1 / 10 What happens when two powerhouse chefs (Graham Elliot and Matthias Merges) join forces to serve small plates on Randolph Street? A packed house. 841 W. Randolph St. WebsitePhoto: Matthias Merges 2 / 10 The Pump Room redux tries to recapture some of the original’s peak midcentury glam, with a little help from Rich Melman. 1301 N. State Pkwy. WebsitePhoto: Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune 3 / 10 Paul McGee (Lost Lake) is mixing cocktails to go with tacos in Logan Square. Of course it’s hot. 2101 N. California Ave. WebsitePhoto: Clayton Hauck 4 / 10 Before long, the Loop will just be one giant food hall. (This newcomer has tacos from Mercadito and sandwiches from Butcher & Larder.) 55 E. Monroe St. WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Forum 55 5 / 10 Its neighbors are Whole Foods and PetSmart, but the taproom for Chicago’s funky Off Color Brewing still manages to feel totally tucked away. 1460 N. Kingsbury St. WebsitePhoto: John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune 6 / 10 Bring on the fancy pizza puffs. 326 N. Morgan St. WebsitePhoto: Jackie Gillum 7 / 10 The vegetarian spot Mana Food Bar turns its front room pescatarian by adding sushi. 1742 W. Division St. WebsitePhoto: P. Dembinski 8 / 10 A spendy-looking dining room, with a pricy menu to match. Find out more. 233 N. Canal St. WebsitePhoto: Kailley Lindman 9 / 10 First Bonci, now this place in River North—we may be at the start of a Roman-style pizza boom. Browse photos of our night at the new bar. 605 N. Wells St. WebsitePhoto: Kailley Lindman 10 / 10 A bar stocked with seven dartboards and tons of gin cocktails. Bull’s-eye. Check out pics of the River North spot. 113 W. Hubbard St. WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Point & Feather The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now Chicago’s most buzzed-about restaurants in January By Carrie Schedler January 2, 2018, 10:25 am See the Hot List for previous months here.