CHICAGO, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago magazine, the largest city monthly in the country, has selected the 21 best restaurants to open in the last year. The May issue hits newsstands Thursday and features reviews of each of the choice spots, which range from Italian to gastropub to Contemporary French/Japanese. "Chicago's world-class dining status is such a given now, restaurateurs are going way beyond what they once did in order to stand out," says Jeff Ruby, Chicago magazine's deputy dining editor. "Phenomenal places like Takashi and Sepia came out of the gate at a sprint, and they don't show any signs of slowing down." Ruby and fellow critic Dennis Ray Wheaton ate at dozens of restaurants in choosing this year's list. Their write-ups include everything from price range to each place's 'showstopper' dish. "We dissected each new spot from as many different angles as possible," says Ruby, "which means that we praised restaurants when they deserved it and took them to task in areas where they deserved it." Also in this month's issue are a feature on Kathy Savio, Drew Peterson's third wife, who warned authorities she was in danger before her death, and the twisting tale of the Chicago Spire, potentially the tallest building in North America.
Elsewhere in the May issue of Chicago: -- Plumbers Who Won't Drain Your Wallet: a list of Chicagoland's most reliable plumbers -- Christopher Kennedy: how the president of the Merchandise Mart and heir of the iconic Kennedy family rescued Chicago's leading art exhibition. Chicago editor Richard Babcock, managing editor Shane Tritsch, and other members of the magazine staff are available for on-air interviews about stories in the May issue. Contact Kevin Riordan at 312-222-3917 to schedule an interview. About Chicago magazine Chicago magazine is the largest monthly city magazine in the country, with a circulation of more than 175,000. In addition, the company publishes several other titles, including Chicago Home+Garden and Chicago Fashion magazines. Chicago magazine has been honored with many awards, including, in 2004, the most prestigious -- the Ellie award for General Excellence in its circulation category, bestowed by the American Society of Magazine Editors. About Chicago Tribune Company Chicago Tribune Company publishes the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper with daily readership of about 1.8 million and about 2.6 million on Sunday. The company also operates related print and interactive media serving Chicagoland. Chicago Tribune is the founding publication of Tribune Company, one of the country's leading media companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing and on the Internet.
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