New & Hot Places

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.

  • Bernie's Lunch & Supper
    • New
    • River North
    A concise menu of chef-driven Mediterranean fare including small plates, sandwiches and wood-fired entrees awaits River Northers at this polished hangout also mixing artisanal cocktails. The stylish, sprawling space boasts brick walls lined with teal banquettes, sculptural lighting and an open kitchen, with a rooftop dining area in the works.
  • Johnny's Grill
    • New
    • American
    • Logan Square
    Pastry chef Sarah Jordan (Boka) steps up to the stovetop at this Logan Square revival of a former greasy spoon dispensing elevated American diner cooking and baked treats. Increased in size thanks to the acquisition of an adjacent flower shop, the casual neighborhood space with its retro-style red stools now features a turquoise-walled bar area offering craft beer and cocktails by the pitcher.
  • Bow Truss Coffee Roasters
    • New
    • Coffee Shop
    • The Loop
    This artisanal roaster grinds and brews its beans – some of them direct-trade – into drip and cold-pressed coffee drinks, luring locals jonesing for java. The hipster, utilitarian settings have limited seating, and the no-frills coffee bar on Broadway sits in front of the roasting facility that supplies the roaster's shops along with restaurants and other caffeine houses.
  • The Simple Greek
    • New
    • Greek
    • Highland Park
    Highland Park is home to this fast-casual Greek-Mediterranean joint, the first Illinois outpost of a Pittsburgh chain serving up a simple menu of budget-friendly gyros, rice bowls, salads, sides and desserts. The relaxed storefront features a classic blue-and-white color palette and light-wood tables, plus a sweet and savory yogurt bar.
  • Le Pain Quotidien
    • New
    • Breakfast
    • Old Town
    The NY-born Belgian bakery/cafe chain touches down in Chicago, offering a casual all-day menu of eggs, open-faced sandwiches, soups and salads, plus organic breads and a whole lot of baked goods. There's wine, beer and, of course, coffee drinks in the stylishly rustic environs with its trademark warm wood, soft light and communal seats.
  • Blaze Pizza
    • New
    • Pizza
    • Oak Lawn
    You can "build your own" thin-crust pizza from a "ton" of "unlimited" "quality" ingredients ("any kind you can think of") at these outposts of a "fast-casual" national chain, where a "well-organized" "assembly line"–style crew fires the pies blazing fast in 180 seconds; they offer salads and beer and wine too, and "affordable" tabs further ensure they're "perfect for a quick bite."
  • Rosie's Rivers Edge Tavern
    • New
    • American
    • Rosemont
    A broad menu of American comfort food at moderate prices is served from breakfast until late at this bi-level Rosemont hangout featuring two bars pouring beer, wine and cocktails, with sports on 30-plus TVs. The retro-style setup includes vintage signage and knickknacks, with a downstairs speakeasy hosting live weekend entertainment, plus seasonal outdoor seating.
  • Pomp & Circumstance
    • New
    • Old Town
    Serving a compact menu of farm-to-table New American cooking complemented by stiff cocktail classics, this Old Town resto-lounge from the Hubbard Inn team espouses a midcentury, literary aesthetic with Beat Generation quotes, pulp fiction artwork and bookshelves lining the walls. Parquet flooring, ornate wallpaper and vintage furniture add to the funky-chic vibe in the bi-level setting, which also includes a patio.
  • endgrain
    • New
    • American
    • Roscoe Village
    A veteran of Nightwood and Girl & The Goat is behind this Roscoe Village New American offering gourmet donuts and coffee in the morning followed by bar snacks and seriously comforting cooking, plus a separate dinner menu and a changing beer and wine list; end-grain and reclaimed wood are on display throughout the space, and diners can choose from seating at long banquettes, communal tables and utilitarian barstools.
  • Small Cheval
    • New
    • Wicker Park
