Chicago restaurants – Cucumber Chef Thu, 20 Jan 2022 22:13:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chicago restaurants – Cucumber Chef 32 32 2022 Chicago Auto Show Dates: First Look for Charity Gala to help raise funds ahead of annual event at McCormick Place Thu, 20 Jan 2022 22:13:57 +0000 PRESS RELEASE (WLS) — The 2022 Chicago Auto Show is less than a month away and after a pandemic hiatus last year, this year’s First Look for Charity Gala is back.

Here’s a look at what you can see and eat at this event that raises millions for charity.

The glitz and glamor of the best and newest cars at this year’s Chicago Auto Show are upon us.

RELATED: 2022 Chicago Auto Show Returns to McCormick Place in February

The day before the show officially opens on February 12, a Chicago feast is held at First Look for Charity.

“You get to sample food and drink from the best restaurants in Chicago,” said Jennifer Morand, public relations director for the Chicago Auto Show.

But this crowd of champion cuisine and cutting-edge cars belies a larger mission.

“If ever there was a time people needed it, it’s now. And for us to be able to come together as a group of dealers and help provide for these charities that go beyond the community they serve, it’s just a wonderful opportunity for us,” said Jason Roberts, president of First Look for Charity.

Since First Look for Charity began 30 years ago, it has provided $52 million to Chicagoland charities and hopes to raise nearly $2 million this year to donate to 17 charities.

“It’s one of the biggest one-day fundraisers in all of Illinois every year, so miss it next year and bring it back, and that’s one step closer to normal, hopefully- the, and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” Kevin Keefe said. , president of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association.

The event broadcast includes Goose Island beer, Trinchero wines, Chicago Chop House steak and more!

Last year, the historic Summer Special Edition Chicago Auto Show was a pioneer in reopening the city. This year is no different. Masks required indoors during the show and vaccination required in the dining rooms, including the First Look event.

“We’re really lucky to be able to put this together and really get back to these grassroots organizations,” said Jennifer Morand of the Chicago Auto Show.

The first look is Feb. 11 and the auto show opens to the public Feb. 12 and runs through Feb. 21 at McCormack Place.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

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Next Chicago Bars and Restaurants You Need to Know Wed, 19 Jan 2022 04:22:54 +0000

January 18

Bronzeville: The highly anticipated wine bar and restaurant Bronzeville Winery, co-owned by Eric Williams (Silver Room), has applied for a liquor license at 4420 S. Cottage Grove Avenue. Pandemic delays have pushed back an opening, but residents are eagerly awaiting a rare wine-focused spot south of Madison Street.

Bucktown: Fans of famed baker Mindy Segal (HotChocolate) will have to wait a little longer to visit her highly anticipated bakery at 1623 N. Milwaukee Avenue, as various delays pushed its hoped-for Valentine’s Day opening into March. Segal is simultaneously navigating both the closure of its bakery operation inside the former Damen Avenue restaurant and the move to the new Bucktown space. “What I’m about to oversee here is a little crazy,” she said. Stay tuned for news of an opening date.

Lincoln Park: The first Chicago location of Sushi by Bou, the New York mini-chain that serves $50 omakase meals in 30 minutes, is set to open Friday, Jan. 21 on the second floor of the Lincoln Hotel at 1816 N. Clark. Street, according to a rep. Co-founded in 2018 and known for its acclaimed and controversial chef David Bouhadana, Sushi by Bou has locations in New York, Miami and New Jersey, as well as local sister spots Sushi Suite 202 and Sushi Boutique.

North Lawndale: Popular Jamaican restaurant Ja’ Grill in Hyde Park is preparing to open its second location soon in the new 10-acre Ogden Commons development just east of Douglass Park at 1407 S. Washtenaw Avenue, according to a Facebook post. Owner Tony Coates hasn’t shared many details since announcing the project in May 2021, but told Eater at the time that the follow-up restaurant would maintain the Ja’ Grill ethos with “a few additional surprises.”

January 11

Andersonville: After 10 years at Clark and Foster, Japanese spot Ora Sushi is in the midst of a six-block move to 5701 N. Clark Street. Construction is underway, the restaurant reports on Facebook, and management expects an announcement to open “soon.”

