GUIDE: Chicago


    Four Belly

    3227 N. Clark St.


    Cuisine: Asian


    This Asian street food–inspired newcomer sports a sprawling menu that treads between the familiar—gyoza, egg rolls—and the zany—fried caterpillar, frog legs. Four Belly not only boldly showcases authentic Asian street grub, but also proves these items can be delicious when prepared well. READ REVIEW


    Hash House a Go Go

    1212 North State Pkwy.

    Gold Coast

    Cuisine: New American


    Bigger may not always be better, but at Hash House a Go Go supersized portions are king. READ REVIEW



    28 E. Center Ave.

    Lake Bluff

    Cuisine: Eclectic, New American


    The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel gave Inovasi 3 (out of 4) stars, saying, “there’s a bit of culinary magic taking place in the middle of town… chef/owner John des Rosiers has created a forward-looking restaurant that hasn’t lost sight of where it’s been.” READ REVIEW


    Little Bucharest Bistro

    3661 North Elston Ave.

    Irving Park

    Cuisine: Eclectic


    Eastern European fare takes a modern twist without losing its roots at this cozy and quirky gem. READ REVIEW


    Mama Milano Pizza Bar

    1421 N. Wells St.

    Old Town

    Cuisine: Italian


    Papa Milano, the man who introduced lasagne to Chicago, is back from Italy with a bag full of new recipes"—Chicago Daily Sun-Times READ REVIEW



    611 North Fairbanks Ct.


    Cuisine: American


    If you peg hotel restaurants as lounges pushing cookie cutter food to the misguided tourist, Markethouse will make you think twice. READ REVIEW



    1529 W. Chicago Ave.

    Noble Square

    Cuisine: French, Mexican


    Chef Carlos Gaytan deftly blends all the flavors of his Mexican heritage with elegant French techniques, creating a fusion that feels effortless, elegant, and enchanting. READ REVIEW


    Municipal Bar + Dining Co.

    216 W, Ohio St,

    River North

    Cuisine: American, Bar


    Once you take in the TV-flooded brick walls, round booths, and metal-filled interior, you realize the talents at Municipal Bar and Dining Company are hidden in the kitchen. READ REVIEW


    Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge

    332 E. Illinois St.

    Near North Side

    Cuisine: Asian, Sushi


    The movie theater may monopolize the majority of Illinois Street, but once you step into Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge, you forget the theater is even there. READ REVIEW


    Opart Thai

    1906 South State St.

    Near South Side

    Cuisine: Thai


    If you can't visit Thailand, Opart Thai at least sends your mouth there on a first class ticket. READ REVIEW