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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.
1421 W. Taylor St.
Partners Michael Shrader (former chef at Epic and N9NE Steakhouse) and Jason Chan bring a non-Italian contemporary small plates restaurant to Little Italy. Menu sections include a raw bar, seafood, pasta and dumplings, meat, vegetables and dessert. Many selections, ranging from sand dabs to baked apples, are roasted in the wood-burning oven. Some 50 wines by the glass complement the food in an industrial-look space with exposed brick and wood beams.