Ten of the Top 100 Independents operate in the windy city, and another three are located in Chicago's suburbs. This list of restaurants is heavy on steakhouses, with some seafood and Italian for good measure.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (Chicago)
Top 100 Rank: 8
Annual Sales: $23,636,657
Average Check: $73
The Buzz: Brunch and egg dishes are now served daily from 11 a.m., but steak is the calling card.