RIVER NORTH— Caffè Umbria, a new urban-style European coffeehouse is serving coffee and espresso. Caffè Baci and La Fournette Bakery & Cafè will provide the baked goods. The chain was founded in 2002, and has spots in Seattle and Portland, Ore. Status: Certified open, 346 N. Clark St.
WILMETTE— The area's first Gigi's Cupcakes is open in the suburbs. Gigi Butler founded the chain in 2008 in Nashville. They offer more than 300 cupcakes, including the Gigi's swirl. Status: Certified open, 3217 Lake Ave., Wilmette in the Westlake Plaza.
SCHAUMBURG— Schaumburg has a new salad concept. Salata is a Houston-based chain that opened in Wheeling last year. Customers can create salads or wraps with a hot of homemade dressings. It's gluten-free friendly and they've got soup. Status: Certified open, 140 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg at the Copley Center.
LINCOLN PARK— Green Bean Restaurant is open, offering healthy fast food and coffee, right near DePaul University. Status: Certified open, 734 W. Fullerton Pkwy.
RAVENSWOOD— Empirical Brewery opened a taproom so drinkers can gather at communal tables and throw down a few cold ones. Customers can order food delivery or bring their own food. Status: Certified open, 1801 W. Foster Ave. [DNAinfo]
RIVER NORTH— The former Board Room has a new tenant. Smokey Hollow has a dance floor and a DJ booth so folks can get funky. They call it "nightlife theater." Status: Certified open, 343 W. Erie St. [UrbanDaddy]
LAKEVIEW— Mortar and Pestle, the project from two Table 52 vets, is serving lunch and brunch on Broadway in the former Bombay Bliss space. They plan on eventually adding dinner service. Status: Certified open, 3108 N. Broadway St.