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5 hot bars and restaurants to check out this weekend

December 09, 2011|By Lisa Arnett and Emily Van Zandt | RedEye

Yusho
2853 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-904-8558
Former Charlie Trotter’s chef Matthias Merges is grilling up yakitori in Logan Square.

BLT American Brasserie
500 W. Superior St. 312-948-8744
A big, opulent eatery from big-name chef, Laurent Tourondel, on the northwest edge of River North.

Pizza Persona
614 W. Diversey Pkwy. 773-327-8500
This DIY pizza joint in Lincoln Park just started stocking beer and wine, and plans to celebrate its grand opening by doling out free food Sunday.

Bar Toma
110 E. Pearson St. 312-266-3110
Braving the Mag Mile holiday shopping crowds is now significantly more tolerable thanks to the abundance of tasty pizzas and wine on tap at Tony Mantuano’s new casual Italian eatery.

Cubby Bear Wrigleyville
1059 W. Addison St. 773-327-1662
Expect major crowds (and plenty of elf costumes) when the annual TBOX pub crawl comes to a close Saturday night at this popular Wrigleyville spot.

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