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The Hot List: 10 places everyone’s talking about and dining at in July—in order of heat

Chicago’s most-buzzed-about restaurants this month

Truffled egg custard and sole à la daumont; caneton rouennais à la presse: a whole roasted duck, pressed and served in its own juices
At Next: truffled egg custard and sole à la daumont; caneton rouennais à la presse: a whole roasted duck, pressed and served in its own juices

NEXT In July, the kitchen jumps from Paris 1906 into its time machine, and we see what the crew has really got. 953 W. Fulton Market; 312-226-0858. Read our review »

GT FISH & OYSTER Whether Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm create trends or follow them, they do it better than everyone else. 531 N. Wells St.; 312-929-3501. Photos of GT’s clam chowder, gnocchi with prawns, and more in our dining editor’s photo-blog, What Penny Eats »

PERENNIAL VIRANT If Paul Virant wants to keep his adoring fans happy, he better start planning Continual Virant—ASAP. 1800 N. Lincoln Ave.; 312-981-7070

FISH BAR If only it were twice as big and half as popular, this would be the perfect casual destination for a summer night. 2956 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-687-8177

UNION SUSHI + BARBEQUE BAR Wild graffiti behind the bar, sexy lighting under the bar, robata grill a stone’s throw from the bar. Some of the crowd is here for the oysters, sushi, and kushiyaki, too. 230 W. Erie St.; 312-662-4888

PARIS CLUB An inscription on a mirror declares this madhouse to be “cuisine for the bourgeoisie.” Every last one of them. 59 W. Hubbard St.; 312-595-0800 More on Paris Club »

THE BEDFORD A former Wicker Park bank becomes a hipster haven with small plates and craft cocktails. There must be some kind of symbolism there. 1612 W. Division St.; 773-235-8800

BITE CAFE Top three comebacks ever: Michael Vick, Betty White, Bite Cafe. 1039 N. Western Ave.; 773-395-2483 Browse photos of Bite Cafe’s garlic chicken, among other delicious dishes, in What Penny Eats »

TOKIO PUB Lettuce Entertain You tries to get in on the bottom floor of the izakaya rage . . . with mojitos. 1900 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg; 847-278-5181

PLEASANT HOUSE BAKERY Now that Hizzoner has time on his hands, he should check out PHB’s savory pies in his beloved Bridgeport. 964 W. 31st St.; 773-523-7437. Our first taste of the bakery’s pies and pasties »


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