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Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Chris Gawronski's Humboldt Park

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Chris Gawronski, the executive chef at Henri, says he moved to Humboldt Park on a whim, after visiting colleague Clint Rogers. "I went on Craigslist, found a spot, and I moved a week later," Gawronski explains. "I like how quiet the neighborhood. It was a total relaxation from Wrigleyville." More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Leigh Omilinsky's Lincoln Square

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I caught up with the Sofitel and Café des Architectes' pastry chef, Leigh Omilinsky, right before she jetted off to Paris to learn the art of macaron-making with Pierre Hermé. More

Where to Eat Near McCormick Place in Chicago

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No matter if you need to try deep dish for the first time or are want to dig deeper into some of the city's more underrated spots, there are loads of great eats around Chicago's McCormick Place. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Lee Kuebler's Ukrainian Village

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"The food scene has been blowing up in Ukrainian Village," says Lee Kuebler, the chef de cuisine at Ada St. "There's a lot of Eastern European families and it's a nice quiet neighborhood, but it's close enough to West Town or Wicker Park that you can access those neighborhoods but stay away from it too." More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Jonas Falk's Gold Coast/River North

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Jonas Falk, the CEO of OrganicLife, has lived in the Gold Coast for the past 10 years, but just moved to River North. "We have our offices spread out all over the city and suburbs, so River North/Gold Coast is the perfect epicenter," Falk says. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Tom Van Lente's Lincoln Park

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After 13 years in Lincoln Park, TWO's executive chef, Tom Van Lente, recently moved to Logan Square with his wife. But he has nothing but good things to say about his old 'hood though. "We were sad to leave," Van Lente says. "I love Lincoln Park." More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Catherine De Orio's West Loop

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As the new Check, Please! host, Catherine De Orio can't play favorites by naming restaurants that might appear on the show, but she shared several of her favorite places for food that aren't sit-down restaurants. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Liz Grossman's West Town

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As the managing editor for Plate, Liz Grossman keeps a pulse on what top chefs are doing all across the country. However, she still loves her favorite neighborhood spots in West Town, where she has lived for 12 years. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Bobby Schaffer's West Lakeview

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Bobby Schaffer, the pastry chef at Grace, has lived in West Lakeview for around four years now. "I like that it's quiet and family-oriented," he says. "There's not a ton of madness going on." More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Ryan McCaskey's South Loop

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McCaskey is a staunch believer in his neighborhood and with Acadia, he's become a pioneer, building a restaurant that boasts the South Loop's only Michelin star. Checkout where else he loves to eat around the area. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Jesse Divine's Logan Square

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When Jesse Divine first moved to Chicago, he lived in River North, but he much prefers the quieter, more laid-back scene in Logan Square. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Matt Eversman's Lakeview

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Matt Eversman, former executive chef at Saigon Sisters and Time Out Chicago's 2011 Breakout Chef of the Year, is ready to open his own restaurant, OON, in the West Loop next month. Here, he shares a few of his neighborhood spots to eat and drink in Lakeview, where he's lived for the past six years. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Sandra Holl's Lincoln Park

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Sandra Holl, who trained in San Francisco at the California Culinary Academy and worked as a baker at Tartine Bakery, started Floriole as a stand at Green City Market. After selling pastries there for five years, she and her husband Mathieu opened Floriole in Lincoln Park in 2010. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Sarah Grueneberg's Lakeview

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You know Sarah Grueneberg as the executive chef at Spiaggia, where she turns out elegant Italian plates, and as the bubbly runner-up on Top Chef Texas. When not at Spiaggia, you can find her studying Italian cuisine in Italy or eating her way through her Lakeview neighborhood. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Jill Barron's Logan Square

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Though her bulgogi is made with seared tofu instead of beef, Jill Barron isn't a vegetarian. She's lived in Logan Square for 12 years, and she recently shared her favorite spots in the neighborhood. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Paul Fehribach's East Lakeview

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At Big Jones, chef and co-owner Paul Fehribach cooks up Southern dishes rooted in history. But when it comes time to eat in his East Lakeview neighborhood, where he's lived for about seven years, Fehribach favors a mix of old and new. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Jeff Mauro's Guide to Elmwood Park

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Jeff Mauro loves to eat. Sure, this sounds like a spectacularly obvious observation considering this is the same person who hosts two shows on the Food Network (Sandwich King and $24 in 24), but I can personally vouch for his enthusiasm. Check out his picks for where to eat in Elmwood Park. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Giuseppe Scurato's Edgewater and Uptown

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Giuseppe Scurato was born in Sicily and serves contemporary American food with an Italian slant at his Uptown restaurant Ceres' Table. He walked us through his picks for where he likes to eat in Edgewater and Uptown. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Carrie Nahabedian's Streeterville and Gold Coast

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Carrie Nahabedian has been turning out graceful plates at Naha since 2000, but when she's not serving up Mediterranean-influenced American dishes, you'll find her in Streeterville and the Gold Coast, where she's made her home for the past 12 years More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Justin Large's West Loop

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Every few weeks, we love to check in with chefs or food personalities in Chicago to see where they are eating in the neighborhoods they actually live in. Last time, Heather Terhune showed us around Lincoln Square. Now it's time for Justin Large to select his favorite spots around the West Loop. More

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