Chicago’s restaurant writers dish on their headline predictions for 2022 as part of Eater’s ongoing tradition of polling the city’s experts for their year-end takes.
Titus Ruscitti, ChiBBQKing: I can only hope some of the awesome pop-ups that were born during the first part the pandemic can find a permanent home but do they want to? Part of the allure of running a pop up is the fact you don’t have to go all in in terms of money, time, and overall workload. So I expect to see a bunch more of them in 2022.
Lillian Stone, The Takeout: McDonald’s is going to do its biggest celebrity collab yet. Maybe with a war criminal?
Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Tribune: If the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that we truly have no idea what’s going to happen. So no predictions. But I have no doubt that Chicago’s chefs and owners will think of ingenious ways to adapt to whatever does happen.
Brenda Storch, Eater Chicago contributor: Food and purpose; Food as activism; Bridging ‘otherness’ through food
Jay Westbrook, local craft beer professional: Pupuserias are gonna take over the city. Get ready.
Sarah Spain, ESPN: Unfortunately, they’re not particularly optimistic right now: “Breaking: Literally everyone has COVID.” Here’s hoping reactions to omicron stay mild and we’re slowly making this virus less deadly and less intrusive.
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