• Juan Zaragoza

On Monday evening the heavens will split and bolts of light will rain down from the firmament, inscribing upon two massive tablets of raw milk clothbound cheddar the names of the winners of this year’s LTHForum Great Neighborhoods Awards.

Now in their 5th year, these prizes honor forum favorites, or “restaurants all over the Chicagoland area which contribute to their neighborhoods’ and the city’s character by offering outstanding food, an authentic experience of their ethnic culture, and/or a welcoming (or in some cases, belovedly cranky) atmosphere for guests.” (Here’s the complete list of past winners.)

And like last year a snitch in the Food Chain’s pocket has leaked a handful of winners early.