However you choose to experience the bounty of summer — whether sipping a cocktail spiked with locally grown herbs or enjoying a farm-fresh dish on a breezy patio — we've got just the place. Take a cue from these uplifting summer-approved picks at these Chicago restaurants. 

At rustic-chic TWO Restaurant and Bar in West Town, your meal comes straight from the sprawling pastures and fertile farmlands of the Midwest, as Chef Kevin Cuddihee calls on nearby farmers and foragers for the freshest seasonal produce and locally raised meats. Try something new from the ever-changing menu, which boasts a mouthwatering lineup of from-scratch items, from housemade sausages and cheeses to house-cured pork and lamb bacon.

TWO Restaurant and Bar

Also celebrating the Midwestern seasons in all their glory, Lincoln Park's The Kennison boasts a veggie-laden menu with a modern American approach. The dishes are crafted with both seasonality and sustainability in mind, taking advantage of the Green City Market just across the street. There's also plenty of options for meat eaters and a stunning raw bar with crudo, tartare and fresh oysters.

Another solid spot for seafood is the upscale GT Fish & Oyster. This Bib Gourmand winner features a menu that's part traditional and part modern, with options like hamachi crudo, crab cakes, clam chowder, smoked fish, a lobster roll and whole fish specials. There's also caviar service, offering the delicacy from a variety of regions. Come for their popular happy hour menu on weekdays from 3 – 6 p.m.

Matt Kirouac
GT Fish & Oyster

Or, visit a Chicago landmark to try some of the freshest fare in the city. At Lockwood Restaurant & Bar inside the historic Palmer House Hilton, you'll find items from the hotel's rooftop garden and apiary gracing the chef-inspired menu. Although dishes change frequently based on market availability, it's always easy to find the perfect drink pairing with the restaurant's extensive wine program.

Long-time stalwart in the Chicago dining scene, Michelin-starred Topolobampo is no stranger to vibrant flavors and seasonal, sustainably raised ingredients. With iconic Chef Rick Bayless at the helm, this contemporary Mexican restaurant in the River North neighborhood seamlessly transforms regional ingredients from Chicago-area farms with Mexican flavors and innovative preparations. 


Related Listings

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar
17 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 917-3404

445 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 661-1434