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Chicago Restaurant Openings For Winter 2017

A regularly updated list of new Chicago-area restaurants and bars for winter 2017

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Werewolf Coffee Bar
Marc Much

For a list of spring 2017 openings, go here.

March 31

ELSTON CORRIDOR— DMK Restaurants’ opened its first coffee shop, Werewolf Coffee Bar, which features a Wonder Bread truck that’s transformed to a coffee counter. It’s a fun little place near Bucktown/Lincoln Park. Status: Opening on Monday, 1765 N. Elston Ave.

ROGERS PARK— Smack Dab is opening up a bakery, its second permanent location—they also have a Rogers Park Social pop-up—with doughnuts, coffee, tea, and more. Status: Opening on Saturday, 6730 N. Clark St.

UPTOWN— After a six-year slumber, Nick’s Uptown, the North Side sibling to Nick’s Beer Garden in Wicker Park, reopened on Thursday. Both bars feature 4 a.m. liquor licenses, so that’s an option after the other bars close. Status: Certified open, 1140 W. Wilson Ave.

ROSCOE VILLAGE— The Region bills itself as a tribute to Northwest Indiana burger joints. These are smashed, griddled patties, with buns from Rudy’s Bakery down the street. Status: Certified open, 2057 W. Roscoe St.

WICKER PARK/BUCKTOWN— Underserved Milwaukee Avenue finally gets a coffee shop as Fairgrounds Coffee And Tea Bar debuts. The shop features automatic pour-over machines, as ownership wants to expand the brand, as well as coffee from multiple roasters. Status: Certified open, 1620 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Nick Fochtman

EDGEWATER— Signature coffee blends and a variety of pastries will be available on Monday when Edge of Sweetness opens. DNAinfo reports the owners hope to help fill the void left by the closure of Swedish Bakery. Status: Opening on Monday, 6034 N. Broadway St.

OAK FOREST— Though it’s been a while, Bailey’s Bar & Grill has opened a second location, a follow up to its Tinley Park Irish pub. Something to keep in mind for St. Patrick’s Day next year. Status: Certified open, 15548 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Forest.

ITASCA— The Westin Chicago Northwest has unveiled a trio of new restaurants for hotel guests in the northwest suburbs. It’s part of a $14 million renovation project for the hotel. The Marketplace is a grab-and-go eatery. Burgers, sandwiches, and drinks are available at 400 Park Bistro. Seared Fine Dining features “American fusion dining” in a more elegant setting, according to a news release. Status: Certified open, Westin Chicago Northwest hotel, 400 Park Blvd., Itasca.

Seared Fine Dining
Westin Chicago Northwest

March 24

STREETERVILLE— Cupitol, the expansion of the Streeterville all-day cafe/restaurant, has opened inside the River East Arts Center building. Coffee and small plates dominate the day, while heartier dinner plates are offered in the evenings. Status: Certified open, 455 E. Illinois St.

Cupitol
Marc Much

WEST LOOP— The boozy deli from the 16” On Center team (Dusek’s, Revival Food Hall MONEYGUN), The Ruin Daily, is serving unique deli sandwiches with a full cocktail program for patrons on weekdays. It’s another all-day cafe/bar for the city. Status: Certified open, 328 S. Jefferson St.

LAKEVIEWWhole Foods has opened what they’re calling the chain’s second flagship (joining Lincoln Park) Chicago location. Besides vintage arcade games, the grocery store includes a bevy of quick-serve options, including another Real Good Juice Co., and kiosks like a poutine bar. It’s a replacement location for the Whole Foods just north of the address. The Tribune has more on the mochi and bar options. Status: Certified open, 3201 N. Ashland Ave.

Real Good Juice Co. inside Whole Foods Lakeview.
Real Good Juice Co.

LAKEVIEW— Chicago’s first Amazon Store has opened inside the former Mystic Celt space, but it’s not just books. The cafe inside boosts a cafe where Chicagoans can find drinks from Portland, Ore.’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Stumptown is a rare sight in Chicago...for now. Status: Certified open, 3443 N. Southport Ave.

LOGAN SQUARE— A new Indian restaurant that appears to focus on cuisine from the Northern region of the subcontinent has opened in Logan Square. It’s called The Spice Room. A Yelper caught photos of the menu. Status: Certified open, 2906 W. Armitage Ave.

PORTAGE PARK— Mia's Gelateria Foccacceria is open for the season. The warm-weather seasonal spot, from Superossa, the Northwest Side restaurant known for its stuffed pizzas, opened in 2014. DNAinfo spoke with the owners. Status: Certified open, 4200 N. Central Ave.

