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7 New Chicago Bar & Restaurant Openings to Try

Two new rooftop bars, a cafe dedicated to a la mode and more

LYFE Kitchen Gold Coast
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.

GOLD COAST— Another LYFE Kitchen is open. The health-conscious chain's fifth location is ready at the corner of State and Pearson. All dishes are under 600 calories. Status: Certified open, 831 N. State St.

THE LOOPRaised, the third-floor lounge on top of the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, is open. The view overlooks the Chicago River, and they offer a variety of cocktails and Belgian beer. Status: Certified open, 1 W. Wacker Dr.

THE LOOP— Over at the Hyatt Centric's 24th floor, AIRE is another new downtown Chicago rooftop. They offer small plates and cocktails. Status: Certified open, 100 W. Monroe St.

LINCOLN PARK— Kinnaree Thai Kitchen is open inside the former Maza Lebanese restaurant space. They promise Thai items in "its traditional form." Status: Certified open, 2415 N. Ashland Ave.

Kinnaree Thai Kitchen

[Photo: Daniel Gerzina]

LAKEVIEW— Another sweet shop has sprung up in Lakeview. It's called Pie-N-Cones: The A La Mode Cafe. Yes, this cafe is dedicated to ice cream and pies. Status: Certified open, 3343 N. Broadway St.

RIVER NORTHJoy District, the club/restaurant that placed Epic, has opened its rooftop space. The establishment is owned by the same folks behind neighboring Hubbard Inn. Status: Certified open, 112 W. Hubbard St.

RAVENSWOOD— The saga of El Nuevo Taco has finally culminated in an opening. After foreclosure forced its closure, the Mexican joint has re-opened down the street. Status: Certified open, 1700 W. Lawrence Ave.


100 W Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

1 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 372-7200 Visit Website

Kinnaree Thai Kitchen

2415 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 666-5455

Joy District

112 W. Hubbard, Chicago, IL (312) 955-0339 Visit Website