Want to know where to eat in Chicago? Head to where several James Beard Award-winning chefs have all set up shop — the West Loop.

The thriving West Loop community bustles with trendy restaurants and a vibrant art scene. The former site of Chicago’s wholesale markets and warehouse districts, the West Loop and neighboring Fulton Market District is now known for celebrity chefs and innovative cuisine along “Restaurant Row”: the one-mile stretch of Randolph Street between Halsted and Ogden.

This one neighborhood alone will fill your Instagram feed with artful food pics and urban street shots. Follow this food-filled guide to the area’s top chefs and what’s on their menus.

Stephanie Izard

Stephanie Izard

You know them from: Top Chef, Iron Chef Gauntlet
Honors: James Beard’s Best Chef: Great Lakes

Stephanie Izard took home the title of first female to win Top Chef in 2008, and was also honored as James Beard’s Best Chef: Midwest in 2013. Now, she’s the chef/partner at four renowned Chicago restaurants: Girl & the Goat, where Izard serves innovative small plates with global influences; Little Goat Diner, a tribute to timeless diner eats; Cabra, a Peruvian cevicheria on a breathtaking rooftop setting; and Duck Duck Goat, featuring a menu of “reasonably authentic” Chinese food.

Rick Bayless

Chef cooking at Chicago Gourmet

You know them from: Mexico—One Plate at a Time, Top Chef Masters
Honors: James Beard Awards Outstanding Restaurant

Rick Bayless rose to celebrity status after winning Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and hosting the long-running PBS series Mexico — One Plate at a Time. Lauded for changing the perception of Mexican food in America, Bayless’ six critic-approved Chicago restaurants include the James Beard Award-winning Frontera Grill, which serves up creative Mexican fare in the River North neighborhood; and Michelin-starred Topolobampo, a 2017 James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Restaurant, where south-of-the-border favorites receive an upscale twist. In the West Loop, don’t miss Lena Brava for Baja-style seafood or the neighboring Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taquería.

Sarah Grueneberg

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You know them from: Top Chef Texas, Iron Chef Gauntlet
Honors: James Beard’s Best Chef: Great Lakes

Sarah Grueneberg has been experiencing a meteoric rise since opening her first restaurant, Monteverde, in 2015. She started her stint in the spotlight on Top Chef in 2011. Originally from Houston, Grueneberg moved to Chicago in 2005 to join the team at the award-winning Spiaggia under the leadership of Tony Mantuano. Beginning as a line cook, she quickly rose the ranks to Chef di Cucina in 2008 and then Executive Chef in 2010. During her tenure as Executive Chef, Spiaggia was awarded one Michelin Star for three consecutive years. Today, Monteverde is lauded for their from-scratch pastas, refined Italian fare, and sunny interior.