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Matthias Merges' buzz-worthy haunt brings Italian/French eats to Hyde Park.

The Gage’s sister restaurant serves contemporary Italian across from Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue.

The Angry Crab
West Rogers Park area BYOB for Cajun-style seafood sold by the whole pound.

Asian Outpost
Rustic, Asian family recipes shine at this spot from the owners of Hot Woks Cool Sushi.

Marty Fosse offers up this homey Italian option in Wicker Park.

Jerry Kleiner's hit offers modern Latin fare in vibrant digs.

Coffeehouse serving donuts, flatbreads and more in the Old Irving Park neighborhood.

Bobby's Deerfield
American and Italian dishes from the team behind Cafe Lucci.

Ukrainian Village brasserie with a seasonal, meat-centric menu.

Bohemian House
A homey, unpretentious Central European spot amid the hubbub of River North.

Contemporary American eats from an alum of The Publican.

The Brass Monkey
Seventies-inspired American comfort food and brasserie fare in the West Loop.

Buzz Bait Taqueria
Fast-casual fish taco concept in Old Town.

C Chicago
Nautical décor sets the scene at this two-story River North seafood destination.

Chicago Chop Shop
Joshua Marrelli's butcher shop, restaurant and performance space covers all the bases.

Italian trattoria from Brendan Sodikoff in River North.

Cochon Volant
Multi-tasking French spot in the Theater District/Loop from Roland Liccioni.

Cruz Blanca
OPENING TBA --- A brewpub from chef Rick Bayless.

The Radler crew is behind this Logan Square spot for kebab sandwiches and other street food.

The Dawson
Billy Lawless does it again at this hip-cozy spot.

Dia De Los Tamales
Familiar and fantastical takes on tamales from a husband and wife team.

Dolce Italian
Seasonally focused, authentic Italian cuisine at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago.

Dolo Restaurant and Bar
A modern spin on traditional Chinese food.

Dove's Luncheonette
This 1960's-inspired diner serves up Mexican-style soul food, coffee and cocktails.

Duck Duck Goat
OPENING DECEMBER 2015 --- A Chinese restaurant from "Top Chef" winner Stephanie Izard.

The Duck Inn
Pilsen/Bridgeport area restaurant for partner-chef Kevin Hickey’s New American cuisine.

E + O Food and Drink
Rodelio Aglibot's suburban catchall proffers a mix of above-average Asian, Italian and American eats.

Elizabeth Restaurant
Set-price, by-ticket dining from thoughtful chef and forager Iliana Regan.

Fig & Olive
Mediterranean restaurant Fig & Olive branches out to Chicago.

Found Kitchen & Social House
Nicole Pederson’s seasonally inspired fare fits right in at this rustic Evanston haunt.

Furious Spoon
This counter-service spot in Wicker Park serves up handmade ramen noodles.

Good Stuff Eatery
Burgers, fries and shakes from "Top Chef" contestant Spike Mendelsohn.

The Hampton Social
Coastal cuisine in a marine-like setting in River North.

Haywood Tavern
Neighborhood tavern offering an array of drinks and a frequently changing menu in a casual environment.

High Five Ramen
Spicy noodle bowls and slushy cocktails in the West Loop.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Fried chicken seems hip, thanks to the folks behind underground dining club Sunday Dinner.

Intro features guest chefs in stints of two or three months.

Funky burgers from a former school teacher in Portage Park.

A serene seafooder with Spanish leanings.

Spacious spot with a huge Japanese menu and updated cocktails in a sexy dining room and lower-level izakaya.

Mott Street
This Wicker Park spot serves comforting fare inspired by the "post-service cravings" of the Ruxbin crew.

Nico Osteria
Seafood-centric Italian stars at this hub from Paul Kahan.

Old Crow Smokehouse
Asian-inflected barbecue is the standout at this vast spot from the John Barleycorn crew.

A husband-wife team turns out hip Korean-American fare in a slick space.

Polak Eatery
Polish-inspired fare in Humboldt Park.

The Promontory
The Longman & Eagle team are behind this Hyde Park music venue with hit-or-miss fare.

Modern Mexican fare, served in stylish digs in the far west suburbs.

It's ramen, Lettuce Entertain You style, meaning clubby beats and tasty eats.

OPENING TBA --- A new project from chef Grant Achatz.

RPM Steak
Chicago steakhouse from the Melmans and Rancics, offering an array of beefy options.

Rural Society
Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Argentine steakhouse adjacent to Loews Chicago Hotel.

Seven Lions
Alpana Singh’s second restaurant focuses on craft cocktails and clubhouse food on South Michigan Avenue.

Shake Shack
New York-based Shake Shack has arrived in Chicago.

Casual spot for seafood and more from executive chef Matt Danko.

Small Cheval
Brendan Sodikoff's Small Cheval in Bucktown serves the ever-popular Au Cheval burgers and fries.

The Spanish Square
OPENING IN 2015 --- European marketplace and restaurant in Lakeview.

STK Chicago
A River North scene that breaks the steakhouse mold by catering to women and showcasing a sleeker, modern design.

Summer House Santa Monica
A California-inspired culinary collaboration from chef Jeff Mahin, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and chef Francis Brennan.

Tack Room
Piano bar with upscale bar food at Thalia Hall.

Taste of Thai Town
Thai restaurant from chef Arun Sampanthavivat in Albany Park.

Taus Authentic Food & Drink
Eclectic American restaurant from Michael Taus, situated in the heart of Wicker Park.

Velvet Taco
Lunchtime and late-night tacos on the North Side.

White Oak Tavern & Inn
American cuisine utilizing the output of local farms at this Lincoln Park restaurant.

The Windsor
Casual bar and restaurant offering American food in Streeterville.


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