Food from Anelya
Photograph: Garrett Baume

1 Anelya

What:A modern Ukrainian restaurant from chefs Johnny Clark and Beverly Kim (the couple behind Parachute) that speaks to Clark’s heritage
Why:Located in the chefs’ old Wherewithall space, Anelya offers fresh takes on Ukrainian cuisine, like an assortment of zakuski including sunflower seed hummus and trout roe tarts, along with duck borscht and herbal vodka infusions.
Where:3472 N. Elston Ave., Avondale Website


Food from Costera Cocina Tulum
Photograph: Parker Hospitality

2 Costera Cocina Tulum

What:A Yucatán-inspired eatery from Parker Hospitality that channels a jungle ambience
Why:The antidote to a cold Chicago night: snacking on Key lime shrimp aguachile and fish carnitas tacos in lush surroundings
Where:850 W. Fulton Market, West Loop Website


Food from Manchamanteles
Photograph: Gia Photos

3 Manchamanteles

What:Mole whisperer Geno Bahena is behind this vibrant spot.
Why:Love mole? Try everything from a Oaxacan black version with lamb to a green one with sea bass.
Where:2009 N. Western Ave., Bucktown Website


Food from Sushi Bar
Photograph: Sushi Bar

4 Sushi Bar

What:The offbeat omakases continue; this speakeasy location of an Austin, Texas–based spot is open within Lady May restaurant.
Why:The menu includes 17 creative takes on nigiri, like aged bluefin akami with dehydrated red miso and everything spice.
Where:405 N. Wabash Ave., Near North Side Website


Food from Mano Modern Cafe
Photograph: Zandbox Photo

5 Mano Modern Cafe

What:A casual Filipino café serving daytime dishes with clever twists
Why:Order pandan chai along with tocino cheeseburgers and tiramisube (yup, that’s ube tiramisu).
Where:851 N. Ashland Ave., Noble Square Website


Food from XMarket
Photograph: XMarket Vegan Food Hall

6 XMarket

What:A vegan food hall with half a dozen concepts
Why:It’s a one-stop shop for vegan foodies seeking everything from hot dogs with cheese to stuffed-crust pizza to doughnuts.
Where:804 W. Montrose Ave., Uptown Website


Food from Jook Sing
Photograph: Kinship Company

7 Jook Sing

What:A pan-Asian newbie from the Press Room team
Why:They had us at tamari-glazed wings, salt and pepper tofu, and lemongrass-ginger old-fashioneds.
Where:1329 W. Chicago Ave., West Town Website


A cocktail from The Gatsby Speakeasy
Photograph: The Gatsby

8 The Gatsby Speakeasy

What:You’ve been to Bourgeois Pig for sandwiches; now head upstairs to this library-like bar for cocktails.
Why:Drinks are named for the Fitzgerald novel; sip the Voice Full of Money, a milk punch with black truffle honey.
Where:736 W. Fullerton Ave., Lincoln Park Website


Cards from Deep Red Wine Merchant
Photograph: Deep Red Wine Merchant

9 Deep Red Wine Merchant

What:A wine shop and bar from wine pro Dave Thompson (Map Room)
Why:Take a class or grab a bottle made by winemakers from underrepresented backgrounds.
Where:2901 N. Milwaukee Ave., Avondale Website


Paper Plane Pizza
Photograph: Ryan Beshel

10 Paper Plane Pizza

What:Thin-crust ’za from Dustin Drankiewicz and Milos Stevanovic (Swill Inn) at From Here On
Why:It’s not just pie: Order ranch BLTs and the daily focaccia.
Where:433 W. Van Buren St., West Loop Website