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A cider summit. An independent spirits expo. An entirely gluten-free Michelin-starred restaurant. A pig's blood piña colada. Yes, you read that right — a pig's blood piña colada. Chicago is certainly home to an impressively diverse food and drink scene and the recent announcement that the James Beard Awards are moving there next year confirms that the Windy City is rightfully being recognized as a premier destination for all types of cuisine. Food Republic has been there every step of the way in 2014, reporting on the city's exciting restaurant and bar openings, unveiling the ten commandments of modern butchering and interviewing a hot dog legend. On the topic of tubesteaks, we looked at the history of the acclaimed Chicago dog. All that, and more, in our year-end roundup of all things Chi-town.

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