We've rounded up the best chefs in the city to join us at Time Out Market Chicago, a culinary and cultural destination in the heart of Fulton Market. The 50,000-square-foot space houses 18 kitchens, three bars and one drop-dead gorgeous rooftop terrace—all spread across three floors. Our mission is simple: Bring the pages of Time Out Chicago to life with the help of our favorite chefs, the ones who wow us again and again. You'll find mouthwatering barbecue from chef D’Andre Carter at Soul & Smoke, Big Kids' delicious burger, fried chicken from Luella's Southern Kitchen and creative sweet treats from JoJo's Shake Bar. If you're thirsty, sit down at one of the Market's bars to enjoy a menu of local beer, a robust wine list or a cocktail created in collaboration with Chicago mixologists.
The best new restaurants in Chicago sent us globetrotting in 2019, adding stamps to our culinary passports from Japan, Israel, France, Nepal and beyond. Along the way, we noshed on pristine sushi, sipped a damn near perfect Negroni and slurped sea-kissed oysters straight from the shell. Now, we're sharing the best of the best with you—the Chicago restaurants that knocked our socks off and kept us coming back for more. We reviewed our long list of dining adventures in 2019 and hand-picked our favorites, from one of the finest Mexican restaurants Chicago has ever seen and a splurge-worthy omakase to a fantastic cocktail bar tucked away in a hotel basement. Let's take a look back at the new restaurants and bars that topped the charts this year.
Editor's note: As we've done in years past, this list includes several establishments that opened at the tailend of 2018 and didn't have a chance to be included in last year's lineup of top newcomers.