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Polar Vortex Dining; Our Essential Restaurants List; More

This week's top dish from Eater Chicago, Curbed's restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog...

CHICAGO—In case you didn't notice, temperatures in Chicago hit record lows earlier this week. Many restaurants temporarily closed due to burst pipes and concerns for employee safety; while many offered deals (and some still are) to entice diners to leave the house. In case you don't want to leave, here's a guide on ordering delivery.

CHICAGO—Eater's list of the 38 essential restaurants in Chicago got an update this week, re-adding acclaimed barbecue spot Lillie's Q and bringing Sticky Rice and Edzo's Burger Shop aboard.

LOGAN SQUARE—Details on the highly-anticipated new project from the guys behind Scofflaw finally came to light. It will be two floors with a rowdy dance floor, cheap booze, bottled cocktails, and tamales with chili.

NORTH CENTER—Chicago will get its very first cider bar soon. The team from Fountainhead is planning a place, The Northman, that will serve well over 100 ciders.