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Francesca's on Chestnut

#213 of 8,179 Restaurants in Chicago
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Streeterville
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200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2356 (Michigan Ave)
We are accessible via the Chicago red line stop as well as the 151, 145, 146 and 147 Chestnut & Michigan CTA bus stop.
312-482-8800
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 110
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  • 95
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Atmosphere, Convenient Location

A good, affordable crowd-pleasing restaurant option in the Streeterville/Gold Coast area. Locally popular. Warm attractive setting which works for families or couples (if a little noisy). Somewhat generic, standardized Italian food--likable though not innovative or for foodies. Excellent "Francesca... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Christine F
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good, affordable crowd-pleasing restaurant option in the Streeterville/Gold Coast area. Locally popular. Warm attractive setting which works for families or couples (if a little noisy). Somewhat generic, standardized Italian food--likable though not innovative or for foodies. Excellent "Francesca salad", good pastas, sometimes fish specials are also very good.

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Thank Christine F
Wilmette, Illinois
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First off, shout out to our waiter Marco. Very professional while being friendly. We were in a bit of a rush to get to a matinee, and he got everything done in a timely fashion. I have a unique version of a rum and coke that I order, and it arrived the right way. The room and décor were lovely;... More 

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Thank sfestates
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our daughter picked this place for her 18th birthday meal. I had booked reservations through Open Table and mentioned it was her birthday. After our delicious meal they surprised her with a birthday treat and a candle. I will definitly go back!

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Thank jcsdmeyr
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Food and service were very good but would request a standalone table next time as being six inches from your neighbors on either side on a crowded banquette definitely takes away from the experience. Charming place, otherwise, and very reasonably priced for Mag Mile locale.

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Thank Jeff W
Chicago, Illinois
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Dined with a group of 4. Service was very good. Ordered the risotto, chicken dish, and seafood pasta. All dishes were average, lacked seasoning. Good price point for Michigan Avenue dining.

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Thank jeff m
Chicago, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

We were there for dinner before attending a performance at the Lookingglass. The food was excellent we had the grouper, chicken and a pizza. Two in our group had the wild mushrooms and polenta which was perfectly prepared. The service was great, helpful but not pushy. We will definitely be back the next time we are close to Watertower for... More 

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Thank Richard G
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103 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Francesca's on Chestnut is part of a family of Trattorias across town that serve a solid, dependable and satisfying Italian menu. This particular location benefits from the lack of other reasonable Italians in the area and, I dare say it may well be the only reasonably priced restaurant of any cuisine in the area. It can get busy in there... More 

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Thank Andreas W
Illinois
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103 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Very cozy atmosphere. The server was very attentive. The food was delicious! The spinach stuffed ravioli has a cheese sauce with a touch of red sauce that was AMAZING! They have a wonderful selection of wines. We had a very delightful dinner and will definitely be back!

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Thank IllinoisLglegl
Chanhassen, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The Local was recommended by our hotel, DeWitt Place. They were right! Our waiter was very welcoming, as was the Manager/owner, my food was great, however, my husband's specialty pancakes weren't as expected. The waiter had the authority to take care of that problem to our satisfaction. Others at our table enjoyed their meals. We would go there again.

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Thank Nancy G
Chicago, Illinois
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431 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Went there on a Friday with friends. It was packed for the holidays and we were uncomfortably squished into a 4-top. Noise made it quite conversational-challenged. Food was amazing, though. Started with an arugula and tomato brushetta - fresh and tasty. The mushroom risotto was amazing. For our entrees, we enjoyed a pizza, grouper and the beef medallions. PIzza with... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
  • Neighborhood: Streeterville
  • Phone Number: 312-482-8800

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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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

Neighborhood Profile
Streeterville
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.