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Chicago Farm-to-Table Restaurants

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

WHY WE LOVE IT

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

Hungry for more? Bon Appétit featured Chicago's farm-to-table dining scene.

WHERE TO GO

The Bristol in Bucktown
Smoked whitefish dish at The Bristol restaurant in Chicago

Get your locavore at this neighborhood favorite. For more than a decade, The Bristol has been serving up American fare showcasing locally grown ingredients with their ever-changing seasonal menu.

Farmhouse in River North
Cocktail at Farmhouse Chicago restaurant

Embrace the Midwest at this downtown farm-to-tavern concept with a local seasonal focus. With menu items made largely from scratch and sourced primarily from Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana, you'll get a true taste of authentic, regional flavors of the heartland.

Cellar Door Provisions in Logan Square
Food dishes at Cellar Door Provisions restaurant in Chicago

The menu at this beloved Logan Square gem changes with the seasons, but two things always stay the same: their scratch-made bread and their insanely fluffy quiche. Check out the day's handwritten menu, filled with hyper-local, veggie-centric dishes, hanging in the window each morning.  

Frontera Grill in River North
Bowl of food at Frontera Grill restaurant in Chicago

Awaken your senses with refined Mexican cooking from award-winning chef Rick Bayless. Committed to sustainability, his restaurants invest in the community and local family farmers and strive to respect the environment and the seasons.

Lula Café in Logan Square
People at the bar in Lula Cafe in Chicago

A conscientious food philosophy has never tasted so good. For more than 10 years, premium local ingredients have been the star of the show at this forever hip neighborhood fixture.

Pleasant House Bakery in Bridgeport
Pastries and fruit at Pleasant House Bakery in Chicago

Specializing in savory, handmade pies, this humble BYOB spot crams tons of local deliciousness underneath those buttery pastry crusts. Enjoy each bite knowing that much of the produce is grown at their own Chicagoland farms.

North Pond in Lincoln Park
North Pond Restaurant

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

Other farm-to-table favs: "new gatherer cuisine" at Elizabeth Restaurant in Lincoln Square; a diverse; "medium plates" filled with rural-inspired dishes at TWO Restaurant and Bar in West Town; and refined hotel establishment Allium at The Four Seasons on the Magnificent Mile.

Related Listings

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

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

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

TWO
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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