—The Aviary will host another acclaimed New York City restaurant's Chicago popup, as Michelin-starred NoMad will appear at Achatz and Kokonas' Fulton Market cocktail lounge on Oct. 19 in honor of The NoMad Cookbook. Try cocktails and a selection of dishes from the acclaimed NYC spot—and get a copy of the massive book—for $165.
—South Side pizza institution Home Run Inn is eight days away from opening its first North Side location—just a few blocks from Wrigley Field. Opening Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. in the former Leona's at 3215 N. Sheffield, this Home Run Inn will have a "pub-like atmosphere" with a bar, 16 beers on tap, and "an innovative beverage menu with infused cocktails," according to a news release.
—Mike Sheerin and pal Ryan Holden are hoping to soft-open their revamp of Trinity Bar on Oct. 16 at 2721 N. Halsted in Lincoln Park.
—Folks closer to downtown who are craving chain Buffalo wings in cardboard trays and a constant assault of TV sports are in luck, as a Buffalo Wild Wings opened yesterday at 513 W. Taylor St. The only other B-Dubs in the city limits was at 1832 N. Clybourn.
—Bottled Blonde, the Arizona-imported pizza-themed clubstaurant that caused River North neighbors to petition in August, announced a Nov. 5 opening date in the former SushiSamba space at 504 N. Wells.
—The owner of the shuttered Black Duck is planning a comeback in the same historic building, DNAinfo reports. The Marc 1883, a "family friendly" restaurant with "American continental food" and late hours, could open in December at 1800 N. Halsted.
—The third Jerry's Sandwiches should open in December at 2326 W. Giddings Ave. in Lincoln Square, according to the general manager. There also could be changes at the original in Wicker Park soon.
—The Cubs play their first playoff game in seven years tonight, and DNAinfo reports that Merkle's in Wrigleyville has temporarily reconcepted itself into "The Pink Flamingo" and extended honorary ownership to manager Joe Maddon, who once said he always wanted to own a bar by that name. If you're heading towards Wrigley to watch the game, NBC Chicago has a list of specials at Wrigleyville bars.