We rate a few Chicago neighborhoods on a scale of 1 to 10 for the things that matter most to foodies.
Grocery options: 8. Jewel covers the basics; two carnicerias offer Mexican staples; while Olivia’s, Goddess & Grocer and W Crossings cater to busy foodies craving gourmet-to-go and home cooks looking for fancy ingredients.
Cheap eats: 4. Budget options are few, but Sultan’s Market, Harold’s Chicken, Potbelly and the new Bon Bon Vietnamese Sandwiches do the trick.
Swank spots: 8. Tablecloth dining is rare, but elevated eats can be found at upscale-casual restaurants like Takashi, the Bristol, Duchamp, Mado, bin wine café, Mirai, Mana, Bluebird and HotChocolate.
Foodie factor: 20