A vibrant area with distinctive dining options.
Hemmingway’s Bistro (yes, two Ms) in Oak Park adds fresh Midwest flavors to seafood and French classics like duck à l’orange. Latin-fusion cuisine heats up at Maya Del Sol in Oak Park where they pair spicy fare with refreshing margaritas on the spacious patio. Seasonal is the name of the game at The Heritage in Forest Park, including cocktails—try the weekly “Something & Tonic.” Shareable upscale dishes include grass-fed steak and delicious roasted oysters. The Chew Chew in Riverside, conveniently located near a Metra train stop, stays on the right track with subtle train decor and fan favorites like grilled salmon and creamy risotto. At Emilio’s Tapas in Hillside, they serve up top-notch tapas—think bacon-wrapped dates and Spanish-style black bean soup with ham. Pair it with a house-made sangria and you’ve got perfection.