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Get These Trending Chicago Restaurants On Your Radar Today

Brightwok. | Photo: Mimi L./Yelp 

Curious where Chicago’s insiders are eating and drinking? It’s easy to spot lines out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to see.

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to discover which local businesses have been most discussed this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Chicago businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increase their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are sizzling hot, right now.

Brightwok Kitchen

Photo: KRiS L./Yelp

Open since July 2018, this Asian fusion, gluten-free and vegetarian spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “Asian Fusion” on Yelp.

Citywide, Asian fusion spots saw a median 2.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Brightwok Kitchen saw a 27.8 percent increase, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Brightwok Kitchen’s review count increased by more than 500 percent.

Located at 631 N. State St. in the Near North, Brightwok Kitchen offers signature and customizable bowls with a variety of proteins and sauces for gluten-free folks, vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers. Favorite items include the sweet umami mushroom bowl with a fried egg on top, as well as sides like sweet potato fritters and sweet and sour pickles. (See the menu here.)

Firewater Saloon

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Mount Greenwood’s Firewater Saloon is the city’s buzziest traditional American spot by the numbers.

The bar and traditional American spot, which opened at 3908 W. 111th St. (between Pulaski Road and Harding Avenue) in March 2018, increased its new review count by 22.2 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.9 percent for the Yelp category “American (Traditional).” It outperformed the previous month by gaining 4.0 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.

It’s not the only trending outlier in the traditional American category: No Bones Beach Club has seen a 26.4 percent increase in reviews.

Firewater Saloon offers salads, burgers, house specialties and more. Try the Firewater wings, the Drifter burger with mushrooms and Swiss cheese and the Gunslinger, a sandwich with cheddar cheese and honey mustard-braised short rib. (View the full menu here.)

The Darling

Photo: ALEX A./Yelp

West Town’s The Darling is currently on the upswing in the cocktail bar category on Yelp.

While businesses categorized as “Cocktail Bars” on Yelp saw a median 3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this cocktail bar increased its by 32.3 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 3.5 stars.

Open for business at 905 W. Randolph St. (between Sangamon and Peoria streets) since November 2018, the business offers small and large plates, bar snacks and drinks inspired by popular movies and stories. Try “The Secret Garden” cocktail, which is made with a botanical vodka, lime juice, raspberry liquor, grapefruit soda and garnished with an edible hibiscus flower.

Breakfast House

Photo: BREAKFAST HOUSE/Yelp

Open since August 2018, this breakfast and brunch spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “Breakfast & Brunch” on Yelp.

Citywide, businesses tagged “Breakfast & Brunch” saw a median 1.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Breakfast House saw a 26.1 percent increase, maintaining a healthy 4.5-star rating throughout. It gained 0.9 times more reviews than expected based on past performance, significantly outperforming the previous month.

Located at 3001 N. Ashland Ave. (between Wellington Avenue and Nelson Street) in Lakeview, Breakfast House offers items like challah French toast, chicken and waffles and huevos rancheros. For lunch, try options like the organic quinoa and beet salad or the smoked barbecue pulled pork sandwich on brioche.

Virtue Restaurant

PHOTO: VIRTUE RESTAURANT/YELP

Is Hyde Park’s Virtue Restaurant on your radar? According to Yelp review data, the Southern and New American spot is seeing plenty of action.

While businesses categorized as “American (New)” on Yelp increased their media new review count by 2.2 percent over the past month, Virtue Restaurant nabbed a 24.7 percent increase in reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a convincing 4.5-star rating.

Located at 1462 E. 53rd St. (between Harper and Blackstone avenues), Virtue Restaurant opened in November 2018. It offers a range of appetizers, mains and side dishes, alongside wine, beer, ciders and cocktails. Notable menu options include biscuits with house-made butter, gumbo, mac and cheese and beef short ribs.

This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we’re doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.

Get These Trending Chicago Restaurants On Your Radar Today

Brightwok. | Photo: Mimi L./Yelp 

Curious where Chicago’s insiders are eating and drinking? It’s easy to spot lines out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to see.

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to discover which local businesses have been most discussed this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Chicago businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increase their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are sizzling hot, right now.

Brightwok Kitchen

Photo: KRiS L./Yelp

Open since July 2018, this Asian fusion, gluten-free and vegetarian spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “Asian Fusion” on Yelp.

Citywide, Asian fusion spots saw a median 2.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Brightwok Kitchen saw a 27.8 percent increase, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Brightwok Kitchen’s review count increased by more than 500 percent.

Located at 631 N. State St. in the Near North, Brightwok Kitchen offers signature and customizable bowls with a variety of proteins and sauces for gluten-free folks, vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers. Favorite items include the sweet umami mushroom bowl with a fried egg on top, as well as sides like sweet potato fritters and sweet and sour pickles. (See the menu here.)

Firewater Saloon

Photo: CAROL H./Yelp

Mount Greenwood’s Firewater Saloon is the city’s buzziest traditional American spot by the numbers.

