Korean in Logan Square & Humboldt Park

Michelin-starred Parachute puts an American spin on Korean street-food classics – say, mackerel and barbecued onion bibimbap (mixed vegetables and rice). The ambience is like a dinner party in your friend's retro-cool kitchen. There are only 40 seats, so reserve ahead; you can do so 30 days in advance. Walk-ins fare best before 6pm.

Parachute has been a recent James Beard nominee in various categories (best new restaurant, best chef Great Lakes), and the foodie masses are deservedly all over it.