Parachute

4.6
1033 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
We are a 40-seat neighborhood restaurant that serves globally inspired cuisine, that we like to call Korean American. Please understand although we strive to serve food and drink with distinction we are still a small independent family run restaurant. No smoke and mirrors here. Just food from the heart. Our space is limited and our staff is small. We believe that we have the ability and resources to make all of our guests happy while dining in our "home" (as we see it). It can get loud in here when we are full but we believe this adds to the convivial atmosphere we provide. We are always happy here and this shows in the spirit of our restaurant. We look forward to serving you with all of our hearts and a smile!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Come celebrate Valentine's Day at Parachute! We will be offering a special $75/pp shared plates Set Menu along with our a la carte menu. An optional $55/pp Beverage Tasting will also be available. Please note that many of our seats are communal and we cannot guarantee a private table.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.9

Exceptional and impressive. That's what comes to mind when describing the Korean-American food at Parachute.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 1033 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really great food and excellent service. I also appreciated the interesting wine list.

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TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we eat popped with flavor! Well done!

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D
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I was extremely excited to visit this Michelin rated restaurant and was sadly presented with a greatly underwhelming experience. The atmosphere was very inviting and comfy, and waiting staff was attentive and informative. However, as a food enthusiast on a student budget I was left with very limited dishes which I was expecting a lot from. I was surprised that no dish left a lasting impact and some were even under-seasoned all while being extremely small in portion. To top it all off, the waiter was kind enough to stir our final portion of the meal and (although no big deal) spilled a bit of food on the table. However, there was no effort to clean or even attempt to rectify the situation which they created. Sadly, I won't be coming back or recommending to others.

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AN
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Pros: Wonderful service, good drinks, creative menu. Ambiance is nice; comfortably upscale.

Cons: The food was overhyped; Other local restaurants are tastier for a better price. The sharing menu gets expensive, fast. Overall the food was not good enough to encourage me to pay that price again. I left feeling as though I paid for the hype.

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WS
Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Terriffic melding of flavors with the sums making for hits without misses; enthusiastic, helpful staff.

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JC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner here for our 30th Anniversary. Parachute has a unique cuisine (for Chicago) that is a welcome change from the "New American" which pervades so many upper echelon restaurants in Chicago. We love Korean food, and this take on the cuisine fused with modern approaches really hit the spot. We did the tasting menu for our visit and were very pleased with the variety of dishes we sampled. Particular standouts were the bing bread, the jap chae tempura, and the goat stew. Parachute deserves its many accolades and its Michelin star.

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I
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone I know that has been to Parachute has highly recommended it. It was phenomenal. As a Korean American who has tried the many Korean fusion restaurants in Chicago, this one by far exceeds all of the others. They do a very good job of blending two different cuisines but still keeping the essence of the traditional Korean dishes that they are experimenting with. 10/10 would go again.

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LH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Well intended, friendly, and attentive wait staff. Because they all share tables, however, you end up being asked the same questions over and over, which I could do without.

The menu is fun and different. Food was good but probably not as amazing as local lore suggests. The oysters were incredible. Served with some sort of vinegar granita. Delicious. Small portions. The tuna dish I ordered was served in cast iron so it it continued cooking after service, which I also did not care for. It made me feel rushed and some of the meager portion ended up being scalded.

Atmosphere was dark and intimate with a bustling vibe, which I really enjoyed.

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n
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding- some of the best food any of us has eaten in a long time. Great, helpful, friendly service and refreshingly relaxed atmosphere.

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good. Didn’t know what to expect having a Korean influence. Explosion of flavors. Everything presented and tasting exceptional.
Must bring friends back.

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish. Went for a foodie friends birthday. They loved it and hope to return.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food, service was top notch. Great veggie options. Very interesting wine list. Great cocktails. It is a tight, just short of crowded dinning room, but it was a fun and festive atmosphere. I am going again soon.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grace was our server. She really elevated our experience with her suggestions.

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C
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, very different tastes than traditional American or even ethnic restaurants. Small portions, but really tasty. Good service. Location is not great, quite far from the city center. The restaurant could be roomier. Very good experience.

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UU
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great. The dishes we had were uneven.
The oyster appetizer was outstanding. The pickles were good. The tempura was also very good.
The mackerel main dish was not good and the tofu dish was inedible.
The Bib'm Bop was good, but not that recognizable as Bib'm Bop.
Our part does not eat pork and most of the dishes contain pork. We were very disappointed that their bread was only available with bacon.
The saki selections were very good.
Total cost was pretty high.
The ambiance was fun. We'll probably give it one more try to see if their changing menu is better next time.

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DC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food, drinks, and service. Always attentive to point out what might contain any of your food allergies.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food were all delicious. But a little too pricey

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Step into Parachute and begin by indulging in their excellent wine list. Order pickles (Korean-American Panchans) and let the incredibly vibrant and comforting staff take you through a journey of Korean food. For some reason I happen to be in Parachute on rainy slightly foggy evenings where you feel like you want to sit in a perfectly lit corner of Chicago. You get tucked away, and folded into really amazing food and drink.

