LINCOLN PARK— Cupbop+Ramen, the quick-serve Korean spot, opened earlier this week. They offer bulgogi and other Korean fare in cups for easy travel, as well as Japanese ramen. Status: Certified open, 2439 N. Clark St.
WICKER PARK— Volumes Bookcafe is giving folks something to read, drink and eat in Wicker Park. They're a hybrid bookstore/cafe. Dollop coffee and pastries, including items from Hoosier Mama Pie Co., are available. Status: Certified open, 1471 N. Milwaukee Ave.
DEPAUL— That second location of Umai Japanese Restaurant is up and running inside the former Duck Walk space. The first location, in the South Loop, serves a variety of Japanese food, including sushi and steak. Status: Certified open, 1217 W. Fullerton Ave.
OLD TOWN— Hopefully the food isn't a joke over at Second City where they've opened a restaurant on the second floor of Piper's Alley, reported Crain's. It's called 1959 Kitchen & Bar, and there's small plates and craft beer. Status: Certified open, 230 W. North Ave., second floor.
BEVERLY— Buona Beef has officially returned to Chicago in Beverly with a freestanding restaurant, slinging Italian beef and other sandwiches. Some may remember the Buona Beef Express Cave that shuttered at 162 E. Superior St. Status: Certified open, 10659 S. Western Ave.