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February 2016

Our Picks For Top Chicago Restaurants [Winter Guide]

Looking for some new restaurants to check out or revisit an old favorite? Check out our quick list below and it might give you some ideas. Then with out too much hesitation, get eating!


108 State St
Chicago, IL 60602

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The Latin answer to Eataly, Latinicity is a giant food hall in downtown Chicago headed by chefs Richard Sandoval (of Maya in NYC) and Jose Garces (of Mercat and Rural Society). The space features 12 food stalls, a full tapas restaurant and more in the Block 37 shops.

Latinicity showcases a twist on Latin street food, combining tastes of Latin America, Spain and Portugal. We just love that Chicago has gotten another giant space dedicated to food.

Dos Urban Cantina

2829 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL

Started by husband and wife team (and Rick Bayliss alums) Brian Enyart and Jennifer Jones Enyart, Dos Urban Cantina is located in the booming food neighborhood of Logan Square, featuring a unique interpretation of Mexican cuisine.

Dove’s Luncheonette

1545 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL

While it was a new opening last year, Dove’s Luncheonette stays on our list for 2017 as one of our favorite upscale diner experiences. Opened by One Off Hospitality Group, also responsible for our go-to taco joint Big Star, features a whole lot of comfort food. We were pretty much on board from day one and continue to go back.


1020 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Traditional Italian food with a modern twist created by former Spiaggia Executive Chef Sarah Grueneberg. If you’re looking for a new place to try some amazing pastas, this is it.

Cantina 1910

5025 Clark Street
Chicago, Il 60640

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A much anticipated new restaurant, Cantina 1910 in Andersonville describes it’s food as “Mexican Reinvented,” merging classic and modern techniques for creative and unexpected dishes. They’re highly dedicated to sourcing from local farmers, producers and artisans which is always a plus.

Maple & Ash

8 W Maple St.
Chicago, IL 60610

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A new(ish) steak house addition to the Gold Coast (one of our food tour neighborhoods) offers great food, cocktails and beautiful environment. Head over there to feel fancy while digging into some steaks.

Bar Marta

2700 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622


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Bar Marta in Humboldt Park is our new favorite bar and restaurant hangout spot. Their New American dishes are unique and their wide selection of craft beers and global wines give you something to stick around for after your meal.


2545 W. Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

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If you’re looking for a truly unique dining experience in Chicago, Arbor offers that up in a Midwestern version of an Omakase (a meal of dishes selected by the chef, traditionally Japanese food). Their Thursday/Friday tasting menus are built around guests for creative, tailored experiences that start with your reservation and end with a delicious meal.

Check out this article for all the details on Arbor’s start and what it’s all about. >>

The Blanchard

1935 North Lincoln Park W.
Chicago, Illinois 60614

For a taste of traditional French cuisine check out The Blanchard in Old Town where there’s plenty of foie gras, in fact a whole section of the menu full, and fine wine for days.

Have you already checked out any of the restaurants on our list? Share your experiences in the comments, and let us know what restaurants you're most psyched about!

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