445 N. Clark St. 312-661-1434 Like us, the president is powerless to Rick Bayless’ charm. Back in 2010, he reportedly made a reservation under an alias at the Michelin-starred Mexican restaurant. According to grubstreet.com, Bayless said Obama noshed on a scallop and lobster dish with tomatillo-corn sauce and sweet corn tamales.
66 W. Kinzie St. 312-284-4990 Back in 2014, when Obama was campaigning for then-Gov. Pat Quinn in Chicago, he made a pit stop at the River North steakhouse for a bite to eat with Marty Nesbitt, chair of the Obama Foundation, and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
123 N. Jefferson St. 312-441-1920 The West Loop new American restaurant is widely rumored to be one of Michelle Obama’s favorites for lunch. A pro tip for all my deal seekers out there: Sepia is participating in Chicago Restaurant Week later this month with a lunch ($22) and dinner menu ($33-$44) to help you channel your inner First Lady.