Deep-dish pizza is likely the reason you’re deeply in love with the Chicago food scene, but trust us when we say this city has way more tasty treats up its sleeve.
But where to start? Well, the good news is these Chicago food influencers are here to help point you in the right direction. Less time searching, more time chewing.
Whether you’re looking for a food blog to binge-read or maybe a new Chicago restaurant to treat yourself to, keep reading to get to know these 20 foodies in Chicago whose adventures are sure to inspire your own!
If you want to discover the best Chicago restaurants, then turn to the authorities…@chicagofoodauthority to be exact.
Spearheaded by Sam Roby, this platform does more than just recommend great food. It’s also a top source for calendars and updates on the biggest events in the city!
From Paris to Lisbon, this Chicago food girl has travelled the world and tasted all the best dishes it has to offer.
Beyond feeding you with incredible restaurant recommendations, you’ll also discover delicious recipes on her platform, such as Korean BBQ marinade, plant-based cashew milk, and lobster pasta. Ultimately, she doesn’t just run one of the best Chicago food blogs; she also shares travel and beauty content that you’re also going to love!
The Chicago Food Guide platform is run by Chicago food influencers @amintomalieh and @mcamilagallegor—and their content is so convincing that you’ll literally find yourself running to the restaurants they talk about.
They also have a feature series called “Eat Like A Bear,” where they visit a Chicago restaurant with a Chicago Bears player for some great food and even better stories.
Trust us when we say that your day won’t be complete without Erin Byrne’s food recommendations and relatable sense of humour.
From Caribbean brunch to authentic Greek food in the middle of Chicago, allow 312 Food to map out all the best spots for you!
Get ready to eat everything when you start following Chicago Eats. Seriously, every single post of local food on this platform looks so appetizing that you wouldn’t even know what to start munching on first.
Frosted Rice Krispies, mint chocolate brownies, giant pretzels, oyster filled with uni and ikura, kelp noodles, non-tuna sushi, and duck carnitas—just name it, and you’ll find it on @chicago_eats.
What are your food goals? If you don’t have them quite sorted out yet, then following @chicagofoodgoals will point you in the right direction.
With their top-tier photography skills, they capture dishes in all their detailed glory while providing in-depth reviews you can rely on.
Need someone to help you find your new favourite restaurants? Chicago Food Finds is here for you with POV videos sure to get you hooked!
What are the restaurants in Chicago you’ll have dreams about after trying? What’s the most underrated food that out-of-town friends need to try? Which restaurants have the worst service? Follow for these answers and more!
This Lifelong Illinoisan and food enthusiast documents her adventures as she eats her way through Chicago and more!
Her super aesthetic photos will have you double-tapping everything. Did we mention she’s also currently planning her wedding and is actively sharing fun content to inspire soon-to-be-brides? Sounds like a Windy City must-follow to us!
Nikki calls herself a “vegetarian brown girl living in Chicago” —you’ll only need a few scrolls through her page to see she’s living her best life.
She’s a lifesaver for all the vegetarians who’ve been having a hard time finding yummy dishes across the city. Let her restaurant reviews be your guide!
Finding the best restaurants for dates can be such a headache sometimes. That’s why @bestdatefood is here to be your wingman to the best places in Chicago.
They also post fun news and facts about the city, like dream jobs, free museum days, record-breaking concerts, and more!
Julie Gordon believes food brings people together—that’s why she’s dedicated to sharing delectable recipes through her platform the “Inspiring Kitchen,” such as blueberry crumb cake, crispy roasted parmesan potatoes, and chili lime grilled shrimp tacos, etc.
Aside from being a Chicago food blogger sharing her culinary adventures, she’s also a travel influencer and writer sharing insights on some of the world’s most amazing destinations.
There’s always more to food than meets the eye (and taste buds!)—these dishes have incredible stories to them as well.
@Chicagofoodstories digs deep to unravel everything you need to know about the best food in the city. Her super detailed and heartfelt captions are always worth the read.
Say “hey” to the original Chicago foodie. They’ve got the Instagram handle and description to prove it if you don’t believe us!
With their signature upbeat video content and Pinterest-worthy thumbnails, there’s no doubt they’ve earned their place as one of the true OG foodies in Chicago.
Meet Ren—your new Chicago bestie.
She’ll show you how to win a girl’s heart in Chicago, the best way to spend a weekend in the city, where to find two-for-one-eats, and point you toward some high-end restaurants that are actually worth the splurge.
In her own words, Erica “eats everything” — but don’t worry, there’s still a lot of great food left over for you to enjoy, too!
Aside from highlighting new restaurant openings, she also gives a few tips on festivals for Chicago foodies. Her TikTok description alone gives you a glimpse of her loveable and bubbly personality: “sunny with a chance of pizza, mojitos & beyond.” #WhatAGenius
She knows exactly how to win attention in Chicago!
Ken’s a foodie in Chicago sharing more than just great finds for your taste buds.
Discover dog-friendly places, outdoor activities, luxury spa experiences, and nail salons when you hit that follow button! And, hey, if you’re looking for great places to eat at for under $20, she’ll tell you all about that, too.
TBH, you’ll never feel bored in Chicago when you’ve got Bored in Chicago’s TikTok videos in your newsfeed. Their goal is to help you find new, fun, and cheap things to do. With over 314K followers, they are a staple in all the “foodies in Chicago” roundups.
Their food-related posts talk about the best lunch specials, such as all-you-can-eat sushi and authentic international food. Their series called “Eating the Food of Every Country, All Near Chicago” consistently rakes in thousands of views!
Looking for the ultimate guide to exploring and discovering local restaurants, cafes, bars, and food trucks throughout Chicagoland? Then follow the adventures of the Chicago food influencers to find that next meal you’ve been craving!
Featuring reviews that are honest and sprinkled with a dash of humour, you’ll love how they’re not afraid to *lightly* bash some dishes that don’t pass their vibe check.
Jack Gillespie’s got a massive following of 348K. Apart from posting about the best steakhouses, immersive restaurants, or the oldest restaurants in the city, this food influencer is changing the world through acts of kindness.
You’ll find him giving flowers to strangers or leaving random sticky notes with positive quotes across the city—the world needs more people like Jack!
DaFattestNinja is also the DaCoolestNinja to us!
Some of his viral videos you might have seen on the platform include his reviews on “The Hotdog Box” and “Gorditas in Little Village.” Also known for bringing heartwarming family content to the table, you’ve got to watch his “Daddy Daughter Day” post—assuming you’re not one of the 1.8 million people who have already watched it!
So, who’s hungry? We sure are after crawling through the profiles of these popular foodies in Chicago. They’re fun, fresh, and could star in your next influencer marketing campaign—want to sink your teeth into that?
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