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"Jennifer Olvera serves up the skinny on all things edible, sippable and growable in her new book. To that end, she's even pulled together a list of Chicago eats far more unusual than the expected hot dogs, deep-dish pizza and Italian beef." - Chicago Tribune

"Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago is as comprehensive as eating guides get... You won't find Pupuseria el Salvador on 106th Street or old-school Vito and Nick's on South Pulaski in Fodor's... Thumbing through the book, even natives are bound to come across plenty of places, and foods, to add to their bucket list." - Chicago Sun-Times

"Jennifer Olvera has done an admirable job cataloging the city's restaurants, cocktail haunts, brewpubs, wine bars, gourmet shops, farms, farmstands and cooking classes, fitting the breadth of Chicago's food world into a squat and reasonably portable 400-page tome."- Tasting Table

"It offers an incredible wealth of information about hundreds of restaurant picks in just about every neighborhood... It also features helpful sections on speciality stores. That said, we most enjoyed the recipe section, which includes picks from some of the most respected chefs around town." - Grub Street

"Olvera covers the high-high end as well as everyday corner haunts, leaving nary an ethnicity uncovered. She also dedicates a chapter to local farms and farmer's markets... cooking schools and cooking classes. But one of the more personal touches... is the inclusion of recipes from some of Chicago's most respected chefs." - Eater

From the Back Cover

Savor the Flavors of Chicago

From ethnic enclaves to haute haunts to seasonally minded delicacies, Chicago is a food city to behold. In Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago, seasoned food writer Jennifer Olvera shares the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate the Windy City’s culinary treasures. A bounty of mouthwatering delights awaits you in this engagingly written guide.


With delectable recipes from the renowned kitchens of the city’s iconic eateries, diners, and elegant dining rooms, Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago is the ultimate resource for food lovers to use and savor.

Inside You'll Find:

Favorite restaurants and landmark eateries • Specialty food stores and markets • Farmers’ markets and farm stands • Food festivals and culinary events • One-of-a-kind restaurants and landmark eateries • Recipes from top Chicago chefs • The city’s best wine bars and brewpubs, plus area wineries • Cooking classes and wine courses • Local food lore and kitchen wisdom

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Product Details

  • Series: Food Lovers' Series
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; First edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762770155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762770151
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer Olvera--a graduate of DePaul University--has been covering Chicago food and dining for internationally recognized print publications and websites for over a decade. A contributor to the Zagat Chicago Restaurants Survey, she regularly pens stories (and tests recipes) for the Food section of Chicago Sun-Times and writes about far-flung destinations--often with an eye toward edibles--for Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Orbitz.com and Frommers.com. In the past, Jennifer also served as a dining critic for Chicago magazine. Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago is her first book, and she's hard at work on her second, a visitors' guide for London-based Insight Select. When she's not searching out great eats, you'll find Jennifer tending to her garden, canning and cooking up a storm.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tiki on July 11, 2011
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This book is a great guide for anything related to food in the Chicago area (and not just the city). I love the inclusion of local farmer's markets, food related festivals (yes, Taste of Chicago is in here, but there's so much more!), shops, cooking classes, recipes from some of Chicago's top chef's, etc. in addition to the extensive list of bars & restaurants that you'll find in many other guide books. Delicious food is such a huge part of Chicago, & it's nice to see a book that does justice to the wide variety of food related activities in the area!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robyn on July 22, 2011
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I lived in Chicago for several years, so I recognize many of the places described in the book, and the pithy descriptions capture the essence of each spot at a quick glance. For those places I don't recognize, Olvera's accounts given enough flavor for each place so you know what to expect, whether it's dress up, or down home. I love the different indexes that allow you to browse by cuisine or the restaurant's name, and the additional listings for cooking schools, specialty stores, markets and food festivals. But the best surprise? The recipes at the back from some of the city's great chefs. Gougeres from Bin 36? I'll take a dozen or two.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MJS on August 7, 2011
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This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in food in and around the Chicago area. It provides a unique perspective and has information on subjects that most similar guides would gloss over, if not omit entirely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katherine L Tootelian on October 6, 2011
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I consider myself a foodie who just doesn't get out enough, so this book intrigued me immediately. First thing was to check the index for my own varied mix of favorites, to see what the author had to say. Jennifer Olvera was spot on. I grabbed a book for myself, fully intending to mark the pages, make notes, and head off on new eating adventures, then bought two more copies for friends in Boston and Albuquerque (I want to entice them back for a visit). I highly recommend "The Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago" and can't wait to get started. Thank you, Jennifer!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Ryan on July 24, 2011
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This book is a great resource for locals & visitors alike. I guarantee that even if you've lived in Chicago for many years, there are plenty of hidden gems that you'll be itching to experience for the first time after reading this book. I love that websites & email addresses are included with the vast majority of listings. And it's great that if I'm in the mood for a certain type of fare, whether it be Korean, Cuban, Tapas, or just burgers, I can go to Appendix A (Eateries by Cuisine), & find a listing of the best restaurants in the area under that category by page number. Or, if I heard a friend talking up Girl & the Goat, I can check out the alphabetical index. Also, the inclusion of local farms in the vicinity is a unique & excellent addition that I've never come across before. It explains where to go to get your meat direct from the freshest sources as well as what types of meat, produce, eggs, etc. that the farms specialize in. If you're the type that wants to experience Chicagoland through new eyes, you really can't go wrong with this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carl on September 28, 2011
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Having lived in Chicago all of my life and like to eat out, I have just found places to go that I have never been or knew existed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BonMic on September 2, 2011
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I am a frequent visitor to Chicago and a foodie. I love this book and how it is organized. It is organized by neighborhood/area so you can plan ahead and have the info that you need for restaurants, specialty choices and basic info on all. Great cross reference indexes in the back.
I had frequented many of the restaurants listed in this and agreed totally with the information and reviews that this book provided which made me very confident and comfortable with the info on the places that I had not visited to date.
Thanks for this easy to use guide to Chicago food and venues!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. Gately on June 23, 2011
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A very useful book for anyone who ever feels overwhelmed by Chicago's many food offerings!!! The author goes into the many neighborhoods of Chicago, and the suburbs as well, and tells visitors what the locals already know, where the good food is!!! An easy to read and valuable addition for any food explorer's travels in finding a great place to eat, and in Chicagoland, this is a real must, because there are so many great places!!!!!
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