1 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Megan Sontag 2 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Brass Heart 3 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of McDonald’s 4 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Neon Wilderness 5 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Galdones Photography 6 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Jeff Marini 7 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Twain 8 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Tricycle 9 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Casati’s Pizza Vino 10 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Balmoral The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now From Funkenhausen to Mickey D’s, the buzziest spots to dine in October. By Carrie Schedler October 1, 2018, 10:00 am See the Hot List for previous months here.