—Chicago street food favorite and Eater Chicago 38 member Portillo’s has launched an app so customers can order via iOS or Android smartphone/tablet, in case diners don’t want to wait in line for their beef and chocolate cake shakes.
—Chef Daniel Espinoza's plans for a new restaurant in Pilsen leaves River North’s upcoming Antidote without a chef. The team from TWO was behind the project. A spokeswoman confirmed Espinoza’s departure, and also added that the team is looking for a new location for the restaurant. In a sense, it seems like it’s back to the drawing board.
—In their quest to make Eataly Chicago more Midwestern friendly, Mario Batali’s massive Italian food complex is offering all-you-can eat pizza this Saturday and Sunday. Reserve a spot for $35 here to consume as much Neapolitan or the newly-introduced Roman-style pies.
—There’s more on that Goose Island Brewing Co. bar planned for O’Hare International Airport that we first reported on last week. Crain’s says the bar’s planned for an early 2017 opening and will feature a 21-seat U-shaped bar and 43 more seats. They also snagged a rendering.
—The Roosevelt Collection, the South Loop development that includes the Kerasotes Showplace ICON movie theater, is getting another food option. Sloopin was first to report World of Beer is coming. The location will join a suburban Evanston spot.
—Bulldog Ale House, a suburban chain of six bar/restaurants has plans for two Chicago locations. Sloopin noticed their website had a mention for a South Loop location at 910 S. State St. But Bulldog’s website also reveals another location in Rogers Park near Loyola University at 6606 N. Sheridan Road.
—Starting Friday, PlaceInvaders, a unique pop-up series, is coming to Wicker Park in a collaboration with Band of Bohemia. The secretive pop-ups travel around the country. This weekend they’re taking over a Wicker Park warehouse and working with Band of Bohemia chef Matt DuBois. Friday service is sold out, but brunch and dinner are available on Saturday and Sunday for $85 brunch and $130 for dinner. The menu consists of savory macaron (sweet corn, blueberry), elote (Greek yogurt, espelette, cotija, Kaffir lime), kohlrabi (vegetable caramel, Shakerag blue cheese, blackberries), tomato & shellfish (Kombu, white soy, corn), Jefferson Township sirloin (chanterelles, hazelnuts, beets, jus) and lime marshmallow (avocado, orange jam, lemon balm).