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Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets

Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St. Four-star dining for $22; that’s the lure at Blackbird. Skimming through the menu...

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Beacon Tavern, 405 N. Wabash Ave. I really like the blackened-redfish sandwich here, and it’s part of Beacon Tavern’s three-course lunch menu. Other dishes include an eggplant-parmigiana sandwich, Brussels sprouts-kale salad and clam chowder. Dinner and brunch menus also available.

Chez Joel, 1119 W. Taylor St. The three-course lunch menu is loaded with bistro classics, including moules frites, boeuf aux champignons, profiterole and creme brulee. Dinner menu also available.

Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Assuming it isn’t blizzarding, the glass-enclosed rooftop restaurant should offer beautiful Millennium Park views along with its lunch menu, which includes gnocchi parisienne and chocolate quesillo with maple-pecan ice cream.

Gene & Georgetti, 500 N. Franklin St. and 9421 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont. G&G’s city and suburban locations are part of CRW this year. The lunch menu includes a sirloin-steak sandwich, along with beet-orange salad, pistachio-crusted whitefish and tuxedo mousse cheesecake.

The Kitchen, 316 N. Clark St. Part of me wonders what “seasonal bruschetta” means in late January, but the rest of the lunch menu (turkey burger with Sriracha aioli, pasta bolognese, creme fraiche panna cotta) has me sold. Dinner menu also available.

Marisol, 205 E. Pearson St. The restaurant inside Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has a lunch menu that includes the signature Marisol salad, porchetta sandwich and a veggie cheeseburger. And when you’re finished, you can wander around the museum for a while.

Pearl Brasserie, 180 N. Wacker Drive. The newest casual-French restaurant in the Loop makes its CRW debut with a three-course menu that includes tomato soup with mini grilled cheese, chicken milanese, prime burger and apple tart.

Portsmith, 660 N. State St. Decisions, decisions. The $22 lunch and $33 dinner both appeal (the latter has that upscale “fish and chips” dish I like), but the lunch menu offers “fried fish and waffle” with Dark Matter (local coffee) maple syrup, and that tips the scales for me. Eat early.

Booth One, 1301 N. State Parkway. Classic glamour is back at the former Pump Room, which is offering a four-course...

City Mouse, 311 N. Morgan St. Plenty of options for guests who try the three-course ($44) dinner menu: at least four choices per course (five entree options). Bring friends.

HaiSous, 1800 S. Carpenter St. A first-time participant, HaiSous was one of the best restaurants to open in 2017...

Lena Brava, 900 W. Randolph St. Rick Bayless’ open-fire restaurant joins the CRW club with a four-course ($44) menu that includes a vegetarian option in every course. In fact, the vegetarian dishes — including the superb grill-roasted pineapple with hazelnut salsa macha — all sound terrific.

The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada St. Last month, Bon Appetit ranked the Loyalist’s cheeseburger as one of the three best burgers in the nation. Said burger, along with the tempura-fried chicken sandwich and other treats, is part of the restaurant’s three-course ($33) dinner menu.

Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton St. Michael Mina’s gorgeous Parisian brasserie comes with Gold Coast prices, which makes the three-course ($33) dinner option (including smoked-salmon tartine, blanquette de veau and dark-chocolate pot de creme) especially attractive.

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. For a taste of Barcelona and other Spanish-inspired dishes, check out Mercat’s three-course ($44) menu of savory choices, including cannelloni stuffed with short rib and chicken, with a creamy foie gras and truffle bechamel.

Naha, 500 N. Clark St. Lunch is so popular during CRW that chef/owner Carrie Nahabedian routinely adds extra tables to the dining room. I prefer the relative quiet of the three-course dinner menu ($44), with dishes such as “popcorn” polenta with goat cheese and mushrooms.

Split-Rail, 2500 W. Chicago Ave. Dueling five-course ($44) menus at Split-Rail invite you to choose between menus inspired by “Seinfeld” (yes, there’s soup for you) and “Friends.” Each dish is listed with the episode that inspired it. A binge-watcher’s dream.

Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave. The three-course ($44) menu includes Peruvian favorites, such as cebiche, lomo saltado and chihoakay marino.

Bad Hunter, 802 W. Randolph St. Not surprisingly, the lunch and brunch menus are heavily veggie-focused, though there is a...

