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Six superior soup spots for January in Chicago

Hugo's Bookbinders soup

Hugo's Bookbinders soup

January, as you may know, is National Soup Month. Even though the weather is mild this week, you know more cold is coming. Here are a few places to warm up with satisfying soups.

  1. 2 Sparrows in Lincoln Park goes global a different meal in a bowl each week at lunch. Chef Gregory Ellis highlights Mexican-style posole with chicken this week, and forecasts French onion Jan. 14–20; Vietnamese pho Jan. 21–27; and cheddar broccoli Jan. 28–Feb. 2. Each is $8.

  2. Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House on the Near North Side offers classic Bookbinder soup, with house-made fish stock base, fresh fish, tomatoes, bell peppers, cilantro, parsley, rosemary and a finish of dry sherry, as well as their signature New England clam chowder in large ($6) and small ($4.25) portions.

  3. Lottie’s Pub in Bucktown serves creamy tomato bisque with basil and a mini grilled cheese, $6; and broccoli and cheddar soup with croutons, $5.

  4. Soup & Bread, the weekly fundraiser at The Hideout in West Town offers a variety of volunteer-made soups with themes: Jan. 9, four Cs: cumin, coriander, cardamom, cilantro; Jan. 16, our neighbors to the north; Jan. 23, the ocean; and Jan. 30. triple B: beans, beer, and bacon. Donations are collected on a pay-what-you-can basis.

  5. Rethinking Soup at the Hull House Museum, now monthly, serves up a helping of soup and conversation on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

  6. Porkchop in the West Loop ladles its signature chicken and andouille gumbo over rice, and offers a rotating daily special soup, as well.