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The Hot List

For January 2020

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

1Little Victories

What:A chill, plant-filled watering hole from the Spilt Milk team
Why:Sip $5 wines and snack on jalapeño cheese dip while playing darts.
Where:1725 W. Division St., East Ukrainian Village Website
Chicago restaurant Little Victories Photo: Wade McElroy


What:A brick-and-mortar location from a fine-dining pop-up darling
Why:Trevor Teich marries childhood memories and whimsical flavors. Case in point: a beet Good Humor bar.
Read more about the West Loop eatery.
Where:540 W. Madison St., West Loop Website
Claudia Photo: Claudia
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3Ciccio Mio

What:Brendan Sodikoff gives Italian a retro spin.
Why:There may be traditional chicken Parm, but there’s also soft-serve gelato and amaro shaved ice — this is Sodikoff, after all.
Where:226 W. Kinzie St., River North Website
Ciccio Mio Photo: Hogsalt Press


What:A Loop venture from Chinatown’s beloved QXY Dumplings
Why:Your dozen dough pockets will come out so quickly that you can get back to the office in time for a postdumpling nap.
Where:18 S. Wabash Ave. Website
Jiao Photo: Jiao
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5Hubbard Inn

What:A fresh look — and new chef — for the River North fixture
Why:Given the revamped first-floor restaurant and second-floor cocktail bar, your next bar crawl is all in one building.
Where:110 W. Hubbard St. Website
Hubbard Inn Photo: Matthew Reeves

6Osteria del Mercato

What:Eataly’s new restaurant, where chefs cook any meat or seafood you’ve picked out from the store
Why:Go nuts — everything from tomahawk rib eyes to footlong tiger prawns is fair game.
Find out more about the new restaurant concept from Eataly.
Where:43 E. Ohio St., Near North Side Website
Chicago restaurant Osteria del Mercato Photo: Courtesy of Eataly
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7Lone Wolf

What:The West Loop tavern, now with serious cocktails and even more serious New York–style pizza
Why:Ever paired a spicy slice of amatriciana ’za with a top-shelf Negroni?
Where:806 W. Randolph St. Website
Chicago restaurant Lone Wolf Photo: Kristen Mendiola

8Szechwan JMC

What:A tiny Sichuan spot with big flavors
Why:Eat like the chefs who are flocking here for fiery dry pot pork intestine and dan dan noodles.
Where:243 W. Cermak Rd., Chinatown Website
Szechwan JMC Photo: Dominic Su


What:Japanese comfort food, taken up a notch
Why:Start with the furikake egg salad sandwich, finish with the giant banana cream puffs.
Where:Politan Row, 111 N. Aberdeen St., West Loop Website
Chicago restaurant Mom’s Photo: Matt Haas


What:Upscale takes on comfort classics, along with sky-high views.
Why:Four words: foie gras Big Macs
Browse photos of the Streeterville hideaway.
Where:259 E. Erie St., Gold Coast Website
WoodWind Photo: Tim McCoy
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