Some amazingly talented & hardworking people on this list. It’s an honor to be included.
It’s no easy task keeping up with Chicago’s dining scene—and that’s exactly how we like it. Judging from the hard-to-snag reservations, and tidal wave of tweets and Instagram posts that inevitably occur when a new restaurant opens, we aren’t the only ones keeping tabs. From a stunning homage to Japanese cuisine to a Spanish spot with nary a tapa in sight, this is where we’ve been eating and drinking. We hope you’ve come hungry.
Don’t let its bantam size—750 square feet, to be exact—fool you. With restaurant vets, and couple Sari Zernich Worsham and Scott Worsham (Charlie Trotter’s, Table Fifty-Two) in charge, Lakeview’s mfk acts more like a heavyweight, with Spain-inspired dishes such as crunchy prawn heads ($9) and white anchovy-topped baguette slices ($12). Size, it seems, really is just a number. Power Move With only 28 seats, including 12 at the bar, mfk fills up quickly. Secure a spot by making reservations 30 days in advance on OpenTable. 432 W. Diversey Parkway, 773.857.2540 –