The 20 Best Places for Sushi in Chicago (2021 Update)

You know what? It’s still hot enough for a big plate of sushi! We’ve done sushi rounds before, but so much has changed as we slowly open up the city, and how can we not have the latest take on the best sushi places in Chicago?

This list also contains our editor’s favorite picks for each restaurant that we think you should try. Therefore, you’d better let us know how you like our recommendations on social media!

Photo credit: Lindsay Eberly

63 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

Sushi-san at The Catalog at Willis Tower (233 S. Wacker Dr.) opens for a take-out meal on Monday August 30th. The newest Sushi-san will feature its signature assortment of maki and nigiri, in addition to dishes unique to Willis Tower.

Led by Master Sushi Chef Kaze Chan, the two Sushi-san establishments source the best ingredients from around the world. Through a direct partnership with the Yamasaki family at Toyosu Fish Market, Sushi-san receives daily deliveries of the freshest fish and seafood available.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Lobster Goddess
  • Spicy Aburi tuna
  • Negi hamachi

Nigiri Sushi is that familiar style of sushi consisting of an oval-shaped mound of rice with a slice of (usually) raw fish …

Posted by indie cafe on Thursday, September 16, 2021

5951 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660

Indie Cafe has probably Chicago’s most beloved sushi, alongside their excellent Asian appetizers with a touch of modern taste. They are best known for their innovative specialty buns and Japanese Moriawase plates.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Crocodile Roll
  • Sex on the moon
  • Super white tuna

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Posted by RAISU Japanese Fine Dining on Thursday, August 19, 2021

2958 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618

Are you a sushi snob? Well, be proud! And be happy, because we’ve found you the best place for those looking for the ‘real deal’ in the sushi world.

Raisu prides itself on its premium Japanese cuisine, from fresh sashimi to some of the most artistic and delicious buns in town. The chefs here really care about the freshness and taste of the fish. So if you know your fish, go for the simple nigiri and enjoy the melt-in-your mouth texture and flavor.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Red tuna
  • Tornado
  • White as snow

1751 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Yuzu makes sushi an art with its breathtaking design and location, and of course, high quality materials and the freshest fish in town. Therefore, going to Yuzu means a delight for the eyes, the palette and the mind.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Sea smoke
  • Green Port
  • Walk on the river

1131 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

While Blowfish is more famous for its contemporary ramen, the sushi selections are also some of the best in Chicago. If you want something familiar but tasty, go for their classic nigiri and maki. However, the money, in our opinion, is all on the special signature rolls.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Spicy yellow tail
  • Shitake roll
  • Sushi in a hurry

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110 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654

Sunda’s food and cocktail menus present modern interpretations of culturally significant classics from across Southeast Asia and its surrounding islands taking inspiration from countries such as Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam , the Philippines and more.

In addition to signature Michelin-rated dishes, Sunda offers an assortment of sushi, sashimi and nigari; plus a long list of premium Asian beers, sake, wine, and seasonal craft cocktails. A delicious assortment of gluten-free and vegetarian options is also available.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Garden roller
  • Crunchy Pig, Hidden Lobster
  • Panda

1751 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Simple, delicious and also extremely convenient with their multiple locations in Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods. Kai Sushi has been around for a while, and almost every sushi enthusiast in Chicago has been there before.

This quaint joint brings you some of Chicago’s most delicious sushi with a warm vibe, thanks to its accessible interiors. They also have a great variety of vegetarian sushi.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Zuke Salmon
  • Oshinko
  • Shitake Tempura Special

Nori is another well-known sushi name across town. With their locations at Wicker Park, Lakeview, and Edgewater, you can probably guess how artistic these guys are. And in fact. Going to Nori is more than just eating. We have always loved their artistic expression too.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • King crab asparagus
  • Aloha
  • Monster

62 E Madison St, Chicago, IL 60602

Ryo is another great place to eat al fresco. Savor classic sushi with a contemporary twist or indulge yourself with the menu of authentic Japanese cuisine. You will easily find fine ingredients like lobster and snow crab at Ryo Sushi. But you will also be surprised by their combined sweet maki offerings.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Beef negimaki
  • United
  • Jeweler roll

2638 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Sleek, upscale, and some of the best ingredients in town. Yes, it’s Juno. Enjoy their signature sashimi with a glass of Japanese whiskey or try one of the kitchen’s hot dishes. Trust us. Juno is at the forefront of artistic and innovative sushi.

