The latest dining trends keep Chicago abuzz and the food scene fresh. Here's the heads up on farm-to-table fare.


You don't have to wait for a summertime farmers market to enjoy fresh vegetables, locally sourced protein and sustainable ingredients. From the classic Chicago restaurants that have served under this philosophy for years to the newbies that add their own twists, the city takes it Midwest farm roots seriously.


  • The Bristol in Bucktown
    Get your locavore on with American fare that consistently showcases local products in its ever-changing seasonal menus.


  • Farmhouse in River North
    Embrace the Midwest at this "farm-to-tavern concept with a local seasonal focus on craft beer, food and liquor." With menu items made largely from scratch and purveyed primarily from Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana, you'll get a true taste of authentic, regional flavors.


  • Frontera Grill in River North
    Awaken your senses to refined Mexican cooking from award-winning chef and tv personality Rick Bayless. Committed to living sustainability every day, his restaurants invest in the community and local family farmers and strive to live in balance with the environment and the seasons.


  • Lula Café in Logan Square
    A conscientious food philosophy has never tasted so good, from the seasonal menu offerings to the Sunday night farm dinner. For over 10 years, local premium ingredients have been the star of the show at this forever hip neighborhood fixture.


  • North Pond in Lincoln Park
    Come for the thoughtful, seasonal menus from 2012 James Beard Award winner Chef Bruce Sherman. Stay for the lovely park setting surrounding you in nature.


  • Pleasant House Bakery in Bridgeport
    Specializing in savory, handmade pies, this humble BYOB spot turns out local deliciousness underneath those buttery pastry crusts. Enjoy each bite to the fullest knowing that much of the produce is grown at their own Chicagoland farms.


  • Nightwood in Pilsen
    You know it's fresh when their menus are written by hand each day. Enjoy new American cuisine made "with bold simplicity and care" that has been prepared "hand in hand with the best farmers and craftspeople of the Midwest."

Newer to the scene: "new gatherer cuisine" at Elizabeth Restaurant in Lincoln Square; a diverse, neighborhood-influenced spread at Bread & Wine in Irving Park; "medium plates" filled with rural-inspired dishes at TWO Restaurant and Bar in West Town; grass-fed burger emporium Grange Hall Burger Bar in the West Loop; and refined hotel establishment Allium at The Four Seasons on the Magnificent Mile.

Insider's tip: Menus change seasonally, depending on the availability of ingredients, so check restaurant's websites for the most up-to-date offerings.

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Related Listings

Terzo Piano
159 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-8650

Grange Hall Burger Bar
844 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 491-0844

120 E. Delaware Pl.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 799-4900

123 N. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 441-1920

1132 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 624-8363

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

Blackbird Restaurant
619 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 715-0708

The Bristol
2152 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 862-5555

Farmhouse Chicago
228 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 280-4960

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