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The Hot List

For December 2015

10 places everyone’s talking about and dining at
(in order of heat)

1Swift & Sons

Why another steakhouse? Because the West Loop needs one.
1000 W. Fulton Market, 312-733-9420 Website
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Swift & Sons Photo: Anthony Tahlier

2STK

Why another steakhouse? Because River North needs more.
9 W. Kinzie St., 312-340-5636 Website
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STK Photo: Courtesy of STK
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3Earls Kitchen + Bar

A restaurant that’s all things to all people—from Canada, of course.
1538 N. Clybourn Ave., 312-929-3952 Website
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Chicago restaurant Earls Kitchen + Bar Photo: Courtesy of Earls Kitchen + Bar

4Arbor

So local that Arbor’s gardener might be your server.
2545 W. Diversey Ave., 312-866-0795 Website

Related: Find out more about the Logan Square restaurant.
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Arbor Photo: Nas Alejeyan
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53 Arts Club Café

After you eat, you can purchase the flatware.
Restoration Hardware, 1300 N. Dearborn St., 312-475-9116 Website
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3 Arts Club Café Photo: Hugo Galdones

6Home Run Inn

A safe haven for White Sox fans on the North Side.
3215 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-525-9696 Website

Related: Read about Home Run Inn on our Chicago’s Best Pizza list.
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Home Run Inn Photo: Tyllie Barbosa
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7800 Degrees

Neapolitan pizza maker asserts oven temperature mastery.
812 Church St., Evanston, 224-307-2803 Website
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Chicago restaurant 800 Degrees Photo: Courtesy of 800 Degrees

8Beatrix

That rare case of the second location (Streeterville) outpacing the first (River North).
671 N. St. Clair St., 312-642-0001 Website

Related: Find out what we thought of Beatrix’s brunch in Chicago’s Best Brunches.
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Beatrix Photo: Anjali Pinto

9Appellation

The Pastoral guys sensed a need for grab-and-go in Andersonville.
5212 N. Clark St., 773-358-7181 Website

Related: Browse photos of our visit to the cozy wine bar.
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Appellation Photo: Courtesy of Appellation

10Caffé Umbria

One more Seattle-based roaster with eyes for Chicago.
346 N. Clark St., 312-877-5166 Website
Caffé Umbria Photo: Kevin Osterhout
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