Somewhere between the plates of cookies and cups of mulled wine, we found time for another winter treat — ramen. The Japanese staple has found a home in Chicago, which is on the brink of a ramen revolution. As the satisfying combination of noodles and rich broth becomes more common, restaurants are creating their spins. From fried chicken and smoked brisket to tried-and-true recipes inspired by bowls served in Japan, these are the seven bowls of ramen to eat right now.

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Lettuce Entertain You’s interpretation of an urban ramen shop takes some inspiration from their other restaurants to create American-Japanese fusion bowls. Try the Bub City smoked brisket and black garlic ramen with chicken broth and a molten egg or the kimchi and fried chicken ramen with pork broth and buttered corn.

59 W. Hubbard St.; 312-377-9950