If the James Beard awards are any indication, Chicago is a great place to eat.
This year's nominees were announced Monday and four of the five "Best chefs in the Great Lakes" are from Chicago.
Dave Beran of "Next," Stephanie Izard of "Girl and the Goat," Andrew Zimmerman of "Sepia," and Paul Virant of "Vie" in Western Springs were all nominated.
The West Loop restaurant "Grace" is nominated in the "best new restaurant" category.
Many other local chefs and restaurants were also nominated.
Awards will be handed out next month.
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