Born in 2018 and served fresh by Growing Community Media, Eats gives you a weekly taste of everything dining related in Oak Park and its surrounding communities. Berwyn, Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Riverside, Brookfield, Proviso Township and Elmwood Park are home to a rich collection of established and emerging eateries. Known for serving up healthy portions of food and restaurant news, Eats exists to connect you to the people and stories behind the dishes you love to eat.

The majority of all Eats content is editorial in nature, but once a year our dedicated advertising department gives local restaurants the opportunity to join in this gorgeous celebration of the eateries that keep us coming back for more. Our designers are responsible for making the Eats Dining Guide look good enough to eat. This publication is the result of layers of local talent, and I am proud to call the people behind it my colleagues.

All of us at Growing Community Media are exceptionally grateful for the support Byline Bank has shown to local restaurants and the commitment they have made to help us tell their important stories through the Eats brand — this special section would not have been possible without their support. We are grateful that Alberto Paracchini, CEO of Byline Bank, and Susie Goldschmidt, Oak Park and River Forest Market President for Byline Bank, recognize that local businesses and restaurants form the backbone of communities.

No matter where you look, you’ll find inspirational stories in our multiple Eats communities, but at the heart of it all there are countless crave-worthy dishes we love to celebrate. We’ve shared Persimmon Kitchen’s love of Ssamjang, lined up for a slice of olive oil cake from Broken Tart, and slurped one of the first bowls of noodles at Kyuramen. We are counting the days until Chubby’s Char House opens in Forest Park and look forward to Takeout 25’s next Taste the Town and event, all while celebrating the enduring legacy of places like Cucina Paradiso and Khyber Pass.

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