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

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

Craft cocktail lounge in River North from the Tanta team.

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

Bang Bang Pie Shop
Expect an array of pies and biscuits at this Ravenswood bakery.

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

Streeterville spot offering American fare, from nightly dinners to weekend brunch.

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

The Blanchard
Chef/owner Jason Paskewitz presents French brasserie fare at in Lincoln Park.

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

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

Contemporary American eats from an alum of The Publican.

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

Comfort food like fried chicken and biscuits in Wicker Park.

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.

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

Community Tavern
Portage Park restaurant offering a menu of steaks and French-influenced food.

Cruz Blanca
Rick Bayless' craft brewery pairs Mexican beer with do-it-yourself Oaxacan tacos.

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

The Dawson
Billy Lawless' hip bar and restaurant at the intersection of Milwaukee and Grand Avenues.

The Dearborn
An American tavern in Chicago's Loop.

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

Dolce Italian
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
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.

El Che Bar
Grilled fare utilizing locally sourced products at this West Loop restaurant.

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

Furious Spoon
A larger location of ramen spot Furious Spoon in Logan Square.

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

GT Prime
A meat-centric sister restaurant to GT Fish & Oyster.

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.

il Porcellino
A pasta-focused Italian restaurant by Lettuce Entertain You in River North.

Imperial Lamian
Authentic Chinese noodles, dim sum and barbecue in an elegant, modern setting.

OPENING TBA --- Japanese/sushi restaurant in River North from Innovative Dining Group.

Inventive American food at this Woodfield Mall restaurant.

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya
Chicago branch of the Japanese ramen chain.

Funky burgers from a former school teacher in Portage Park.

Leña Brava
Fresh seafood, mezcal and Guadalupe Valley wines reign supreme at Rick Bayless' live-fire cooking restaurant.

Mezcaleria Las Flores
Logan Square mezcaleria with an agave-focused bar.

Miss Ricky's
American diner fare at the Virgin Hotels Chicago.

Surprisingly soulful Italian, including the freshest pasta in town, from a “Top Chef” alum.

A duo of chefs strike off on their own with an elaborate tasting menu in the West Loop.

Oyster Bah
Lettuce Entertain You's seafood shack in Lincoln Square.

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.

Alinea Group presents "rustic though refined" food in a space with no distinction between the kitchen and the dining room.

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

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

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
European marketplace and restaurant in Lakeview.

Concept from Four Corners Tavern Group and Hogsalt offering bar food, fish steaks, burgers and meat in Old Town.

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.

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


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