Lake view: Crab King Cajun Boil & Bar is expanding to two new locations in 2022, according to its website: 3443 N. Broadway in Lakeview (the former Revolución Steakhouse) and 1550 75th Street in Downers Grove.

Lincoln Park: All Too Well, a new sandwich shop and market from Evette owner Mitchell Abou Jamra, will open next month in a former subway at 352 W. Armitage Avenue, according to a rep. There will be a take-out section with Lebanese-style meats, cheeses and mezes, as well as an assortment of sandwiches.

Lincoln Park: Red Light Chicken, a new chicken spot, will soon open in Devil Dawg’s former flagship location at 2147 N. Sheffield Avenue, WhatNow Chicago reports, and is currently in the process of hiring staff.

Lincoln Park: Asian tea chain Uni Uni is planning a third Chicago location at 2550 N. Clark, slated to open in 2022, according to its website. Uni Uni, which serves tea in a variety of styles, as well as flavored milk, smoothies and snacks, already has locations in Chinatown and Uptown, Minneapolis and Katy, Texas.

Downtown : Milly’s Pizza in the Pan, the successful Logan Square virtual restaurant founded by Robert Maleski after he was laid off from his job at the start of the pandemic, is moving to a permanent location at 1005 W. Argyle, the former site of D-Benny Grill, reports the Block Club Chicago. The opening is scheduled for February 15.

West Loop: Puttery, the 21-plus mini-golf affiliate of Drive Shack, the driving range restaurant and bar that canceled its Bucktown expansion in 2020, plans to open a new location at 932 W. Randolph later this year, reports WhatNow Chicago. There will be immersive miniature golf, accompanied by appetizers, salads, pizzas and a full bar with specialty cocktails. It’s part of a broad expansion effort: Puttery already has locations in Charlotte and Dallas, but plans additional outposts in Houston, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Gurnee: Construction is underway on a new Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant location in the parking lot of a former Lowe’s in the northern suburb of Gurnee, the daily herald reports, and is expected to open in 2022. The village council authorized a $1.5 million incentive for the project last April. There are already 13 Cooper’s Hawk locations in the Chicago area and 32 more in 10 states.

Rosemont: Shaquille O’Neal’s fried chicken sandwich, Big Chicken, will open its third full-service restaurant this fall in a new suburban development at 9421 Higgins Road, Free time in Chicago reports. Its neighbors will be the outposts of Stan’s Donuts and Small Cheval, Hogsalt Hospitality’s burger chain. Big Chicken already has locations in Las Vegas and Glendale, Calif., as well as shadow kitchens and cabins in sports stadiums and on cruise ships.

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Companies cited for vaccination mandate, new CDC guidelines – NBC Chicago Mon, 17 Jan 2022 13:39:58 +0000

Several Chicago businesses have received citations under the city’s new vaccination proof ordinance.

Plus, from masking guidelines to travel advice, many are looking for the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

Do you need a vaccine to fly? CDC air travel guidelines and what else to know

As the omicron variant surges, questions are swirling online about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel advice, particularly regarding testing and vaccines.

The specific requirements and guidelines largely depend on where you are and where you are going.

Here’s what you need to know.

Former Chicago alderman seeks release from prison over COVID reasons

A former Chicago city councilman convicted of tax evasion has requested early release from prison due to his age, medical condition and the omicron-fueled COVID-19 surge.

Edward Vrdolyak’s attorneys filed an emergency motion on Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Lawyers said the 84-year-old suffered from medical conditions, including dementia, and a weakened immune system, which would put him at higher risk of serious illness or death.

Learn more here.

Chicago cites restaurants and gyms for COVID vaccine violations

Chicago officials have issued more than 30 citations to businesses for failing to enforce the city’s requirement that people show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations in many locations.

The ordinance went into effect Jan. 3, and as of Wednesday, the city’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Agency had issued 32 citations to 16 businesses.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the businesses include restaurants, fitness centers, a swim school and a children’s playground.

Learn more here.

Is dizziness a symptom of COVID-19? What there is to know

COVID-19 can cause a large number of symptoms with fever, cough and fatigue among those most commonly reported.

But it’s also important to be aware of less common symptoms, such as dizziness.

“Countless studies” from various parts of the world have found that dizziness has occurred as a result of COVID infections, according to an article published in the National Library of Medicine of the US National Institutes of Health.

