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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 Pump Room
Public Chicago Hotel
1301 N. State Pkwy.
Enjoying a reincarnation, the new Pump Room looks nothing like its legendary predecessor, which hosted visiting movie and music stars back in the day. Some of the black-and-white portraits shot at the restaurant decades ago are still displayed, and a few of the old signatures remain in updated versions, including chicken liver toast and a salad of wiener schnitzel, tomato and arugula. Simply prepared, straightforward American fare reigns here in a two-level dining room that’s still a prime spot to see and be seen.