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» New Restaurants
Go Dutch at Vincent and satisfy a familiar sweet tooth at BomBon.
» We Need A New Gyro
CND may be gone, but the Greek goodness shall live on.
» You're Eating What?
These dishes may sound peculiar, but they taste mmm-mmm good.
» One-Note Wonders
A growing food trend is specialization -- and it's leading to some amazing creations.
» Bread Pudding Revival
Local restaurants put a modern twist on this classic dessert.
» More Morels, Please
The elusive morel mushroom season is upon us, sprouting on menus in spades.
» Mother's Day in Chicago
Treat Mom to a meal she deserves at one of these local brunches.
» Get Juiced
Chicago spots offer fresh and unusual juices to put a spring in your step.
» Ten-Hour Flight
Eat your way through the day with tasty flights from these Chicago eateries.
» Easter Brunches
Save your energy for the Easter egg hunt, and let these Chicago spots cook brunch for you.
» Chicago Passover Specials
Why is this night different from all other nights? Because someone else is doing the cooking.
» Where to Shop for Passover Seder
Hosting the family this year? Stock up at these Chicago kosher-friendly spots.
» Offal Good
Considering innards? These Chicago restaurants are the best places to begin your organ adventure.
» Go Beyond the Glaze
Ham will do just fine for a family gathering, but Chicago is rife with tasty pork alternatives.
» Where to Celebrate Pi Day in Chicago
We've done the math and determined you can't miss these March 14 specials.
» Ethnic Easter Eats
Take a break from that chocolate bunny and savor these old-world delicacies.
» Beer-Battered Bliss
Nothing screams comfort like a heaping plate of fried cod.
» How to Make the Most of Restaurant Week
Attention, hungry Chicagoans: Restaurant Week has an affordable eating opportunity just right for you.
» Where Can I Find Paczki in Chicago?
Partake in a Polish tradition that puts the "fat" in Fat Tuesday.
» Where's the Corned Beef?
The salty brisket isn't just for St. Pat's. Enjoy fine plates of it year-round at these restaurants.
» Forget the Fish Sticks
Abstaining from meat during Lent? You've got plenty of options.
» BYO What?
When it comes to ethnic cuisine, wine pairings can be tricky. Let the experts tell you which bottles to bring on your next BYOB adventure.
» Chinese New Year Celebrations
Start the Year of the Tiger off right at these Chicago restaurants and bars.
» Eating for Two
These desserts are big enough to share, whether you enjoy them out or bring them home.
» Best of Burgers
Forget fast food and find your new favorite burger at these local establishments
» New Year's Day Events
For when you're too hungover to make your own eggs.
» Open on Christmas
Get snowed-in at these Chicago restaurants on Santa's big day.
» Is Chicago Crying Out for Coneys?
The upcoming opening of Leo's has us searching the streets for other versions of Michigan's favorite dog.
» Recipes for Success
Find the perfect ingredients for your holiday dinner at these specialty shops.
» My, My, Pumpkin Pie
It's the perfect ending to any holiday meal; get your crowd-pleasing pie at one of these Chicago bakeries.
» Do it in Private
Separate yourself from the dining masses in one of these private dining rooms.
» Tot Spots
Take your little one to these kid-friendly brunch places.
» Gourd Gorging
Look past plain old pumpkin pie to discover a world of creative plates this fall.
» Pre-Marathon Pasta
Gonna be pounding the pavement? Load up at these carb-crazy spots.
» Kitchen College
Learn the art of culinary creation at these cooking schools and programs.
» Let the Candy Outta the Bag
Treat yourself to some Halloween sweets from these creative candy spots.
» Hail Seitan!
You don’t have to eat meat to enjoy these classic sandwiches.
» High Holiday Menus
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with dishes from these Chicago-area restaurants.
» Labor Day Deals
It may be called Labor Day, but we think it's time you took a load off. Relax at one of these local spots.
» Straight Off the Vine
It's tomato season, and the possibilities are endless.
» Shake It Up
Skip the Slurpees this summer and opt for these creamy concoctions instead.
» Winning Wings
We make our picks for the best chicken wings in Chicago.
» Offbeat Treats
Chicago ice cream gets a lot livelier than plain old vanilla.
» Pierogi Palooza
Find out where to pack in these Polish pockets of perfection year-round.