UPTOWN/ROSCOE VILLAGEA new Vietnamese restaurant has opened two locations to add to the “Asia on Argyle” and Roscoe Village communities. Cafe Ciat’s menu includes pho and bahn mi, and there’s also a hefty selection of vegan and veggie options. Status: Certified open, 1046 W. Argyle St. and 2004 W. Roscoe St.

UPTOWN— The owner of Eats and Sweets Cafe in Ravenswood has opened Satellite Cafe. It’s essentially a space-themed version of the other cafe, reported DNAinfo. Status: Certified open, 942 W. Montrose Ave

March 17

BEVERLY— A neglected detail of last week’s It Sweet Cafe opening was that Sip and Savor has also opened a location to accompany the baked goods. It’s the chain’s third location since they started in 2005. Status: Certified open, 9920 S. Western Ave.

LINCOLN PARK— They moved to River North, then closed, but Cy’s King Crab is back, returning to their original location at Halsted and Willow. While they didn’t feature bagged seafood, they were injected Asian flavors with crabs way before the trendier restaurants opened. Status: Certified open, 1816 N. Halsted St.

LINCOLN PARK— Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises opened its new to-go and delivery concept above Oyster Bah, named Seaside’s. Find ribs, lobster, and fried chicken for dinner. Status: Certified open, 1962 N. Halsted St.

CHINATOWN— Daebak Korean BBQ serves sizzling bulgogi and other KBBQ items via tabletop grills. Status: Certified open, 2017 S. Wells St. Fl 2.

EVANSTON— Perhaps Northwestern men’s basketball fans should celebrate being undefeated (1-0) in NCAA Tournament history with a poke bowl. Aloha Poke has opened their fourth location, serving those Hawaiian-influenced fish bowls. Status: Certified open, 630 Davis St., Evanston

GURNEE— Grilled cheese has come to Gurnee, about 10 minutes north of Great America amusement park. Cheesie’s Pub & Grub has opened its fourth location. Status: Certified open, 36725 N US Hwy 41, Gurnee.

Posted by Cheesie's Pub & Grub- Gurnee on Thursday, March 16, 2017

LINCOLNWOOD— Libanais Sweets and Restaurant has opened its second location. Pronounced “lee-ba-nay,” it serves a variety of Mediterranean sweets and desserts. Status: Certified open, 3300 W. Devon Ave., Lincolnwood

We are now open for business!!! Come by to enjoy great food and friendly atmosphere!!!

Posted by Libanais Sweets and Restaurant on Monday, March 13, 2017

SKOKIE— Chick-Fil-A has reached Skokie, bringing the chain’s fried chicken sandwiches to the burbs. Status: Certified open, 9341 Skokie Blvd., Old Orchard in Skokie.

OAK BROOK— Stan’s Donuts is the latest addition to the Oakbrook Center’s food court facelift. Suburban shoppers can feel that they are visiting the city. Status: Opening on Saturday, 100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook.

March 10

WEST LOOP— Honey’s has joined the popular trend of opening a separate bar within a restaurant. They’ve kept the bee theme by opening The Hive, converting private space upstairs into a bar with room for 31, reported the Tribune. The drinks will rotate on a daily basis and cost $14 to $16. Food service will eventually be added. UrbanDaddy has photos. Status: Certified open, 1111 W. Lake St., inside Honey’s.

BEVERLY— Ain’t She Sweet Cafe has opened its second spot. Known for salads, wraps and baked goods, it’s the follow up to follow up to their Bronzeville location. DNAinfo spoke with the owner. Status: Certified open, 9920 S. Western Ave.

RIVER WEST Capo’s Hotdogs is doing the Chicago-style street food thing on Grand Avenue. But you won’t find a Maxwell Street Polish on the menu. They’ve renamed the classic Grand Avenue Polish. Status: Certified open, 1147 W. Grand Ave.

WICKER PARKDo you feel your teeth chattering? That’s because Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory has expanded to Chicago. The Colorado-based company debuted in 1995 and they already have a store in the suburbs at Yorktown Shopping Center. Status: Certified open, 2105 W. Division St.

THE LOOP— Trolls and other folks venturing underground to the Chicago Pedway have a healthy options thanks to a new Freshii. DNAinfo reported on the latest location. Status: Certified open, 233 N. Michigan Ave.

ROGERS PARK— Milo’s Pita has opened near the Devon/Western intersection. Find pitas, falafel, shawarma and more inside. Status: Certified open, 6310 N. Western Ave.

