Subway: Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to LaSalle/Van Buren(312) 663-8920 everestrestaurant.com41.875731 -87.631971 440 S LaSalle St (at Van Buren St) Loop, Chicago
Dinner (closed Sun, Mon)Average degustation: $125
For years, Everest has lived up to its name for those looking for a lavish experience, and in the process it has become the pinnacle of high-end French dining in the Windy City. Atop the Chicago Stock Exchange, it is still the height of elegance, with views of the rooftops that made the city famous. Chef Jean Joho’s menu still starts with his iconic whipped cauliflower served on an iced tea spoon and dotted with caviar. From there, it’s on to carefully executed dishes such as roasted rack of lamb, foie gras and poached halibut, each given some sort of Alsatian flair or French accent. If you’re looking for fancy, you found it.