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The Hot List

For June-July 2019

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


What:Stephanie Izard’s Goat empire gets a Peruvian-inspired hotel rooftop perch.
Why:The chef’s got a new obsession: ceviche.
Where:The Hoxton, 200 N. Green St., West Loop Website
Cabra Photo: Huge Galdones


What:Chicago’s next big hotel restaurant
Why:You can start your evening at Cabra (see above), continue with some Mediterranean small plates here, and finish with a nightcap at Lazy Bird (see “Try This Long-Forgotten Brandy Cocktail at Lazy Bird”), all without ever having to step outside.
Browse photos of our visit to the West Loop bar.
Where:The Hoxton, 200 N. Green St., West Loop Website
Cira Photo: Huge Galdones
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What:New wave Israeli
Why:Finally, somewhere to order foie gras on challah
Read more about this Lincoln Park spot.
Where:2429 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park Website
Galit Photo: Sandy Noto

4BomboBar Old Town

What:The Instagram-famous spot gets a storefront.
Why:What started as a dessert walkup window off Bar Siena has spawned a sit-down joint with a burger on a doughnut bun.
Check out this video of their over-the-top desserts.
Where:1529 N. Wells St., Old Town Website
BomboBar Old Town Photo: Morgan Scofes for DineAmic Hospitality
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5Flat & Point

What:Texas-style BBQ, barrel smoker and all
Why:Five words: burnt ends mac and cheese
Where:3524 W. Fullerton Ave., Logan Square Website
Flat & Point Photo: Ashwin Raj

6Taco in a Bag

What:Very, very late-night eats
Why:In the midst of River North’s nightclub nexus, you can have a cheese-smothered walking taco at 4 a.m.
Where:308 W. Erie St., River North Website
Taco in a Bag Photo: Ryan O’Conner
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7Stone Fox

What:A little bit of everything in Edgewater
Why:Nothing pairs better with a sloe gin fizz than carrot-paneer masala.
View photos of our night out at the Edgewater bar.
Where:5721 N. Clark St., Edgewater Website
Stone Fox Photo: Grant Kessler

8District Brew Yards

What:Three breweries, one building
Why:Local outfits Burnt City, Bold Dog, and Around the Bend will let you pour your own pint here.
Take a look at these photos of our visit to West Town’s pour-your-own-beer spot.
Where:417 N. Ashland Ave., West Town Website
District Brew Yards Photo: Peter Ranvestel

9Janitor’s Closet

What:A subterranean speakeasy
Why:The bar’s space used to be an actual janitor’s closet — you can drink whiskey surrounded by Pine-Sol boxes.
Where:FieldHouse Jones, 312 W. Chestnut St., Near North Side
Janitor’s Closet Photo: Dan Kelleghan

10Lola’s Coney Island

What:Motor City–style chili dogs
Why:We’ve already fallen for Detroit-style pizza — why shouldn’t hot dogs be next?
Where:2858 W. Chicago Ave., Humboldt Park Website
Lola’s Coney Island Photo: Rose Cabanin
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