It’s about time for 2017 to fade into 2018, so Eater asked a group of local Chicago critics and writers about their year in restaurants and bars. The nine questions varied from their favorite dining neighborhoods to what we can expect for headlines in 2018. Here are their answers — copied and pasted, totally unadulterated — for their favorite dining neighborhood in 2017.
Matt Kirouac, Zagat: I've always loved Pilsen, but this was the year that it really cemented itself as my favorite dining neighborhood. HaiSous and S.K.Y. were both important openings, Furious Spoon has some of my favorite ramen and I love the food and beer at Alulu.
Morgan Olsen, Time Out Chicago: It might not be the flashy new dining 'hood, but I continue to be drawn to Humboldt Park when I need a breather. Rootstock, Spinning J and Café Marie Jeanne nail it every time.
Michael Gebert, Fooditor: I've said Chinatown for so long but it just keeps getting more interesting — so much novelty and entrepreneurial activity, even though I'm not a fan of hot pot and honestly, a little Thai rolled ice cream goes a long way.
Mike Sula, Chicago Reader: Chinatown
Carrie Schedler, Chicago magazine: Logan Square
Michael Nagrant, RedEye: Logan Square.