THE LOOP— 5411 Empanadas continues its expansion from fledgling food truck to a chain with today's opening of another brick-and-mortar location downtown. 5411 now has four restaurants, with another planned to open soon in Lakeview. Status: Certified open, 175 N. Franklin St. [DNAinfo]
NAVY PIER— Goddess and The Baker opens up today at Navy Pier. They'll serve a variety of coffee, salads and sandwiches. Plus, they'll have a kid's menu with grilled cheese, PB&J and a Shirley Temple float (7 Up, grenadine, vanilla gelato). [Photo: Facebook] Status: Certified open, 600 E. Grand Ave.
LAKEVIEW— Smallcakes: A Cupcakery and Creamery opened a location on June 30 in Lakeview. They offer 11 flavors of homemade cupcake-infused ice cream daily. The national chain also has locations in Naperville, St. Charles and South Barrington. Status: Certified open, 3054 N. Greenview St.
BRONZEVILLE— Tailgaters Grub hopes to give White Sox fans a spot for hot dogs, broasted chicken and subs near U.S. Cellular Field. They're in Taurus Flavor's former spot. [Photo: Facebook] Status: Certified open, 206 E. 35th St.
THE LOOP— Firehouse Subs opened its first Chicago spot. The Florida-based chain is already in the area with locations in 15 suburban locations including Naperville, Joliet, Mount Prospect and Orland Park. Status: Certified open, 209 W. Jackson Blvd. [DNAinfo]