Remember when you were a kid and you would slurp your spaghetti strand by strand into your mouth, spraying red sauce all over the place and really pissing off your mom? Now as an adult you’re actually encouraged to slurp noodles into your mouth whenever you go out for ramen. And what’s better than a big bowl of hot (often both temperature wise and from a variety of chiles) ramen — tender noodles swimming in a broth made from various ingredients depending on the place — to warm you up on a frigid Chicago winter day? The number of places to find great ramen around town has grown exponentially over the last couple of years so managing to get a bowl has never been easier. From Chinatown to Fulton Market to Logan Square, here’s where you need to be looking for your next bowl.
High Five Ramen: 112 N. Green (Fulton Market)
Strings Ramen: 2141 S. Archer (Chinatown)
Slurping Turtle: 116 W. Hubbard (River North)
Furious Spoon: Three spots: 1571 N. Milwaukee (Wicker Park); 2410 N. Milwaukee (Logan Square); 125 S. Clark (inside Revival Food Hall)
Ramen-San: 59 W. Hubbard (River North)
Wasabi: 2115 N. Milwaukee (Logan Square)