CHICAGO CUT STEAK­HOUSE

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Draw­ing a high-pro­file crowd rang­ing from gov­ern­ment types to vis­it­ing celebs and lo­cal ath­letes, this sleek river­side des­ti­na­tion from in­dus­try vets David Flom and Matt Moore has risen to be­come one of the city’s most pop­u­lar restau­rants—and with its spo­ton ser­vice and primo steak­house fare (the deca­dent “lob­ster­scar­got” is lifechang­ing), it’s no won­der. 300 N. Lasalle St., 312-329-1800; chicago cut­steak­house.com

CINDY’S

This buzzing ter­race atop the land­mark Chicago Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion Ho­tel has been among the hottest ta­bles in town since its 2015 open­ing, thanks to Chris­tian Ragano’s cre­ative cui­sine and killer year-round views of Mil­len­nium Park.

IN­SIDER TIP: Lunch is a much eas­ier reser­va­tion—and boasts one of the best duck con­fits in the city. 12 S. Michi­gan Ave.,13th Fl., 312-7923502; cindys­rooftop.com

COCO CHAM­PAGNE LOUNGE

Nightlife im­pre­sario Andy Li (TR Napa Val­ley) re­turns with this new ad­di­tion to Hub­bard Street’s red-hot din­ing and drink­ing scene: a posh, mul­ti­level restau­rant and wine bar in the heart of River North. 23 W. Hub­bard St.; co­cocham­pag­nelounge.com

THE FLAMINGO RUM CLUB

From Caribbean-in­spired tapas to luxe bot­tle ser­vice and a bar serv­ing up mo­ji­tos, daiquiris, and caipir­in­has, this is­land-fo­cused restau­rant and cabaret aims to bring the spirit of Ha­vana to River North.

IN­SIDER TIP: Wed­nes­days fea­ture a can’t-miss cabaret start­ing at 9 PM.

601 N. Wells St., 312-929-0060; the­flamin­go­rum­club.com

HUB­BARD INN

Eclec­tic, clubby dé­cor, smart craft cock­tails, and a globe-span­ning menu of dishes like duck fat­poached scal­lops, lamb meat­balls, and lob­ster dev­iled eggs make this a Hub­bard Street fa­vorite. 110 W.

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