» Obama's Favorite Restaurants
These Chicago eateries get the Presidential seal of approval.
» All Bulked Up
Look to bulk foods for tasty eats that won't take a bite out of your wallet.
» Where the Cabbies Eat
When you want a spot with quick, cheap and tasty eats, just look for the taxis parked outside.
» French Favorites
Just say oui to our list of authentic French fare in Chicago.
» Bastille Day Events
Storm your favorite Chicago bar, restaurant or festival in honor of the end of French monarchy.
» Dog Days of Summer
July is National Hot Dog Month...here's where to celebrate.
» Pack the Perfect Picnic
Tantalizing treats that'll wow any picnic basket.
» Springtime Spears
Asparagus is back and it's sprouting up at these local spots.
» Study Spaces
Gear up for the dreaded week of finals and hit the books at one of these java-fueled joints.
» Brain Food
We've got delicious, mind-altering substances to help you strap on your thinking cap.
» Take the Cake
When you need to show Mom some love, you can't go wrong with an impressive cake from one of Chicago's best bakeries.
» In the Raw
Go nude with your food at area eateries...your body will thank you.
» Take Me Out to Eat Before the Ballgame
A fan can't survive on peanuts and Cracker Jack alone, so keep these Wrigleyville spots in mind for game day.
» Easter Dessert Recipes
Check out these favorite holiday recipes from local pastry chefs.
» Burrito Showdown
Drop the Chipotle and head to these winning Mexican eateries instead.
» Where to Eat During Restaurant Week
An extra week means more meals to try.
» Outside the Heart-Shaped Box
Got a taste for something that's not wrapped in pink tinfoil? Try these offbeat Valentine's Day desserts.
» Gluten-Free Goodies
These Chicago-area spots go against the grain by providing gluten-free fare.
» Erotic Eats
Chicago restaurants sling out libido-charging plates that'll help you get laid.
» Super-size for the Super Bowl
From boundless beef to better beer, we've got the bulk-size goods you need for your party.
» Chicago Political Hangouts
Corruption can take a lot out of you...here's where Chicago politicians refuel.
» You Don't Need a Golden Ticket
Take a self-guided chocolate tour through Chicago's sweetest spots.
» Kid-Friendly Feasts
Give the leftovers a rest and feed the family at one of these Chicago restaurants.
» Savoring Chicago's South Side
Spend a day filling up on soulful selections down south.
» Seasonal Sweets
Before you stuff those stockings, stuff yourself full of holiday goodies from these Chicago bakeries.
» Chicago's Culinary Queens
The city's top female chefs redefine a woman's place in the kitchen.
» Uni in Abundance
From shooters to sushi rolls, these restaurants serve sea urchin up right.
» Meals Near Midway
You don't need to book a flight to eat at these destinations.
» Twisted Treats
Don't read this article if you're watching your sodium intake.
» Fly Globally, Eat Locally
Traveling through O'Hare? Skip the golden arches and opt for these local eateries.
» Eat, Drink and Donate
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month; you can participate by dining at one of these local restaurants.
» The Ultimate Tailgater's Companion
Score big points at your next tailgate by putting together a football fantasy feast.
» Eat Globally and Locally
The Midwest harvest furnishes inspired cuisine from around the world.
» Close-to-Campus Breakfasts
We've found the best breakfast spots near campus, now all you have to do is roll out of bed and cross the street.
» Extend an Olive Branch
Make peace with one of these olive-inspired dishes.
» Prix-Fixe for Penny Pinchers
Have a multi-course dinner without breaking the bank at one of these neighborhood restaurants.
» Early Bird Catches the Deals
Getting up at the crack of dawn really does pay off!
» Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em
Chicago's no-smoking law doesn't apply to smoked food, thankfully. Here's where to get the good stuff.
» Chi-Town Bayou
Make like you're in N'awlins for a day with our culinary itinerary.
» Eight Arms to Feed You
Whether it's an appetizer, salad or main course, the variety of ways an octopus can be prepared outnumbers its plentiful arms.
» Berries in Bloom
Sleep in and skip the berry pickin', these restaurants have done all the work for you.
» Hope You Like Jammin', Too
Summer means fresh fruit, and fresh fruit means jam...here are some jarfuls of deliciousness to try.
