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The Hot List: 10 places everyone’s talking about and dining at in June in order of heat

GILT BAR The trend squad vetted this newbie two seconds after it opened, and now they’re sorry they gave up their seats. 230 W. Kinzie St.; 312-464-9544

LONGMAN & EAGLE Eleven years ago Lula Cafe put Logan Square on the map; this year L & E put the Blue Line in the black. 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.; 773-276-7110

CHILAPAN The young and the hip caught mole fever as soon as this BYO opened its doors. 2459 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-697-4597

FRANKS ’N’ DAWGS The Hot Doug’s comparisons are inevitable. They’re also justified. 1863 N. Clybourn Ave.; 312-281-5187

BENNY’S CHOP HOUSE Census question: How many steak houses are there per every man, woman, and child in Chicago? Answer: Never enough. 444 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-626-2444

DUCKFAT TAVERN & GRILL Restaurants 101: Give your establishment a tantalizing name and do your damnedest to live up to it. 7218 W. Madison St., Forest Park; 708-488-1493

MASU IZAKAYA Japano-pubs: Passing trend or wave of the future? Masu is Chicago’s test case. 1969 N. Halsted St.; 773-435-9314

THE PURPLE PIG The refined get in line to dine at this wine-and-swine shrine. 500 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-464-1744

M BURGER On the ever-expanding spectrum of burger styles, it’s closer to McDonald’s than to Kuma’s Corner. That’s the whole point. 161 E. Huron St.; 312-254-8500

FLORIOLE CAFE & BAKERY What? A bakery without cupcakes? Is that legal? No wonder the buzz is on. 1220 W. Webster Ave.; 773-883-1313


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