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New Restaurants and Bars 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.

Mi Tocaya Antojería

NewLogan Square
This funky Logan Square spot highlights multiregional Mexican small plates and pastry-chef desserts with accompanying Latin cocktails. The colorful setting mixes rustic brick walls, a trippy mural and ornate floor tiles, and curious diners can sit at the kitchen counter to watch the chefs at work.

Seaside's

NewLincoln Park
Upstairs from Oyster Bah in Lincoln Park, this counter-serve American spot specializes in comfort-food classics such as grilled lobster, ribs and fried chicken offered for takeout or delivery only.

Tapster

NewWicker Park
With 62 self-serve taps, this funky drinking destination pours a variety of craft beer, wine and cocktails along with coffee and kombucha, plus cheese and chocolate fondue for nibbling.The rustic-industrial setting melds neon lighting with exposed brick walls, and there's both table and lounge-type seating.

Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery

NewGastropubRiver North
Gastropub grub from charcuterie to steak frites pairs with craft beers (36 on tap) and spirits, cider and mead at this sprawling River North hangout where traditional tavern elements meet rustic-industrial chic in a bi-level setting with multiple sitting areas, TVs, fireplaces and bars.

FireFin Poké Shop

NewHawaiianThe Loop
Fresh fish salads and bowls (plus chicken and tofu options) are the focus at these casual Hawaiian counters offering oodles of customizable bases, sauces and toppings in casual modern settings with a tropical vibe.

Ella Elli

NewLakeview
Italian-Mediterranean cooking is on offer at this upscale Lakeview spot from the team behind Smoke Daddy and Crosby’s Kitchen, with sharing plates and classic cocktails highlighting the menu. Lounge and booth seating populate a swanky contemporary setting softened by Victorian accents.

Pizano's Pizza & Pasta

NewSouth Loop
“Stuff yourself silly” at these “credible” Italian joints where fans taste the “Malnati heritage” in “buttery, flaky” deep-dish pies offered alongside “tasty thin-crust (gasp!)” pizzas and “generous servings of homemade pasta”; the “casual” spaces “with Cubs memorabilia festooning the walls” get “crowded”, but servers are “friendly”, and “quick delivery” is always an option; P.S. the Dearborn Street locale is carryout only.

Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery

NewAuburn Gresham
The tasting room at this artisanal brewery in Washington Heights offers a variety of flavored meads made from honey gathered from its own bees along with a handful of wines. The warehouse setting features bee and honeycomb references throughout the decor.

Cava Room

NewRiver North
Perched above Moe’s Cantina in River North, this glowing Spanish-inspired lounge with red accents, murals and chandeliers is a luxurious den for cava, sangria and Latin American cocktails, plus food service from the restaurant downstairs. Expect DJs fueling the party on weekends.

Backdoor Saloon

NewWest Loop
Upstairs from Grange Hall Burger Bar in the West Loop, this lively spot with bordello-esque saloon decor features craft cocktails and draft beers with an American menu of burgers, steaks and snacks. There's live music on Thursdays and Fridays and burlesque shows on Saturdays, and patrons use a separate alley entrance late at night.

Jieyi Sushi

NewJapaneseNoble Square
Noble Square is home to this Pan-Asian eatery serving a mix of Japanese fare and sushi, including specialty rolls and Thai and Chinese favorites for lunch and dinner. The modern, softly lit space features subdued colors and a full bar.

Esco Bar

NewWest Loop
Sitting above Ronero in the West Loop, this reservations-only, late-night lounge specializes in Latin-accented and large-format cocktails served from drink carts (some in copper swans). Live entertainment and DJs enliven the swanky, low-lit setting, which has a sneak-joint entrance.

Larry's

NewUptown
Set in the lobby of the historic hotel-turned-apartment-building Lawrence House, this low-lit Uptown bar offers a concise menu of creative and classic cocktails, plus a few beer and wine selections, in a nostalgic setting with distressed wood and quirky artwork.

Branca Bar

NewLogan Square
The Emporium group’s former Surf Bar has morphed into this low-lit pop-up lounge in Logan Square where Fernet-Branca stars on the distinctive cocktail menu. Vintage living room furniture and communal tables lend a laid-back vibe to the space, featuring greenery and old-fashioned liquor advertising along with pinball and pool tables.

Holy Taco

NewTacoLincoln Park
From the team behind Millie's Supper Club, this counter-serve Lincoln Park spot features elevated tacos on fresh tortillas, plus a few other Mexican options including guacamole and vegetarian plates, alongside soft drinks. The relaxed space has a modern-rustic vibe with black-and-white photography on the walls.

Pizzeria Bebu , Chicago, IL

NewPizzaLincoln Park
Firing up crispy, thin-crust pies (including brunch variations) in Lincoln Park, this chef-driven pizza parlor also offers some hearty Italian plates with craft beer and wine in a relaxed, industrial-modern storefront with an open kitchen and seasonal outdoor seating.

le' Duck

NewAsianWicker Park
This casual Asian-fusion cafe in Wicker Park puts out an extensive menu – including vegetarian dishes, desserts, smoothies and Japanese French toast – inside a laid-back storefront with an open kitchen.

Slightly Toasted

NewWest Loop
Sweet and savory toasts built on house-baked bread meet beer and whiskey on the menu at this West Loop cafe-bar, also serving sandwiches, coffee and pastries in a relaxed setting with reclaimed-wood tables, barrel light fixtures, a marble bar and seasonal outdoor seating.

Komorebi Sushi

NewWicker Park
Specializing in dramatically plated sushi and specialty rolls (some with unconventional ingredients), this Wicker Park Japanese restaurant also offers a range of kitchen fare in a rustic storefront setting with reclaimed wood and low lighting.

Kitsune Restaurant and Pub

NewJapaneseNorth Center
Foraging chef-owner Iliana Regan (Elizabeth) operates this tiny North Center Japanese pub, bringing an elevated sensibility and Midwestern ingredients to a casual, snacky menu starring creative, seasonal takes on small and large sharing plates including ramen, Wagyu beef and okonomiyaki. Stylish yet relaxed, the modern setting hosts a handful of tables and a small bar mixing sake cocktails.
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