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Guide: Where to Eat Soup During This Year's Polar Vortex Winter

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With the Windy City chills in full effect, not much warms you up better than slurping a bowl of soup. From thick and creamy to light and brothy, restaurants around Chicago are putting their spin on the classics and creating new twists to combat the winter blues. Check out the map to see where you can escape the Polar Vortex and warm your body and soul.


Eater Chicago intern Aimee Gasior contributed to this story.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Slurping Turtle

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116 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 464-0466
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Takashi Yagihashi's noodle-nirvana is ladling up freshly-made ramen and udon in River North that will spice up your winter. People in Ann Arbor can expect a location to open there too.

2. Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen

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1141 S Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 939-2855
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For those looking for Jewish-deli-comfort food, head over to this old-school delicatessen for the real deal, Matzoh Ball Soup. Using the same recipe since 1943, it's no surprise that it's the best selling soup on the menu.

3. Spicy Monkey Soup Co

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131 N Clinton St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 454-2991
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Two signature soups (tomato; vegetable) are available to customize in two locations (French Market; Lincoln Park). Daily specials and grilled cheese sandwiches complete the winter comfort food experience.

4. Gene's Sausage Shop

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4750 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 728-7243
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Cooked daily from Amish chickens, this vintage Polish delicatessen with two locations (Lincoln Square and 5330 W. Belmont) has a chicken noodle soup that doesn't skimp on flavor.

5. Taste of Lebanon

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1509 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-1600
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This Andersonville hole-in-the-wall is a perfect place to grab a quick bite or order in some take-out to avoid the bone chilling weather. Made fresh, the hearty lentil soup is a nice addition to a winter meal.

6. Podhalanka

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1549 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 486-6655
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If you're missing your Babcia's sour borscht soup, travel to this Polish Triangle restaurant that time forgot for a traditional serving of beetroot. If borscht isn't your fancy there are over six other "zupy" to choose from.

7. Quartino

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626 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 698-5000
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Three choices of zuppe are available at the Gibson's group Italian ristorante in River North. Besides a traditional minestrone, sun-dried tomato and chicken soups are also offered.

8. Municipal Bar + Dining Co.

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216 W Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 951-2125
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For the month of January, newly-appointed executive chef Donald Penza has created a soup flight featuring three 4 oz cups of soup for $8. Instead of choosing between roasted butternut squash, roasted tomato soup, or loaded baked potato, you can have them all.

9. Chicago Q

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1160 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-1160
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For those in the mood for both barbecue and soup, stop by Chicago Q. Topped wtih a pastry puff, the smoked chicken pot pie soup contains Q's pulled chicken, smoked corn, celery, carrots, peas and potatoes in a creamy soup with thyme and garlic.

10. Soupbox

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2943 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-9800
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Whether you're in River North or Lakeview, stop by this quick-service soup spot for a bowl of one of the 12 different flavors.

11. Barbakoa

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1341 Butterfield Rd
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Throughout January, this suburban restaurant is offering a tortilla soup with roasted Amish chicken, pasilla peppers, avocado, cotija cheese, tortilla strips, and homemade cream.

12. Frontera Grill & Topolobampo

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445 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 661-1434
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Rick Bayless' iconic restaurant sells a take on a classic tortilla soup. Utilizing the central Mexican chile pasilla, the "sopa azteca" includes grilled chicken, avocado, hand-made Jack cheese, thick cream, and tortilla strips.

13. UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi

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730 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 986-8888
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Ranging from subtle to spicy, this Japanese kitchen located in the South Loop puts their spin on the traditional udon and ramen. Just in case it's too cold to venture out, delivery is available.

14. Capt'n Nemo

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38 Green Bay Rd
Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 446-6406
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This north burbs sandwich shop is a decent spot for a quick sit-down or take-away meal. Offered hot or frozen, six choices are available for choosing.

15. Greek Islands

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200 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 782-9855
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In addition to serving the traditional Greek chicken, rice, and lemon soup, Greek Islands offers five other options to satisfy a Mediterranean soup craving. Check out the menu for daily specials.

16. GT Fish and Oyster

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531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 929-3501
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Missing the comforts of the East Coast? Giuseppe Tentori's River North seafood hotspot offers a clam chowder with Neuske’s bacon and house-made oyster crackers.

17. Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine

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100 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 664-1700
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Check out this Indian spot for a change from the standard chicken noodle soup. Whether in the Gold Coast or Schaumburg, three "shorbas," or traditional spiced Indian soups, are available daily.

18. Zoup

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62 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 470-9797
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With 12 rotating daily varieties for all diets and flavor cravings, Zoup often has an option for anyone. In addition to the Loop location, there's one in Downer's Grove, multiple state locations, and a Glenview spot opening next month.

19. Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House

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1024 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 640-0999
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If the snow has you trapped in the Viagra Triangle, shuffle over to Hugo's for the "bookbinder." For $5 a small bowl, the soup features a house-made fish stock base, vegetables, dry sherry and fresh fish.