    At this diminutive Wicker Park sibling to Au Cheval set in the former Roxie’s By the Slice space, Brendan Sodikoff serves up the original’s beloved burgers with basic toppings and fries, plus milkshakes, shots, beers and cocktails on tap. The pared-down menu befits the more casual, takeout-centric setup, though there’s seating at mismatched tables in the cozy, rustic interior and on the patio.
  • Brightwok Kitchen
    • New
    • The Loop
    Build your own gluten- and dairy-free stir-fry bowl or salad at this affordable Loop locale specializing in health-conscious Asian fare made with local ingredients and vegan sauces, offered alongside tea, coffee and ginger beer. The appropriately bright, modern space offers seating at light-colored tables with a counter-serve format that’s handy for takeout, too.
  • Coalfire
    • New
    • Lakeview
    "Standout" thin-crust pizzas with "puffed up edges", the "right amount" of "crisp" crunch and "quality" toppings are a "nice alternative to typical deep dish" at this local pie duo; the settings may be simple, but the food comes out "quick" and there's craft beer and a "decent" wine selection too, so "what's not to love?"
  • The Hampton Social
    • New
    • River North
    River North meets the East End at this breezy haunt doling out coastal eats such as lobster-topped pizzas and raw bar selections, along with beach-themed cocktails, craft brews and, of course, bubbly. The airy, exposed-brick and white-walled setting boasts nautical nods, plus a foliage-adorned lounge area featuring rocking chairs and hammocks.
  • Lure Izakaya Pub
    • New
    • Japanese
    • Lakeview
    Far from its former Chinatown home, this sleek Japanese gastropub resurrects itself in Lakeview with a tapas-style menu of shareable bar snacks that come grilled, steamed, fried and pickled to go with wine, sake and artisanal Asian-inspired cocktails. The ultra-modern setting is done up with birdcage light fixtures, communal bare-wood tables and an eye-catching iced seafood display.
  • Bar Siena
    • New
    • Italian
    • West Loop
    A sibling to Siena Tavern, this sprawling West Loop Italian from Fabio Viviani offers regional fare such as antipasti and pizza from a red-tiled oven, backed by cocktails, beer and boot-based wines. The chic, modern space features a ground-floor bar connected to an upstairs dining room by a twinkling tree sculpture, plus a sidewalk patio and a walk-up window serving sweets and coffee.
  • Best Intentions
    • New
    • Bar
    • Logan Square
    Formerly Marble, this spruced up Logan Square watering hole proffers diverse beers and cocktails – ranging from basics to boutique selections – along with equally eclectic pub eats. The vibe is a delicate balance of fancy boîte and neighborhood hangout, with a jukebox, arcade games and an old-school board menu, plus a back patio with a dedicated bar.
  • The Windsor
    • New
    • American
    • Streeterville
    This Streeterville sibling to Crosby’s Kitchen features a similar, midpriced American menu with rotisserie fare and brunch, plus a swankier nightlife vibe complete with fancy cocktails and bar snacks. Low lighting and dark-colored decor lend a cozy, hideaway feel to the modern space with leather seating, a wall of windows and a seasonal patio.
  • Ampersand Wine Bar
    • New
    • American
    • 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.
  • Jackson Tavern
    • Bar And Grill
    • The Loop
    A wood-paneled Loop lair with a 114-ft. bar lit by antler chandeliers, this rustic-industrial hangout pours craft beers galore and creative cocktails to wash down affordable American pub fare such as burgers, tacos and mac ’n’ cheese. The edgy aesthetic is balanced by a row of TVs and whimsical wall art featuring everything from cows to celebrity portraits.
  • Rec Room
    • Bar
    • River North
    Beneath Henry’s in River North, this retro basement haunt from the DMK team deals in bottled cocktails and canned beers, with a help-yourself fridge full of snacks fueling a house party vibe. Under the glow of Christmas lights and a disco ball, the 1970s-style digs feature a dance floor, board games and a free jukebox. P.S. open Thursday–Saturday with stand-up comedy on Sunday.

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