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Opening Report: Lou Malnati's In Lincoln Square; DineAmic's Prime & Provisions; More

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Wise Owl gives United Center fans a new option; Expat's waiting for better weather; Pita Cafe does shawarma and more in Wicker Park.

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Lincoln Square
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Lincoln Square
Lou Malnatti's Pizzeria
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

1) LINCOLN SQUARE/NORTH CENTER— Lou Malnati's Pizzeria's long-awaited Lincoln Square post is almost ready for the public. There are a couple invite-only events this weekend, but deep-dish pizza lovers on the North Side will have another outlet for their vice on Monday. Status: Opening Monday, 4340 N. Lincoln Ave.

Lincoln Square/North Center Trailer

2) THE LOOP— Prime & Provisions, DineAmic Hospitality Group's (Siena Tavern, Public House) new steakhouse will be ready to roar on Saturday. They're hosting their own private launch event on Friday night. Status: Opening Saturday, 222 N. LaSalle St.


3) NEAR WEST SIDE— Wise Owl Drinkery and Cookhouse wants to give Blackhawks and Bulls fans another option near the United Center. They'll have a full menu inside the former Stanley's, according to DNAinfoStatusOpening Monday, 324 S. Racine Ave.

4) WEST LOOP— Expat, Element Collective's seasonal-only sidewalk patio off Randolph Street, was supposed to open today. Instead they'll hold off because of the chilly temperatures. Status: Waiting for Mother Nature to cooperate, 116 N. Green St.


5) WICKER PARK— Just in time to sate the Avengers' appetites, Pita Cafe serves shawarma and other Mediterranean favorites in a fast-casual setting on Division and Damen, DNAinfo reportsStatusCertified open, 2014 W. Division St.

Wise Owl

324 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60607