Throughout 2016, we highlighted many Illinois restaurants. Whether they are notable because of the beautiful setting or unique cuisine, there’s so much to discover across the state. Here, we’ve pulled together some of our favorites from the past year, thus creating a perfect restaurant bucket list going into 2017!
Named best restaurant in the world many times over, this exclusive spot has some of the most unusual, but fabulous food found in the United States.
1723 N. Halsted Street, Chicago
2. Twin Rivers Restaurant,
10 Illinois Restaurants Right On The River That You’re Guaranteed To Love
Located on the Wabash River, this small town restaurant has plenty of charm - and delicious food!
1120 Hydraulic Avenue, Mt. Carmel
3. Rustle Hill Winery,
one of 10 Illinois Restaurants With Magical Outdoor Dining Experiences
There are many great wineries spread throughout the Shawnee area. But at this one, you can get scrumptious food with your wine while looking out onto the vineyards.
8595 US-51, Cobden
White Pines Inn
Surrounded in the beauty of White Pines Forest State Park, this restaurant offers delicious food and a gorgeous setting.
6712 W. Pines Road, Mt. Morris
one of 15 Unique Restaurants In Illinois With An Unforgettable Dining Experience
This microbrewery is experimental, both with their brews and with their food. Somehow, they seem to hit it out of the park every single time!
301 N. Neil Street, Champaign
Heritage Prairie Farm
During the summertime, this gorgeous organic farm serves pizza. And it's not just any pizza, they make some of the freshest, best pies in Illinois.
2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn
Dine inside an old bank vault at this Chicago hotspot.
1612 W. Division Street, Chicago
8. McWethy's Tavern,
one of 11 Cozy Illinois Restaurants Where You Can Dine Beside a Fire
The Scottish-inspired restaurant serves twists on classics like Shepherd's Pie next to a cozy roaring fire.
1700 W. Renwick Road, Romeoville
This farm-to-table spot is in a surprisingly remote location, but the journey there is certainly worth it.
1810 Avenue of Mid-America, Effingham
Dine inside a barn built in the 1930s? Sign us up!
607 NE 13th Street, Casey
What are your favorite restaurants in Illinois? Let us know in the comments.