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The Hot List

For October 2016

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

1Revival Food Hall

Fifteen fast-casual stars under one roof: Lunch in the Loop is hip again.
125 S. Clark St. Website
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Revival Food Hall Photo: Anna Knott

2Jollibee

If you can wait a century for a Cubs championship, you can wait two hours for Filipino-style fried chicken.
3534 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, 847-674-3900 Website
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Jollibee Photo: Mike Isaacs/Pioneer Press
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3Giant

The fried uni shooter here is a Jason Vincent (Nightwood) original.
3209 W. Armitage Ave., 773-252-0997 Website
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Giant Photo: Jeff Marini

4Publican Tavern

Paul Kahan’s empire now stretches all the way to Terminal 3.
O’Hare International Airport, Terminal 3 Website
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Publican Tavern Photo: Courtesy of Publican Tavern
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5El Che Bar

John Manion (La Sirena Clandestina) finally has the wood-fired grill of his dreams.
845 W. Washington Blvd., 312-265-1130 Website
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El Che Bar Photo: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune

6Smyth

Exclusive ties with a nearby farm lead to an amped-up take on farm-to-table dining.
177 N. Ada St., 773-913-3773 Website
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Smyth Photo: Huge Galdones Photography
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7The Crab Pad

And you thought eating seafood out of a plastic bag was déclassé.
2529 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-360-8332 Website
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The Crab Pad Photo: Courtesy of The Crab Pad

8Honey’s

Another wood-fired hearth, but this casually elegant spot adds a rotisserie to the mix.
1111 W. Lake St., 312-877-5929 Website
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Honey’s Photo: Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune

9The Tankard

Wicker Park’s populist newcomer offers darts and Tater Tots for all.
1635 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-292-2765 Website
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The Tankard Photo: Courtesy of The Tankard

10Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

Where Art Smith’s fried chicken rules the roost.
52 W. Elm St., 312-573-4000 Website
Blue Door Kitchen & Garden Photo: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune
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