Here at Thrillist Chicago, we like to rank things, whether they be strip clubs, or bowls of ramen, or strip clubs, or steakhouses, or... strip clubs. But today we undertake one of our most ambitious rankings to date: 19 cities in Illinois, ranked by their food and drink.
So, how the hell did we do this? By employing several metrics -- including bars/restaurants per capita, restaurant growth data from Nielsen, number of bars/restaurants included on past Thrillist best-of Illinois lists, number of awards won by bars/restaurants in each city, and walkability of downtown areas with high bar/restaurant concentrations, weighing all local joints more heavily than chains. Here we go.