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Old Irving Park’s Finom Coffee aces Hungarian food

The coffee and teas are great but don't leave without sampling the Hungarian food at this eclectic spot, at 4200 W. Irving Park Rd.

The Grid: Old Irving Park’s best includes tacos, seafood, barbecue and brew

Old Irving Park has easy access to public transportation, the expressway, Chicago River’s 312 RiverRun, parks and great food.

Warm atmosphere, smooth coffee at South Side’s Sip & Savor cafes

Trez Van Pugh III wants his cafes to feel like an extension of his customers’ homes and that the decor encourages them to "stay awhile."

The Grid: Bronzeville filled with rich history, mouthwatering food

Bronzeville has a vibrant cultural and dining scene strengthened by the lasting legacy of the "Chicago Black Renaissance."

Mango Pickle’s ‘globalized’ Indian food salutes the spirit of Mumbai

Marisa Paolillo credits her experience in Mumbai, where she relished street food and home cooked meals, with her decision to open Mango Pickle.

The Grid: In Edgewater, tacos, Thai, vegan and everything in between

Beachfront Edgewater boasts antique shopping, small theaters, bars and a host of restaurants that will satisfy any foodie.

Chinatown’s Go 4 Food, a must for Asian-style seafood lovers

The flavors at Go 4 Food can be best described as Cantonese fusion, reflecting the cuisine owner Wendy Cheung grew up eating.

The Grid: Bite into the classics and the fresh takes in Chinatown

There's a trendy and modern meets old-school and traditional feel in the many new businesses — not just Chinese — that are multiplying in the area.

Flammin Restaurant showcases family recipes, South Side

Flammin's secret weapons are owner LaTasha Taylor’s mom, Marilyn Sturden, and uncle Rodney Shells-Sullivan.

The Grid: Park Manor/Chatham’s ‘Black-nificient Mile’

Chatham/Park Manor's 75th Street is known by many residents as "Black Wall Street" and "Black-nificient Mile."

The Grid: Little Village’s ‘second Magnificent Mile’ captures heart of Mexico

Little Village's "second Magnificent Mile" on 26th Street is the highest grossing shopping and tax revenue hub in the city after Michigan Avenue.

Baobab serves barbecue with a South African twist

Chef Andrew Dunlop's incorporates his native South African flavors like coriander and peri peri — African bird’s eye chili.

The Grid: Ravenswood’s choice eats

Ravenswood is a hub for a creative class of artisans and craftsmen, independently owned restaurants and drinking hangouts on "Malt Row."

Bar Biscay revels in the Basque region’s cuisine and pretension-free groove

Bar Biscay, at 1450 W. Chicago Ave., is inspired by the food and colorful parties on Bay of Biscay, which abuts Northern Spain and Western France.

The Grid: West Town’s Eckhart Park shines as a foodie-friendly spot

The stretch of West Town’s Eckhart Park on Chicago Avenue — known for its longstanding fieldhouse — is now gaining popularity for its other hot spots.

Mini Mott: A slice of Americana with an Asian twist

The burger is among the most popular items at Mini Mott. The restaurant, an offshoot of Noble Square's Mott St., opened in July.

The Grid: Paying homage to Logan Square’s roots with Mexican, Latin picks

New hot spots pop up with regularity in Logan Square, where restaurants like Fat Rice, Lula, Longman & Eagle and Giant have ended up on "best" lists.

The Grid: Hyde Park, a mix of intellect, culture and good eats

Hyde Park prides itself on its culture, intellectual reputation and for being Barack Obama's former hangout.

La Catedral, a spiritual ambiance and ‘delightful’ dining experience

Many flock to La Catedral for its legendary cafe de olla — a Mexican coffee with cinnamon and brown sugar — and the 10 types of chilaquiles.

Chef Erick Williams ‘coaches’ Hyde Park’s Virtue Restaurant like a team

Like a coach, Erick Williams –– one of the most prominent African-American chefs in the city –– is always encouraging his staff to take it up a notch.

The Grid: Funkenhausen a blend of Southern and German eats

"We’re cooking my food that I’ve been wanting to make for a long time...and what our team likes and what inspires us," said Chef/Owner Mark Steuer.

The Grid: West Town’s East Village ripe for exploration

For this list, I’m concentrating on a portion known as East Village, from Ashland to Damen, where businesses have blossomed.

Lost Larson: Brother and sister bring ‘bakery culture’ to city

Behind Andersonville’s buzzworthy bakery and cafe, Lost Larson, is a brother and sister team.

The Grid: Andersonville’s appeal is its diversity and small businesses

Here are some of the lesser-known attractions in the eclectic North Side neighborhood.

The Grid: A ‘family-centric’ atmosphere at Open Outcry Brewing Co.

Owner John Brand's interest in home-brewing piqued nearly 15 years ago when his wife gifted him with a home-brewing kit and class.

The Grid: Beverly — craft beers, arts and classic treats

The residents in the racially and economically diverse Beverly neighborhood are most proud of the public schools and overall community involvement.

The Grid: 10 hidden gems in the Northcenter neighborhood

Many of Northcenter's businesses are sought after destination points rather than accidental discoveries stumbled upon by its customers.

The Grid: 5 festive ways to spend the holidays in the Loop

In the holiday edition of "The Grid," Ji Suk Yi takes you to several downtown favorites you must visit during this festive season.

The Grid: Exploring the Lincoln Square neighborhood

Lincoln Square is charming with a real neighborly feel plus it has restaurants with around the globe cuisine.

The Grid: Exploring the Auburn Gresham neighborhood

This South Side community is home to some of the city's best soul food and a beautiful park complete with lagoons and romantic stone bridges. The beauty of one of Auburn Gresham’s hidden gems is impressive even in winter. When I walked through Auburn Park, it wasn’t in its full glory. It was chilly, the trees were bare and it was empty except for geese, but it was still so picturesque and lovely. Learn more in The Grid.

The Grid: Exploring the Uptown neighborhood

Uptown is a mix of old and new, glitz and grit. The clues of her glamorous past are visible in the ornate buildings and bold marquees of her iconic theaters. There are also glimpses of rougher times when the neighborhood fell from its glory days. Uptown has a colorful past - and none of it’s hidden.

The Grid: Exploring the Avondale neighborhood

Featured on "The Grid," Avondale has deep industrial roots and is historically known for its smoke stacks and steeples. It’s not a fancy neighborhood, staying true to its blue collar roots - down-to-earth, hard-scrabble and home to people from different ethnic backgrounds.