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Where to Eat in Chicago

Where to Eat in Chicago

Our abridged, meal-by-meal guide to where and what to eat now.

Breakfast: Johnnycake at Carriage House
Southern comfort at this sunlit Wicker Park café means a cornmeal flatbread with house-made peach preserves and maple syrup. ($9)

Lunch: Smoked Trout Sandwich at the Garden at Nightwood
Head to the artsy Pilsen area for a game of bocce and a seafood-centric BLT: smoked trout, summer squash pickles, and bacon. ($12)

Snack: Spinach-and-Feta Empanada at La Sirena Clandestina
Brazilian-inspired drinks are the draw at the hip Market District hangout—best paired with these crisp, bite-size pockets. ($4)

Dinner: Raw Kampachi at Grace
The West Loop opening from Alinea alum Curtis Duffy is earning raves for its 12-course menu. A highlight: the mild-flavored fish wrapped in ginger ice and served on coconut-scented rice. (from $185 per person)

Dessert: Gooseberry Jelly Roll at Endgrain
Locals obsess over the artisanal doughnuts at the cozy Roscoe Village spot—but we love this sweet-tart mix of berries, floral St.-Germain liqueur, and Greek-style frozen yogurt. ($9)

For the Flight Home: Fat Bread at Little Goat Bread
The lard-enhanced sourdough with pickled mustard seeds from Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s new bakery is crunchy on the outside, dense in the center—no butter needed. ($6)

Photos by Kevin Miyazaki

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