David Burke’s Primehouse
616 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Here, diners can experience the highest-quality ribeye dry-aged in a cellar lined with Himalayan salt. The aging process imbues this beef with an almost unbelievably rich, slightly gamey flavor characteristic only to this James Hotel restaurant.
Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf
218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
Art deco-style chandeliers, maroon leather booths and mahogany tones create a hip speakeasy vibe at Brendan Sodikoff’s Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf. Although this date night hotspot is a newcomer, its prime bone-in dry-aged ribeye with béarnaise sauce and steak salt is a serious contender among the best Chicago-style steaks.
2942 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
If you’re not looking to shell out $50 on a piece of red meat, try a steak dinner with Latin American flair at this Colombian steakhouse. Their entrana (skirt steak) is famously tender, packed with flavor from a top-secret rub that’s been in the owner’s family for generations, and is accompanied by a fresh chimichurri sauce.
1557 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
Pete Miller’s is famous among Northwestern students as the place you make your parents take you the second they arrive on campus, and for good reason. This steakhouse and live jazz joint is pricey, but its juicy filets are some of the best you’ll find without having to venture downtown.
The Golden Steer
7635 Roosevelt Rd, Forest Park, IL 60130
The Golden Steer doesn’t have the same swank and finesse of most of the favorite downtown steakhouses, but don’t let the ‘70s style décor fool you — this Forest Park hidden gem knows how to cook steak. The prime top sirloin and the filet mignon are both charbroiled to perfection and under $30.