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Another Rooftop Bar Could Come to River North, GT Prime Getting Closer, More Intel

Plus, Uptown's Baker & Nosh is moving and Wine Enthusiast honors many Chicago restaurants

GT Prime
GT Prime

—In the latest example of how downtown Chicago can never have too many rooftop bars, a new hotel proposal for LaSalle and Hubbard hopes to add another to River North, as well as a ground-floor restaurant, DNAinfo reports. The proposal is by Michigan-based Porritt Group, whose owner says he's negotiating with NYC restaurant The Smith to fill the ground-floor space.

GT Prime, the meaty follow-up to GT Fish & Oyster that promises is to be one of the hottest restaurant openings of the year, is getting closer. The Boka Group restaurant helmed by chef Giuseppe Tentori is now hiring for all positions in advance of its planned August opening at 707 N. Wells St.

—Uptown bakery/cafe favorite Baker & Nosh is moving to a larger location nearby this fall. The new space, a former Starbucks at Magnolia and Wilson, will have 50 seats, an outdoor patio, more grab-and-go items and a La Colombe draft latte station. A second location in Edgewater is also coming soon.

—Six Chicago restaurants made Wine Enthusiast magazine's 2016 list of the best wine restaurants in America: Intro, Maple & Ash, Osteria Langhe, Parachute, Sepia, and Spiaggia.

—Chef Bill Kim's lineup for his annual summer barbecue series at BellyQ is out, beginning this Sunday (June 26) with Giuseppe Tentori. $45 tickets are available here. The series continues with Craig Couper of Michael Jordan's Steak House on July 31 and Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp of Honey Butter Fried Chicken on Aug. 28.

—A manager of the longtime Lakeview staple Chicken Hut was charged with sexually assaulting an employee inside the restaurant at 3200 N. Broadway, DNAinfo reports.


3500 North Elston Avenue, , IL 60618 (872) 204-7138 Visit Website

Intro Chicago

2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 868-0002


1400 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 563-1010 Visit Website

Osteria Langhe

2824 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-1582 Visit Website


123 North Jefferson Street, , IL 60661 (312) 441-1920 Visit Website


980 North Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 280-2750 Visit Website

Chicken Hut

3200 North Broadway, , IL 60657 (773) 868-1755 Visit Website

Maple & Ash

8 West Maple Street, , IL 60610 (312) 944-8888 Visit Website

Baker & Nosh

1303 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 391-9888 Visit Website