauties like beer-braised Berkshire pork cheeks on the menu served with malted parsnip, Brussel sprouts, orange suprêmes, a sprout salad and puffed barley.
Entente joins the list of this year’s Michelin Star recipients. With its ever-evolving, imaginative cuisine, this delectable eatery is led by Chef Brian Fisher. At Entente, ingredients drive the dishes that live as staples on the a la carte menu. Seasonal game, seafood, meat and vegetables inspire the direction of the kitchen where collaboration and innovation are the spark that inspire such delightful dishes as the Pekin Duck which is served with Kabocha squash, lacinato kale, piri piri chili, pickled pear, tamarind and foie gras jus. Located just outside of Lincoln Park proper, this is one restaurant you won’t want to miss.
Located on the fringe of Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, this one’s easy to miss, but hard to forget. When you step through the doors of Schwa, the city dissolves behind you making way for an intimate world where the artistry of fine cuisine comes to life. Dining here is an exploration of the senses. Chef Michael Carlson directs a fluid menu of vivid courses crafted by his crew of artists, re-imagining the possibilities of global, seasonal ingredients. From the rarest snail roe brought in from the shores of France to locally-grown Midwestern produce, Schwa is a place to experience food as art.
Chicago is known for its amazing food choices, and Lincoln Park is famous within Chicago as an especially great place to go and enjoy a bite to eat. So, get out there and enjoy! Just don’t forget to make those reservations ahead of time.