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The Hot List

For October 2018

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

1Funkenhausen

What:A German beer hall sans oompah band
Why:Mark Steuer just made weisswurst cool.
Read more about this West Town spot.
Where:1709 W. Chicago Ave., West Town Website
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Funkenhausen Photo: Megan Sontag

2Brass Heart

What:Fine dining in the heart of Uptown
Why:This is Chicago’s first new tasting-menu-only spot in ages — and it caters to both omnivores and vegans.
Where:4662 N. Broadway, Uptown Website
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Brass Heart Photo: Courtesy of Brass Heart
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3McDonald’s Flagship

What:An architectural marvel with a drive-through
Why:Don’t act like you don’t want a Big Mac and fries at all hours.
Where:600 N. Clark St., River North Website
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McDonald’s Flagship Photo: Courtesy of McDonald’s

4Neon Wilderness

What:Wicker Park’s coolest cocktail bar
Why:With bartender Brad Bolt at the helm, this may actually fill the Bar Deville–size hole in your heart.
Where:1270 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park Website
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Neon Wilderness Photo: Courtesy of Neon Wilderness
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5Blind Dragon

What:A subterranean lounge imported from L.A.
Why:Because it shouldn’t have taken this long for someone to put tiki drinks and karaoke together.
Browse photos of our visit.
Where:613 N. Wells St., River North Website
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Blind Dragon Photo: Galdones Photography

6Pretty Cool Ice Cream

What:The most Instagrammable Popsicle shop ever
Why:Frozen treats this tasty need not be relegated to summer. (See “Get Tasty Frozen Treats at Pretty Cool Ice Cream.”)
Where:2353 N. California Ave., Logan Square Website
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Chicago restaurant Pretty Cool Ice Cream Photo: Jeff Marini
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7Twain

What:Midwestern food, gussied up
Why:Tim Graham, a veteran of swanky spots like Travelle and Tru, is now serving ants on a log. But, like, fancy ants on a log.
Where:2445 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square Website
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Twain Photo: Courtesy of Twain

8Tricycle

What:A chill neighborhood hang from the people behind Sheffield’s
Why:Four years after Silver Cloud closed in this spot, there’s finally a place for Bucktowners to get pot pie again.
Where:1700 N. Damen Ave., Bucktown Website
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Tricycle Photo: Courtesy of Tricycle

9Casati’s Pizza Vino

What:Right there in the name: pizza and wine
Why:It’s not just any pizza — it’s pinsa, a lighter, crispier Roman style that you can’t find anywhere else in the city.
Where:444 W. Fullerton Pkwy., Lincoln Park Website
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Casati’s Pizza Vino Photo: Courtesy of Casati’s Pizza Vino

10Balmoral

What:Scottish cooking in Kane County
Why:Suet pudding, haggis, and a Scotch list a mile long — all that’s missing is a set of bagpipes.
Where:40W099 Illinois Rte. 64, Campton Hills Website
Balmoral Photo: Courtesy of Balmoral
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