There are some things that just go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Milk and cookies. New York and pizza. The list goes on and on. If, however, you find yourself in the Windy City, Chicago certainly has a great history with being one of the best cities in the world for steak and while you might like your steak rare, finding a great steakhouse in Illinois certainly isn’t.
In addition to all of the famous franchise steakhouse options like The Capital Grille, Sullivan’s, Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris, Lawry’s, Smith & Wollensky, The Palm and Texas de Brazil, there are also other Chicago-centric options that you simply must try.
100 East Chestnut, Chicago IL
The former Bears coach has added steak to his portfolio of football knowledge and pairs his meat with the best in wine and cigars. His “Kick Ass Red” is apparently some of the best.
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse
33 W. Kinzie St., Chicago IL
The Chicago Tribune newspaper called Harry Caray’s, the “Best Steakhouse in Chicago” in their poll. Named after Chicago’s most famous baseball announcer, the steaks are selected from the finest USDA beef and are aged three to four weeks to ensure they are as tender as they can possibly be.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
1028 N. Rush St., Chicago IL
Often frequented by Chicago’s elite as well as Hollywood’s finest, Gibsons describes itself as the perfect spot to “meat and greet.” It offers eight classic steak cuts and its own USDA Prime Black Angus Beef.
Gene & Georgetti
500 N. Franklin St., Chicago IL
The oldest Chicago area steakhouse is Gene & Georgetti. The steakhouse originally opened up in 1941 serving celebrities including Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope and that tradition hasn’t changed as it now features customers that include Russell Crowe, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell. They also feature a garbage salad that is said to be a favorite of Robert Duvall’s.
Chicago Cut Steakhouse
300 N. Lasalle, Chicago IL
The Chicago Cut Steakhouse offers one of the best views of Chicago with a gorgeous view of the river and the establishment was recently voted as one of America’s Best New Restaurants by Esquire Magazine. Definitely a great place to score a rib eye.
David Burke’s Primehouse
55 E. Ontario St., Chicago IL
Offers dry-aged steak with an elegant ambience from the James Hotel Chicago. Diners can also get a tour of the Himalayan salt-tiled aging room upon request.