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Is Chicago’s Trendy Dining Scene A Bubble About To Burst?

Chicago may have been named Restaurant City of the Year in 2017 by Bon Appétit magazine, but there are some signs of distress in the industry.

The city was forced to say goodbye to critically-acclaimed favorites (41 Grams, the Pump Room, Grace, to name a few). From rising rent costs to a shrinking pool of hospitality talent, restaurateurs are facing more challenges than ever in an already high-failure industry.

Is Chicago’s restaurant scene a bubble about to burst? Chicago magazine contributor Peter Frost and Eater Chicago senior editor Ashok Selvam stop by the Morning Shift to break down the pressing and growing challenges of trying to open up the city’s “next hot restaurant.”

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