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There's never been a better time to eat in Chicago. Over the past decade, casual, chef-driven restaurants have opened in droves, many earning places in the national spotlight. These new personality-packed spots have filled the middle ground between the excellent ethnic joints and fine-dining marquees that have long made Chicago one of the country's finest places to feast. 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.


Italian Beef Sandwich

Al's Italian Beef

Stephanie Izard

Executive chef at Girl & the Goat

"The best thing about Chicago dining is that you can get a great meal from a renowned Chicago chef like Rick Bayless, or just hit up a small neighborhood mom-and-pop joint."

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Paul Kahan

Executive chef at Blackbird

"Take out of town guests to Chicago Kalbi or Lula Cafe. Both offer great, unpretentious food, and really nice people own them . . . but a Polish at Jimmy's Red Hots is what epitomizes Chicago."

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