Anyone lucky enough to spend summers in Chicago knows how the season transforms the city, and the summer of 2021 is particularly special given the adversity of the past year. With that, it’s time to present the latest iteration of the Eater 38.
This collection of Chicago’s best restaurants provides answers for the classic question: “Where would you dine if you had one night in the city?” The list recognizes some all-time greats and restaurants who have pushed culinary boundaries. For the summer update, Porto — which earned a Michelin star, no easy accomplishment during the pandemic — joins the list, along with Wherewithall and Hermosa. As for the past members: Yugen closed, and Kumiko and Parachute are waiting to reopen. Happy dining.
Chicago restaurants have fully reopened and the city has lifted restrictions on capacity, masking, and social distancing. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Find a local vaccination site here.
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