Juno is open with limited capacity, so be sure to make a reservation to secure your spot.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Crudo
  • United shooter
  • Grilled Octopus

Posted by Miku Sushi Lounge on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

4514 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Miku is one of everyone’s favorites for creative sushi in Chicago. Their maki and signature little platters will keep you coming back until you’ve tried everything on the menu. Plus, they have a lovely patio which is perfect for the early fall weather that Chicago has to offer.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Seafood ceviche
  • Escolar Togarashi
  • Hangover maki

731 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661

True sushi lovers appreciate the beauty and privacy of a well-made omakase experience. And we can’t think of a “cleaner” place for said experience than Mako. Known as one of the best sushi chefs in the country, Chef BK Park has over 20 years of seafood experience. He then opened Mako to serve the best fish at the perfect time for his diners.

1816 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

Located inside the Lincoln Hotel, Sushi Suite 202 is another great place for an omakase experience. Leave everything to the chef. All you have to do is pamper your taste buds to a whole new level.

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651 W Washington Blvd Suite # 101, Chicago, IL 60661

Three times a charm, and here is Chicago’s best omakase sushi in our humble opinion. Besides all your usual goodies, Omakase Yume has also created the first Omakase-at-Home experience so that you can continue to enjoy the best sushi in town while staying safe in the midst of this pandemic.

They also have a great list of sake available.

Photo credit: Yelp

2546 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

As they always say, an oldie is a goodie. Toro Sushi is a little place tucked away on Clark Street – very easy to miss if you’re not looking. But they focus on classic maki and nigiri, perfecting flavor and recipes by sticking to simple formulas.

Do you just want easy and delicious sushi? Toro is your getaway.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • California crunch
  • Cherry flower
  • Hiroshima

1904 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

There are so many great things about Sushi Taku. The relaxed vibes, the modern looks, the classic sashimi and nigiri and, of course, the innovative rolls. Note that their hours have changed, so check before you go!

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Angel hair roller
  • Sunny roll
  • Mango Tango Roll

2801 W Howard St, Chicago, IL 60645

Hamachi Sushi Bar is a quaint neighborhood bar offering imaginative veggie and vegetarian rolls. If that’s not enough to start an order, they also have a ton of contemporary appetizers mixing Asian cuisine and other cultures.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Sesame sliders
  • Mango Maki
  • Barcelona Jalapeño Roll

3930 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

Looking for a casual spot for BYOB? Hot Woks awaits you with its Pan-Asian cuisine including Thai noodles, Chinese standards and sushi rolls. Most people come here for the tasty food and the great atmosphere. And you?

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Soft shell crab
  • Maki Salmon Bacon
  • Akira

3006 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Best thing about Tanuki Sushi & Grill? First, you get an extra 10% off your online orders and a free item, which is perfect for those of us who don’t feel the urge to dine out. Second, they regularly release new rolls. Check back in a month, you might find a new favorite on the menu and fall in love with this place again.

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Three kings
  • Armageddon
  • Yes ma’am

1320 Shermer Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062

Kamehachi has multiple locations and our favorite is Northbrook. This local stand offers sushi, sake and craft beers. Each location has a slightly different menu, so be sure to check before you go!

Editor’s Best Pick:

  • Luxury Sashimi
  • Crazy chicago
  • Mayflower
  • Featured Image Credit: Sunda New Asian

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