Sexy, brilliant, cute, beautiful, this spot is hard to NOT come back to for every happy occasion.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beverly Kim is awesome.

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JH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of Chicago’s ‘off the beaten path’ best restaurants. We go knowing we will always have a fantastic meal.

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EJ
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at Parachute. The food was great and so was the service. We did off the cuff menu with the wine selection and it was delicious. Service was great as well.

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LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I canʻt say enough good things about the broccoli salad! It was so delicious that I ordered a second one as my dessert. Very creative food with great flavor combinations. Highly recommend Parachute for a date night!

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FF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a wonderful experience. We tasted 6 plates/dishes plus dessert. We loved 4 of the 6 dishes plus the dessert. We "just" liked one and we were split on another (one loved it/other "just" liked it). The rose wine was fabulous as was the service.

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AM
Chicago
135 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! Parachute blew me away. I'm shocked at how long it took me to finally get here (esp at how close it is to my house!) but it exceeded every expectation. We had an awesome server who explained everything. the food was SO flavorful. So creative. So beautiful. So thoughtfully connived and fresh and well-prepared. We had the Bing Bread (you kind of have to... it's so good). The the tempura thing, which I will not remember name of - insanely delicious. Followed by broccoli salad. Then the bi bim bop. It was the perfect amount of food for two and I cannot wait to go back!

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! I think it is a little inaccurate when described as a Korean restaurant. I think it's a modern American restaurant with Korean influences. Tasting menu was great. Server was great. Attentiveness from hosts/owners was great. Just loud due to small size and popularity.

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MJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splendid service, outstanding food. The tasting menu was creative in concept and the food delicious and unlike anything we’ve had elsewhere!

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SP
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is relaxed, and yet the food and experience were absolutely first rate.

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TM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - amazing wine pairings. Staff was truly fantastic. Thank you!

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great great food. One of the best meals I have had out in quite a while. My wife and I really enjoyed our meal and look forward to returning. Restaurant was packed on a Wed night for our 8:30 reservation if that is any indication on whether people think its good or not.

We had the "off the cuff" menu where the kitchen decides what you get and you also get 1 course not on the menu. It was a great choice for us and would do it again.

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CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Extremely small portions with high price tags. Very noisy and uncomfortable.

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BS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parachute never disappoints! They change the menu frequently, so I get a new experience each time I go. I absolutely love this place.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Not for us

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FM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an absolute gem! I had the expectation going in that even though we mad a reservation we may still ave to wait and we only had to wait about 20 minutes. The hosts jumped into action and made sure we got drinks immediately and they comped us an apatizer for the wait (very smart move).

We decided to do the off menu tasting menu because I had a feeling there would be some special items they would serve us and I couldnt have been happier. The portions were perfect for two people and we ended up getting over 9 items and for that price and quality I thought it was a steal! The off menu item, Bison tartare was very balanced and paired well with the rest of the meal.

The highlights were for sure the Goat stew, smoked tofu and the yellowtail bibimbop :) The matcha tiramisu was a delightful dessert for those who like matcha (which I am a huge fan of). It was a great quality matcha powder as well. Overall this is one of the best restaurants in Chicago and their service on top of the quality of their food is unmatched. They also lack the pretentiousness that sometimes comes with having a Michelin star (and they have three). I will most definitely be bringing my friends from both in and out of town here whenever I have a chance.

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m
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience, from the reservation (easy) to the follow up on our needs (no gluten, avoid alcohol, etc.) Justin, server, was delightful. Cuisine was inventive and delicious. A very nice touch was offering us the recipe for the item we most liked. Great decor. Good for us to come early (5:30) as we appreciated sitting at a table and the relative quiet. Great experience !

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've had two really excellent meals at Parachute. They strike a fantastic balance between being friendly and welcoming and being professional. The bing bread and pickles are already worth the trip before you get to the bigger dishes which are also excellent. And don't forget the bibimbop!

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SC
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Underwhelming. Service was average. Food was average, but for a Michelin started restaurant and their prices you expect at least some dishes to be memorable. Having dined in many Michelin starred restaurants in Europe and the US, I can’t believe this restaurant was awarded a star. I could not say that any dish was “awful”, but in a couple of weeks I will likely have forgotten them all. We had the bread, scallops, pork ragu, lobster, and mackerel. Overall disappointed and not likely to return.

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NG
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great!

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KM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. The ingredients were such an interesting mix that worked so well together. Love the decor and overall vibe. We couldn’t really choose a favorite but the lobster was extra special. Loved everything and every minute!

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CH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting creative menu. Wonderful Twists on traditional dishes. Not every dish was to my taste but I plan to go back !

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