The bar and traditional American spot, which opened at 3908 W. 111th St. (between Pulaski Road and Harding Avenue) in March 2018, increased its new review count by 22.2 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.9 percent for the Yelp category “American (Traditional).” It outperformed the previous month by gaining 4.0 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.

It’s not the only trending outlier in the traditional American category: No Bones Beach Club has seen a 26.4 percent increase in reviews.

Firewater Saloon offers salads, burgers, house specialties and more. Try the Firewater wings, the Drifter burger with mushrooms and Swiss cheese and the Gunslinger, a sandwich with cheddar cheese and honey mustard-braised short rib. (View the full menu here.)

The Darling

Photo: ALEX A./Yelp

West Town’s The Darling is currently on the upswing in the cocktail bar category on Yelp.

While businesses categorized as “Cocktail Bars” on Yelp saw a median 3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this cocktail bar increased its by 32.3 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 3.5 stars.

Open for business at 905 W. Randolph St. (between Sangamon and Peoria streets) since November 2018, the business offers small and large plates, bar snacks and drinks inspired by popular movies and stories. Try “The Secret Garden” cocktail, which is made with a botanical vodka, lime juice, raspberry liquor, grapefruit soda and garnished with an edible hibiscus flower.

Breakfast House

Photo: BREAKFAST HOUSE/Yelp

Open since August 2018, this breakfast and brunch spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “Breakfast & Brunch” on Yelp.

Citywide, businesses tagged “Breakfast & Brunch” saw a median 1.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Breakfast House saw a 26.1 percent increase, maintaining a healthy 4.5-star rating throughout. It gained 0.9 times more reviews than expected based on past performance, significantly outperforming the previous month.

Located at 3001 N. Ashland Ave. (between Wellington Avenue and Nelson Street) in Lakeview, Breakfast House offers items like challah French toast, chicken and waffles and huevos rancheros. For lunch, try options like the organic quinoa and beet salad or the smoked barbecue pulled pork sandwich on brioche.

Virtue Restaurant

PHOTO: VIRTUE RESTAURANT/YELP

Is Hyde Park’s Virtue Restaurant on your radar? According to Yelp review data, the Southern and New American spot is seeing plenty of action.

While businesses categorized as “American (New)” on Yelp increased their media new review count by 2.2 percent over the past month, Virtue Restaurant nabbed a 24.7 percent increase in reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a convincing 4.5-star rating.

Located at 1462 E. 53rd St. (between Harper and Blackstone avenues), Virtue Restaurant opened in November 2018. It offers a range of appetizers, mains and side dishes, alongside wine, beer, ciders and cocktails. Notable menu options include biscuits with house-made butter, gumbo, mac and cheese and beef short ribs.

This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we’re doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.

At Least 12 Detectives Working To Find Out Who Killed CPD Officer John Rivera

Chicago (CBS) — The city of Chicago lost an officer, and Julian Martinez lost one of his best friends. He says he met John Rivera in the first grade. They grew up together on the Far South Side in Hegewisch.

“He was the last person in the world to deserve this,” Martinez said. “All I keep asking myself is, ‘Why? Why him?’ He would never do anything. He was the perfect person.”

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Chicago police say Rivera and his friends had left a bar in River North Saturday morning and were sitting in a car around 3:30 a.m. Investigators say two men approached the car near Clark and Huron and started shooting.

“This appears to be a unprovoked attack against a group of individuals who went out to unwind on a Friday night,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said.

Sources say two groups were fighting in River North. One group of people went looking for another group, and they stumbled upon Rivera and his friends. According to sources, the shooter may have thought Rivera was someone else.

Hegewisch barber Neko Castillo says Rivera was a friend who wouldn’t hurt a fly.

“One of those situations where some people ask, ‘oh, do you think he could have been having altercations with anybody?’ From my point of view from knowing him, I don’t think so,” Castillo said.

Police say Rivera had just wrapped up a shift around 10 p.m. Friday.

Martinez says he’s also friends with another off-duty officer who was in the car and was not shot. He says he was planning on going out with the group, but his girlfriend felt sick.

“I probably would have been in that car with them and God knows where I would be right now, whether dead, shot, still alive or traumatized,” Martinez said.

Martinez says he’s also friends with another person in the car who was shot. He says that person is up and talking but still at the hospital.

Police say they are questioning one person, who is not a suspect. They’re also reviewing security video.

Happy Birthday To Adelaide The Echidna, Brookfield Zoo’s Oldest Animal

Chicago (CBS) — The oldest animal at Brookfield Zoo, Adelaide the short-beaked echidna, turned 50 years old Saturday.

(Credit: Chicago Zoological Society)

Echidnas are native to Australia as well as Central and South New Guinea. They are only one of two mammals to lay eggs.

In celebration of her big day, Adelaide ate a cake topped with one of her favorite foods — wax worms.

