Instead of mourning the end of Chicago’s beach season, welcome the arrival of sweater weather (and by extension, the ability to hide a food baby) by allowing yourself to indulge in some of the most comforting dishes around town. From a gravy-drenched fried chicken dish in Wicker Park to a slice of chocolate cake fit for royalty, here are 11 of our favorites.
Smokie’s Chili at Bub City
When there’s a chill in the air, few things will heat you from the inside out like a piping hot bowl of chili—and the chili at this River North country bar and resto is no exception. Available by both the cup and the bowl, the chili comes loaded with melt-y cheddar cheese and sour cream for added richness, plenty of sliced jalapeños to boost the heat factor, and a sprinkle of green onions for an extra pop of color and taste. 435 N. Clark St., 312- 610-4200