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

For an updated take on Italian, give Acanto a whirl.

American Junkie
Kendal Duque’s gourmet take on standard bar food more than makes up for a less-than-stellar atmosphere at American Junkie.

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

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

Bar Takito
Latin American cuisine in the West Loop.

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

The Berkshire Room
Benjamin Schiller dispenses a hip line-up of barrel cocktails and upscale bar bites in River North.

Chef Homaro Cantu's coffeehouse in the Old Irving Park neighborhood.

Blue Door Farm Stand
Sandwiches, salads and juices at this casual Lincoln Park spot.

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

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

Contemporary American eats from an alum of The Publican.

Elegant French entrant from Carrie Nahabedian (Naha).

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

Italian tapas stars at this hotspot from Trattoria No. 10's Dan Rosenthal.

Italian trattoria from Brendan Sodikoff in River North.

Chef Greg Elliott breathes new life into Italian classics at this upscale hotel restaurant.

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

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Posh pad for Prime steaks in the heart of the Gold Coast.

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

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

An historic building sees an exciting revival, complete with grub from Jared Wentworth.

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.

Fat Rice
Fusion in the truest sense, this Portuguese-leaning pad from the X-Marx crew delivers a blast of flavor to Logan Square.

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.

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

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.

River North’s Japonais has morphed into Japonais by Morimoto.

Funky burgers from a former school teacher in Portage Park.

A serene seafooder with Spanish leanings.

A sprawling, tri-level Japanese haunt from Boka Restaurant Group.

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.

Everyone's abuzz over the artisanal bagels, wood-fired pizzas and pastas from this Logan Square spot.

River Roast
Noted chefs join forces at this riverside restaurant, offering American fare with tableside service.

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

Seven Lions
Modern interpretations of American clubhouse fare.

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

Stella Barra Pizzeria
Chef Jeff Mahin's California pizzeria heads to the Windy City.

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


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