(Credit: Chicago Zoological Society)

Police Say Drunk Passenger Urinated On Luggage During Flight From Chicago To Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police say a drunk passenger urinated on another passenger’s luggage during a flight from Chicago to Charlotte, North Carolina.

News outlets reported that American Airlines asked law enforcement to meet Flight 1344 once it arrived in Charlotte at 12:52 a.m. on Thursday.

A police report said the victim was a female passenger. The report did not say whether any charges would be filed against the drunk passenger.

A spokeswoman for the Charlotte office of the FBI told the Charlottesville Observer Saturday that the FBI was notified of the police report Friday. The FBI investigates criminal offenses during airline flights.

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John Rivera, 23, Off-Duty CPD Officer Fatally Shot In River North: What We Know

Chicago (CBS) — John P. Rivera, 23, has been identified as the off-duty Chicago police officer who was fatally shot in River North Saturday morning, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Rivera lived in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the Far South Side of Chicago and had been a police officer for less than two years.

One of his neighbors, John Sanchez, is a former CPD sergeant and said Rivera would ask him for advice about being a police officer.

“He was a good boy, I mean a really, really nice boy,” Sanchez said. “He ran all the time, worked out all the time with neighbor kids his own age. They’d all work out to try to be ready to be police.”

Sanchez said Rivera wanted to be a police officer since he was 16 years old and dreamed of doing tactical work.

Rivera was a 2013 graduate of Brother Rice High School. The school’s president Mark Donahue and principal Bob Alberts released a statement, saying:

“The whole Brother Rice community is mourning the loss of Officer Rivera. On behalf of Brother Rice, we express our deepest condolences to his family. John is remembered as a nice, polite, and soft spoken young man. He was always willing to help others and truly lived out our motto of ‘Acting Manfully in Christ Jesus’. God bless John and his family.”

Several people in Rivera’s neighborhood knew him as John Petty. He changed his last name to Rivera to match his mother’s.

Friends say Rivera was very kind. Neko Castillo, a longtime friend, said, “He showed me how to care about people no matter what and just how to live the best life.”

Castillo was also Rivera’s barber and shared a photo of Rivera after a recent haircut.

(Credit: Neko Castillo)

Julian Martinez also shared a recent photo of Rivera and him and one from their First Communion.

(Credit: Julian Martinez)

(Credit: Julian Martinez)

Martinez said another friend was also hit in the shooting Saturday morning but is doing well.

“He’s doing good. He was shot four times but is completely up and talking. He’s very lucky,” Martinez said.

Police confirm Rivera and three other individuals were sitting in a parked car when two men approached their vehicle near Clark and Huron Street.

One man showed a handgun and started shooting. The offenders fled the scene.

Rivera was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital just before 4 a.m.

First Deputy Supt. Anthony Riccio said Rivera was working 3rd watch in the 6th District and had completed a shift around 9 or 10 p.m.

Riccio said Rivera had been with the department for just under two years. Officials said one person of interest is being questioned.

Police said there were many surveillance cameras in the area where the shooting took place. Detectives are looking through footage to see if they can get video of the shooter, who remains on the run.

CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson ‘Disgusted’ By Fatal Shooting Of Off-Duty Officer John Rivera

CHICAGO (CBS)– Chicago Police Supt. Supt. Eddie Johnson addressed the media Saturday around noon after off-duty officer John Rivera, 23, was fatally shot in River North. 

Police confirm Rivera and three other individuals were sitting in a parked car when two men approached their vehicle near Clark and Huron Street. One man showed a handgun and started shooting around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The offenders fled the scene.

Johnson said he was “disgusted” by the unprovoked attack against a group of individuals who went to “unwind on a Friday night.”

Johnson said Rivera, a two-year CPD veteran, worked in the 6th District with his son. He described Rivera as “very eager to serve the citizens of this city.” He said Rivera loved going out on patrol and solving problems.

One person of interest, who is not thought to be the shooter, is being questioned. Johnson said police are looking for at least two more individuals.

Detectives are recovering video from both city and private cameras to locate the shooter, according to Johnson.

“We have very good video of this heinous attack,” he said. “Mark my words, we will find them.”

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang To Hold Rally In Chicago Next Week

Chicago (CBS) — Andrew Yang, one of more than a dozen Democrats who’ve announced a run for president, will hold a rally next week in Chicago.

Yang will appear at the Greenhouse Loft (2545 W. Diversey Ave.) Monday, March 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Key components of Yang’s platform include Medicare for All and a monthly income of $1,000 for all adults ages 18-64 with no strings attached.

In 2011, the New York and Silicon Valley entrepreneur founded Venture for America, which places recent college graduates in struggling communities around the country. According to his campaign, Yang helped create more than 2,500 jobs in cities like Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburgh over six years.

Other Democratic presidential candidates who’ve stopped in Chicago recently include Bernie Sanders, who held a rally at Navy Pier earlier this month, Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke.

You can register for the free event here. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and seating will be available for those who need it.