Coming Soon

12 Most Anticipated Summer Openings in Chicago

By Sarah Freeman  |  June 1, 2015

Get ready to welcome a few new noteworthy establishments to your culinary rotation. A new Grant Achatz spot, an Irish pub from Danny Meyer and botanical brews in a former theater are just a few of the exciting new bar and restaurants that will grace Chicago this summer.

Queen Mary

As part of an ongoing mission to revive some of the city's forgotten watering holes, Heisler Hospitality will revive a Division Street bar that's been closed since 1975. Similar to Sportsman’s Club, Queen Mary will offer an unpretentious atmosphere for enjoying Wade McElroy and Jeff Donahue's cocktail list, which has been inspired by the British Royal Navy's favorite drinks, including a daily grog.

ETA: Early summer

2125 W. Division St.


As with the successful opening of Miami-based Broken Shaker, outsiders are increasingly turning to the Windy City for expansion. The team behind New York City’s Dead Rabbit joins forces with Danny Meyer to open this Irish-inspired bar and restaurant.

ETA: Summer

Address TBD

Bar Siena

The seventh concept from DineAmic Group (Siena Tavern, Prime & Provisions) once again taps the talents of celebrity chef Fabio Vivani for this two-story, 8,000-sq.-ft. casual Italian restaurant. Expect takes on Italian street food, a pizza bar and an array of cicchetti. It will also house a pasticceria and gelateria concept called BomboBar with a service window on Green Street.

ETA: Early August

832 W. Randolph St.

Forbidden Root

The new home for Forbidden Root's botanical brews is taking shape inside the former Hub Theater. The brewery will feature Forbidden Root’s three year-round beers, including Sublime Ginger wheat and Shady Character porter, in addition to seasonal brews such as Wildflower pale ale and the Divine Mud series. Meanwhile, the menu will feature lighter fare that highlights the beers' herbal notes.

ETA: August

1746 W. Chicago Ave.

Maple & Ash

Celebrating the American steakhouse tradition, this Gold Coast spot will showcase steaks cooked over a 12-ft. wood and coal hearth. The design by Karen Herold of Studio K mirrors the theme with various “maple” elements and “ash” accents.

ETA: Late August

8 W. Maple St.


Embeya chef Mike Sheerin's fast-casual concept in Hyde Park will offer an eclectic selection of creative housemade dumplings made with unusual ingredients such as aloe, rye and pickled cauliflower.

ETA: September

1321 E. 57th St.

Armour & Swift

The Boka and B. Hospitality Group team up again for a modern steakhouse that celebrates the history of Chicago’s meatpacking district. The name is an homage to two of Chicago's trailblazing meatpackers, Philip Danforth Armour and Gustavus Franklin Swift. Former Bristol chef Chris Pandel will oversee the restaurant, with an emphasis on locally sourced meat.

ETA: Late summer

1000 W. Fulton St.


Chef Grant Achatz takes a surprising change in direction for his newest concept — a “rustic-refined restaurant” in the former location of iNG. Although both Achatz and partner Nick Kokonas are keeping details close to the belt, we know that it will have a more casual atmosphere than Alinea or Next. Expect closely spaced tables and loud music, plus an open hearth in the kitchen.

ETA: Late summer

951 W. Fulton Market


Lettuce Entertain You prides itself on working with the best culinary talent in the industry, so it should come as no surprise that it turned to chef B.K. Park and Jason Chan of Juno to execute its new upscale sushi spot.

ETA: Late summer

2300 N. Lincoln Park W.


The name means "green mountain" in Italian, and chef-owner Sarah Grueneberg’s last name means the same in German. Beyond that, not much is known about the former Spiaggia chef’s West Loop project. The food will be Italian, and the restaurant will occupy 3,800 sq. ft. of a vintage brick building just south of restaurant-heavy Randolph.

ETA: Late summer

1020 W. Madison St.

The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet 

Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was the inspiration for this Randolph Street wine bar. Owner and sommelier Tom Power, a 20-year industry vet, will offer 24 wines on tap and 200 in bottles in a two-story space designed by 555 International.

ETA: September

736 W. Randolph St.

The Sixth

After living in the neighborhood for a decade, Ben Schiller of the Berkshire Room will bring a much-needed cocktail destination to Lincoln Square. “We want to be creative. We want to show technique. But we're also mindful about not becoming pretentious,” Schiller says. This will translate to drinks like the Silly Rabbit, a riff on a Southside cocktail poured over different flavored ice cubes. 

ETA: August

2200 W. Lawrence Ave.