ROGERS PARK/LAKEVIEW— Smack Dab Bakery has graduated from pop-up to a standalone. Make that two of them. They’re opening in Rogers Park first, then inside the CTA Brown Line’s Wellington stop, according to DNAinfo. Status: Opening on Sunday, 6730 N. Clark St., Opening on Monday at the Wellington CTA Brown Line STOP.

SOUTH LOOP— Pizano’s Pizza, a favorite of Oprah, has opened a South Loop location. Most of Chicago knows the drill: Thin and deep-dish pizzas in a family-friendly setting. Status: Certified open, 2106 S. Indiana Ave.

Grand Opening: Our South Loop location opens today at 4pm. Tag a friend and let them know! The address is 2106 S Indiana! #southloop

Posted by Pizano's Pizza and Pasta on Friday, March 3, 2017

LINCOLNSHIRE— A suburban Indian restaurant with food from different subcontinent regions has reopened after moving to a new location. Marigold Maison features a fresh simple approach to Indian food from executive chef Sunil Kumar. Status: Certified open, 900 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire.

OAK BROOK— Oakbrook Center’s makeover continues, as they’ve opened up a Porkchop in the suburban shopping center. It’s a counter-service barbecue restaurant. Status: Certified open, 100 Oakbrook Center at the Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook.

March 3

WICKER PARK— Caffe Gelato is open for the season. Gelato and coffee drinks are ready for the summer and spring seasons. Status: Certified open, 2034 W. Division St.

LOGAN SQUARE— The C is also open, a true sign of spring in Logan Square. They’ve gone under a name change, as the seasonal ice cream and hot dog shack was formerly known as Tastee Freez. Status: Certified open, 2815 W. Armitage Ave.

BEVERLY— A Chicago tradition for more than 90 years, The Original Rainbow Cone is now serving their five-layered cones. Their second location on Navy Pier will also open this weekend. Status: Certified open at 9223 S. Western Ave., opening Sunday at Navy Pier.

BEVERLY— The state’s first meadery, Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery, is finally open. They’ll have beer, too, as well as hold classes. Learn everything about the mead, the ancient honey-fermented drink. Then enjoy fresh draft beverages in their taproom. Status: Certified open, 10033 S. Western Ave.

Nick Fochtman

NORTH CENTER— Ritual Coffee House is serving up coffee just east of the Lincoln/Irving Park/Damen intersection. There’s not much to gather off their Facebook page and they don’t have a website. Status: Certified open, 1821 W. Irving Park Road.

RIVER NORTH— Moe’s Cantina is also in the business of livening their space up. They’ve opened Cava Room, dedicated to the Spanish sparkling wine. Take a look at the photo below, as it appears Moe’s is growing up. Status: Certified open, 155 W. Kinzie St.

Posted by Cava on Saturday, February 18, 2017

OAK PARK— Live Cafe has been open for about a month in the suburbs. They’re serving coffee, desserts and sandwiches, catering to a variety of diets. Status: Certified open, 163 Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

OAK PARK— The Happy Apple Pie Shop serves pies, coffees, teas and juice. They debuted in 2015 in River Forest, but the new shop gives them much more space. Status: Certified open, 226 Harrison, Oak Park.

ROLLING MEADOWS— The country’s first organic fast-food restaurant, at least the first with a drive-thru, is open in the Northwest Suburbs. Follow Farmer Nic to Nic’s Organic Fast Food in Rolling Meadows. Status: Certified open, 2101 S. Plum Grove Road.

ROSEMONT— Beware the Tea Ninja, a new tea house at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago shopping mall. They’ve got bubble teas and more. Status: Certified open, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont.


February 24

NOBLE SQUARE— The replacement for Usagi Ya Sushi is open near Milwaukee/Division/Ashland. It’s called Jieyi Sushi and offers more of a Pan Asian menu. Status: Certified open, 1178 N. Milwaukee Ave.

RIVER NORTH— Texican is serving up interesting Tex-Mex breakfasts and lunches in River North. Texas red chili, carnitas quesadillas, and king ranch casserole are part of the menu. Status: Certified open, 869 N. Larrabee St.

RIVER NORTH— Mom’s Place will officially open on Friday night inside the former Joynt. They’re gunning for a neighborhood feel in the massive spot, and they’re promising karaoke. Opening night will feature special musical guests from Mr. Blotto. Status: Opening at 5 p.m. Friday, 650 N. Dearborn St.

