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Nine New Restaurants To Check Out In Chicago

A Hyde Park spot wants to top Au Cheval, new juicery in Lakeview, and seven more.

Mikkey's Retro Grill
Mikkey's Retro Grill
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.

HYDE PARK— Wanting to feed the diverse hungers of the neighborhood, Mikkey's Retro Grill will serve beef, salmon, turkey and veggie burgers. The owner said he wants to top Au Cheval's darling, but at a lower price point, according to DNAinfo. Status: Certified open, 5319 E. Hyde Park Blvd.

LAKEVIEW— City Press Juice & Bottle, a decidedly different concept, has replaced Cluck-U Chicken. Find cold-pressed juices and superfood blends inside this juice bar. StatusCertified open, 2931 N. Broadway St.

LINCOLN PARK— DonChef Bakery is closed and been replaced by Gorilla King Sushi. The neighborhood sushi spot is owned by the same folks behind Jefferson Park's Godzilla Sushi bar. Status: Certified open, 1408 W. Diversey Pkwy.

Godzilla King Sushi

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LINCOLN PARK— BBQ Joint is open after the owners of Taco Joint closed their neighboring Lincoln Park space formerly known as The Mexican. Expect the popular barbecue taco specials that routinely showed up at Taco Joint. Status: Certified open, 1967 N. Halsted St.

GENEVA— Chef Alain Roby, known for All Chocolate Kitchen, has expanded the space into PRIMO, a full-service restaurant offering shared plates and artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. Guests will get to check out Roby's chocolate sculptures from ACK while dining. Status: Certified open, 33 S. Third St. in Geneva.


[Photo: PRIMO]

WEST LOOP— Warm Belly Bakery is stocking and selling 30 varieties of cookies each week, according to DNAinfo. They will eventually offer delivery. Status: Certified open, 1148 W. Monroe St.

CHINATOWN— Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot has expanded into Chicago. Not to be confused with Little Lamb, Little Sheep is serving up authentic Chinese hot pots with a spicy mala chili oil option. Status: Certified open, 2342 S. Wentworth Ave.

OAKBROOK TERRACE— Watch those shawarma robots slice through the meat at another Naf Naf Grill. Look out, they're also opening one in Minnesota. Status: Certified open, 17W746 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace.

MOUNT PROSPECT— Over in downtown Mount Prospect, there's a replacement for the shuttered Blues Bar. Enter Bar 145which is banking to fill that massive space with burgers and bourbon. They'll also host live music. Status: Certified open, 2 W. Busse Ave., Mount Prospect.

bar 145

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Mikkey's Retro Grill

5319 South Hyde Park Boulevard, , IL 60615 (773) 675-8525 Visit Website

Don Chef Bakery

1408 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 360-1282

Warm Belly Bakery

1148 West Monroe Street, , IL 60607 (312) 265-0780 Visit Website

City Press Juice & Bottle

2136 West North Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 687-9724 Visit Website

Bar 145

2 West Busse Avenue, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 873-1855