Cuisine: European, French
Price Range: $

10Best Says

Located in Hyde Park near the University of Chicago campus, la petite folie serves traditional, classically prepared and artfully plated French food. The quaint atmosphere belies its shopping plaza locale but the free and easy parking is a plus. Duck (including the duck breast salad) consistently gets high ratings among regular diners as do the lovely pastries. The restaurant has an all-French wine list. Polished yet unpretentious service keeps French food fans coming back for Alsatian onion tart with Gruyere cheese; perfected omelettes at lunch; lavender honey-roasted breast of chicken; whole trout Grenobloise; pan-seared foie gras; Belgian chocolate torte; and raspberry teacake with French vanilla ice cream. There are always lunch and dinner options for les vegetarians.

Cuisine: Elegant French Brasserie
Price Range: $

The Zagat Review

One of the “best choices” for “fine dining” in Hyde Park, this “charming” bistro offers “always great” “classic” French dishes and wines in a “quiet” white-tablecloth dining room with “polite” servers; even if tabs are a touch high, locals agree it’s a “real gem.”

la petite folie was featured on
WTTW Chicago’s “Check Please!

White walls house this tucked away French treasure! Situated in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center, at the corner of East 55th Street and Lake Park Boulevard, la petite folie offers a classic French food and wine for lunch and dinner.


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Phone: 773-493-1394


Phone: 773-493-1394


1504 E. 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615

We are located in the courtyard of The Hyde Park Shopping Center at the corner of East 55th Street and Lake Park Boulevard.

Free parking is available in The Hyde Park Shopping Center’s 400-car parking lot.

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a note on re-opening

Although Chicago restaurants have been allowed to open to 100% capacity, like many other independently-owned restaurants, we are having problems finding sufficient staff to re-open our dining rooms.

We will continue to offer a carry-out menu at dinner only from Tuesday through Sunday.

We are, however, able to open the restaurant for private events of 20 or more guests. In addition, we are now catering events outside of the restaurant. Along with food and beverages, we can provide rentals, linens and service staff.

Please call Mary for more information – 773.493.1394.

We look forward to welcoming you to the restaurant as soon as we are able to open.

~ updated June 4th ~

~ updated July 26th ~