—Rick Bayless is adding another major honor to his mantle. The venerable chef is the 2016 recipient of the Julia Child Award, the second year of the award's existence. He'll pick up the honor—as well as a $50,000 grant—on Oct. 27 at the Smithsonian, according to the Tribune.
—A new nightclub is taking over the former home of the legendary Crobar near North and Clybourn. Prysm, slated to open this summer at 1543 N. Kingsbury, is described in a press release as a "lounge feel" in an "elevated, luxury nightclub experience." Expect "the world's top performers," bottle service, and two floors. Crobar closed in 2010 and was replaced by Nikki Nightclub.
—John and Karen Shields are adding another former Grace star to their forthcoming West Loop restaurants Smyth and The Loyalist. Nick Romero is coming aboard as chef de cuisine, the Tribune reports, after learning from Curtis Duffy for years. The Loyalist, the casual restaurant, is slated to open in early July and the tasting-menu Smyth should open about a month later.
—Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Parachute are collaborating on a limited-edition chicken sandwich. Going on sale tomorrow through Sunday, the "Parachute Fire Chicken Sandwich" is fried chicken, gochujang, mozzarella, pickled jalapeño and shredded cabbage on a buttery bun for $10. $1 from each one sold goes to Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
—Lincoln Square is getting a new culturally-conscious organic cafe and coffee shop soon named Oromo Cafe. There's no word yet on specific opening timeframe at 4703 N. Lincoln.
—The longtime home of shuttered standout Myron and Phil restaurant has been torn down in Sauganash, DNAinfo reports. The restaurant shuttered in 2013 following a fire.