The doctors who wrote the article say the results are not surprising, as dizziness has always been associated with viral infections.

Learn more here.

Here’s what you should do after a positive COVID test, according to the CDC

As the omicron variant continues to drive up the number of COVID cases, some people may be facing the prospect of testing positive for the coronavirus for the first time, and may not know what to do if that diagnosis occurs.

In the state of Illinois, nearly 2.6 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported over the past two years, and last month saw the highest case count of the entire pandemic in the state. ‘State.

Fortunately, most cases of COVID-19 eventually produce mild symptoms, and there are a series of steps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you take if you test positive for the virus.

Learn more here.

What if you test positive for COVID after quarantine? Here’s what the CDC says to do

If you test positive for COVID-19 after quarantine and you no longer have symptoms, do you still need to stay in isolation?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a person is encouraged, but not required, to take a coronavirus test after being quarantined for five days after diagnosis.

After five full days, a person can end the isolation period if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever medication and if other symptoms have improved, the CDC wrote online.

Learn more here.

Coronavirus in Illinois: 207,203 new cases, 738 deaths as measures increase last week

Illinois health officials reported 207,203 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, along with 738 additional deaths and more than 357,000 new vaccine doses administered.

New cases and deaths mark a continued increase in recent weeks.

A total of 2,589,640 coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since the pandemic began, according to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The additional deaths reported in the past five days bring the state to 29,099 confirmed COVID deaths.

Learn more here.

CDC updates mask guidelines: Here’s the best protection against COVID-19

As the omicron variant spreads rapidly in the United States, health officials argue that booster vaccinations and the COVID-19 vaccine are crucial to curbing the spread of the virus, but wearing a face mask is also strongly recommended.

The Centers for Disease Control updated masking guidelines on Friday, saying N95 and KN95 masks provide the best protection against COVID-19 and people “may choose” to wear them.

Previously, the CDC did not recommend that the general population wear N95 or KN95 masks, a similar type of mask made in China, over concerns that demand could impact supply in health care settings.

In its Friday update, the CDC said shortages were no longer an issue.

Learn more here.

Vaccine requirement imposes itself in Boston bars and restaurants | Pennsylvania News Sat, 15 Jan 2022 20:51:00 +0000

BOSTON (AP) — Patrons of restaurants, gyms and sports arenas in Boston had to prove on Saturday that they were at least partially inoculated against COVID-19 as the city rolls out a new policy to curb the spread of the virus.

The vaccine requirement, announced last month, follows similar orders in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and other cities that have moved to exclude unvaccinated people from a variety of domestic businesses.

“The best tool we have to end the ongoing COVID outbreak, reduce hospitalization rates and save lives is for everyone to get vaccinated,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said Saturday. We are putting this measure in place to help protect our residents, our businesses and our community.”

Boston’s requirement is called B Together and requires customers and workers at many businesses to prove they’ve received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. It applies to a range of indoor venues, including restaurants, bars, cinemas and concert halls.

Valid proof of inoculation includes a vaccine card or photo thereof, or the new digital Massachusetts vaccine card.

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The policy applies to some of the city’s biggest venues, including TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. Amy Latimer, president of TD Garden, said the venue is “fully supportive of Mayor Wu’s B Together vaccination mandate.”

“We hope, as we continue to work together through these new requirements, that we make continued progress in the fight against COVID-19,” Latimer said in a statement.

Wu said the policy was needed to help tackle a surge of cases caused by the omicron variant.

As of Jan. 10, Boston’s positivity rate was nearly 32% and the city was averaging 2,500 new cases per day, a 16% increase from the previous two weeks. More than 80% of residents have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

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Smoque BBQ celebrates 15 years with a sandwich for a special occasion Thu, 13 Jan 2022 20:27:18 +0000

Smoque BBQ, the Eater 38-rated barbecue spot that opened in December 2006 in Old Irving Park, has never been very good at celebrating birthdays. Years passed, the two smokers continued to produce ribs, pulled pork and brisket, and Smoque’s reputation spread beyond Chicago – barbecue maven Steven Raichlen said his brisket was “world class” in the New York Times – but it never occurred to anyone to celebrate the passage of time. Until now.

