CHICAGO RESTAURANTS 2001

Steak/seafood houses and sushi bars are the hottest trends in Chicago, but the appetite for Asian-fusion, Mediterranean-American, Nuevo Latino, Italian trattoria and French bistro continues unabated, and new restaurants seem to open weekly. A few high-profile spots have closed in the last year, too. The biggest news was Jean Banchet's February decision to retire and sell his fabled Le Francais, and

Steak/seafood houses and sushi bars are the hottest trends in Chicago, but the appetite for Asian-fusion, Mediterranean-American, Nuevo Latino, Italian trattoria and French bistro continues unabated, and new restaurants seem to open weekly. A few high-profile spots have closed in the last year, too. The biggest news was Jean Banchet's February decision to retire and sell his fabled Le Francais, and it will be fascinating to see how it evolves under chef Don Yamauchi, formerly of Carlos' and G

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