WEST LOOP— Though the idea is novel in Chicago, a restaurant dedicated in polenta isn’t so rare in Europe. The owners of Polenta Bar want Chicagoans to enjoy a Northern Italian spin on the assembly line concept. Status: Certified open, 1002 W. Lake St.

THE LOOP— Land & Sea Dept’s (Parson’s Chicken & Fish, Lost Lake) pop-up bar hosted in conjunction with the Field Museum, The Backroom, debuts tonight at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. It’s only open on Friday and Saturdays through March 25. They’ll serve drinks made by Paul McGee and also host trivia, karaoke, and DJ nights. Status: Opening Friday at 7 p.m., basement tank at the CAA, 12 S. Michigan Ave.

February 17

RIVER NORTH— The newest location of Yolk opens on Saturday in Marina City. The breakfast-focused diner chain has big plans for expansion since opening their first location on Wells Street. Status: Opening on Saturday morning, 340 N. State St.

CHINATOWN— Thai rolled ice cream and other Pan Asian street food items are available at Legend Tasty House in Chinatown. Status: Certified open, 2242 S. Wentworth Ave.

MCKINLEY PARKThere’s a new restaurant inside the Qui Gon Bakery space. It’s called Taste of Canton, and they serve Cantonese food. Status: Certified open, 3324 S. Archer Ave.

ROSCOE VILLAGE— Birch Road Cellars, the private BYO club in Lincoln Park, has opened a second location. The concept brings a group of people who pay an $89 monthly membership, to escape their kids and the typical bar crowds—there are no TVs. It’s got a speakeasy feel, as you need to punch in a numeric code to get in. They don’t publicize their location. You have to submit an application for membership consideration. Status: Certified open, somewhere in Roscoe Village.

LAKEVIEW— A new restaurant boasts authentic Eurasian food from Georgia, as well as Mediterranean cuisine. It’s called Diplomat Cafe. Here’s a sample of their menu. Status: Certified open, 3134 N. Lincoln Ave.

SCHAUMBURG— The Northwest Suburbs will get a taste of the wraps and fries from BenjYehuda. The mini-chain plans on opening a space in Schaumburg next week. They operate four restaurants in Chicago. Status: Opening on Feb. 21, 1020 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg.

February 10

RIVER NORTH— Bunny Slope, the 1980s-themed hot tub bar for groups, has debuted inside the ACME Hotel downtown. The ski lodge bar is for private groups, up to 18, trying to give Chicagoans a taste of Colorado ski resorts. It’s operated by Fifty/50 Restaurant Group. Check out the drinks below. Status: Certified open, inside the ACME Hotel, 15 E. Ohio St.

Bunny Slope

LAKEVIEW— Jennivee’s Bakery, the late-night and LGBTQ-friendly bakery, quietly began serving cakes earlier this month. Check out their menu, here. Status: Certified open, 3301 N. Sheffield Ave.

ROGERS PARK— The Rim Seafood, most famous for being a clone located right next door to Angry Crab has closed. In its place is a Chinese restaurant that’s been getting some positive reviews in the early going. A Bite Of Szechuan has opened, with dan dan noodles and other items from that region of China. It’s not all about the spice. Status: Certified open, 5657 N. Lincoln Ave.

PORTAGE PARK— What are “charcoal nuts?” Find out at Bistro 6050, a new snack bar that’s open. DNAinfo has the details and menu. Status: Certified open, 6050 W. Irving Park Road.

GENEVA— Outside of the city, Restaurant Juliette is after at romantic atmosphere in the tradition of a Parisian bistro. The Francophile owners run two other restaurants: The Finery & Blacksmith Bar in St. Charles and The Grandstander in Geneva, according to the Kane Country Chronicle. Status: Certified open, 524 W. State St. No. 3, Geneva.

February 3

EDGEWATER— A beloved Edgewater diner has been reborn. Growling Rabbit is roaring in its new location. They’re still waiting their liquor license, so for know they’re BYO. DNAinfo has photos of space. Status: Certified open, 5938-40 N. Broadway St.

WICKER PARK— Le Duck Cafe is serving up French and Pan Asian food in the former Columbus’ Curry spot in Wicker Park. The menu leans heavily toward Thai and they also serve breakfast. Status: Certified open, 1359 N. Milwaukee Ave.

WEST LOOP— There’s a new vendor at Chicago’s French Market. It welcomed The French Lunchbox this week, which focuses on variations of stuffed potatoes. They’re pouring a special blend of Dark Matter Coffee, serving gourmet potatoes and more. Status: Certified open, Chicago’s French Market, 131 N. Clinton St.

