The changing leaves and falling temps aside, something else shifts around this time of year: our palate preferences. The desire to dig into a warm, flavorful meal becomes more instinctual with every dropping degree. And fortunately for you, we're only too happy to give into our comfort-food cravings. Because that means we went out and taste-tested all the offerings in town—and picked out the most worthwhile indulgences for you.
Seriously—when you leave work and it's already dark out, something's gotta give. Forget the homemade meatloaf, and leave it to Chicago's restaurant scene to concoct your duck confit, crab fondue, and kicked-up ribs. These heavy hitters are guaranteed to banish the cold-weather blues—and maybe even outshine Mama's meals.