Want the intel on Chicago’s most happening local spots?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which eateries have been in the spotlight this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Chicago businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increase their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots have the momentum heading into springtime.


Open since May, this ramen spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “Ramen” on Yelp.

Citywide, businesses tagged “Ramen” saw review counts increase by a median of 3.6 percent over the past month, but RAMEN-SAN saw a 19 percent increase, maintaining a convincing four-star rating throughout.

Located at 219 N. Green St. (between Jackson Boulevard and Adams Street) in West Town, RAMEN-SAN’s offers an array of spicy Japanese noodle dishes, dumplings, chicken wings and Asahi beer. Favorites include the spicy miso ramen with ground pork, kung pao chiles and napa cabbage, and the fried chicken ramen with buttered corn and fried garlic.