THE LOOP— Rachel Dennis' fast-casual barbecue joint for busy Loop workers, Piggyback BBQ, is ready to rock. Expect a taste of the menu offered at Piggyback Tavern in Forest Park. Status: Certified open, 176 N. Wells St.
HARWOOD HEIGHTS— Buona Beef, the family-owned chain of Italian beef-centered casual-fast food spots, is open in the near north suburb of Hardwood Heights. It's the chain's 16th spot. Status: Certified open, 7343 W. Lawrence Ave., Harwood Heights.
RAVENSWOOD— Godzilla is marching south, as the second location of Godzilla Sushi is ready to roll in Ravenswood. It joins the first spot in Jefferson Park. Status: Certified open, 4617 N. Clark St.
LAKEVIEW— Ramen continues to take Chicago by storm as Ramenster has entered the fray. The location is near the Belmont CTA Brown/Red line stop. Status: Certified open, 919 W. Belmont St.