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Nori – Up to 51% Off Sushi

Nori

Wicker Park

$45 $22

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Chefs wrap maki rolls and stir-fry noodles at the Bucktown/Wicker Park outpost of this BYOB sushi bar

45% Off at Rakki Kyu Sushi

Rakki Kyu Sushi

Northwest Side

$40 $22

(220)

This intimate BYOB eatery features more than 40 signature maki creations, along with sashimi, teriyaki meats, and sides like pork buns

Ukai – Up to 47% Off Sushi and Japanese Food

Ukai

Lakeview

$30 $16

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Maki rolls themed after Chicago sports teams appear alongside entrees such as pork ramen, salmon teriyaki, and udon noodle soup

38% Off Japanese Dinner at Agami

Agami Sushi & Grill

Uptown

$40 $25

Specialty sushi rolls and sashimi, Agami style ramen, and entrees such as chilean sea bass and chicken teriyaki

Up to 56% Off Japanese Cuisine at Kyoto Sushi Restaurant

Kyoto Sushi Restaurant

Lincoln Park

$45 $20

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Authentic Japanese cuisine and made-to-order sushi at BYOB restaurant

50% Off Asian Fusion Cuisine at OH Fusion

OH Fusion

Lakeview

$40 $20

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Fresh, artfully wrapped sushi & made-to-order noodle & rice dishes served in monochromatic dining room

Up to Half Off Sushi at Rock Wrap & Roll

Rock Wrap & Roll

DePaul

$20 $11

Creative maki such as the Latin roll with super white tuna and hot sauce rolled inside-out with red tobiko, are accompanied by Thai entrees

Up to 47% Off Three Course Sushi Dinner at Diva Restaurant

Diva Restaurant

Lakeview

$51 $27

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Late-night BYOB spot open until 4 a.m. offers traditional and innovative sushi rolls and Thai dishes

49% Off Sushi and Asian Cuisine at Kitchenette

Kitchenette Restaurant

Lakeview

$35 $18

Specialty maki and sushi dinners anchor a menu of Thai and Japanese dishes

50% Off at EJ Sushi

EJ Sushi

Chicago

$50 $25

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Rolls include the Green Turtle, made with salmon and mango, and the Fire Cracker, made with homemade spicy crunch mix and spicy tuna; BYOB

Half Off Asian Cuisine at Nori Sushi

Nori Sushi

Edgewater

$40 $20

(39)

Japanese and Thai cuisine in an intimate BYOB dining room

44% Off a Three-Course Dinner at Koko Sushi Bar

Koko Sushi Bar

Logan Square

$98.75 $55

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Inventive plates of maki and Japanese entrees served in a lantern-lit, modern sushi lounge

45% Off Asian Cuisine at Emperor Cuisine

Emperor Cuisine

Lakeview

$20 $11

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Separate menus denote regional cuisines, including Japanese sushi offerings and Thai curries

50% Off at Jaiyen Sushi & Noodle

Jaiyen Sushi n Noodle

Chicago

$30 $15

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Thai and Japanese entrees share a single menu at the Asian eatery, which serves sushi, curries, and noodle dishes

Half Off at Zoku Sushi & Asian Contemporary Cuisine

Zoku Sushi & Asian Contemporary Cuisine

Logan Square

$40 $20

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BYOB eatery serves maki, sushi, sashimi and cooked entrées that cull inspiration from all corners of Asia

Half Off Japanese Fusion Cuisine at Yuki Hana

Yuki Hana

Lakeview

$30 $15

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BYOB establishment serves sushi with variety of flavors and fruit rolls and Korean barbecue dishes

44% Off Sushi at Sakura Teppanyaki and Sushi

Sakura Teppanyaki & Sushi

Lakeview

$45 $25

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Chefs chop, sear, and sizzle scallops and filet mignon at tabletop grills for teppanyaki feasts or wrap sushi rolls at an art-deco bar

50% Off at Blue Fin Sushi Bar

Blue Fin Sushi Bar

Wicker Park

$40 $20

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Sushi chefs craft 26 specialty rolls, sushi-dinner combinations, and sashimi morsels that artistically decorate plates

20% Off Japanese and Thai Cuisine at Kin Sushi

Kin Sushi

Northwest Side

$40 $32

Inventive sushi rolls, classic Thai dishes, stylish decor, and BYOB at the edge of Wicker Park

50% Off at Dao Hibachi Restaurant

Dao Hibachi Restaurant

Burr Ridge

$30 $15

(50)

Hibachi entrees sizzle on grills among boxy lanterns, sleek booths, and walls decorated with Japanese text

Half Off Japanese Cuisine at Sushi Train

Sushi Train

Romeoville

$30 $15

(64)

Experienced chef oversees menu of familiar and updated Japanese cuisine, including sushi rolls with Cajun-spiced king crab meat and cilantro

Half Off at Dao Sushi and Thai Restaurant

Dao Sushi and Thai Restaurant

Oakbrook Terrace

$30 $15

(45)

Specialty sushi rolls and sake arrive at tables amid chic decor of hanging pendant lights and a Buddha motif

Half Off Pan-Asian Cuisine at Asian Pearl

Asian Pearl

Glen Ellyn

$30 $15

(24)

Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes served in modern dining room with Asian decor influences

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Sesame Inn’s mouth-watering menu whisks guests on culinary journeys through China, Japan, and Thailand. Seventeen stir-fried dishes, including spicy sichuan green beans and kung pao chicken with crunchy peanuts and water chestnuts, spring from traditional Chinese recipes like gold nuggets spring from fortune cookies. Chefs tuck chicken, beef, or shrimp into beds of pineapple fried rice or pad thai’s nest of egg-laced rice noodles. If diners prefer their entrees uncooked, the Kama Kaze maki showcases two types of tuna, and the vegetable maki arrives rolled with spinach, cucumber, gourd, pickles, and asparagus.

