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      The Peninsula ChicagoDecember 10, 2012
      Hotel
      • Chicago, United States

      Afternoon tea downtown doesn't get any more refined or memorable than this.The pastries are exquisite and numerous, including a teeny, tangy lemon meringue tart. Read more

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      TesoriNovember 19, 2012
      Italian
      • Chicago, United States

      Don't roll your eyes at yet another wild mushroom-truffle oil pizza; this one is different thanks to caciocavallo, an aged cow's milk cheese that adds a sharp note to the mix ($14). Read more

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      JellyfishNovember 12, 2012
      Asian
      • Chicago, United States

      Sushi chef Andy Galsan's seafood maki makes the most of the contrast between subtle seafood and bright, fresh produce. Try the sweet mango with lobster, crab and flying fish roe ($15). Read more

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      South Branch Tavern & GrilleOctober 25, 2012
      American
      • Chicago, United States

      The menu looks tempting, but the kitchen too often plays it safe and middle-of-the-road. Read more

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      III Forks Prime SteakhouseOctober 1, 2012
      Steakhouse
      • Chicago, United States

      The New York strip ($37) displays all the rich flavor and tenderness that make it a favorite cut. Read more

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      Bavette's Bar and BoeufSeptember 24, 2012
      Steakhouse
      • Chicago, United States

      The wine cellar is stocked with Old World vintages, while the signature cocktails start with powerful brown spirits. Read more

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      Encore LoungeSeptember 17, 2012
      Lounge
      • Chicago, United States

      If you want to rub elbows with the city's legal hotshots, grab a seat at this unlikely go-to lunch spot. Read more

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      McCormick & Schmick's Seafood RestaurantSeptember 10, 2012
      Seafood
      • Chicago, United States

      The blackened salmon Caesar ($14.95), taking off in a contemporary, Southwestern direction, is worth exploring. Read more

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      Centro RistoranteSeptember 4, 2012
      Italian
      • Chicago, United States

      Highlights from the menu include those lush spreads for crusty bread such as fresh ricotta whipped smooth with olive oil, covered with chunky tomato jam and sprinkled with salt and pistachios ($6). Read more

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      Alimentari OsteriaSeptember 4, 2012
      Italian
      • Chicago, United States

      The long bar is an attractive spot to drink wine while you wait for a table—down the street. Read more

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      Piccolo Sogno DueAugust 27, 2012
      Italian
      • Chicago, United States

      At midday, a bright and lively option is the cicoria ($10) salad, featuring tender grilled calamari paired with lots of fresh basil. Read more

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      MaisonAugust 20, 2012
      French
      • Chicago, United States

      Maison's croque madame melds cheese and brioche just so, fried egg yolk pooling on the plate, the sum set off by the salty bite of aged ham ($12). Read more

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      Stout Barrel House and GalleyAugust 13, 2012
      Bar
      • Chicago, United States

      House-made sausage sandwiches, served with a side or two, are a specialty and worth exploring for their juicy texture and sure-handed seasoning. Read more

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      Waterleaf RestaurantJuly 23, 2012
      French
      • Glen Ellyn, United States

      The ingredients are all utterly fresh, the plated presentations are exercises in modern art and the wine list is first-rate, with more than 200 choices. Read more

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      AmuseJuly 16, 2012
      Lounge
      • Chicago, United States

      Chef Dan McGee's menu of small and large plates draws on European influences, tapping into Greece for a bland eggplant and feta tapenade ($6). Read more

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      deca RESTAURANT + BARJuly 16, 2012
      Hotel Bar
      • Chicago, United States

      Look for a raw bar, cheeses and charcuterie and small plates including veal terrine ($13) or steak tartare ($14). Read more

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      VolareJuly 2, 2012
      Italian
      • Chicago, United States

      Reasonably priced Neapolitan-style pies are the hottest ticket on the midday menu and with good reason. The crust is thin on the bottom, with a puffy, crisp edge. Read more

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      La Petite FolieJune 25, 2012
      French
      • Chicago, United States

      The service is reserved, the mood is quiet and the décor is modest. Sample starters such as a goat cheese tart ($7.50) or asparagus served with Puy green lentils in mustard vinaigrette ($8). Read more

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      Pierrot GourmetJune 20, 2012
      Café
      • Chicago, United States

      A cheerful morning spot. Try the house-made granola or the the European breakfast with charcuterie, croissant, baguette and butter, and an excellent cappuccino ($21). Read more

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