Chicago City Guide

Chicago's got more going for it than hot dogs and deep dish. Maybe you've heard of this little place Alinea. Or the tiny Macanese joint making a national stir.

With culinary talent in every arena, the city's in the throes of an opening spree, with new chefs, butchers, bakers, charcuterie-makers and brewers popping up nearly every week. It's a food scene so robust that we decided to launch our first Tasting Table Open Market there, in fact.

Follow our guide to restaurants, bars and shops for a taste of the Third Coast's robust culinary riches–from gutsy Korean mash-ups and farmer's market Greek to new-school butchers and gin cocktails served in sight of the still. It's a mix of newcomers and standbys, each worth a visit right now. And take note: We'll be updating it monthly.

The only downside: It'll take far more than a single trip to hit them all.