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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?


Big Star

Recommended by: Gillian Jacobs (Actress)

This Texan taqueria is a local lunchtime and late night favorite for Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Focusing on tacos, tequila, and whiskey drinks, it is easy to see why. There’s a vintage feel to the restaurant, as it operates out of a deserted gas station from the 40s, but keeps it current with brightly strung [...]


Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

Recommended by: Marc Vetri (Chef/Owner, Vetri Ristorante), Bryan Petroff (Co-Founder/Co-Owner, Big Gay Ice Cream Truck)

Using seasonal and local ingredients, Executive Chef Mindy Segal offers imaginative New American fare and divine desserts at her Restaurant and Dessert Bar. Trained as a pastry chef, Segal creates a wide array of ambitious and delicious desserts and pastries, along with imaginative savory dishes. The space’s atmosphere is relaxing with modern décor. Make a Reservation. [...]