This Saturday, January 15, Smoque will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a special prime rib sandwich, smoked to perfection and served on a grilled French bun with roasted shallots, red wine reduction and horseradish cream. “It was a special occasion,” says co-owner Barry Sorkin. “We have prepared smoked prime ribs for more upscale events. I keep congratulating myself, but it’s really good.

Slice the smoked prime rib.

The sandwich costs $15 and will be available in limited quantities: 100 for lunch and 150 for dinner, with a maximum of two per person. Customers can only order in the restaurant or by phone, not online.

But Smoque won’t just be celebrating its own survival, Sorkin says: It’ll also salute customers who have continued to support it through its various pivots during the pandemic, which included requisitioning a side street to serve as a curbside pickup lane. of street and the transformation of a parking lot into a patio.

“We saw the same faces,” he says. “Certainly we now see them through car windows. But we had it better than many restaurants. BBQ is not something people had to be persuaded to order take out.

Will Smoque survive another 15 years? Sorkin doesn’t want to think about it right now. In an environment where everything changes from week to week, and even day to day, with new city mandates and workers who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19, it is impossible to plan even- what 15 days in advance. “It’s an exercise in futility,” he says. “But we love what we do and are grateful that we can get up every day and barbecue for a living.”

Smoked BBQ, 3800 N. Pulaski Avenue, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Clockwise from top: Smoque’s curbside pickup lane, dining hall, Sorkin in front of a wall full of rewards.

3800 North Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

Family meals took a hit during the pandemic Tue, 11 Jan 2022 21:02:31 +0000

December is often a busy time for bars and restaurants. But the omicron variant, the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, has undermined those hopes in 2021. The holiday season has been canceled. Instead of going out to party, people stayed at home. But some restaurants have lost income from an unexpected source: family meal time.

Before COVID, we would be full five nights a week at 5:15 p.m., ”said Scott Weiner, director and co-founder of the Fifty / 50 Restaurant Group, which owns Roots Handmade Pizza, a popular family-friendly place with four locations in the city. “We would do a full tour [of tables] with families before normal people start coming. The biggest difference for us is that we haven’t had a family business for two years.

Losing what is essentially one more restaurant change slashed Roots’ bottom line, Weiner says: He estimates it’s about 25 or 30 percent of the restaurant’s business. Although children five years and older may have received the Pfizer vaccine starting in the fall and boosters are now available, with the omicron surge in December, many parents were reluctant to have dinner with their children and were at risk of expose them to the virus before the holidays.

“People are afraid that their children will stay at home for two weeks,” he says. “It affects their livelihoods and their work schedules, and it really motivates people not to want to buy pizza.”

Doug Dunlay, one of the owners of 4 Star Restaurant Group, which includes family-run restaurants like Frasca and Crosby’s Kitchen where kids eat for free, says that while his business hasn’t been as badly affected as Fifty / 50’s, it still saw a significant drop in December. “Everyone crouched down, especially people with children,” he says. “They didn’t want their children [COVID-19] and not to see grandmother and grandfather. But 4 Star felt the loss of the holiday season much more; Dunlay says about 70 percent of those canceled.

Cold weather also played a role: Dunlay and Weiner say they have seen a drop in activity since it became too cold for alfresco dining.

Other restaurants in town have also felt the loss of the family business. A spokeswoman for Ed Debevic’s, which just opened in Streeterville in the fall, said that although the restaurant is so new, it hasn’t seen a contrast between COVID and non-COVID businesses. , there is probably a loss of activity. “I guess the families who come weren’t so worried,” she wrote in an email. “I’m sure there are a lot of families who haven’t come yet due to COVID issues, but due to our circumstances we haven’t seen the contrast in business.”

Weiner and Dunlay are convinced that if they can just hang on and survive both the omicron and the Chicago winter, better days will come. “I think people will come back,” says Dunlay. “What we’ve seen this summer is a flood of people excited to get back to somehow normal life.”

2200 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse Closes Temporarily Due to Proof of Vaccination Requirements – NBC Chicago Mon, 10 Jan 2022 02:52:08 +0000

Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse restaurant in Wheeling announced a temporary closure on Saturday, citing the reason as “unforeseen business circumstances” caused by proof of vaccination requirements in suburban Cook County.

In a social media post, the popular suburban establishment announced it was suspending all activities from Sunday to Monday, February 7.

“Due to unforeseen business circumstances brought on by Cook County’s new COVID-19 vaccination card mandate, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close our doors,” the restaurant said on Facebook.

