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Tap-ah That!

July 27, 2015
A Spanish Summer
Let’s be honest, even during a heatwave Chicago can’t really hold a sunray to the likes of Cádiz or Cordoba. But that doesn’t mean Midwesterners can’t eat like they’re in España, especially at present when Iberican dining options are springing up in the Windy City faster than you can say ‘ole!’. So, for all the paella proponents and tapas tasters, here are the best new arrivals and revamped restos for a perfect summertime food fiesta. Jamón in...

For Basque bites in a very industri-cool setting saunter over to Gold Coast gem Salero. Since opening last year, this flavour-packing funkster has been winning over crowds and critics alike with its punchy pintxos, succulent chorizo-stuffed quail and star anise-spiked G&T.

Or, if you’re in the mood for shareable seafood, subterranean Lakeview newbie MFK is tops for stunningly simple crustacean creations like crispy salbitxada prawn heads, or jumbo sea scallops with blue cheese polenta – best paired with a bright white or light rosé.

With those under your belt, what’s next? Well, uh... Next. Grant Achatz's cuisine chameleon has recently gotten into small plates in a big way serving up a playful tapas-themed tasting menu until 6 September. Just be sure to book before 31 July. ¡Buen apetito!

Salero / 621 W Randolph St / West Loop / +1 312 466 1000 / lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily /

MFK / 432 W Diversey Pkwy / Lakeview / +1 773 857 2540 / lunch Tue-Sun, dinner daily /

Next / 953 W Fulton Market / Fulton Market / +1 312 226 0858 / dinner Wed-Sun /