Want the scoop on Chicago’s buzziest local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which local businesses have been getting a significant increase in attention this month. From customizable frites to literary-inspired cocktails and wood-fired pizzas with unusual names.
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 are on a hot streak this winter.
The Gold Coast’s Booth One is also making waves. Open since 2017 at 1301 N. State Parkway (between Banks and Goethe streets), the bar, steakhouse and New American spot has seen an 11.1 percent bump in reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.6 percent for all businesses tagged “Steakhouses” on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis review counts increased by more than 250 percent.
There’s more than one hotspot trending in Chicago’s steakhouse category: Mable’s Table has seen a 6.2 percent increase in reviews.
Booth One’s robust dinner options include the Maine lobster risotto, the prime cheeseburger twins and the Painted Hills filet mignon. Desserts range from Ms. Hsing’s Wonderful Lemon Meringue Napoleon to the Original Cheesecake Circa 1954. Over the past month, it’s maintained a sound four-star rating among Yelpers.