Chicago chefs dish out the best food in the country—find out where to get it.
Full disclosure: I’m not a foodie. That’s almost treasonous to admit here in Chicago, but I’m learning. Yes, too much of the food I eat comes in nugget form, but I’ve mastered how to pronounce fois gras, I’ve experienced various tasting menus and I finally understand it’s poor form to ask the chef if my food can be “lasagna-ed.” Still, Chicago is home to some of the world’s foremost culinary experts. We’ve got 26 Michelin-starred restaurants (we examine which are worth a tourist’s time on page 6); we’re home to the James Beard Awards and have 10 chefs or restaurants nominated as finalists (fingers crossed they all win on May 1); and nowhere can match our steak or pizza. We’re equally ambitious when it comes to beverages: Just check out Rockit Ranch Productions’ new Felliniinspired bar, Otto Mezzo (page 10). If you’re feeling epicurious, there’s no better city in the world.