Chicago: Where to Dine

You wouldn’t know the economy was in recession, judging by the crowds spending money in many of Chicago’s newest restaurants. While most of the high-pro le places that have opened since last year’s NRA Show are considered casual, they still command a pretty penny for well-prepared and imaginative food, accompanied by signature cocktails, microbrews or boutique wines. The restaurants listed here are well worth exploring and not far from downtown. —By Carolyn Walkup

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