Bar Siena, 832 W. Randolph St. Bar Siena offers lunch, dinner and brunch CRW menus, but I’m especially intrigued by...

Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave. Martial Noguier always rises to the CRW occasion. This year’s brunch menu is especially intriguing. The three-course menu is $22, or $39 with bottomless mimosas. (There’s an hour-and-a-half time limit on the elbow-bending.) Lunch and dinner menus also available.

Ella Elli, 1349 W. Cornelia Ave. A CRW newbie, the flashy Ella Elli offers dinner and brunch menus, the latter including poached-egg avocado toast, mushroom-artichoke quiche and stuffed brioche French toast.

Mon Ami Gabi, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West and 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. MAG’s city and suburban locations are part of...

Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St. Like Remington, a 4 Star Restaurant Group property, also offering a “cocktail course” (bloody mary or mimosa) as part of its three-course brunch menu. Dishes include blueberry cornbread and pulled-pork Benedict. Lunch and dinner menus also available.

    Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets
    In 2008, Chicago's very first Restaurant Week featured 35 restaurants. The 11th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, which begins Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 8 (yes, it lasts two weeks) boasts more than 370 city and suburban participants. I'd call that a success story.

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The Boka group strikes again with Bellemore

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    The Boka group strikes again with Bellemore
    Let's say things start turning around for the better. Say the president takes a perp walk, and the oft-foretold Chicago restaurant bubble never pops. If things stay on that trajectory, soon you'll be able to eat at a different Boka Restaurant Group restaurant every day of the month.

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How to have your say on proposed Metra fare changes

• 2 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20, Metra headquarters, 547 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

    How to have your say on proposed Metra fare changes
    Metra riders can learn more about proposed changes to the fare structure at upcoming public forums to be held throughout February. The agency is hoping to create more flexibility, increase ridership and make adjustments to some zones to improve consistency. Ideas include offering a one-day pass and charging less for people who travel to and from downtown at off-peak hours.

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Lunchbreak: Bun Rieu, a Vietnamese soup

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    Lunchbreak: Bun Rieu, a Vietnamese soup
    Mary Nguyen Aregoni, Restaurateur and Founder of Saigon Sisters & Bang Chop Thai Kitchen Saigon Sisters locations: 567 W. Lake St. 131 N. Clinton St. 251 E. Huron St. 300 N. LaSalle St. Bang Chop Thai locations: 605 W. Lake St. 300 N. LaSalle St.

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10 Chicago spots mixing up hot cocktails to fight the winter chill

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    10 Chicago spots mixing up hot cocktails to fight the winter chill
    A strong drink can warm you from the inside out, but when the city turns into Chiberia, it's nice to sip something that can also heat up your numb fingers. These 10 spots will help you get through the worst of winter by offering hot cocktails that take you from chilled to cozy.

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5 other places to wait for a burger while Au Cheval is (temporarily) closed

...West Loop and Old Town. $9.95. Wicker Park: 1732 N. Milwaukee Ave. West Loop: 150 N. Riverside Plaza. Old Town: 1345 N. Wells St...

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...in the city: Wicker Park, the West Loop and Old Town. $9.95. Wicker Park: 1732 N. Milwaukee Ave. West Loop: 150 N. Riverside Plaza. Old Town: 1345 N. Wells St...

...95. Wicker Park: 1732 N. Milwaukee Ave. West Loop: 150 N. Riverside Plaza. Old Town: 1345 N. Wells St.

...Cheval garner national attention with a similar mention of its burger back in 2012.) $16. 177 N. Ada St., first floor...

...doesn’t need to be. Plus, the price tag is more than reasonable. $6.25. 3057 N. Ashland Ave. and 2072 N. Western Ave...

...Plus, the price tag is more than reasonable. $6.25. 3057 N. Ashland Ave. and 2072 N. Western Ave.

...egg. Do what you will, as the combinations are all worth your while. $9.05. 1141 N. Ashland Ave.

...this burger stands slightly apart from its peers and is better for it. $8.50. 2057 W. Roscoe St.

    5 other places to wait for a burger while Au Cheval is (temporarily) closed
    Chicago's famous burger spot Au Cheval closed for renovations last week, and it will remain shuttered until Jan. 18, according to its Yelp page. In the meantime, we want to share five of our other favorite places to get your burger fix in the city.

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