GUIDE: Chicago

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    Four Belly

    3227 N. Clark St.

    Lakeview

    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

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    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

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    Inovasi

    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

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    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

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    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

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    Markethouse

    611 North Fairbanks Ct.

    Streeterville

    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

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    Mexique

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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


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