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Ah, soup . . . that warm, savory soul balm that makes cold and blustery (or just plain difficult) days a little bit more bearable. When a warmed-up can of potage just isn’t good enough, Chicago eateries come through with some tastes-like-homemade options that will have you checking the kitchen to make sure your grandma is not in there stirring pots. Hungry now? Well, here are five tasty, hearty soups that are oh-so-worth trying.

 

 

1.  CHICKEN & KALE SOUP at THE DEARBORN 

Chicken & Kale Soup
 
This hybrid of Italian wedding and chicken noodle soup is a robust mix of tuscan kale, fregola and local carrots, all huddled in a made-from-scratch chicken bone broth and topped off with shaved parmesan. Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri describes his soup as "incredibly hearty, healthy and most importantly, soul soothing” . . . and we believe him. ($7/Cup, $10/Bowl)
 
The Dearborn | 145 N. Dearborn Street | 312-384-1242
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2.  FRENCH ONION SOUP WITH VEAL at RM CHAMPAGNE SALON

French Onion Soup with Veal
 
Slip into the plush, welcome dining room of this Parisian-inspired West Loop hot spot tucked in a romantic, cobblestone alleyway for their variation of French Onion Soup. Executive Chef Madalyn Koch serves up her own unique interpretation of the dish with a soup base of house-made veal broth, plenty of caramelized onions, creamy, Comte cheese and house-made brioche croutons. Be sure to grab a glass of bubbly to sip with your soup, and enjoy it amid the light of the restaraunt's cozy, wood-burning fireplace. ($12/8 oz cup)

RM Champagne Salon | 116 N. Green Street | 312-243-1199

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3.  PORK POZOLE at DOS URBAN CANTINA  

Dos Urban Cantina

Ever have a bowl of soup that has the superpower to change its taste with every bite? Meet Pork Pozole, a traditional, Mexican hominy-based soup that includes pork and guajillo chiles—and with the side garnishes it eats like a meal whose flavor profile continues to offer up something new with every sprinkle.
 
We knew we were in for a treat when Chef Brian Enyart handed us a bowl. "You can change each bite by adding tostadas, radish, lime, cabbage, onion or cilantro to create new textures and flavors with every steamy spoonful,” he said, with a gleam in his eye.
 
And since it is all-you-can-eat, you can slurp this deliciousness to your heart's content, just like you do at mom's house during Sunday dinner. ($14/All-you-can-eat bowl. Available on Sundays only.)
 
Dos Urban Cantina | 2829 W. Armitage Avenue | 773-661-6452
 

 

 

4.  SAMBAR at FAT RICE 

Craving some stick-to-your-ribs ethnic flavor? Head over to Fat Rice in the Logan Square neighborhood for some Sambar. Chef Abraham Conlon’s version of this popular South Indian legume and vegetable-based soup is made with toor dal, split pea, dried coconut, tamarind, fenugreek, curry leaves, mustard seed, and, for that extra zest, dried shrimp and shaved bonito. ($8/Bowl)

Fat Rice  | 2957 W. Diversey Avenue | 773-661-9170

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5.  BOOKBINDER’S SOUP at HUGO'S FROG BAR & FISH HOUSE 

Bookbinder's Soup

This steamy bowl of seafood soup goodness from Executive Chef Russell Kook features large chunks of tender white fish simmered in a tomato base with a Louisiana hot sauce zing that warms you up just right. For an added treat, get a side of chipotle-roasted corn. You'll be positively glowing on the inside. ($5.50/cup, $7.25/bowl)

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House | 1024 N. Rush Street | 312-640-0999 

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Find more comfort food favorites, or hop around a Chicago food hall and go from soup to sandwich to dessert all in one sitting.

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