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Hot Doug's Closing in October; Best Patios; More

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AVONDALE—The end of an era is coming in October, as Doug Sohn announced that he's closing the iconic and beloved Hot Doug's then. We asked top chefs and restaurateurs their thoughts, highlighted five ways Hot Doug's changed the game, and talked with Sohn at length about the decision.

AROUND TOWN—It hit 80 degrees yesterday, which means it's officially patio season. We highlighted more than 30 of the best and newest al fresco options in Chicago.

NYC—The 2014 James Beard Awards, known as "the Oscars of food," came an went on Monday night. Jimmy Bannos Jr. (The Purple Pig), Dave Beran (Next), and Grace took home awards for Chicago.

RIVER NORTH—How hard is it to snag a table at the red-hot Peruvian spot Tanta? We talked to general manager Tomy Lokvicic about that and many more interesting topics.