CHICAGO -- Carl Sandburg's "hog butcher to the world" has become a hotbed of restaurants. Once a meat-and-potatoes town, the Second City now is second to none in its selection of contemporary American dining rooms, French bistros, Italian trattorie, Spanish tapas bars, Asian cafes and a great variety of ethnic storefronts, as well as first-rate steak houses. Several stars -- Le Francais and Carlos' among them -- are in the suburbs, but those listed here all are downtown or a short cab ride ...

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