Word of Mouth: Michael Stashwick's Best of Chicago

Get tips on the best dining and nightlife in Chicago from Michael Stashwick of the blog A Dash Of Stash

Brunch: Big Jones

Fancy: Avenues

Best Value: Sun Wah BBQ

Bar Scene/Drinks: Sepia

Business Lunch: Blackbird

Burger: Rootstock

Pizza: Piece

Sandwich: Ba Le

Food Truck: Gaztro Wagon

Regional: Uncommon Ground

Hidden Gem: Belly Shack

Mexican/Latin-American: Chilam Balam

Japanese: Itto

Spanish/Tapas: Café Ba Ba Reeba

Thai/Southeast Asian: Tac Quick

Wine List: Volo Wine Bar

Chinese: Sun Wah BBQ

Seafood: Devon Seafood

Steak: David Burkes Primehouse

Italian: Piccilo Spongo

Barbecue: Smoque

Desserts: Hot Chocolate

Indian: Chopal

Vegetarian: Green Zebra

Wild card: Schwa