When you hear the words: "vegetarian Chicago," do you think: cheese pizza? Hot dog, hold the dog? In a city obsessed with Hot Doug's, you may not know that Chicago has a thriving vegetarian -- and vegan -- dining scene.
A city's cultural scene dictates its dinner hour. While determining the perfect time to dine is far from an exact science, our local correspondents gave us insider tips on how to join the cool kids' table.
It's been almost impossible to keep track of Chicago restaurant openings in 2012, with a new spot popping up what seems like every other second. Here are three of my favorites, each with memorable food, outrageous cocktails and unique decor.