Best Restaurants for Fall in Chicago
Get cozy at Chicago's best restaurants for Fall dining and drinking
by Jacky Runice, Chicago Local Expert / USA Today / September 15, 2021
It's time to reject charcoal lemonade and poké bowls and order anything soaked in smoky whiskey or sticky maple. If a German experience lifts your spirits, The Publican's annual Oktoberfest celebration is your ticket to ride into autumn. In West Town, Funkenhausen's Funktoberfest celebration adds a wunderbar dash of autumn glee. One of the few restaurants left in the city that serves traditional German food, Himmel's gets even better with its autumn Oktoberfest celebration. Since you're replacing the fashion item of summer, midriff tops, for sweaters and jeans, splurge on hearty yet refined European fare at Lincoln Square's Cobblestone Restaurant & Cider Bar. It has been a difficult year and a half - so have a some Old World spaetzle and a latke Benedict already.
Executive Chef at The Dearborn Tavern, Aaron J. Cuschieri, is expert at working the bounty of seasonal Midwestern ingredients into an attractive and most delicious autumn plate. Nonnina's lovely outdoor dining options warmed up for fall plus housemade pizza and pasta make it an appealing seasonal choice in River North.
Autumn heralds "The Coasts that Make Kostali," a monthly series of prix fixe menus throughout fall and winter, exploring the cuisines and culture of the coasts of Spain, Croatia, Israel and Morocco. When the weather cools, head south, as in the South Loop's Sociale. They ignite the fire tables on the expansive patio and inside, the restaurant's wood-burning oven serves as seasonal aromatherapy. Boka Restaurant Group's brand new Alla Vita ("to life") brings a casual, family-style menu of comforting Italian cuisine to the West Loop that should make both nonni and food snobs swoon. Read more HERE