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The Hot List

For September 2017

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

1Barrio

Tex-Mex is so yesterday: Think Burrata with agave salsa verde, steak tartare with shishito peppers, and robata-grilled prawns with guajillo-dashi butter. Browse photos of the new River North spot.
65 W. Kinzie St. Website
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Barrio Photo: Kailley Lindman

2Steak 48

There is something very Chicago about a 250-seat steakhouse opening next door to Pizzeria Due.
615 N. Wabash Ave. Website
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Steak 48 Photo: Courtesy of Steak 48
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3City Mouse

This modish rec room could be the most popular mouse since Mickey.
Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan St. Website
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City Mouse Photo: Anjali Pinto

4Margeaux Brasserie

Celeb chef Michael Mina’s brassy bar seems just what the stuffy Gold Coast needs. Read more: Acclaimed Chef Michael Mina Makes His Chicago Debut.
Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 11 E. Walton St. Website
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Margeaux Brasserie Photo: Huge Galdones
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5Proxi

In true Windy City style, this new West Looper’s menu of trendy Thai, Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Malaysian street foods includes a pork porterhouse and a bone-in rib eye. Check out pics from our Secret Supper event at the West Loop spot.
565 W. Randolph St. Website
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Proxi Photo: Paul Strabbing

6Daisies

Handmade pastas with homegrown veggies from the chef’s brother’s farm (see “Review: Daisies’ Cuisine (and Service) Is Fully in Bloom”).
2523 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website
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Daisies Photo: Jeff Marini
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7HaiSous

Thai Dang gave up the West Loop and high-tech kitchens for Pilsen and 20 Vietnamese clay pots. Find out more about the new Vietnamese street food eatery.
1800 S. Carpenter St. Website
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HaiSous Photo: Jeff Marini

8Maison Marcel

Where you can swing in a hammock and partake of a fresh croissant at the same time.
3114 N. Broadway Website
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Maison Marcel Photo: Courtesy of Maison Marcel

9Split-Rail

Humboldt Park hipsters load up on loaded baked potato gnocchi (see “Review: Split-Rail’s Shtick Misses the Mark”).
2500 W. Chicago Ave. Website
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Split-Rail Photo: Julia Weeman

10Lucky Dorr Patio & Tap

Exclusive brews from locals like Dovetail and Lo Rez rule the taps at this Wrigleyville newbie. View photos of our night at the Lake View bar.
1101 W. Waveland Ave. Website
Lucky Dorr Patio & Tap Photo: Courtesy of Folk Art
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