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The Hot List

For February 2018

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

1Bellemore

Jimmy Papadopoulos, previously of Bohemian House, shows he can do a lot more than schnitzel—like, say, a decadent slice of caviar and oyster pie.
564 W. Randolph St. Website
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Bellemore Photo: Anthony Tahlier

2S.K.Y.

Proof this restaurant is personal: Its name comes from the chef’s wife’s initials.
1239 W. 18th St. Website
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Chicago restaurant S.K.Y. Photo: Courtesy of S.K.Y.
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3Tempesta Market

The logical next step for the cured-meat fanatics behind Nduja Artisans Salumeria is to start selling sandwiches.
1372 W. Grand Ave. Website
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Tempesta Market Photo: Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune

4The Pink Squirrel

Wisconsin-style drinking, without having to cross the state line. Read more about the Logan Square bar, and browse photos from our visit.
2414 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website
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Chicago restaurant The Pink Squirrel Photo: Jeff Marini
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5Truluck’s

Good news: They were able to squeeze in another spot for steaks and seafood on the Gold Coast.
41 E. Chestnut St. Website
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Truluck’s Photo: Brian Birzer

6La Boulangerie

After a croissant-based noncompete clause helped to force it out of the neighborhood in 2013—yes, really—the legit French bakery makes a triumphant return to Logan Square.
3129 W. Logan Blvd. Website
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La Boulangerie Photo: Courtesy of La Boulangerie
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7Booth One

Who knew a Caesar salad made with Twinkie croutons could be so sophisticated?
Ambassador Chicago, 1301 N. State Pkwy. Website
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Booth One Photo: Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune

8Golden Teardrops

A bar so well hidden that half the neighborhood’s lining up to get in.
2101 N. California Ave. Website
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Golden Teardrops Photo: Clayton Hauck

9Aloha Wagon

A Hawaiian-style plate lunch, but on the mainland.
1247 S. Western Ave. Website
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Aloha Wagon Photo: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune

10Caffé Umbria

Nine thousand square feet devoted to coffee—room for sipping, roasting, and studying beans, with plenty of space left over. Find out more about their new Logan Square space.
2545 W. Armitage Ave. Website
Caffé Umbria Photo: Courtesy of Caffé Umbria
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