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The Hot List

For June 2017

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

1Income Tax

Don’t care for quirky global wines and hearty European fare? Then give up your barstool—there are 20 other people ready to take it. Read more about this comfy spot, and browse photos of our visit.
5959 N. Broadway Website
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Income Tax Photo: Nelson Fitch

2The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet

Fun cocktails, sure, but LLP also has a serious wine program—90 bottles and counting. Check out photos of our night at the West Loop bar.
736 W. Randolph St. Website
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The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet Photo: Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune
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3Mi Tocaya Antojería

A Mexican street food renaissance in the making. (See “Diana Dávila’s Mi Tocaya Is a Terrific Comeback”.)
2800 W. Logan Blvd. Website
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Mi Tocaya Antojería Photo: Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune

4Up & Up

Another summer, another historical building revamp, another sexy rooftop lounge.
The Robey, 2018 W. North Ave. Website
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Up & Up Photo: Adrian Gout/Courtesy of Grupo Habita
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5Gemini

Hey, Lincoln Parkers, this spot is back with a shorter name (they dropped “Bistro”), a bigger bar, and the signature steak frites.
2075 N. Lincoln Ave. Website
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Gemini Photo: Huge Galdones

6Quiote

A word to the wise: Reserve a whole fish of the day as soon as you sit down. Better yet, call ahead. (See “Best New Restaurants: Quiote”.) Browse photos of our visit to the lower-level mezcal bar.
2456 N. California Ave. Website
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Quiote Photo: Jeff Marini
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7The Polenta Bar

Two gentlemen from Milan have changed the way West Loopers think about northern Italy’s favorite peasant food. Read more about the Italian restaurant.
1002 W. Lake St. Website
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The Polenta Bar Photo: Jeff Marini

8Ella Elli

Thanks to the nifty bar, intimate booths, and gourmet toasts here, date nights are on the rise in the Southport Corridor. Take a look at pics from our night out at the new Wrigleyville spot.
1349 W. Cornelia Ave. Website
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Ella Elli Photo: Huge Galdones

9Passion House Cafe

Where Logan Square denizens display their endless love of espresso, artisanal drip coffee, and coffee mocktails.
2631 N. Kedzie Ave. Website
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Passion House Cafe Photo: Shin Photography

10Sol’s on Sheridan

Uptowners are so into Sol’s Korean fried chicken they’ve started calling it KFC. Don’t tell the Colonel.
4715 N. Sheridan Rd.
Sol’s on Sheridan Photo: Courtesy of Sol’s on Sheridan
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