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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf

Recommended by: Fabio Viviani (Finalist, Top Chef)

This trendy steakhouse serves high-end New American and Euro-inspired fare expertly prepared in a luxurious setting. Fabulous cuts of prime dry-aged beef and stiff martinis are served in a dimly lit room with beautiful chandeliers and cushy leather booths, creating a romantic, seductive ambiance.  Make a Reservation. www.bavetteschicago.com

Frontera

Recommended by: Kelli O’Hara (Singer/Actress)

Richly flavored, colorful Mexican fare from Top Chef Masters champion Rick Bayless is served at Frontera Grill, a popular midscale restaurant that’s been around since 1987, and to this day has a line trailing out the door. Menu classics include a killer guacamole, smoked chicken taquitos, quesedillas, and a chocolate pecan pie with Kahlua whipped cream, all of [...]

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GT Fish & Oyster

Recommended by: Matt Bean (Editor, Entertainment Weekly)

This seafood eatery specializes in all fruits of the sea, and even has an oyster bar. Named after Michelin starred chef, Giuseppe Tentori, Tentori designed a menu that consists of both traditional seafood dishes, as well as some new, inventive ones. The inviting space and warm atmosphere make this the perfect spot to relax over a plate of [...]

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Tempo

Recommended by: Danica Patrick (NASCAR Driver)

This diner has been a popular Chicago haunt for over thirty years. It’s known for its delicious and satisfying breakfast and brunch (the soufflé style omelettes alone make it worth a visit). Tempo is cash only, BYOB, and open 24-hours. www.tempochicago.com