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There are two things Chicagoans excel at: food and design--have you seen those Frank Lloyd Wrights?

So, when we have the chance to gobble up the city’s best dishes in a setting that’s equally gorgeous, it’s a total home run. (Ah, that was the third thing: sports.) Here are the five most visually stunning restaurants in town.

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Imperial Lamian

The long-awaited Chinese restaurant opened its doors last week. And all we can talk about are the birdcage chandeliers. Sure, the hand-pulled noodles--and the Gruyere dumplings--are divine. But we’d honestly go back just to look at the handmade Chinese screens, bright murals and excellent turquoise tiles.

6 West Hubbard St.; 312-595-9440 or


Fulton Market Kitchen

You should know: this spot has seriously good cocktails. But first, drink in the scenery. FMK’s epic design mixes murals with chandeliers, dripping candles and upside-down chairs. And it totally works. P.S: The new executive chef, Chris Curren, rolls out his first menu on March 14. And there’s an off-the-menu burger you'll feel so cool ordering.

311 N. Sangamon St.; 312-733-6900 or


RM Champagne Salon

Grace Kelly inspired the look of this French restaurant, and it’s basically as beautiful as she was. The delicate blue walls, dainty chandeliers and candlelit fireplace set a lovely scene for some sparkling rosé and oysters. And in the summertime, the lantern-lit patio is the most romantic spot this side of Paris. Total restaurant crush.

116 N. Green Street; 312-243-1199 or


Hampton Social

Sometimes, a girl’s gotta have a lobster roll. And it tastes even better in a dining room that channels the Hamptons in a major way. Between the Adirondack chairs, the hammocks and the fire pits, dinner at this place feels like a mini summer vacation.

353 W. Hubbard St.; 312-464-0500 or


Bohemian House

The bohemian lifestyle has always appealed. We just didn’t know it would be this gorgeous. The River North spot dishes out surprisingly good spatzle--and apple streusel-- but it’ll be tough to focus on your plate. With beautifully patterned chairs, unique lighting fixtures and the coolest (and bluest) bar in town, Boho also specializes in eye candy.

11 W. Illinois St.; 312-955-0439 or

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