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Michigan Avenue - 2017 - Issue 1 - Spring - Giuliana Rancic

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Sichuan pork wontons at Won Fun Chinese are a must-try. surging Fifty/50 Restaurant Group has opened this upstairs sister venue serving "all things fizzy, frosty, and boozy." 15 E. Ohio St., 312-894- 0945; BOLEO One of the latest in Chicago's string of hot-hot-hot hotel bars, this sexy rooftop lounge in The Kimpton Gray Hotel serves contemporary takes on South American street fare—think ceviche and empanadas—alongside pisco-centric cocktails and sultry live music. 122 W. Monroe St., 15th Fl., 312-750-9007; N E W BROKEN ENGLISH TACO PUB Mexican street food gets the Technicolor treatment at this vibrant, whimsical new destination from Chicago restaurant legend Phil Stefani. Offerings include 12 kinds of tacos (shrimp, barbacoa, carne asada), plus snacks like achiote hummus and street corn hush puppies. 75 E. Lake St.,312-929- 3601; CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Go old school at this clubby, masculine River North steakhouse set in a lovingly restored brownstone, whose walls are lined with vintage Chicago images and whose menu is as comfortingly classic: baked oysters Rockefeller, wedge salads, and a stacked list of USDA prime steaks. INSIDER TIP: The voluminous (and award-winning) wine list is a must-read for oenophiles. 60 W. Ontario St., 312-787-7100; CHICAGO CUT STEAK HOUSE Drawing a high-profile crowd ranging from government types to visiting celebs and local athletes, this sleek riverside destination from industry vets David Flom and Matt Moore has risen to become one of the city's most popular restaurants—and with its spot-on service and primo steakhouse fare (the decadent lobsterscargot is life-changing), it's no wonder. 300 N. LaSalle St., 312-329-1800; CINDY'S This buzzing terrace atop the landmark Chicago Athletic Association Hotel has been one of the hottest tables in town since its 2015 opening thanks to killer year-round views of Millennium Park and Christian Ragano's creative cuisine. INSIDER TIP: Lunch is a much easier reservation—and boasts one of the best duck confit plates in the city. 12 S. Michigan Ave.,13th Fl., 312-792- 3502; N E W COCO CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE Nightlife impresario Andy Li (TR Napa Valley) returns with this new addition to Hubbard Street's buzzing dining and drinking scene, a posh, multi-level restaurant and wine bar set to open in early '17 in the heart of River North. 23 W. Hubbard St.; COCO PAZZO Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, this lofty-chic institution in River North is still a staple for refined Tuscan-inspired fare. INSIDER TIP: Whether with wild mushrooms or saffron, the ever-changing risotto of the day is always a crowd-pleaser. 300 W. Hubbard St., 312-836-0900; COCO PAZZO CAFE Making its debut in a new location, this Streeterville favorite features a combination of Tuscan classics from its former menu along with a sampling of Roman-inspired dishes from sibling restaurant Tre Soldi. 212 E. Ohio St.; CORNED BEEF FACTORY This cash-only Fulton Market District eatery prepares its meats on-site in a quest to serve Chicago's best corned beef sandwich. INSIDER TIP: Go for the Tom and Jerry Combo, a mouthwatering mix of corned beef and the factory's signature pastrami. 1009 W. Lake St., 312-666-2535; N E W ENTENTE Owner Ty Fujimura (Arami) has assembled an all-star team including Brian Fisher (Schwa) and pastry chef Mari Katsumura (Grace, Acadia) to bring casual, super-seasonal fare— expressed in a tight list of offerings from chicken liver mousse with Concord grape jelly to fettucine with white truffle and Brussels sprouts—to Lakeview. 3056 N. Lincoln Ave., 872-206-8553; N E W FIFOLET CAJUN & COCKTAILS Named after the blue lights that float above the Louisiana bayou, this buzzing new destination brings New Orleans spice to the always-buzzing Wicker Park dining scene. Dig into classics like fried green tomatoes, gumbo, shrimp Creole, and po'boys; boozy offerings include planter's punch, Sazeracs, and French 75s. INSIDER TIP: Save room for dessert, which includes beignets and bananas Foster pie. 1942 W. Division St., 773-384-6886; N E W THE FLAMINGO RUM CLUB From Caribbean-inspired tapas to luxe bottle service and a bar serving up mojitos, daiquiris, and caipirinhas, this island-inspired restaurant and cabaret aims to bring the spirit of Havana to River North. INSIDER TIP: Wednesdays feature a can't-miss cabaret starting at 9pm. 601 N. Wells St., 312-929-0060; GT PRIME The team behind GT Fish & Oyster get carnivorous at this contemporary steakhouse, whose wide-ranging (and locally sourced) menu tempts with bison tenderloin, short rib tortellini, king crab, and pork belly mac and cheese. 707 N. Wells St., 312-600- 6305; HARRY CARAY'S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Sporting atmosphere meets sophisticated menu at this River North institution, one of the city's top spots for steak and a veritable shrine to the Cubs and other Chicago sports teams. INSIDER TIP: The restaurant's chicken Vesuvio—a classic Chicago dish cooked in white wine and plated with peas and potatoes—is easily the best in town. 33 W. Kinzie St., 312-828-0966; N E W INCOME TAX Europe is the focus of this newcomer PHOTOGRAPHY BY NEIL BURGER. OPPOSITE PAGE: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANTHONY TAHLIER (SIENA TAVERN); KEVIN HARTMANN (SHEERIN) The SOURCE: SCENE 116  MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM

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