Literal tastemakers, they make our city second to none as a culinary destination.
Chef, reality-show winner
Since Izard won the Chicago version of Top Chef, thousands of people have wondered whether Izard will stay in the city, or whether her newfound role as America’s sweetheart chef will take her to one of the coasts. When we heard she was spending part of the summer cooking as a private chef in the Hamptons, things didn’t look good. But Chicago has nothing to worry about. Izard is inspired by our city’s lake and architecture—“there’s just no other city like it,” she says—and plans to follow up her first restaurant, Scylla, with a new spot next summer.—David Tamarkin