WEST LOOP— Ronero keeps the heat up on Randolph Street as their reservation-only second-floor lounge, named Escobar, has opened. Large-format pisco sours, live music and a stealthy entrance are part of the deal. Status: Certified open, 738 W. Randolph St., Ronero second floor.

LAKEVIEW— There’s a new Mediterranean spot in Lakeview. It’s called Anatolian Express, and they’re offering healthier fare. Status: Certified open, 3151 N. Broadway St.

RAVENSWOOD MANOR— Cafe San Juan is serving a selection of Puerto Rican, Mexican and other food including...pancakes. Status: Certified open, 4305 N Kedzie Ave.

NILES— Une Année Brewery has opened its tasting room. Don’t bring your growlers and know they’re open Thursday through Saturday. Status: Certified open, 9082 W Golf Road, Niles.

NORTH RIVERSIDE— A popular fried chicken chain has made it to the Chicago area. Baton Rouge-La.-based Raising Cane’s is known for their chicken fingers. Status: Certified open, 2514 Harlem Ave.

OAK PARK/FOREST PARK— Scratch on Lake is taking reservations. Check out the all-American menu here at the new restaurant. Status: Certified open, 7445 Madison St.

HARWOOD HEIGHTS— Fans of Chicago-style food on the Northwest Side have great news: Portillo’s has opened a location. Italian beef and hot dog lovers rejoice. Status: Certified open, 7308 N. Lawrence Ave.

WILMETTE— The North Shore has a new ramen shop. After teasing diners with several pop-ups, Torino Ramen is open. They are open for lunch and dinner. Status: Certified open, 1162 Wilmette Ave.

January 27

LINCOLN PARK— Blending nicely into the suburban-like feel of the NEWCITY development at Clybourn and Halsted comes the Capital One Café. They’re stocking baked goods from Delightful Pastries, Lovely Too, West Town, Chicago Gourmet, Once Upon a Bagel, and Alpha Baking. Peet’s is handling the coffee for this banker’s marketing gimmick. Status: Certified open, 1538 N. Halsted St.

LAKEVIEW— Real Good Juice Co., after a delay of a few weeks, is poised to open their second brick and mortar location. Besides those smoothies, they’re going to expand their menu. Status: Opening on Sunday, 3548 N. Southport Ave.

WEST RIDGE— A new Devon Avenue eatery is serving American food using Halal meat. F3 Grill is mixing South Asian flavors with burgers, hot dogs and chicken wings, according to DNAinfo. Status: Certified open, 2751 W. Devon Ave .

WICKER PARK— The former Kokopelli space has its second new restaurant since that infamous closure. It’s now home to Komorebi Sushi. Status: Certified open, 1324 N. Milwaukee Ave.

AVONDALE— A new Mediterranean/Eurasian spot serving Halal food near heavy metal burger bar Kuma’s Corner. Grill Master is here. Status: Certified open, 2949 W. Belmont Ave.

ELMHURST— Craft beer lovers know about this already, but suburban Chicago already has a self-serve beer bar. Red Arrow Tap Room is open, where they’re embracing independence from waiters. They also serve barbecue. Status: Certified open, 111 E. First St., Elmhurst.

HIGHLAND PARK— Tanoshii Sushi Mike’s is open in suburban Highland Park. It’s Mike Ham’s third restaurant, following locations in Andersonville and West Loop. The Lake County News-Sun is impressed. Status: Certified open, 1935 Sheridan Road, Highland Park.

SKOKIE— Butter burger buddies beware, as Culver’s has opened in suburban Skokie. At least those Wisconsinites have something to be happy about after the Packers were pounded into concrete in the NFL playoffs. Status: Certified open, 9455 N. Skokie Blvd.

January 20

LOGAN SQUARE/BUCKTOWNUnderneath the CTA Western Blue Line Stop, Hero Coffee Bar has opened its third location. The coffee shop has replaced Belly Shack which closed last year. They’ll serve breakfast and lunch by the L. Status: Certified open, 1912 N. Western Ave.

LINCOLN PARK— Captain’s Catch, the new seafood-focused restaurant inside the former Peasantry space, is now serving up seafood by the pound. The Cajun/Creole/Asian seafood trend continues to spread to new restaurants. This one is from the owners of Sakura, the Japanese restaurant down the street on Diversey. Status: Certified open, 2723 N. Clark St.

