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The Hot List

For October 2017

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

1Katana

The dress code at this stylish Hollywood-import robata and sushi spot says no beachwear or flip-flops. Good thing it’s October.
339 N. Dearborn St. Website
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Katana Photo: Francis Son

2Bonci Pizzeria

Why did pizza maestro Gabriele Bonci choose Chicago for his first venture outside Italy? “It is very similar to Rome,” he says.
161 N. Sangamon St. Website
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Bonci Pizzeria Photo: Arianna Giuntini
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3Steak 48

Upping the ante on Chicago’s steakhouse roulette: Glassed-in booths next to an open kitchen.
615 N. Wabash Ave. Website
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Steak 48 Photo: Shannon O’Hara

4Barrio

Tacos, guac, and churros for some; oysters and rib eye for others; funky cocktails and a DJ for everyone. Browse photos of the River North spot.
65 W. Kinzie St. Website
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Barrio Photo: Kailley Lindman
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5City Mouse

The guys behind Giant bring their playful American haute cuisine to the Ace Hotel. Caviar shooters, anyone?
311 N. Morgan St. Website
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City Mouse Photo: Anjali Pinto

6Waydown

Those who want more hang time at the Ace Hotel go up seven floors to the ironically named rooftop bar for sherry-centric cocktails. Check out pics from our visit.
311 N. Morgan St. Website
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Waydown Photo: DS Shin
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7Steingold’s of Chicago

Thanks to this new deli, North Center has the hots for hot pastrami.
1840 W. Irving Park Rd. Website
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Steingold’s of Chicago Photo: Courtesy of Steingold’s of Chicago

8Benihana

The original teppanyaki cooking show moves into splashy new digs on the Mag Mile.
875 N. Michigan Ave. Website
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Benihana Photo: Courtesy of Benihana

9Dos Toros

With 13 Mission-style burrito joints in NYC, the Kremer brothers try their luck in the Loop. Find out more about this Mexican food spot.
1 N. Dearborn St. Website
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Dos Toros Photo: Andrea Monzo

10Honeygrow

West Loop health seekers had been feeling a bit neglected until this pressed-juice, stir-fry, and salad mecca came along. Read more about the Philly-based company.
179 N. Morgan St. Website
Honeygrow Photo: Courtesy of Honeygrow
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