Yelp Now Offers Restaurant 'Health Score' In Chicago Market

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you're looking for a restaurant – but also want to avoid the ones that have the worst track records for cleanliness -- you might be interested in what Yelp has started doing in Chicago.

The review platform has been including each restaurant's "Health Score.” Previously, this information has been buried in a list of features like whether the restaurant is quiet or has vegan options.

Now, Yelp is making the worst health scores more front-and-center.

"We're rolling out a program in Chicago and Los Angeles where we're going to display a warning banner to consumers on the business pages of food establishments that have received the lowest 1 percent scores in their jurisdiction,” says Yelp Spokesman Vince Sollitto.

Yelp has flagged about 30 restaurants in Chicago. These are the ones the city department of public health has determined, basically, are the dirtiest.

Sollitto says pilot programs elsewhere have shown that flagging the dirtiest means they often improve.