» The World in a Cup (o' Joe)
Put down the Starbucks and pick up one of these regional coffee concoctions.
» Smothered, Uncovered
Forget the eggs for once and try an American classic for breakfast.
» Snap That Trap
Got some hungry tourists on your hands? Skip the usual suspects and hit the 'hoods for these hot spots.
» Foie Your Pleasure
Get your foie gras fix quick, before the politicians reconsider.
» Lady Eats the Blues
Is it possible to find Maryland-style crab cakes in Chi-Town?
» Fantastic Funghi
Shrooms are in season in Chicago; here's where to get your fix.
» Fare That's Balanced
If you're trying out an alternative eating style, these restaurants should be on your list.
» Eating for Your Inner Child
You can still be a kid at heart when you order one of these youthful favorites with a grownup flair.
» Talkin' Taquerias
We haven't been to every taqueria in the city, but we've downed enough tacos to find a few favorites.
» Pastrami Party
We've taste-tested our way across Chicagoland in pursuit of the best pastrami joints around.
» Sweet Pie Perfection
Long overshadowed by fancier desserts, the humble pie deserves some respect, especially these wow-worthy wedges.
» It's Morning in the Loop
When you need to refuel after pulling an all-nighter at Looptopia, head to these nearby spots for some breakfast grub.
» Kosher Kitchens
Once you've had your fill of matzoh, head to these kosher spots for a rising good time.
» Dinner and a Show
Hungry for more than just a meal? These restaurants offer food with a side of entertainment.
» The Gifts of Garlic
Try these incredibly potent, garlic-laden plates.
» Search for the Best Cheesecake
If your love for cheesecake would best be defined as "fanatical," this guide's for you.
» Island Hopping with an Appetite
Find your way to these restaurants, where you can feast on the Caribbean—sans the pricey flight.
» The Savory Side of Chocolate
Give your sweet tooth a break and explore plates that pair cocoa with salty ingredients.
» Magical Pastry Tour
We've scouted out the best pastries around, so you can nibble away the winter blues.
» Super Heroes
Try a great sub from one of Chicago's finest grinders.
» Forget the Fish Fry
These restaurants offer alternative Lent-friendly seafood plates for the Catholic in all of us.
» Aw, Shucks
Whether you shoot them raw or take 'em in a dish, oysters are one mollusk you've got to dig in to.
» Eat Chic, Drink Cheap
Raise the BYOB bar at these truly date-worthy restaurants.
» Eat Your Oatmeal!
We've got a few nourishing breakfast places that'll hit the spot on a cold winter morning.
» Healthy, Hungry and Wise
We've got eating-out tips for those hopping on the 2008 health train.
» Me, Myself and Pie
For those who want to go at it alone, a handful of Chicago restaurants cater to the singular dining sect.
» Stairway to Culinary Heaven
First may not be the worst but second is the best at these two-floor restaurants.
» BYOB Alternatives
Can't get a table at Coast? Try these lesser-known but just-as-great substitutes.
» Steeped in Tradition
A quick lesson in loose leaf will have you trading in your java for a cup of tea.
» South of the Border Slurping
Latin American versions of chicken soup mix things up in your bowl.
» Eat Your Art Out
These restaurants and cafes come with killer views...of art.
» Something Skewered This Way Comes
If we've learned anything from state fairs, it's that everything tastes better on a stick.
» Saluting Soup Season
Warm up your belly with bowls of fall-inspired goodness and some classic cups, too.
» Bread Winners
We've tracked down the city's best bread baskets for starting your meal off right.
» Have Your Cake and Donate,Too
You can feel good, stuffed and full of altruism after visiting these spots.
» Istanbul in Chicago
Eat like a sultan without booking a flight to Turkey.
» Saved by the Lunch Bell
Relive your lunchroom days by grabbing a tray at these cafeteria-style restaurants.
» Cheap Choices
It pays to be choosy at these fine dining destinations.
» N'awlins Knock-outs
Celebrate the Big Easy by feasting on its cuisine
» Tamale Lust
You may think you know tamales, but you don't. We've unwrapped the city's best bundles of goodness.
» Quintessential Summer Eats
Make the most of the season by indulging in the must-have eats.
» Holy Smoked
We round up the finest barbecue spots this side of the Mason-Dixon.
