15. Schwa from Chicago's 15 Best Restaurants (Slideshow)

Chicago's 15 Best Restaurants (Slideshow)

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15. Schwa

Chef Michael Carlson puts his spin on contemporary fine dining at Wicker Park’s Schwa, which has been open since 2005 and features a rotating, nine-course prix fixe menu. The space is simple, seating only 26 and features no support staff — just chefs who deliver your food directly. The menu, however, focuses on seasonal ingredients from around the globe and packs enough personality to fill the space with life. Sweet and savory are combined in unexpected ways — the menu features items like tiger fish touched with marshmallow and cardamom, botargo flavored with chocolate, and biscuits and gravy with mustard.