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An intriguing pop-up at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago

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Ikea Schaumburg
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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.

NAVY PIER— Just in case it ever does warm up, Navy Pier is ready. A second location of Snow Dragon Shavery is coming to the tourist attraction, part of the pier's revamp of its food offerings. Snow Dragon, which first location is in Lincoln Park, offers Taiwanese-style frozen sweets. Status: Opening Sunday, Navy Pier food court

ANDERSONVILLE— Middle East Bakery & Cafe's long-awaited expansion has arrived. They took over the former Icosium Kafe, and DNAinfo has all the details. Status: Certified open, 5200 N. Clark St.

ALBANY PARK— Brü Coffeeworks is about to open. Along with coffee, they'll have donuts from Dinky Donuts, reported DNAinfo. They have no affiliation with the simular-named spot in Wicker Park. Status: Opening on Saturday, 3005 W. Lawrence Ave.

GOLD COAST— Up on the third floor the Waldorf Astoria Chicago has launched a pop-up they're calling The Kitchen. The menu will mix chef Nicholas Marino's Italian heritage with classic French techniques. Dishes include bone-in ribeye with marrow butter and Murray River salt; crispy skin salmon salad with avocado, Persian cucumber, frisée, poached egg and dill emulsion; and gnocchi served with fine herb, parmigiana with white and shaved seasonal truffle. Click here for reservations. Status: Certified open, Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 11 E. Walton St.

SCHAUMBURG AND BOLINGBROOK— Ikea has relaunched its remodeled restaurants inside their furniture showrooms. They're celebrating until Sunday with giveaways and food discounts. Status: Certified open, 1800 McConnor Prwky, Schaumburg and 705 E. Broughton Road, Bolingbrook

OAK PARK— Nando's Peri-Peri continues to expand in Chicagoland. The South African chicken chain is opening in Oak Park, their second suburban location. Status: Opening on Saturday, 1138 W. Lake St.

Nando's Oak Park

[Photo: Facebook]

GLENVIEW— Ten Ninety Brewing Co., a three-year-old company has new taproom where they serve light snacks. Status: Certified open, 1025 Waukegan Road

BERWYN— For the 39th year, Gina's Italian Ice is ready to serve frozen treats in the suburbs. Check them out hereStatus: Opening on Sunday, 6737 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn

LITTLE ITALY— More frozen treats are arriving, as Little Italy's iconic Mario's Italian Lemonade is also prepping to open for the season. DNAinfo has the details. StatusOpening on Sunday, 1069 W. Taylor St.

ROSCOE VILLAGE— Michigan sports fans are happy. It's been a few months, but Grand River Bar & Grill has reopened after the bar was taken over by new management. Status: Certified open, 3032 N. Lincoln Ave.


1800 McConnor Pkwy, Schaumburg, IL 60173 (847) 969-9700 Visit Website

IKEA Bolingbrook

750 E Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 (888) 888-4532 Visit Website

Snow Dragon Shavery

2618 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 281-9866

Ten Ninety

, Glenview, IL (224) 432-5472

Mario's Italian Lemonade

1068 West Taylor Street, , IL 60607

Gina's Italian Ice

6737 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 484-0944 Visit Website

Margeaux Brasserie

11 East Walton Street, , IL 60611 (312) 625-1324 Visit Website

Grand River

3032 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 281-9900

Middle East Bakery & Grocery

1512 West Foster Avenue, , IL 60640 (773) 561-2224 Visit Website