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The Hot List

For January 2018

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

1Gideon Sweet

What happens when two powerhouse chefs (Graham Elliot and Matthias Merges) join forces to serve small plates on Randolph Street? A packed house.
841 W. Randolph St. Website
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Gideon Sweet Photo: Matthias Merges

2Booth One

The Pump Room redux tries to recapture some of the original’s peak midcentury glam, with a little help from Rich Melman.
1301 N. State Pkwy. Website
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Booth One Photo: Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune
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3Lonesome Rose

Paul McGee (Lost Lake) is mixing cocktails to go with tacos in Logan Square. Of course it’s hot.
2101 N. California Ave. Website
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Lonesome Rose Photo: Clayton Hauck

4Forum 55

Before long, the Loop will just be one giant food hall. (This newcomer has tacos from Mercadito and sandwiches from Butcher & Larder.)
55 E. Monroe St. Website
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Forum 55 Photo: Courtesy of Forum 55
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5Mousetrap

Its neighbors are Whole Foods and PetSmart, but the taproom for Chicago’s funky Off Color Brewing still manages to feel totally tucked away.
1460 N. Kingsbury St. Website
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Mousetrap Photo: John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune

6Regards to Edith

Bring on the fancy pizza puffs.
326 N. Morgan St. Website
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Regards to Edith Photo: Jackie Gillum
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7Anaba Handroll Bar

The vegetarian spot Mana Food Bar turns its front room pescatarian by adding sushi.
1742 W. Division St. Website
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Anaba Handroll Bar Photo: P. Dembinski

8Gibsons Italia

A spendy-looking dining room, with a pricy menu to match. Find out more.
233 N. Canal St. Website
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Gibsons Italia Photo: Kailley Lindman

9Bar Cargo

First Bonci, now this place in River North—we may be at the start of a Roman-style pizza boom. Browse photos of our night at the new bar.
605 N. Wells St. Website
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Bar Cargo Photo: Kailley Lindman

10Point & Feather

A bar stocked with seven dartboards and tons of gin cocktails. Bull’s-eye. Check out pics of the River North spot.
113 W. Hubbard St. Website
Point & Feather Photo: Courtesy of Point & Feather
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