Subway: Blue to Division(773) 252-1466 schwarestaurant.com41.908975 -87.667818 1466 N Ashland Ave (betwen Julian and Le Moyne Sts) Wicker Park, Chicago
Dinner (closed Sun, Mon)Average tasting menu: $110
Fewer than 30 diners can fit in this tiny restaurant, and all of them must have made reservations weeks in advance. But as a 2006 Food & Wine best new chef, chef-owner Michael Carlson has a right to call the shots. Let him. You’ll be treated to intriguing creations like pine-flavored peekytoe crabs with marinated royal king mushrooms or sumptuous venison with a white chocolate foam. The menu changes often, but whatever Carlson has up his sleeve, you’re certain to have a meal like nowhere else in town.