We rate a few Chicago neighborhoods on a scale of 1 to 10 for the things that matter most to foodies.
Grocery options: 10. With Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Treasure Island and Dominick’s, plus Stanley’s, Gepperth’s, Dirk’s and Trotter’s to Go, the only thing limiting shoppers is their bank accounts.
Cheap eats: 7. Maza, Little Brother’s, Fattoush, Ja Grill, Hai Yen and Simply It help add ethnic-eats cred, while stateside classics can be snagged for chump change at Five Guys, Spicy Pickle, America’s Dog and countless ice-cream and cupcake shops.
Swank spots: 10. It’s a no-brainer that the second-wealthiest neighborhood in Chicago (after Gold Coast) would be teeming with fine-dining options, including heavy hitters Alinea, Trotter’s and L20. Factor in midscale spots like North Pond, BOKA, Perennial and Riccardo Trattoria and you have birthdays and anniversaries covered for the next few years.
Foodie factor: 27