Chef Kevin Hickey's revamp of Seasons, featuring a playful, more casual menu as well as some fine-dining standards.
Classic Italian beef stand considered by many the city's best.
Upscale diner from Brendan Sodikoff (Gilt Bar, Maude's Liquor Bar, Doughnut Vault).
One of the best barbecue joints in the city, with particularly excellent hot links. Cash only.
Neighborhood tavern with a pool table and 17 televisions, specializing in super-thin-crust pizza.
Handmade doughnuts, 24 hours a day, six days a week.
Dry-aged steaks are the attraction at this restaurant in the James Chicago Hotel.
Neighborhood tavern with tasty bar food.
Once a month or so, I call in a lunch order at Evanston Chicken Shack. They offer fried chicken, fried fish, rib tips, and hot links, but I usually opt for five wings with salt and pepper, hot sauce on the side. After I drive it back to the office my old Hyundai smells of chicken fat and grease for a full week; crumbs have taken up permanent residence in the cracks of my hot-sauce-specked desk chair. Nestled among mounds of crinkle-cut fries, the wings are steaming hot even after a 15-minute car ride, thanks to careful packaging in a red-and-white cardboard box with the look of late 70s design. On the side is a tiny plastic container of terrible coleslaw. Apart from that my only complaint is with the hot sauce: more, more, I want more. —Seth Zurer
"Farm-to-tavern" restaurant and bar with an extensive beer menu.
Hot dog stand and national treasure.
Great fried chicken from a dark, forbidding little hole conveniently adjacent to Lee's E.T. Lounge.
Robert Adams and family's excellent wood-smoked barbecue.
West Loop tavern and restaurant with 40 beers on tap.
Loungey Wicker Park sandwich shop offering hundreds of choices. The original West Loop location is now Mac and Min's.
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