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New Restaurants in Chicago

You can’t stay on top of the Chicago dining scene without knowing what’s new -- which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

  • Ampersand Wine Bar
    • New
    • Ravenswood
    This intimate Ravenswood vino and victuals hangout offers up an inventive menu of refined American comfort food (including desserts) backed by an accessible by-the-glass wine list and cocktails at the long, sleek bar. The rustic-chic storefront is all angular lines and distressed wood, with communal and standard table seating, ampersand-themed art and a seasonal patio.
  • Chop
    • New
    • Steakhouse
    • South Loop
    The Porkchop crew is behind this hip South Loop steakhouse, where the menu mixes classic, luxe meat and seafood with updated American plates at more moderate prices. More casual than the traditional meatery, the stylized saloon setting features industrial elements, booths and barstool seating – ideal for a nosh and a cocktail before or after a movie at ShowPlace Icon next door.
  • Bar Allegro
    • New
    • Bar
    • The Loop
    The Hotel Allegro in the Loop hosts this small yet swanky lounge offering a snack-centric menu of starters served in mason jars, oysters and grab-and-go sandwiches to be washed down with craft cocktails, beer, wine and cold-pressed juices. Located just off the lobby, the art deco digs include marble flooring, blue leather barstools and seating in intimate nooks, some with wall fireplaces.
  • Tack Room
    • New
    • Piano Bar
    • Pilsen
    The Dusek’s team adds this sing-along piano lounge to Pilsen’s landmark Thalia Hall property, issuing old-school cocktails, craft beers and elevated bar snacks in the site’s former carriage house. With tile and concrete floors that meet walls lined with antique brick, horse-inspired wallpaper and chalkboard menus, the place has a hip, barnlike look, and there’s a sidewalk patio in season.
  • Meatball Hero & Pasta
    • New
    • Lakeview
    The name speaks for itself at this wallet-friendly Lakeview Italian joint where the eponymous sandwiches are available with different proteins and served on housemade baguettes, and the comfort-driven menu also includes build-your-own pastas, sides and salads. The super-casual storefront is counter service only, with basic seating and a BYOB policy.
  • 5411 Empanadas
    • New
    • Argentinean
    • The Loop
    The popular Argentinean food truck graduates to these brick-and-mortar, counter-serve spots, offering inexpensive meat and veggie empanadas, plus housemade desserts, all washed down with nonalcoholic and coffee drinks (or BYOB) in modern settings with communal seating. P.S. Wicker Park stays open late on weekends.
  • The Boathouse Cafe
    • New
    • Humboldt Park
    A 1907 landmark boathouse pavilion in Humboldt Park holds this affordable American kitchen, serving classics like pastries, sandwiches and salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Elegant yet relaxed, the interior features polished wood floors, upholstered dining chairs and counter seating, plus plenty of windows and an outdoor terrace overlooking the water and woods.
  • Snap Kitchen
    • New
    • Health Food
    • Naperville
    This Austin-based grab-and-go chain sprouts into town with a health-oriented menu majoring in heat-and-eat dishes made from organic, local ingredients (with gluten-free, vegan and paleo options) that come pre-portioned into meals and snacks, plus cold-pressed juices. Bright, modern and casual, the self-serve setups are also filled with sustainable materials – from the floors to the packaging.
  • Taste of Thai Town
    • New
    • Asian
    • Albany Park
    The man behind iconic Thai temple Arun’s spawns this casual Albany Park sibling serving a menu that merges traditional Thai fare with other Asian culinary traditions inside a renovated 1938 police station. Visitors to the imposing building are greeted by a golden Hindu god statue, standing guard over a spacious setup with elaborate paintings, a banquet hall and a double-duty noodle and booze bar.
  • The Blanchard
    • New
    • French
    • Old Town
    Tucked away in Old Town, this upscale destination proffers modern, refined presentations of traditional French plates (expect plenty of foie gras), along with fine wines and pastry chef–conceived desserts. Highlights of the chic, white-tablecloth setting include abstract watercolors, an open kitchen with a marble dining counter and a secluded seasonal patio.
  • Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill
    • New
    • Jamaican
    • River West
    Born of a Jamaican food truck, this budget-friendly Caribbean barbecue house in River West offers a pick-your-protein-and-sauce approach to dining, along with sides, rum-centric cocktails and craft beers to temper the spice. Lined with distressed wood and subway tiles, the hip, casual setting features blackboard menus, chicken-wire bar storage and metal stools ideal for watching sports on TV.
  • Glaze Teriyaki Grill
    • New
    • Asian
    • Lakeview
    The first Midwest outpost of the New York–based chain, this casual Japanese joint brings the Seattle-style teriyaki craze to Lakeview via a compact, customizable menu featuring your choice of protein served with your choice of rice and/or salad. Exposed brick, reclaimed wood and indoor greenery set a hip, welcoming tone in the airy storefront where the BYOB policy tempers already modest tabs.
  • Stock
    • New
    • Grocery Store
    • Pulaski Park
