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Kelly Rizzo dishes it out with Michigan Avenue Magazine and shares her favorite local places to grab classic Chicago grub.

Burger: Au Cheval. “Hands down, and most people won’t contest that.” 800 W. Randolph St., 312-929-4580

Live music: Joe’s Bar. “Country music is my love and no one gives it to you better than Joe’s Bar.” 940 W. Weed St., 312-337-3486

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Rockin’ spot: Bub City. “Their barbecue is outstanding. Ultimate combo of great food and live country music.” 435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4200

Brunch: Miss Ricky’s at the Virgin Hotel. “The best chicken & waffles I have ever had.” 203 N. Wabash Ave., 312-940-4777

Cocktails: Three Dots and a Dash. “The most delicious, innovative, interactive, and potent cocktails anywhere.” 435 N. Clark St. (alley entrance), 312-610-4220

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Late-night craving: Veggie burrito from Jaimito’s Burritos in Lincoln Park. “Best burritos and tacos in the city.” 1781 N. Clybourn Ave., 312-397-9009

Special occasion spot: Next. “Since the menu and theme changes, you’re in for a unique experience.” 953 W. Fulton Market, 312-226-0858

Hidden gem: Friends Sushi. “It’s so cozy, and they have the freshest maki rolls.” 710 N. Rush St., 312-787-8998

Ultimate indulgence: “Stuffed spinach and mushroom pizza from Bella Bacinos.” 2204 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-472-7400

Neighborhood haunt: 3 Greens Market in River North. “Yummy salad bar and Small Cheval-style burgers.” 354 W. Hubbard St., 312-888-9195

Sexiest scene: Soho House‘s rooftop in the summer. “Doesn’t get more ‘scene-y’ than Soho!” Members only. 113 N. Green St., 312-521-8000

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Guilty pleasure: McDonald’s Fish Filet. “I stopped eating the beef from McDonald’s… but I can’t give this baby up.”

Worth the drive: Parson’s Chicken and Fish. “The best fried fish sandwich I’ve ever had (don’t tell McDonald’s I said that).” 2952 W. Armitage Ave., 773-384-3333

Hotel hangout: Allium at Four Seasons. “Great for a nightcap during a staycation.” 120 E. Delaware Pl., 312-799-4900

Pizza: Coalfire. “Best thin crust pizza on earth, and the owner Dave makes you feel like family.” 1321 W. Grand Ave., 312-226-2625

My last meal: Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. “Give me 50 pounds of stone crab claws and I’ll die happy.” 60 E. Grand Ave., 312-379-5637

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