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Francesca's on Chestnut

#400 of 7,786 Restaurants in Chicago
#435 of 8,548 Places to Eat in Chicago
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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, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 89
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    Very good
  • 21
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Italian home cooking

Italian home cooking at its best. Nice pastas served family style, excellent appetizers, and good wine list. We were less impressed by the pizzas -- fine toppings but poor dough and no crust. Pleasant atmosphere, not too loud, good service. Overall a good choice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
Zuviel2014
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We came here on a Monday night. Service was subpar and the food was very good, not great but very good. The pizza crust was phenomenal and some of the other dishes were good as well and well prepared. I will give it a B-.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I went to thecFrancescas on Bryn Maur but they are all the same. Good service but sone good issues. I tried to order meatballs but they only have them on Wednesdays. That is weird. I go to Italian restaurants to eat meatballs. I ordered a pizza and asked if I could have ricotta cheese instead of mozzarella. They had no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We enjoyed an early dinner and absolutely loved our Pollo Sassi and Chianti. The chicken dish was served with artichokes and mushrooms with a tasty delicate herb mushroom brandy sauce. We arrived at 3:30 - in order to have a lighter meal off of the lunch menu. The prices for lunch are also extremely reasonable for the downtown Chicago area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We visited Chicago and our hotel recommended Francesca's. I ordered a shell pasta with tomato sauce and it was good, nit great. My husband ordered a light tomato pasta which was very dry. He had to ask for more sauce. The calamari was the best thing we ordered.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Italian home cooking at its best. Nice pastas served family style, excellent appetizers, and good wine list. We were less impressed by the pizzas -- fine toppings but poor dough and no crust. Pleasant atmosphere, not too loud, good service. Overall a good choice.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We had a reservation at Francesca's and were seated quickly. We came a bit early when the restaurant was about half full, but from the beginning to the end, the waiter was a bit slow. Other service (water refilling, etc) was excellent, but we languished in need of attention from our waiter several times. Our desert menu was presented and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Had just arrived in Chicago after a long day's travel. Staff, food and surroundings were excellent. The seafood linguini and the spinach ravioli were some of the nicest pasta that my wife and I have had anywhere. We would definitely go back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A short walk from The Drake, The Ritz, and Northern Magnificent Mile, is a most worthy dining experience. A diverse menu, coupled with fine service, make this fine location special, without being expensive. Dinner for three, on a relaxed Sunday Holiday evening cost just over $100, and was most complete with appetizers, salad, entree and dessert. They were happy to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My mother, daughter and I ate at Francesca's while in Chicago last week, and I wouldn't have changed a thing. We all raved about our meals - my tilapia with mushrooms was superb. Dessert was a breathtaking apple and rhubarb pastry. This was a fabulous meal, and a perfect way to spend our last night in Chicago!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We were in Chicago to help our son move into his apartment; To celebrate this new start and an upcoming Mother's Day, we took a short walk hoping to "find" a memory making lunch for four. We found Francesca's just east of the John Hancock Bldg. Jorge was our server and he made the mealtime just perfect for us. Far... More 

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Additional Information about Francesca's on Chestnut

Address: 200 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2356
Phone Number: 312-482-8800
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Streeterville
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
Cuisine: Italian

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, 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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Francesca's on Chestnut staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
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.