    Tucked inside the Local Foods supermarket complex in Pulaski Park, this affordable cafe dispenses updated takes on familiar Midwestern fare via a creative menu of hearty American eats, such as pasties, sandwiches and blue plate specials, made from ingredients available at the store. The simple, bright setup features a diner counter overlooking an open kitchen.
  • Fuh
    • New
    • Vietnamese
    • Lincoln Park
    With a name that clarifies the pronunciation of pho, this wallet-friendly Lincoln Park soup specialist offers a brief menu starring build-your-own noodle bowls, Asian churros and Vietnamese iced coffee. The casual, counter-serve storefront boasts a rustic-industrial vibe with brick walls, exposed ductwork, bare wood tables and bright-red, backless stools.
  • Cuba 312
    • New
    • Cuban
    • Roscoe Village
    Seasonal, modern takes on Cuban cooking join classics such as ropa vieja, plantain sandwiches and Cubanos on the menu at this casual lunch and dinner option in Roscoe Village. The cozy black storefront features exposed brick, vintage posters and giant lightbulb letters spelling out C-U-B-A, while the BYOB policy keep tabs modest.
  • Vía Lima
    • New
    • Peruvian
    • St. Ben's
    This midpriced St. Ben’s haunt turns out familiar Peruvian plates – think ceviche and potato croquettes – alongside surprising additions with Asian and African flourishes. The earthy setting, with funky globe lighting, exposed brick and wood beams, gets a vibrant boost from bright, modern artwork and a red-tiled bar specializing in pisco cocktails, plus wine and sake.
  • Aurelio's Pizza
    • New
    • South Loop
    "Tangy" tomato sauce with a "tiny bit of sweetness" is what distinguishes the "tasty as heck" thin-crust pies at this "consistently good" area chain where the salads are also "quite good" and you can "wash it all down with a pitcher of beer"; the settings can differ by location (many say the original Homewood locale is "the best"), but service is generally "efficient", and it's an overall "local favorite."
  • Jinya Ramen Bar
    • New
    • Noodle Shop
    • Lincoln Park
    Tonkotsu ramen is star at this Lincoln Park outpost of a California-based chain offering moderately priced Japanese fare such as small plates and rice bowls in addition to the signature customizable noodle soups. The stylish space has a rustic look thanks to bare wood tables and exposed brick, while a dining counter and mirrors make it easy to watch the action in the kitchen.
  • Kings County Tap
    • New
    • American
    • Sheffield & DePaul
    Claiming a Brooklyn inspiration, this industrial-chic Sheffield & DePaul hangout proffers creative American pub fare, from charcuterie to steak, complemented by craft beer, housemade sodas and custom phosphate cocktails. The indoor-outdoor setup features a bar fashioned from train-car siding, plush booths, a chef’s table and rolling garage doors opening to the patio.
  • Son Of A Butcher Tavern
    • New
    • New American
    • Logan Square
    With a been-there-forever look that belies its age, this vintage-inspired Logan Square haunt and Pearl Tavern sibling serves a New American menu with global flourishes and a penchant for meat, including a weekend "cochon" brunch starring pig by the pound. Antique artwork, brick floors and tufted booths exude a well-worn air, with ’70s-style stools lined up at a bar pouring plenty of brown spirits and local beers.
  • Silli Kori
    • New
    • South Asia
    • Ukrainian Village
    An upgrade to the typical old-school neighborhood Thai joint, this rustic-chic Wicker Park kitchen serves up Southeast Asian standards with creative touches, plus crafty Asian-inspired cocktails and artisanal beers from the bar. The sleek wood-on-wood backdrop features reclaimed planks from a bowling alley, a tin ceiling and an evocative mural, setting a stylish scene for a dinner date or late-night bar snacks on the weekend.
  • La Voûte Bistro and Bar
    • New
    • French
    • Homewood
    Set in boutique hotel La Banque, this swanky Homewood hideaway proffers classic French bistro dishes at lunch and dinner, plus a daily buffet breakfast, backed by a thoughtful wine list including organic and biodynamic bottles. The refined space is decked in tasteful neutrals, handsome traditional furnishings and original features such as safety deposit boxes that celebrate the circa-1925 building’s former life as a bank.
  • Kuma's Corner
    • Avondale
    "The king of burgers", this local chain earns "epic" status with "ridiculously huge", "super creative" patties in "artful flavor combinations" plus "to-die-for" mac 'n' cheese and "excellent" beers on tap; the "blasting" heavy metal music and "rock 'n' roll" "attitude" is "not for everyone", and there's often a "long wait" (especially in Avondale), but consensus says it's "totally worth it."
  • Goddess and The Baker
    • Cafe
    • Streeterville
    Debra Sharpe of Goddess & the Grocer is the force behind these cheery cafes offering baked-good favorites (croissants, brownies, muffins) alongside sandwiches, salads and flatbreads, plus breakfast too. Their coffee comes from a rotating selection of roasters from around the country, and there's beer and wine too, all served in a funky counter-serve setting with subway tiles and industrial ductwork.
  • Arbor
    • New American
    • Logan Square
    Logan Square’s Green Exchange hosts this all-day, modern American cafe and coffeehouse serving up sandwiches, boards and bowls crafted from sustainably sourced ingredients such as house-grown produce, honey from bees on the roof and grass-fed meats. There’s an industrial vibe to the airy interior with exposed ductwork, widely spaced tables and a bar offering a concise collection of beer, wine and cocktails.

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