During the period of closure, Bob Chinn plans to “reset the restaurant”, update his building and give team members a “well-earned rest”.

As of January 3, people aged 5 and over must show proof of vaccination at indoor facilities in suburban Cook County where food or drink is served, including bars and restaurants as well as other establishments such as fitness centers and entertainment videos.

Chicago has also implemented similar requirements, saying such measures are necessary to protect the health and well-being of residents in response to an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases.

]]> COVID vaccine requirement: Some Chicago restaurants report drop in business after mandate takes effect Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:51:48 +0000 CHICAGO (WLS) – Some Chicago restaurants say an already slow January is even slower now that evidence of the city’s COVID vaccine mandate is in effect.

Customers often spend less after the holidays, and the cold and fear of the omicron variant keeps them indoors. Now some companies say the new rule is added to it.

The owner of Nuevo Leon restaurant in Little Village said he started checking COVID vaccination cards this week, as required by the city of Chicago. But Laura Gutierrez said she was repelled by some customers.

“Their reaction was not what I expected,” she said.

She said after numerous complaints and the departure of customers, refusing to show proof of vaccination, business was down 80% this week.

“We’re not doing anything against them, we’re just trying to keep the business afloat and keep everyone healthy,” she said.

Gutierrez said they will comply not only to ensure the safety of staff and customers, but also because she does not want to pay fines. Just this week, the Chicago Department of Business and Consumer Protection said it had received 32 complaints and issued 10 citations to five companies.

Nuevo Leon client Julio Quiles said he and his family had COVID last month. He and his friends weren’t aware of the new rule when they walked into the restaurant earlier this week, but on Friday they were back with their vaccination cards handy.

“It feels good that they are asking for it to reduce the number of cases and prevent people from being affected more than they already have,” he said.

Gutierrez hopes more customers will come back with immunization cards and hopes she doesn’t have to make any drastic changes to keep the 40-year-old family business open.

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Covid News: CDC advises Pfizer boosters for children 12 and older Thu, 06 Jan 2022 10:10:00 +0000
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday approved booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12 to 17, citing an increase in infections among adolescents and young adults and a worrying increase in hospitalizations pediatric.

As the contagious variant of Omicron spreads across the country, public health officials have seized additional doses of the vaccine as a first line of defense. Pfizer-BioNTech recalls are now permitted for any American over 12 years of age who are five months past their second dose of the vaccine.

An advisory committee recommended the changes following a meeting on Wednesday. They were approved by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, on Wednesday evening. Teens between the ages of 12 and 15 can start receiving boosters immediately. Teens aged 16 and older were already allowed to receive booster shots, but the CDC panel on Wednesday reinforced the recommendation.

The advisory group followed a similar move earlier this week by the Food and Drug Administration, which authorized Pfizer-BioNtech booster shots for adolescents and shortened the recommended time interval between the initial vaccination schedule and the booster.

The FDA has also approved an “additional primary dose” of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for moderately to severely immunocompromised children aged 5 to 11 years to be administered 28 days after their second injection.

Studies suggest that side effects from the vaccine are minimal in children, although there is lingering concern about a link to myocarditis, a rare inflammation of the heart muscle that occurs more frequently in young men, after vaccination.

In Israel, which began giving boosters to adolescents aged 12 to 15 in June and strictly monitoring side effects, the health ministry has identified two cases of myocarditis, among some 41,600 adolescents in this age group. age who received the recall.

Both children were hospitalized briefly and made a full recovery, said Dr Sharon Alroy-Preis, an Israeli health official who addressed the committee.

The booster significantly reduced infection rates in children aged 12 to 15, said Dr Alroy-Preis. Although most of the young people infected generally did not suffer from severe Covid disease requiring hospitalization, two children – a boy and a girl – have died, she said.

But while much of the committee’s discussion focused on the risks of the vaccine and its side effects, Dr. Camille Kotton, associate professor at Harvard Medical School specializing in transplants and immunocompromised patients, said that the focus should be on the disease itself, which has a devastating effect on vulnerable and immunocompromised patients.

“This is an important thing to think about – the risk of myocarditis from the disease itself,” Dr. Kotton said.

Although Omicron is generally seen to cause less severe illness, she said, she now sees many patients in intensive care. Some are dead.

