Another week, another round of Michelin’s Bib Gourmand Awards bestowed upon a major city. And this time, that city’s windy.

It’s no secret that Chicago is one of the world’s most celebrated food towns, offering cuisine from all areas of the globe from chefs, both young and old, who have made a true impact on the industry’s restaurant scene.

54 establishments made this year’s list and while this honor leaves them out of contention for a Michelin star (or demotes them from one they already have), it provides them with unparalleled publicity as an affordable, delicious dining option in the Midwest’s bustling capital. And can you really put a price on free publicity?

Eight newcomers include: Giant, Longman & Eagle, Mango Pickle, Mi Tocaya Antojeria, Pilsen, Pleasant House Pub, Quiote, and True Food Kitchen.

Six restaurants didn’t make the cut: Balena, Belly Shack, Via Lima, and Yusho closed their doors while Riccardo Trattoria and TAC Quick failed to make the list. Will the latter two earn their first star? How about any newbies that opened this year? We won’t find out until Oct. 20, but you can sound off with your predictions on our community board here.

Happy eating.

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