The restaurant scene is hot and getting hotter. Chicago may be known for deep-dish pizza, but it’s hardly the star. Residents hail from all over the world, inspiring ethnic alcoves and an enormous variety in cuisine. Those in fear of living without hometown specialties are pleasantly surprised. Sample the ceviche bar at Nacional 27 before dancing the salsa. Nearly 100 years later we can thank France for colonizing Vietnam, turning out Le Colonial’s amazing fusion cuisine. Sorry Epcot, but you can’t compete with this worldly influence. Good luck finding another city with so many BYOB joints. We love them. Restaurants mix five-star cuisine with five-star views, whether its 80 floors high or smack-dab on the river. Chicago’s list of new restaurants is constantly changing. From one enterprising chef to another, we’ve got all the angles covered. They’ve picked up the vegan craze, with some added flavor. Thanks Mana, for acclimating our taste buds to the healthiest trend.