“It’s a horrible situation,” she said. “The highly infectious nature of Omicron is such that patients who have been incredibly careful over the past two years have been infected with terrible results.”

Dr Katherine Poehling, director of pediatric population health at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, expressed similar sentiments. “There are kids waiting in the emergency room for 18 hours and over to get into the hospital because we are so full,” she said. “We have parents who ask us if their children can be boostered, like older children.”

But several committee members said they were increasingly concerned that only a minority of young children are getting vaccinated, and said it was essential to increase rates and adhere to other prevention strategies, such as masking.

“We can’t put the whole burden on people who are ready to get the vaccine,” said Lynn Bahta, committee member and registered nurse with the Minnesota Department of Health. “When we only get half of our teens vaccinated, it also adds an extra burden. I am so concerned that the burden of disease prevention rests entirely on the vaccinees and that they are receiving the boosters. “

Over 70 percent of people aged 12 and over in the United States are fully vaccinated, CDC says Children under 5 are still not eligible for vaccination.

Americans 18 years of age and older who have received Moderna’s vaccine may be reminded of any available coronavirus vaccine six months after the second injection. Those who have received the Johnson & Johnson single injection vaccine may receive a booster dose of any available vaccine two months after their first injection.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are both strongly preferred over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the CDC said. Only Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for children 5 to 11 years old; boosters are not yet recommended for this group.

Chicago Media’s Busiest Restaurants in 2021 Tue, 04 Jan 2022 15:15:00 +0000

ChicagoRestaurant writers showcase their most visited places in 2021 as part of Eater’s continuing tradition of surveying city experts for their year-end catch.

Amy Cavanaugh, Chicago magazine: Sepia. This place has long been one of my favorites, but in the post-vaccination world it has become a beacon of common sense. I drop by the bar regularly for cocktails from Bartender Keith Meicher and recently had the four course prix fixe menu with food and wine pairings. I don’t think the food has ever been better and the wines were also excellent.

Michael Nagrant, Lee’s Chop Suey has always been the best Cantonese American neighborhood joint in all of Chicago, supplier of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson sized egg rolls sealed with peanut butter and stickers so juicy you can bounce them like Zach LaVine kicks a basketball.

Mike Zoller, drinking on the porch: We live in Lincoln Park and can walk to Nori so we were there at least twice a month for sushi. We did quite a few things and then when things opened up we started to eat inside.

Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Tribune: Flat & Point is not too far from my condo, but proximity does not explain everything. Chef Brian Bruns has managed to keep pushing the menu so every time I visit the food gets better in one way or another. And when that wood-fired grill roars, few rooms in Chicago are so cozy or comfortable.

Brenda Storch, E: Kie-Go-Lanee. The delicious pork garnachas, a sope-like corn pancake topped with cabbage, travel well and are pure magic.

Sarah Spain, ESPN: It was a tie. First up our favorite Thai spot, Silli Kori / Thai Village which is the best we’ve had in town and our favorite weekday delivery. Second, my Goddess & Grocer neighborhood for delicious Garden Goddess wraps up over and over again, sometimes with a side of Thai Corn Chowder.

Janice Scurio, Illustrated sports and Sox on the south side: Beer is food, isn’t it? With so many White Sox games under my belt this year, I’ve found myself at Marz Brewing on Iron Street more often than not, eating sandwiches, pizza – not to mention a special trip for Mom’s burger on which I made stories about last year, on their last day in this space. Bucktown’s new bar, Life on Marz Community Club, is also a fantastic place.

Lillian Stone, take out: I’ve probably consumed at least eight orders of khachapuri from Fiya in Andersonville, but also dropped off a ton of cash at Mr. Henry, who has the best breakfast on the North Side.

Titus Ruscitti, ChiBBQKing: Asian Cuisine Express (tacos al pastor)

Jay Westbrook, local craft beer professional: 11 Degrees North on Belmont and Clark absolutely defies the idea that if you have a large menu, it’s hard to do everything right. Whether it’s Santa Monica’s hearty arepa for breakfast or the Ocean Breeze for a light lunch, there is literally something for everyone on the menu. Let’s not go into detail on how many Sunday mornings their bowl of acai smoothie literally saved my bacon.

1834 South Kildare Avenue,, IL 60623