Chicago’s culinary energy is charged up with fierce female chefs, who are proving that there’s more to the Windy City than deep-dish pizza and loaded hot dogs.

RPM Italian, River North, 52 W. Illinois St., Giuliana Rancic, co-owner

Yasmin Gutierrez

Yasmin Gutierrez, chef partner at Beatrix

Beatrix, River North, 519 N. Clark St., Janet Kirker, executive chef and partner, Rita Dever, Susan Weaver and Yasmin Gutierrez, chef partners

Sushi San, River North, 63 W. Grand Ave., Molly Melman, co-owner