For years, epicures wrote off Chicago as a culinary backwater. Then a funny thing happened: the city started stockpiling James Beard awards, and foodie magazines like Saveur ranked it among the USA's hottest restaurant scenes. So, what else are you waiting for? Dig in! From legendary deep-dish pizzas to whimsical molecular gastronomy appearing on chef's haute tasting menus, from locavarian farm-to-table salads to BBQ ribs so juicy you'll need a bib to catch the drippings, Chicago serves up a plateful. Generations of immigrants from around the globe have only added to all the home-grown flavors, which you'll realize as you bite into say, sugar-dusted Swedish pastries, spicy Vietnamese pho or Mexican enchiladas painted with rich, savory mole sauce.