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Francesca's on Chestnut

#192 of 7,697 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2356 (Michigan Ave)
+1 312-482-8800
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the street level dining space is loud, we were up a few stairs at the back of the restaurant and it was far more conducive to conversation. There is also dining space downstairs and that also seemed subdued. The pasta was outstanding, and I am generally not a pasta person. The staff were excellent. You need reservations if planning... More 

Thank Kim J
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83 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Used TA to look for a reasonably priced dinner in this high dollar restaurant neighborhood. Francesca delivers a fantastic meal!!. I started w/a cup of minestrone soup, very fresh and flavorful. Enjoyed the veal medallions w mushrooms. This was amazing. The half chicken was also very flavorful and a local favorite. Great service as well. Certainly understand why this is... More 

Thank Robert F
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190 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we passed by here earlier I commented wow, there's a fancy place. It looked like it would be a bit uptight in an old-fashioned kind of way. We asked some of the people working nearby where to get some good Italian and this was the spot. The food was very good, the service was great and we were extremely... More 

Thank MsColorado
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
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111 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a party of 9 for a Thursday evening dinner. Ever single dinner was outstanding. The service was great, the atmosphere is beautiful and the food is amazing. The featured appetizers were meatballs. Three meatballs to share over pasta. If you have an opportunity, try the eggplant meatballs. This was the absolutely best meal ever!!!

Thank Lea107
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

If you are near Water Tower Place, visit this place. There are several Francesca places, all the food is remarkably good. I heartily recommend this place

Thank VincentWill
Chicago, IL
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150 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

When we were planning a very special family event for about 30 people, we immediately thought of Francesca's. We have been going to La Sorella in Naperville for years and have had so many great experiences. The staff was so incredibly welcoming, kind and sincere- they made us feel amazing. The atmosphere is a perfect blend of classic Italian and... More 

Thank JaneBennet
Highland Park, Illinois
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Excellent pasta dishes, very creative. I had pasta with eggplant which was excellent. My wife had pasta with artichokes which was also delicious. This is a wonderful, slightly upscale restaurant, priced fairly.

Thank Michael K
Chicago, Illinois
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94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Food was very good and very authentic. Not very pricey. I recommend it too anyone. Dessert was fabulous.

Thank Marianne P
Blue Springs, Missouri
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017

I loved everything about this restaurant from the atmosphere, to service to food. The location is just a few blocks off of the Magnificent Mile. The food is authentic and the portions are large.

Thank daroye
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I have been going to Francesca's for years and the food is always delicious! I like the location on Chestnut, but there are many locations and they are all consistent. I try to come here whenever I am in town. I love the Carpaccio, calamari, fresh pastas and risotto. You really can't go wrong with any dish! the desserts are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2356
    (Michigan Ave)
  • Public Transportation: We are accessible via the Chicago red line stop as well as the 151, 145, 146 and 147 Chestnut & Michigan CTA bus stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Streeterville
  • Neighbourhood: Streeterville
  • Phone Number: +1 312-482-8800

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Streeterville

Neighbourhood Profile
Streeterville is where visitors head for play at Navy Pier, a pseudo amusement park and development of restaurants, shops, rides, and other activities. You’ll find lots of action and excitement on the docks. Along the pier, you’ll see the statue of the captain for whom Streeterville is named. While you enjoy your fair share of sightseeing at the pier, you can also visit other popular attractions there such as the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Off the pier you’ll find more restaurants from low-cost pubs to high-end establishments. Arts and culture aficionados should be sure not to miss the Museum of Contemporary Art.
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