Looking forward to 2018, 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 their top restaurant standbys in 2017. Here are their answers — copied and pasted, totally unadulterated — for what headlines they expect to see in 2018.
Matt Kirouac, Zagat: Boka Group Purchases the West Loop
Carrie Schedler, Chicago magazine: Every Restaurant You've Ever Loved Has Now Closed
Morgan Olsen, Time Out Chicago: Bar DeVille returns with revamped cocktail menu, same great playlist.
Chandra Ram, Plate: There will be more revelations about chefs/restaurateurs and sexual harassment. We have a long way to go before we clean up this garbage.
Michael Nagrant, RedEye: Due to 2016 Conagra Deal, Rick Bayless Realizes he has More Money than God, Retires
BOKA Group Only Opens Two Restaurants, Cites Slight Fatigue
Allegations Arise That Stephanie Izard Opportunistically Harasses Goats
Diana Davila Calls Out All White Boy “Mexican” Chefs to Stop Frontin’
Michael Gebert, Fooditor: Boka Group Swears They Opened Another Restaurant, But Can't Remember Where; Instagram Influencer Plans Restaurant Specializing in Nomnoms, Foodgasms
Mike Sula, Chicago Reader: All the headline writers will be jobless or in prison.