Two best places for Chicago sushi:
- Katsu (Northwest side, on Peterson): Incredibly fresh fish. Great presentation
- Arami (Ukrainian Village, on Chicago Ave): Make reservations now, if they're still available. Ask for omakase. Prepare for an amazing meal.
I HIGHLY disagree.
Yes, Sushi Station does have a few very gimmicky rolls, like the Mexican Roll IIRC. I've only been to the Sushi Station in Schaumberg once. All the other times we've eaten at the Elgin location which is HUGE, and we've always had a pleasant experience. I don't think their rolls are overly sauced/mayo-ed. I wouldn't say their sushi is the best I've ever eaten either, but it is still very tasty when you're in the mood for just sushi and it's a fun experience. The price is just perfect too. You pay more for the good stuff, but there's plenty of decently priced sushi that is cheap too. Some of the nigiri can be meh, but what to you expect for Chicago? We don't have the luxury of fresh caught fish being so land-locked in the midwest.
Lets also not forget that the type of sushi we eat today was an early type of fast food. It wasn't meant to be a fine dining experience. Not that there is anything wrong with fine dining, and there is certainly nothing wrong with gourmet sushi.
If you want some fun cheap sushi go to Sushi Station. If you want a nice dinner, and don't mind spending a fair bit of cash, then there are tons of great Japanese restaurants in and around Chicago you can find.