From a former television host to a fine-dining alum, the newcomers in the Big Names/Big Ticket category are as varied as the cuisine they serve.
The Boarding House
After leaving her post as the host of Check, Please!, master sommelier Alpana Singh turned her attention to a four-story wine emporium. The cellar is perfect for light bites, and the main floor bar is designed for guests to enjoy wine by the glass underneath the shimmering chandelier, while the second-floor dining room serves refined American classics.
After departing from the highly acclaimed Avenues, chef Curtis Duffy set his sights on redefining fine dining in Chicago with his über-upscale West Loop restaurant. Both the veggie-forward flora menu and the carnivore-friendly fauna cost $185 and include eight to 12 courses of beautiful cuisine.
Little Goat Diner
Stephanie Izard’s follow-up to her wildly popular Randolph Street restaurant is a diner heavy on the goat. Goat sloppy Joes, goat chili cheese fries and lattes made with goat milk have diners flocking to it at all hours of the day. Snag a seat at the communal tables or bar to avoid the hours-long wait.