Chicago’s restaurant writers sum up Chicago’s restaurant scene in 2020 as part of Eater’s ongoing tradition of polling the city’s experts for their year-end takes.
Audarshia Townsend, WGN Morning News: Humbled
Michael Nagrant, michaelnagrant.com: Delivery
Morgan Olsen, Time Out Chicago: Fuckedwithoutfederalaid
Michael Gebert, Fooditor: Deli cup
Aaron Oliver, Seasoned and Blessed: Endangered
Titus Ruscitti, ChiBBQKing: Survival
As 2020 threw the world a curveball, Eater Chicago this year has expanded its end-of-year panel to include other members of the city’s media.
Exavier Pope, Forbes, the Athletic, Al Jazeera English: COVID-19. The pandemic has vastly changed the restaurant scene. It has shifted from finding the best restaurants in various neighborhoods for diverse cuisines to which restaurants operate safest and warmest.
Natalie Moore, WBEZ: Adaptable
Chicago Party Aunt, @ChiPartyAunt: Shitshow
Sarah Spain, ESPN: Fragile