How the Chicago Restaurant Scene Has Evolved, 1940-2020 [TIMELINE]
When people think of Chicago, they think of food.
Whether it’s deep dish, Italian beef, mouth-watering steaks, or even fine dining in the Loop, Chicago is one of North America’s culinary capitals. Many incredible chefs and visionary restaurateurs have staked their claims in the Windy City and driven forward bold visions about how guests should dine and enjoy their meals in this Midwestern metropolis.
Named the Best Restaurant City in 2017 by Bon Appetit and Conde Nast Traveler, Chicago has become a serious foodie city and a launching pad for young chefs with bold ideas for restaurant concepts.
To understand how Chicago has reached such culinary heights, it’s important to understand where it all began. Here we take an in-depth look at the food, people, and trends that have shaped Chicago’s restaurant scene for over the last half-century.
From the influx of soul food after the Great Migration of Blacks to the city to Mexican immigrants putting their mark on the city’s particular palette, Chicago restaurant scene has been influenced by so many varied cultures and unique innovations.
Take a look (and get hungry in the process).
Alinea photo via Flickr
Foie gras ban photo by Michael Gebert via Chicago Reader
Big Star photo by Chris Walker via Chicago Tribune
Young chef’s photo by Larry Rand via Fooditor
2017 Bon Appetit magazine cover via bonappetit.com