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8 New Restaurants & Bars to Try in Chicago

Spring's officially here, because Black Dog Gelato's back

EZ Inn
EZ Inn
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.

UKRAINIAN VILLAGE— After a two-year closure, EZ Inn is serving customers again. While keeping its divey history intact, the owners rehabbed the 66-seat bar, and they're serving an upgraded beer selection and boozy sodas, according to DNAinfo. Status: Certified open, 921 N. Western Ave.

THE LOOP— Dollop Coffee continues to expand, as they've opened a coffee shop in The Loop. It's the chain's eighth location. Status: Certified open, 225 W. Washington St.

LOGAN SQUARE— A new Puerto Rican restaurant is serving jibaritos, mofongo and more. Jibaritos Y Mas is a casual BYO spot. Status: Opening today, 3400 W. Fullerton Ave.

THE LOOP— Red Robin Burger Works has opened their sixth Chicago restaurant, according to Crain's. Burger Works is the chain's fast-casual concept. The same report mentioned a new location that opened earlier this month at 1700 Maple Ave. in Evanston. Status: Certified open, 180 N. Michigan Ave.

RIVER NORTH— A new gastropub is open in River North in the former Viand space. Copper Fox is inside the Courtyard By Marriott, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Status: Certified open, 165 E. Ontario St.

WRIGLEYVILLE— Starbucks plans on opening their relocated Wrigleyville coffee shop on Saturday inside the former Hi-Tops/Harry Caray's space, according to DNAinfo. They had to move after the old location on Addison Street was forced to close to make room for the new development going in around the baseball stadium. Status: Opening on Saturday, 3551 N. Sheffield Ave.

ELMWOOD PARK— The Slice Factory is giving away jumbo slices to the first 100 customers in line at 11 a.m. on Saturday for the pizzeria's grand opening. Opened last week, it's their second location in suburban Elmwood Park, and the chain has eight spots overall. Status: Certified open, 1732 N. Harlem Ave., Elmwood.

UKRAINIAN VILLAGE— Hello, spring! Black Dog Gelato is opening for the season. They're closed on Mondays, but stay open until 11 p.m. and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Status: Certified open, 859 N. Damen Ave.