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Top Food Writers Offer Chicago Dining Headline Predictions for 2017

As 2016 fades into 2017, Eater surveyed a group of critics, writers, and all around experts for their take on the past year. We asked them eight questions: from Top Standbys to Top Newcomers, from Best Meals to Saddest Closures. All answers will be revealed—cut, pasted, unedited and unadulterated—by the time we pop the cork on 2017.

How many restaurants will the Boka Group open in 2017?
How many restaurants will the Boka Group open in 2017?
Anthony Tahlier

What are your headline predictions for 2017?

Michael Nagrant, RedEye: Publican Taco Burrito King #7 Opens in Wicker Park; Giuseppe Tentori Reinvents Chicago Deep Dish Pizza; Burt’s Place Finally Re-Opens, Foodies Complain It’s Not the Same; Upscale Chinese Restaurants Surpass Number of Chicago Steakhouses; Phil Tadros Maintains He’s Still the Greatest Businessman of All Time; Tony Hu Opens Lao Szechuan Outpost in Prison, Inmates Go Crazy for Tony’s Chili Chicken

Chris LaMorte, UrbanDaddy: Let them eat taco bowls!

Chandra Ram, Plate: I very much hope it’s something like: Food World Fights Back Against Trump’s Destructive Policies

Penny Pollack, Chicago magazine: Donald Trump opens a small-plate manufacturing company in Taiwan

Morgan Olsen, RedEye: Restaurant group opens sexy neo dive bar with pour-your-own PBR; Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams debuts marijuana-infused brownie-flavored ice cream

Michael Gebert, FooditorBoka Group Stalls, Will Only Open Two 400-Seat Restaurants This Year ; Shake Shack. No News, We Just Like Saying Shake Shack

Elizabeth Atkinson, Time Out Chicago: Lagunitas recalls batch of Lagunitas Sucks beer after Belgian yeast strain goes wild. Four new all day bars to open spring 2017

Lisa Shames, CS: Whey? No way! Oysters Get Fired Up. Deck the (Food) Halls. Garden Party. Bowled Over. Where There's Smoke...

Anthony Todd, Chicagoist: Despite Constant Nasty Tweets and Podcast Rants, Vera Continues To Be Ignored By Michelin. Failing that, "Economic Collapse Brought on By Trump's Tweeting and Trump's Deportation Police Force Entirely Destroys Restaurant Industry," but that might be too pessimistic.

Matt Kirouac, Zagat: Restaurants and Bars Now Officially Outnumber People in Chicago

Burt's Place

8541 Ferris Avenue, , IL 60053 (847) 965-7997 Visit Website


1023 W Lake Street, Chicago, IL Visit Website

Shake Shack

332 North Garden, , MN 55425 (952) 466-6056 Visit Website

Taco Burrito King

114 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 526-3258 Visit Website