When it comes to steak, Chicago has no equal. There are more than twenty steakhouses in downtown Chicago alone, all featuring choice or prime beef that’s prepared perfectly. With so many choices, how do you know where to find the best steakhouses? We’ve narrowed it down and found four of the best places for steak in downtown Chicago.
Gene & Georgetti
Gene & Georgetti is the quintessential Chicago steakhouse. There’s a good reason for that statement; open since 1941, it’s been around the longest and has truly set the standard. You can expect the ubiquitous crab cake appetizer, iceberg wedge salad, and giant steaks that cover the plate. Make sure to stop at the bar before having a seat and enjoy a classic martini to start your meal.
Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse
Open since 1989, Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse may not have been around as long, but it’s still a solid standby when it comes to great dining experiences. If you’re into celebrity spotting, chances are you’ll find one at this Gold Coast restaurant. Photos of previous guests line the walls, and it’s still a popular place to see and be seen. Their steaks are so good, they have their own USDA Prime Certification. Like Gene & Georgetti, the bar is also part of the experience.
Benny's Chop House
For an absolutely perfect date night, visit Benny’s Chop House and order the shellfish tower for two. This impressive display of seafood includes lobster claws, jumbo prawns, and Alaskan red king crab. Follow that with Oysters Rockefeller, and then indulge in the most tender and flavorful steak you’ve ever had. This River North steakhouse offers Japanese Black Grade A-5 Kobe beef, and while it comes with a hefty price tag, it’s a dinner you’ll remember. End your evening in the lounge with some live jazz.
One of the newer steakhouses in town is Steak 48. They’ve got two floors, an open kitchen, fireplaces for when it’s cold outside, and patio seating for warmer days. Their steaks are wet-aged and locally sourced. And with 3,000 bottles of wine, you’re sure to find the perfect accompaniment to that Bone-In Filet Mignon.