Windy City Smokeout Chefs Reveal Their Favorite Chicago Spots

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Delve into the culinary wonders of Chicago as we unveil a collection of hidden hangouts and local gems that the chefs of Windy City Smokeout favor! In this article, we’ll provide a list of stars among the city’s vibrant food scene, exploring lesser-known establishments and spots cherished by insiders. Whether you’re a local seeking new experiences or a visitor eager to explore the city’s culinary delights, this guide will help you navigate through the hidden treasures of Chicago’s culinary landscape.

Where to Eat

Chef Bryan Worthen, Sugarfire Smokehouse: “King Crab Legs at RPM Steakhouse!”

Chef Evan LeRoy, LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue: “JP Graziano! It doesn’t get more Chicago than their sandwiches! “

Chef Henry Cai, 3 Little Pigs: “3 Little Pigs! If you don’t love what you cook then why do it?”

Chef Mitch Benjamin, Meat Mitch: “Pizzeria Portofino. I can sit outside and watch all the boats on the river.”

Where to Drink

Chef Bryan: “Bourbon at Bub City.” 

Chef Evan: “Rossi. Give me a dive bar!”

Chef Henry: “Cafe Jumping Bean.”

Chef Mitch: “Hangge Uppe at 2 a.m. Why not?”

Chicago Bucket List

Chef Bryan: “Soldier Field for a Bears game, a speedboat ride on Lake Michigan and my favorite thing to do in the world: bar hopping!” 

Chef Evan: “A yacht ride on Lake Michigan, James Beard Awards and a Bears game at Soldier Field.”

Chef Henry: “Try every restaurant in the city, drink coffee at every coffee shop and collaborate with every restaurant in the city.”

Chef Mitch: “I want to see Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field, eat at Alinea and take my son to play a round at Chicago Golf Club.”

Meet all of these great chefs during the amazing Windy City Smokeout festival, July 13th to the 16th!

Great BBQ, country music, bourbon and beer! www.windycitysmokeout.com/

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