600 N. Michigan Ave.
This Heaven on Seven (the original is in the Loop) has a Michigan Avenue address but you get to it through the building's entrance on Rush Street and up the escalator, which also leads to a multiplex cinema. The restaurant's zydeco music spills out into this otherwise charmless mall, luring diners inside for a Cajun-Creole meal in an environment meant to simulate a bayou roadhouse. Those familiar with the original should expect the same combination of fiery food and reasonable prices. READ MORE
2352 172nd. St., Lansing
This festive southern restaurant brings a taste of New Orleans to the Lansing-Cal City crowd. Expect a down-home atmosphere and a menu of Cajun and Creole favorites, including red beans and rice, gumbo, jambalaya and fried green tomatoes. Regulars rave about the savory barbecue, too.READ MORE
1700 W. Division St., Wicker Park
This Wicker Park spot occupies the space vacated by Edge sports bar. Described by its owner as "low country-inspired," Carriage House offers Cajun- and Creole-inspired flavors not often to be found this far north of the Mason-Dixon line. The menu offers small plates - all less than $20 - as well as two larger plates meant for the table, such as a whole fish or a big cut of meat.READ MORE