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The One Who Keeps the Book

Welcome to The One Who Keeps The Book, a regular series that aims to answer that most important question: How do I get in? The first answer is Resy, of course. But every restaurant manages its tables differently and there are always secret tips, tricks, and shortcuts to be discovered. Here, we go straight to the source to get them for you.

How To Get Into White-Hot Basque Steakhouse Asador Bastian

Since opening in March 2023, Asador Bastian has become one of the most popular chophouses in Chicago, thanks to its…


How To Get Into Mexican Hotspot La Josie – and What to Order Once You’re In

A buzzy Mexican restaurant and agave bar on Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row, La Josie has become a reliable neighborhood staple…


How to Get Into The Purple Pig — and What to Order Once You’re There

Has the Purple Pig always been busy? It certainly appears that way. Since opening in late 2009 in its first…


How to Get Into Armitage Alehouse, Lincoln Park’s Poshest Pub

Lincoln Park’s Armitage Alehouse has one of the headiest vibes in a town full of heady vibes, nailing the sweet…


How to Get Into Galit — and What to Order Once You’re There

Restaurants with a pricey tasting menu often conjure images of a hushed room with white tablecloths, a stuffy atmosphere, and…


How To Get Into Elina’s – and What to Order Once You’re There

Ever since Elina’s opened in September 2021, the cozy Italian American restaurant in West Town has been consistently packed, thanks…


The Trick to Getting into Obélix — And What to Eat Once You’re There

Since opening last May, Obélix has taken Chicago by storm. What quietly debuted as a French bistro with a modern…


Second generation partners Nate Chung, Edward Kim, and Vicki Kim.

How to Get Into Second Generation — and What to Order Once You’re There

From the team behind Mott St and Ruxbin comes Second Generation, a cozy new Logan Square spot in the former…


How to Get Into Cindy’s, Chicago’s Most Epic Rooftop

Opened in 2015 on the roof of the Chicago Athletic Club Hotel and boasting epic views of Millennium Park, Lake…


How To Get Into RPM Italian and What To Order Once You’re There

Since 2012, RPM Italian has been packing diners into River North with its modern take on Italian fare. Opened by…


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