Chicagoist's 'Statistically Accurate' List Of The Best Restaurants In Chicago

By Staff in Food on May 16, 2014 4:00PM

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Lamb meatball sandwich at Publican Quality Meats (tinemendoza from the Chicagoist Flickr pool)

The world is full of "best restaurants" lists. Sometimes it can seem a little overwhelming. That's why we had data journalist Steven Melendez crunch a bunch of them together into one giant super-list.

The results are pretty interesting, jamming together Chicago's world-class fine dining restaurants like Alinea with our amazing encased meats scene at institutions like Hot Dougs and Publican Quality Meats. The reason is that Steven used Zagat's average price indicator to control for price point.

Here's how the results were generated:

Each restaurant gets one point for:

We processed it all into one extremely cool map, shown below. Click on the dots to read more about each restaurant:

Steven Melendez is a Brooklyn-based independent journalist who was previously a full-time member of WNYC's Data News Team. If you are curious, check out the Best Restaurants lists for New York and San Francisco.