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8 Chicago Steakhouses Worth the Splurge

BY DAVID ZIVAN | April 29, 2021 | Food & Drink


RPM Steak’s black truffle burger PHOTO: COURTESY OF RPM STEAK
RPM Steak’s black truffle burger

Bring on the prime cuts and rare vintages: These Chicago mainstays have earned their all-star status.

1. CHICAGO CUT STEAKHOUSE

A primo riverfront location and a see-and-be-seen crowd of politicos and professional athletes combine with top-notch service and seriously mouthwatering prime steaks and seafood at this River North staple, which makes a much-anticipated return April 1. 300 N. LaSalle Drive, chicagocutsteakhouse.com

2. GENE & GEORGETTI

There are many reasons to patronize this class act—the bartenders who know their business, the well-executed Italian staples like fried ravioli—but you’ll most often find us there for the picturesque prime rib. 500 N. Franklin St., geneandgeorgetti.com

3. GT PRIME

Chef Giuseppe Tentori’s update on the classic steakhouse offers smaller portions of rare pleasures such as New Zealand venison loin and some larger amazements like an Australian wagyu tomahawk. 707 N. Wells St., gtprimerestaurant.com

4. MAPLE & ASH

The stylish crowd is still swarming here and that’s because the food is spot on. Feast on the fire-roasted seafood tower and toast the swell life. 8 W. Maple St., mapleandash.com

5. MASTRO’S

This soaring local outpost of the national chain plays all the hits: The grill team executes, the servers are brisk and the room features regular live jazz. 520 N. Dearborn St., mastrosrestaurants.com

6. MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE

The underground flagship of this 1978-founded chain keeps humming along, abuzz with the sounds of the servers’ iconic meat presentation and the ping of clinking cabernets. 65 E. Wacker Place, mortons.com

7. PRIME & PROVISIONS

Among the irresistible first courses here are fried chicken for the table and thick-cut bacon. No one worries if you’ll be too full for an entree because what follows—prime Black Angus, primarily—is irresistible too. 222 N. LaSalle St., primeandprovisions.com

8. RPM STEAK

When this swanky place opened, it risked being a short-lived celebrity hangout—Bill and Giuliana Rancic are partners—but it quickly became a go-to and the elevated steakhouse fare remains solidly top notch. 66 W. Kinzie St., rpmrestaurants.com



Tags: steak

Photography by: COURTESY OF RPM STEAK