Seasoned Chicagoans have been burned (er, frozen?) by getting too excited at the arrival of spring. The minute coats and boots are traded in for tanks and wedges, it's chilly again and you're covered in goosebumps during your commute, cursing the city. In fact, it's nearly impossible not to be skeptical of warm weather until at least June — okay, the 4th of July, just to be safe.
But, while cold April showers bring May flowers, they're also bringing a new crop of restaurants this season, providing the perfect incentive to ditch your hibernatory habits and head out on the town. From dry-aged steaks to Californian fare, here are 11 reasons for you to get out of the house and spring into the Chicago dining scene. Just don't forget your coat.