—The Boka Restaurant Group named their new cafe and bar slated to open in the Steppenwolf Theatre. Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks will have coffee, tea, breakfast pizzas and grab-and-go items during the day; and cocktails, wine, beer, focaccia pizzas and whitefish salad from chef Chris Pandel in the evening, Crain's reports. The opening is targeted for late May.
—Whether you like to get a Malort face before you fly or need a little wormwood booze to take the edge off, Malort is now available in the Delta Sky Club at O'Hare, Time Out Chicago first noticed.
—GreenRiver is launching brunch service on Mother's Day, May 8. Look for a whitefish tartine with egg; crab, ham and asparagus Benedict, new cocktails from head bartender Julia Momose, and more during the daytime at the Union Square Events and The Dead Rabbit guys' cocktail bar and restaurant.
—The chef of Honey's has big goals for the forthcoming West Loop restaurant and bar. Charles Welch tells Chicago magazine that "we decided we wanted to push for a Michelin star." The story has more intel on his food there, which is slated to open in late May or early June.
—Rooftop bars are so trendy that even Navy Pier is getting one. Curbed reports that a hotel, which includes said bar, received financing this week that will be built on the eastern end of the pier.
—The chef at Kanela Breakfast Club's Wicker Park location, Don Penza, did hero work on Sunday afternoon when he chased down a burglar on Milwaukee Avenue and pinned him to the ground before help arrived, DNAinfo reported.