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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.

  • Wise Owl Drinkery & Cookhouse
    • New
    • Cocktail Bar
    • West Loop
    This West Loop joint near the United Center summons sports fans with creative American grub, craft cocktails and a seasonal beer garden for sipping local brews. Traditional tavern digs with TVs and a vintage vibe are enhanced by live entertainment nightly.
  • Luke's Lobster
    • New
    • Seafood
    • The Loop
    A NYC favorite lands in Chicago via this Loop seafood shack best known for its lobster rolls and other New England–style offerings like chowder. The nautical-themed counter-serve setting also serves beer and wine and has a handful of tables for in-house indulging.
  • Bom Bolla
    • New
    • Spanish
    • Wicker Park
    A bi-level cava bar by the Pops for Champagne people, this Wicker Park corner spot in a vintage building serves Spanish fare to go with its bubbly, beer and wine. It’s all offered till late in a space with punk-rock decor, an open kitchen and a romantic seasonal rooftop.
  • Barcocina
    • New
    • Lakeview
    Mexican staples get upgraded by modern preparations and ingredients at this Lakeview spin-off of a Baltimore original. Pitchers of watermelon margaritas and blackberry sangria, plus a premium tequila selection, issue from the bar, and it's all on offer in a rustic-industrial space with fireplaces in winter and garage doors that open in summer.
  • Remington's
    • New
    • American
    • The Loop
    Classic steakhouse fare is what's on offer at this sleek Loop chophouse. Stone, wood and leather foster a modern vibe in the stylish surrounds where booth seating and fireplaces further up the ante.
  • Prime & Provisions Steakhouse
    • New
    • Steakhouse
    • The Loop
    The Siena Tavern team is behind this sprawling Loop steakhouse offering prime cuts and other classic chophouse fare updated with modern ingredients. Gleaming wood, plush leather booths and a marble bar help set a swanky tone, while a patio provides a place to smoke cigars.
  • Haywood Tavern
    • New
    • Gastropub
    • Humboldt Park
    Creative, upscale pub food pairs with signature cocktails and plenty of suds at this Euro-inspired Humboldt Park corner hangout. Classic tavern elements (plank floors, brick walls, tin ceiling) feature in the informal space, where there's also a long bar and sturdy booths.
  • Goddess & The Baker
    • New
    • American
    • The Loop
    Debra Sharpe of Goddess & the Grocer is the force behind this Loop noshery offering baked-good favorites (croissants, brownies, muffins) alongside sandwiches, salads and flatbreads, plus breakfast too. Its 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 chalk murals, subway tiles and industrial ductwork.
  • Columbus' Curry
    • New
    • Indian
    • Wicker Park
    Indian classics from family recipes make up the menu at this Wicker Park counter serve. Lassi drinks, chai and beer and wine make up the drink list, and it's all on offer in a modern setting with blond-wood furnishings and Columbus-era maps.
  • Pearl's Southern Comfort
    • New
    • Spanish
    • Edgewater
    You'll find a taste of N'Awlins at this Edgewater kitchen turning out Cajun-Creole comfort fare paired with craft beer and cocktails. The modern facade gives way to a funky down-home space with exposed-brick walls, bare wood tables and a massive portrait of the owner’s great-grandma, Pearl, presiding over it all.
  • C Chicago
    • New
    • Seafood
    • River North
    The Chicago Cut crew is behind this high-end River North seafooder in the former Keefer’s space offering a thoroughly modern menu highlighting of-the-moment ingredients. Equally contemporary is the airy bi-level space with a curved wall of windows, lots of wood and plush green seating.
  • Cochon Volant
    • New
    • French
    • The Loop
    Set in the Loop’s Hyatt Centric Hotel, this stylish French spot with Roland Liccioni (Les Nomades) in the kitchen offers classic bistro fare all day. The chic brasserie setting includes a spacious main dining room, bar and seasonal outdoor area.
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
    • New
    • Lincoln Park
    An NY import, this Lincoln Park barbecue shack offers a big menu of 'cue classics with a variety of sauces, plus sliders, sandwiches and plenty of sides. Live music adds energy, while the seasonal beer garden is just the spot for enjoying its many tap brews and signature cocktails.
  • BoeufHaus
    • New
    • Steakhouse
    • Humboldt Park
    Creative, seasonal steakhouse cooking takes on a German accent at this Ukrainian Village meatery where classic chops like rib-eye and filet mignon are joined by more Euro-centric apps and sides. The sleek gray-brick surrounds have a chic, rustic vibe with exposed brick, marble and subway tiles.
    • Sushi
    • Edgewater
    Creative Asian-fusion fare includes plenty of raw fish and rolls at this Japanese BYO in Edgewater. Chic and modern, it has a minimalist vibe and sushi-bar seating.
  • Hot "G" Dog
    • American
    • Uptown
    A Hot Doug’s alum is behind this Uptown stand where echoes of the former Chicago legend resound in the classic and more creative sausages like venison, smoked alligator and wild boar as well as the weekend-only duck-fat fries. Open during the day, the bright storefront has a smattering of tables for those who want to dine in.
  • Heating & Cooling Pub
    • New
    • Bar
    • Lakeview
    This Wrigleyville offshoot of Pearl Tavern puts out pizzas with creative ingredients and rock-music names. Canned beers and cocktails star at the bar, and the expansive, bi-level pub setting has TVs, reclaimed-wood walls, high-top tables and a live-music stage.
  • Mash Kitchen
    • New
    • American
    • Ravenswood
    You'll find a wide-ranging, crowd-pleasing menu at this Lincoln Square American where burgers and sandwiches are offered alongside hearty entrees and share plates. Flagstone flooring, rustic wood beams and a fireplace lend a homey feel, and other pluses include local craft beers and a spacious patio.
  • Ramen Takeya
    • New
    • Noodle Shop
    • West Loop
    Ramen bowls, small plates and cocktails can be found at this hip West Loop Japanese. Inside you'll find bar seating, bare wood tables, low lighting and Asian signage.
  • Scone City
    • New
    • Bakery
    • Wicker Park
    A changing selection of creative scones both sweet and savory (and a few gluten-free) are the draw at this Wicker Park hangout that also pours Halfwit Coffee brews. The hip space resembles a bar with its funky pendant lighting, exposed-brick walls, marble counter and arty lounge area.
  • Sink | Swim
    • New
    • Seafood
    • Logan Square
    The Scofflaw crew turns their attention to seafood at this Logan Square hang turning out a thoroughly modern menu including oysters, creative shared plates and a handful of fish-free entrees. Whitewashed brick, wood shingles, rope and model ships lend a decidedly nautical vibe to the space, while blue banquettes and barstools lend a pop of color.

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