» Just Desserts
Move over mint chocolate chip: These unique summer snack spots take over the frozen world.
» A Swedish Smorgasbord
Pick up everything from meatballs to almond cake in Andersonville, aka Little Sweden.
» Bridging the Diet Divide
Where herbivores and carnivores happily eat side by side.
» Round-the-World Breakfasts
Morning meals like they make them over there.
» Wild Pies
This is not your mother's pizza...in fact, some of these don't seem like 'za at all.
» Beyond the Burrito
Chuck the Meximelt and give Cinco de Mayo its proper due with our guide to Mexican bests.
» Korean Comfort Food
There's more to Korean cooking than do-it-yourself barbecue.
» CSA All the Way!
Community Supported Agriculture makes supporting local farms as easy as organic pie.
» Best Eggs Bennys
Easter is as good a reason as any to feast on eggs.
» Where to Eat the Bunny
From braised rabbit stew to golden-fried spring rolls, these spots cover your bunny needs.
» Mad About Matzoh Balls
Just in time for Passover, we seek out the best bowls of salty matzoh ball soup in town.
» Where's the Beef?
These unsung beef stand heroes sling thin slices, fresh giardineria and even cheddar cheese.
» Unusual Suspects
The best food spots you haven't heard of.
» Taking You Down to Chinatown…Bakeries
Replacing ham and havarti croissants with barbecue pork and bean paste-stuffed buns.
» The Bistro Breakdown
Kindle that romance over fabulous French...just save the messy French onion soup for the second date.
» Hot Chocolate Heaven
Where to find a cup of nostalgia that goes way beyond Nestle.
» Taste of Polonia
Got a hankering for sauerkraut? Get your fill with a little help from our guide to Chicago's best Polish spots.
» Get Sum
Fend off chopstick-wielding Chicagoans for a taste of dumpling zen at these local dim sum palaces.
» Best Of The Buffets
All-you-can-eat spots that take a big step up from Golden Corral-status.
» Look Ma, No Lines
Five spots where you don't need to wait an eternity for a plate of eggs.
» Food Flights Take Off
These food flights—plentiful platters and tasty trios—let you sample one fare several ways.
» Truffles To Die For
You'll be saying "Hershey, who?" once you try these gourmet chocolates.
» Want Unconventional Fries With That?
Chicago spots that funk up the all-American side dish.
» Breakfast Bests
We report on our favorite homey spots for corned beef hash and other morning treats.
» Kamikaze-Style Cooking
Top cooking schools test-driven by a not-top chef.
» La Vera Cucina Italiana
Red sauces run rampant and the vino comes reasonably priced at the following restaurants.
» Kick Kraft to the Curb
Considering the bliss that powdered processed cheese can bring, we set out to find the best homemade macaroni and cheese.
» Chilly? Think Chili
A multi-bean cure for the common Chicago winter.
» The World on a Plate
Exploring Chicago's ethnic markets.
» Deep Sea Delights
Seafood doesn't come cheap, but at these spots, it's worth every dime.
» Snobby Late-Night Dining
Dining late doesn't equal a stale-taco fate.
» Great Steakhouse Burgers
Wrap your hands around one of these boffo burgers and you'll quickly forget about the filet.
» Appetizing First Acts
You'll be saying "entree, who?" once you see the appetizer menus at these restaurants.
» Hungry? Hungover?
Feeling rancid after a night on the town? Chew your way to serenity.
» Haute Eats at the Hotel Restaurant
This ain't your grandparent's hotel dining.
» The Culinary Adventurer's Guide to Chicago
Palate-pleasing options for the diner who's ready to take on tripe.
» Beyond the Chimichanga
A Maxwell Street Market primer.
» Feed Near the Fests
Affordable spots to calm your appetite before, during or after this summer's festivals.
» Classy Alfresco
When doing anything indoors seems like a waste of time, these patios come to the rescue.
» To the Market We Go
Stuff your tummy and your shopping cart at these ethnic markets.
» Next Stop, Dinner
Too cold to walk more than 10 steps? Check out these just-off-the L restaurants.
» Take Your Afternoon Tea
High tea puts an end to the mid-afternoon slump.
» Brunch at the Bar
Pair a beer with that breakfast.
» The Heart of Italy
24th and Oakley dishes it up, Italian-style.

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