20. Brasserie by LM

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800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 431-1788
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The South Loop French bistro has your cheese-laden take on French onion soup. Its "onion soup gratinee" is made with homemade beef stock and garnished with gruyere cheese and croutons.

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1. Slurping Turtle

116 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60610
Takashi Yagihashi's noodle-nirvana is ladling up freshly-made ramen and udon in River North that will spice up your winter. People in Ann Arbor can expect a location to open there too.
116 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610

2. Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen

1141 S Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60607
For those looking for Jewish-deli-comfort food, head over to this old-school delicatessen for the real deal, Matzoh Ball Soup. Using the same recipe since 1943, it's no surprise that it's the best selling soup on the menu.
1141 S Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60607

3. Spicy Monkey Soup Co

131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661
Two signature soups (tomato; vegetable) are available to customize in two locations (French Market; Lincoln Park). Daily specials and grilled cheese sandwiches complete the winter comfort food experience.
131 N Clinton St
Chicago, IL 60661

4. Gene's Sausage Shop

4750 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Cooked daily from Amish chickens, this vintage Polish delicatessen with two locations (Lincoln Square and 5330 W. Belmont) has a chicken noodle soup that doesn't skimp on flavor.
4750 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

5. Taste of Lebanon

1509 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
This Andersonville hole-in-the-wall is a perfect place to grab a quick bite or order in some take-out to avoid the bone chilling weather. Made fresh, the hearty lentil soup is a nice addition to a winter meal.
1509 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

6. Podhalanka

1549 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642
If you're missing your Babcia's sour borscht soup, travel to this Polish Triangle restaurant that time forgot for a traditional serving of beetroot. If borscht isn't your fancy there are over six other "zupy" to choose from.
1549 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60642

7. Quartino

626 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Three choices of zuppe are available at the Gibson's group Italian ristorante in River North. Besides a traditional minestrone, sun-dried tomato and chicken soups are also offered.
626 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

8. Municipal Bar + Dining Co.

216 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654
For the month of January, newly-appointed executive chef Donald Penza has created a soup flight featuring three 4 oz cups of soup for $8. Instead of choosing between roasted butternut squash, roasted tomato soup, or loaded baked potato, you can have them all.
216 W Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60654

9. Chicago Q

1160 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
For those in the mood for both barbecue and soup, stop by Chicago Q. Topped wtih a pastry puff, the smoked chicken pot pie soup contains Q's pulled chicken, smoked corn, celery, carrots, peas and potatoes in a creamy soup with thyme and garlic.
1160 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610

10. Soupbox

2943 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
Whether you're in River North or Lakeview, stop by this quick-service soup spot for a bowl of one of the 12 different flavors.
2943 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

11. Barbakoa

1341 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Throughout January, this suburban restaurant is offering a tortilla soup with roasted Amish chicken, pasilla peppers, avocado, cotija cheese, tortilla strips, and homemade cream.
1341 Butterfield Rd
Downers Grove, IL 60515

12. Frontera Grill & Topolobampo

445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610
Rick Bayless' iconic restaurant sells a take on a classic tortilla soup. Utilizing the central Mexican chile pasilla, the "sopa azteca" includes grilled chicken, avocado, hand-made Jack cheese, thick cream, and tortilla strips.
445 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610

13. UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi

730 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60605
Ranging from subtle to spicy, this Japanese kitchen located in the South Loop puts their spin on the traditional udon and ramen. Just in case it's too cold to venture out, delivery is available.
730 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60605

14. Capt'n Nemo

38 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka, IL 60093
This north burbs sandwich shop is a decent spot for a quick sit-down or take-away meal. Offered hot or frozen, six choices are available for choosing.
38 Green Bay Rd
Winnetka, IL 60093

15. Greek Islands

200 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661
In addition to serving the traditional Greek chicken, rice, and lemon soup, Greek Islands offers five other options to satisfy a Mediterranean soup craving. Check out the menu for daily specials.
200 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60661

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16. GT Fish and Oyster

531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
Missing the comforts of the East Coast? Giuseppe Tentori's River North seafood hotspot offers a clam chowder with Neuske’s bacon and house-made oyster crackers.
531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

17. Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine

100 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60614
Check out this Indian spot for a change from the standard chicken noodle soup. Whether in the Gold Coast or Schaumburg, three "shorbas," or traditional spiced Indian soups, are available daily.
100 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60614

18. Zoup

62 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603
With 12 rotating daily varieties for all diets and flavor cravings, Zoup often has an option for anyone. In addition to the Loop location, there's one in Downer's Grove, multiple state locations, and a Glenview spot opening next month.
62 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603

19. Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House

1024 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
If the snow has you trapped in the Viagra Triangle, shuffle over to Hugo's for the "bookbinder." For $5 a small bowl, the soup features a house-made fish stock base, vegetables, dry sherry and fresh fish.
1024 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

20. Brasserie by LM

800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, Chicago, IL 60605
The South Loop French bistro has your cheese-laden take on French onion soup. Its "onion soup gratinee" is made with homemade beef stock and garnished with gruyere cheese and croutons.
800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago, IL 60605

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