Neighborhood: West Loop
Address: 619 W. Randolph St.

For more than 15 years, Blackbird's dining room has been standing room only. With ballyhooed "hot spots" opening on a weekly basis, Paul Kahan's West Loop restaurant stand as the neighborhood's kiss-the-ring original. The dining space was conceptualized by James Beard Foundation Award-winning designer Thomas Schlesser and Kahan is the reigning JBF Outstanding Chef. When you combine that pairing with the aged duck breast, wood-grilled sturgeon, and short rib you'll find on the menu, then you have all the ingridients for one of Chicago's best retaurants.