Chicago’s media sums up the city’s restaurant and bar scene in 2022 with a single word — or at least most of the panel tried to — as part of Eater’s ongoing tradition of polling the city’s experts for their year-end takes.
Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Tribune: Fragmented. There didn’t seem to be a major dining trend that tied the scene together. My favorite restaurants were also scattered all over the city and suburbs.
Amy Cavanaugh, Chicago magazine: Fluctuating
Sarah Spain, ESPN: Revitalized
Matt Lindner, writer and marketing manager: Thriving
Maggie Hendricks, Bally Sports: Trying (as in, they’re trying, not you’re trying my patience).
Brenda Storch, Eater Chicago contributor: Understaffed
Michael Nagrant, The Hunger: Understaffed
Jeffy Mai, Time Out Chicago: Reinvigorated