While you’re here, we hope you’ll explore a few of Chicago’s more than 5,195 restaurants. For your convenience, we have arranged an online concierge service for Emerge 2017 attendees. Please visit your RCMA Emerge 2017 online concierge for reservation assistance.


Chicago is a city known for its culinary craft. Taste the wide variety of cuisines at these favorite restaurants and see why Chicago is considered a top gourmet destination and host city the past two years and again in 2017 for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

If you appreciate a good steak then Chicago is your kind of town.  Chicago’s steakhouses across the city don’t disappoint and Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse has been the pinnacle of Gold Coast dining for over 23 years. An energetic atmosphere and unsurpassable service makes it a party every night.

For a new twist on a traditional steakhouse treat yourself to RPM Steak, which brings a contemporary, chef-driven approach to a traditional steakhouse menu as well as cosmopolitan glamour to the dining experience. The 42oz Mishima Tomahawk steak off the Wagyu section of the menu is a treat and large enough to feed two people.  Swift & Sons recently opened in the trendy West Loop neighborhood, an area of Chicago where American steak was born over a century ago. The team created a place that not only elevates what has already been done, but evolves the American steakhouse for the modern diner.

If you appreciate farm-to-table, Homestead in West Town is a great option. Their rooftop farm and hanging garden supply many of the fresh ingredients featured in their dishes.

The fresh trend rules at River North's Siena Tavern, where ingredients live on the walls, literally. The Italian restaurant from "Top Chef" alum Fabio Viviani serves up from-scratch delicacies with ingredients picked from its garden walls.

The Boarding House's decor is just as impressive as its extensive wine selection and wine-inspired cuisine. Grab a drink at the bar on the first floor, or enjoy dinner on the third floor underneath the impressive ceiling installation made from more than 4,000 wine bottles.

Other River North highlights include the South American inspired Tanta, a Peruvian restaurant serving beverages inspired by pisco, a grape brandy made in Peru. At Sumi Robata Bar, a Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood, grilled meats and sashimi are the main focus. The wait can be long, but it's worth it.

Chicago's history plays a big role in its food. Trencherman in Wicker Park provides diners with a wonderful example of the past and the present colliding for a great dining experience. This contemporary American restaurant is located in the building that housed the old Luxor Russian Baths of the 1920s.

Wicker Park also has you covered for both simple and straightforward and a taste of Latin America. Check out Carriage House where modern meets Southern country fare. This restaurant offers a taste of down south in the north with small plates like fried green tomatoes and family-style meals of low country boil perfect for sharing.

Local hangout Big Star features a Mexican street food concept from award-winning chef Paul Kahan. Seasonally inspired tacos with fresh toppings like catfish, grilled pineapple and pork belly pair perfectly with an extensive bourbon menu.

Keep with the whiskey and bourbon theme going at Logan Square's Longman & Eagle, a modern twist on an old neighborhood inn, where you will feel right at home with a glass of whiskey and ever-changing adventurous dishes.

If you're a night owl looking for a good bar, Chicago has you covered. Drinks reign supreme at Three Dots and a Dash, a tiki-inspired River North hot spot. Cocktails continue at shine at The Violet Hour, where the James Beard Award-winning bar program features a seasonally rotating cocktail list, as well as an extensive selection of approachable and sought-after spirits. The trendy West Loop neighborhood is your destination for The Aviary, where cocktails and service are given the same attention to detail as a four-star restaurant and where bartenders are trained as chefs and the produce and herbs are carefully sourced and procured fresh daily.

Beer-lovers rejoice because Chicago has you covered with over sixty craft breweries and numerous beer focused bars and restaurants across the city. Be sure to check out what’s on tap at Goose Island’s Tap Room in the West Loop or at Revolution Brewery’s Brewpub in Logan Square. Dusek's in Pilsen is a restaurant/beer hall featuring an extensive list of food-focused beers that pair perfectly with the hearty, farm-to-table menu, whereas Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar is craft beer nirvana operating in Bridgeport since 1986 as a classic slashie – half liquor store, half neighborhood tavern. If you get hungry at Maria’s, they built an expansion to their original building and now have a Korean Polish Street food joint called Kimski that is counter service oriented.