Slideshow SLIDESHOW: 8 Asparagus Dishes We Love in Chicago

[Photographs: Huge Galdones]

For much of the culinary world, spring is synonymous with menu changes, and nothing signals this more than the arrival of one certain vegetable: asparagus. Whether its served raw, grilled, or puréed, freshly harvested asparagus truly is one of the signs that winter is gone and warmer weather is finally here to stay.

To celebrate this springtime ingredient, we've compiled eight of our favorite seasonal asparagus dishes, but surely there are many more. Where else should we check out before asparagus season comes to a quick close?

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