2941 W 95th St
Evergreen Park,
IL
US

Wall-to-wall windows fill Sushi Thaime with natural light, creating an inviting atmosphere for the enjoyment of fresh sushi and sizzling East Asian cuisine. Chefs slice salmon and freshwater eel for sashimi, as well as fashion more complex sushi such as the Godzilla roll with tempura shrimp, spicy bean sprouts, and fish eggs served on the plate-size battery-compartment door of Mechagodzilla. Korean-beef short ribs absorb the flavors of a sweet marinade before being charbroiled to perfection, and shrimp mingles with straw mushrooms in the coconut soup's creamy, herb-infused broth.

4959 W 95th St
Oak Lawn,
IL
US

Asian Harbor serves a blend of Japanese and Thai dishes in a sleek, modern dining room. Rich Thai spices turn curries the same deep-orange hue as the walls, which glow with light from hanging cylindrical lamps. A neon-lined sushi bar dishes out more than 20 specialty rolls. And a lengthy list of cooling cocktails, sake, and wine balances hot dishes on the menu such as Spicy Basil, an entree of sautéed meat, snow peas, fresh basil, chili, and bell peppers. Unlike libraries beefing with Confucius, the wok section of the menu includes several Chinese classics, such as general tso's chicken and egg foo yong.

1930 Ridge Rd
Homewood,
IL
US

G-In Sushi & Grill’s team of sushi savants whips up a diverse assortment of Japanese and Chinese dishes and populates a menu with traditional and specialty sushi rolls. Appetizers goad feverish palates into quickly escorting savory pot stickers ($5.99) down esophageal hallways before fire-sauce-slathered G-in salmon ($7.99) ignites the sprinkler systems of hungry mouths, which can only be shut off by janitorial tongues. First-rate specialty rolls—including the shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, and eel-sauced G-In crunch ($13.99 each)—lead a coterie of more traditional cast mates such as california ($5.39) and spicy-tuna rolls ($5.39), which are all available in white or brown rice. For dinner options beyond cartouche creations, the full dinner menu beckons appetites with Nama Sake Don ($16.99)—a flavorful pairing of salmon and rice—or mongolian shrimp ($12.99).

7140 183rd St
Tinley Park,
IL
US

“Japonais is a culinary experience that blends immense enjoyment with sturdy savoir faire,” declared former Chicago Sun-Times food critic Pat Bruno, writing of the sleek Asian eatery near the edge of the Chicago River. While one coexecutive chef, Jun Ichikawa, lends his expertise to the sushi side of the restaurant’s menu, the other, Gene Kato, designs its selection of hot plates. Together, they churn out traditional and modern dishes—such as the house-specialty Kobe prime rib and Le Quack Japonais, a house-smoked duck slathered in hoisin sauce and mango chutney—whose appeal led Condé Nast to name their establishment one of the top 66 restaurants in the world. Ingredients from both surf and turf star at the sushi bar, which serves options such as spicy king-crab nigiri and a Crazy Veggie roll that insists on wearing its lab coat and goggles at all times. As selections emerge from the kitchen, says Bruno, “the presentations … are elegant … the shapes and swoops of the plates are a feast for the eyes.”

The two dining rooms at Japonais meld industrial Japanese design with a touch of European richness. Squares of gold velvet frame an oversize mirror that hangs over the Red Room, the restaurant’s more formal dining space. Across the hall, the Green Room’s slate-and-brick fireplace and whimsical tree centerpieces that occasionally don sweatpants add to its more relaxed atmosphere. Wavy ceiling panels and Lucite chandeliers accentuate the high ceilings that unite the two spaces, hanging over a staircase that leads downstairs to the riverwalk café. There, sheer drapery panels frame views of the Chicago River for those seated on pillow-laden couches and chairs. As they lounge, guests can sip specialty cocktails or enlist the top-shelf liquors to help them win gargling contests against the river.

600 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

When executive chef Toyoji Hemmi surveys the restaurant's daily deliveries of fresh seafood, he envisions how the fish can be used to create exciting, new sushi entrees instead of just the widely expected staples. Food & Wine magazine praised this dedication to inventive flavor combinations in 2005, labeling chef Hemmi an "innovator" and calling him one of its "favorite iconoclasts" in the United States.

He accentuates maki with seemingly disparate ingredients—including rosemary, walnuts, and cherry tomatoes—that add new dimensions to the rolls' familiar tastes, textures, and pronunciations. Established Japanese flavors remain at the forefront of other items though, such as the wasabi-rubbed filet mignon and the organic cha-soba noodles. This distinctive interplay between contemporary and traditional approaches helped to earn the menu a score of "very good to excellent" from Zagat.

The dining room's vaguely industrial setting also toes the line between contemporary and historic, featuring rustic brick walls and exposed wooden rafters as well as chic, low-slung chairs and modern track lighting. Diners can peek behind the stone-countered sushi bar and watch the chefs assemble platters of maki and nigiri, or join the bartenders, who pass their evenings pouring tastes of sake and shochu.

358 W Ontario St
Chicago,
IL
US

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