An american bistro



Located in West Town, CTL is a unique neighborhood bistro where Chef Raul Ramos brings over 20 years of culinary experience.

Chef Raul Ramos brings over 20 years of culinary experience to this welcoming neighborhood bistro. His house menu offerings are simple & delicious.  The real magic lies in his seasonally inspired specials which change frequently & never disappoint. 

CTL is an American Bistro proudly serving fresh ingredients, locally sourced, natural meats & organically grown produce to bring you a truly enjoyable dining experience. The salsas, dressings, sauces, desserts & even the pickles are Chef created in house. Our full service bar offers a unique selection of wine & bubbly, specialty cocktails, locally crafted brews & spirits.

Don't let the name fool you, this space is not only for teachers. We originally created CTL as a tribute to the profession, & conceived of a place where educators would be welcomed, honored & celebrated for the hard work they do. When we also received a warm welcome from our neighbors in Humboldt Park, Ukranian Village, Wicker Park, Logan Square, West Loop & beyond, we knew we'd found our home here on Division St. So whether you're a teacher, a neighbor or a traveler looking for delicious food & great service, we look forward to seeing you at CTL to experience us for yourself. 





2525 West Division St

Chicago, IL 60622


Tues-Thurs 4pm-9pm

Friday 4pm-11pm

Saturday 11am-11pm

Sunday 11am-3pm


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 James Beard Eats Week April 26, 2019 - May 6, 2019

We are happy to again be partnering w/ Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association in celebration of Chicago’s vibrant food scene during James Beard Eats Week. We will be offering a 3 course prix - fixe menus inspired by the James Beard Foundation's namesake chef, a pioneer of American dining.

$36 per person

First Course

Organic Mixed Greens, Grilled Asparagus & Shaved Radishes w/ Rosé Vinaigrette

Caprese Timbale w/ Basil Oil & Balsamic Emulsion

Soup du Jour

Second Course

slagel farms Porterhouse pork chop w/ spring peas, slow dried tomatoes & barolo wine sauce

Wild Boar Ragout w/ Homemade Tagliatelle, parmesan cheese & Brussels Sprouts Chips

Roasted Faroe island salmon w/ black truffle potato puree, roasted veggies & balsamic reduction

Third Course

peach cobbler w/ vanilla ice cream & caramel sauce

chocolate souffle w/ créme anglaise

chocolate cinnamon brownie w/ avocado ice cream

Eats Week menu is for each guest to enjoy individually

Beverage, tax & gratuity not included

Our regular menu will be available during this time.

Reservations recommended.

In addition to our menu offering, we will be donating to the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Fund, which supports aspiring Chicago culinary students on a path to success in the hospitality industry. In 2018, Eats Week raised $13,900 for the scholarship program.


Recommended: especially for parties of six or more

Please note: we are closed on Mondays

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Please note we open at 11am on Sat & Sun


2525 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622


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