Food from Čálli
Photograph: Wade Hall

1 Čálli

What:Jonathan Zaragoza (Birrieria Zaragoza) debuts this spot on the second floor of Soho House. He takes inspiration from Mexico’s natural beauty for a menu of shared plates, from oysters topped with habanero salsa to a Caesar with charred serrano dressing.
Why:OK, yes, it’s shared, but every person at the table is going to need their own plate of enmoladas, mushroom-stuffed tortillas draped with a blanket of rich mole poblano.
Where:113–125 N. Green St., West Loop Website


Food from Miru
Photograph: Allison Gallese

2 Miru

What:The all-day restaurant at the St. Regis Chicago serves Japanese cuisine and desserts from Juan Gutierrez.
Why:Go to town on sushi and miso black cod, and finish with calamansi crème brûlée. Tip: Reserve a table during the Navy Pier fireworks and you’ll have a perfect view.
Where:401 E. Wacker Dr., Loop Website


A cocktail at Smoque Steak
Photograph: Mark Hensel

3 Smoque Steak

What:Just like it sounds: a steak-focused restaurant from the longtime barbecue staple
Why:The $19 bistro steak is the city’s best new beef deal; get it with a side of creamed shishito spinach and you’re good to go.
Where:3310 N. Elston Ave., Avondale Website


Pastries from Loba Pastry + Coffee
Photograph: Chris Peters

4 Loba Pastry + Coffee

What:A new location for the beloved shop
Why:We’ll eat anything Valeria Taylor makes, from turmeric pain aux raisins to rye fougasse with Mexican-style za’atar.
Where:3600 N. Lincoln Ave., North Center Website


Food from Allez Café
Photograph: Andrew Silaghi

5 Allez Café

What:A buzzy coffee shop with cajeta lattes and daily-changing pastries
Why:People are lining up for the breakfast sandwich with bacon, a hash brown, jalapeño jam, and ramp aïoli.
Where:2239 N. Western Ave., Bucktown Website


Food from Apero
Photograph: Victoria Shapow

6 Apero

What:Learn the fine art of apero through natural wines and seasonal small plates.
Why:Pair dishes like a tomato and cucumber panzanella with schmaltz croutons with whatever wine by the glass excites the staff that day.
Where:4160 N. Lincoln Ave., North Center Website


Food from Tuk Tuk Thai Isan Street Food
Photograph: Tuk Tuk Thai Isan Street Food

7 Tuk Tuk Thai Isan Street Food

What:The food of Isan (northeast Thailand) is the name of the game at this family joint.
Why:Don’t miss deep-fried snapper with spicy, sweet, and sour sauces.
Where:2852 N. Clark St., Lake View East Website


A pastry from Sweet Rabbit Bakery
Photograph: Sweet Rabbit Bakery

8 Sweet Rabbit Bakery

What:Andrew Cheng serves French-inspired pastries with local grains and global twists at his new bakery.
Why:Order the sweets, like a matcha Twinkie or baklava bear claw.
Where:2159 W. Belmont Ave., Lake View Website


Food from Clumsy Cow BBQ
Photograph: Ryan Beshel

9 Clumsy Cow BBQ

What:A new ’cue joint downtown from the Industry Ales Brewpub team
Why:Scratch your barbecue itch with smoky items, from kielbasa to local mushrooms and mortadella.
Where:234 S. Wabash Ave., Loop Website


Tacos from La Victoria
Photograph: Chris Duran

10 La Victoria

What:Try bites from the different regions of Mexico.
Why:Order lamb birria quesadillas and carnitas tacos dorados on the festive patio.
Where:2447 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square Website