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Chicago is a hot dining destination, so be sure to make your reservations early if you want to experience some of the best restaurants while attending this year's NRA Show. Some of the country's best chefs and operators have opened buzzed-about new spots in the Windy City. This week, Restaurant Hospitality takes a look at 12 of the most notable.
The main reason you’re heading to Chicago in May is for the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. But everyone knows Chicago is a hot dining destination, and you’d be crazy to miss the chance to check out the newest spots from some of the country’s best chefs and operators. Here’s a preview, and a chance to grab some hard-to-get reservations.
Michael Jordan’s Steak House
505 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan occasionally pops in at his newest restaurant in the InterContinental Chicago Hotel, where reportedly he has a hand in approving menu items. About half of the menu is devoted to non-steak dishes, including oysters on the half shell, crab cakes, lamb chops, free-range chicken, seafood and seasonal produce. Expect large portions. If His Airness isn’t present, other athletes and local celebrities sometimes can be spotted there.