Chicago: The Hit List


Photo by Clayton Hauck, courtesy of Lardon

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The August Hit List: Esmé, Lula Cafe, Lardon, Dave’s Red Hots, and More

The steamy dog days of summer are here, bringing a few hotly anticipated restaurant openings (and one long-awaited return). There’s…

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Photo courtesy of Chikatana

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The July Hit List: Chikatana, Ms. Biscuit, Little Wild, Shang Noodle, and More

It’s officially SummertimeCHI, and our favorite restaurants are dutifully rolling out frosé and every kind of patio seating. The city’s…

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The chicken-liver mousse at En Passant.

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The June Hit List: En Passant, mfk, Giant, The Hot Dog Box, and More

Summer is upon us in Chicago, just in time for the city to loosen most of the restrictions that kept…

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The May Hit List: Apolonia, Kapitan, Mi Tocaya Antojería, Fiya, and More

A flurry of openings and reopenings, the greening of the trees, and the recent expansion in vaccine eligibility has us…

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The quesataco at Taquizo.

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The April Hit List: Taquizo, Andros Taverna, SoJu BBQ, House of Fire, and More

In a Hit List edition fitting for spring, several new restaurant openings lend some much-needed hope for brighter days ahead.…

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The fried chicken at Big Jones.

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The March Hit List, Lunch Edition: La Josie, Big Jones, Johnnie’s Beef, and More

Whether your preferred lunch is handheld or knife-and-forked, sauced and messy or a bit more refined, these spots have mastered…

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All Together Now has mastered takeout spreads, among its many to-go options.

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The February Hit List: Virtue, All Together Now, Taqueria Chingon, and More

By the time we reach gray, frigid February, it can be hard to remember what Chicago looks like on a…

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Deep-dish pie from Ruth's Panmade. // Photo courtesy of Ruth's Panmade Pizza

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The January Hit List: Ruth’s Panmade Pizza, Split-Rail, Carver 47 and More

With 2020 finally drawing to a close and a COVID-19 vaccine in our sights, winter already feels a little brighter.…

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Galit's top-notch cocktails are now available in bottled form.

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The December Hit List: Galit, Royal Grocer, Trivoli Tavern, Big Kids, and More

As we enter a holiday season unlike any other, restaurants continue to show their resiliency, dreaming up clever pivots, four-season…

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Niu B's "cherry blossom," with avocado wrapped around spicy tuna.

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The November Hit List: Queen Mary’s Tavern, Evette’s, Reclaimed, Niu B, and More

To help stem the fall wave of COVID-19, the city of Chicago and suburban Cook County once again announced the…

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