We rate a few Chicago neighborhoods on a scale of 1 to 10 for the things that matter most to foodies.
Grocery options: 7. Residents swear by the cheap and fresh produce at Edgewater Produce, while staples can be picked up at Jewel. Middle East Bakery and Pars Grocery cover everything from spices to coffee to hummus.
Cheap eats: 6. Technically, budget spots like Alice & Friends, Ethiopian Diamond and Abyssinia along Broadway are in Edgewater, but they’re close enough to count for something. And while it's not exactly cheap, the sweets at Pasticceria Natalina are worth a fiver anytime.
Swank spots: 8. Anteprima tops this list for delicious regional Italian; Great Lake makes one of the best pizzas in town; Big Jones serves up Big Easy flavors in a classy setting; and Hopleaf, while not exactly swanky, is a great gastropub-night-out.
Foodie factor: 21