Ashok Selvam

LINCOLN PARK— Downtown Pizza & Wings is open in the former Shabowl space. There’s no social media presence, but they appear to serve thin-crust by the slice. Status: Certified open, 844 W. Armitage Ave.

BRIDGEPORT— There’s a new spot for Taiwanese-style hot pots. It’s called Taipei Cafe. Find an assortment of soup bowls, as wells as teas. DNAinfo took some shots of the noodles. Status: Certified open, 2609 S. Halsted St.

PORTAGE PARK— Japanese, Thai and Chinese dishes are available at Ninja Sushi. They stealthily opened on New Year’s Eve. Take a look at the menu here. Status: Certified open, 3946 N. Central Ave.

ROGERS PARK— Bulldog Ale House has opened a location near Loyola University’s Rogers Park campus. It’s the chain’s seventh location and first in Chicago. It’s a familiar bar menu complemented by their house beer, plus breweries like Three Floyds. Yes, they have Three Floyds. They’re planning another location at 901 S. State St. Status: Certified open, 6606 N. Sheridan Road.

OAK FOREST— Fisherman’s Island, a popular carryout seafood spot with locations in Englewood and Chatham, has expanded to the suburbs. Find snow crab, shrimp and fish at the new spot. Status: Certified open, 4142 167th St. in Oak Forest.

January 13

NORTH CENTER— A farmer’s market favorite now has a storefront. Tuscan Hen Market is officially open Wednesday through Sunday. Enjoy fresh pasta for home use or grab a sandwich. They’re anti-GMO and dedicate to organic ingredients. Status: Certified open, 4019 N. Damen Ave.

UPTOWN— An old Ethiopian favorite has returned after closing in 2015. Selam Market and Restaurant has moved a couple blocks south from their original location. DNAinfo spoke with the owner. The grocer/restaurant had been around for seven years, and the owner was particular proud of their traditional spongy Ethiopian flatbread, injera. Status: Certified open, 4543 N. Broadway St.

HYDE PARKNando’s Peri-Peri is taking their Portuguese-inspired grilled chicken to Hyde Park. The South African chain continues to expand in Chicago, and now they’re giving more love to the South Side. Status: Opening at 11 a.m. Saturday, 1447 E. 53rd St.

HYDE PARK— A second restaurant chain, Roti Modern Mediterranean, is coming to Hyde Park after the holiday weekend. The assembly-line concept is upped its game and rebranded. There’s a patio and they will serve alcoholic drinks. They also are doing a giveaway for free lunch, enter at the link. Status: Opening on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1526 E. 53rd St.

SOUTH LOOP— A new restaurant that’s fusing flavors from all across the Caribbean is opening. 14 Parish Restaurant is an upscale spot, as described by ownership. Unfortunately no menu is listed, but those shrimp like mighty tasty. Status: Opening on Saturday, 2333 S. Michigan Ave.

RIVER WEST— A new seafood spot has risen inside the former Cy’s King Crab in River West. It’s called Cracked at 695. They’re doing the seafood boil thing, but it’s just one option on the menu. Status: Certified open, 695 N. Milwaukee Ave.

LITTLE VILLAGE— A West Lawn ice cream spot has opened at second location. Los Pekes Ice Cream & Coffee Shop promises their second location (in Spanish) will offer the same flavors, friendly atmosphere and service as their original. Guests will find coffee, Mexican-style paletas and other desserts. Status: Certified open, 4207 W. 26th St.

MORTON GROVE— The customizable empanadas spot is now open in the north suburbs. Savory Crust will host a grand opening at noon on Saturday. Check out the menu in this photo; customers can pick up to three toppings inside their pastry. Status: Certified open, 6101 Capulina Ave., Morton Grove.

January 6

ALBANY PARK— Empanadas, Colombian pizza and coffee are all under one roof at Pizza y Pan Pa’ Ya. It’s a wide-ranging menu including tamales and soups. Status: Certified open, 3125 W. Montrose St.

ALBANY PARK— Another Albany Park restaurant opening slipped through the cracks over the holiday. Mandi Noor (not to be confused with the phonetically similar actress/singer) serves Yemeni food. That’s lamb kebabs, rice dishes and more. Status: Certified open, 3737 E. Lawrence Ave.

THE LOOP— Artisan sandwich lovers rejoice, as the seventh Hannah’s Bretzel has opened, this time in the Loop. Sandwiches, chocolates and other treats are available in another location. Status: Certified open, 66 W. Randolph St.

MAG MILE— Though Taco Joint has downsized over in Lincoln Park, the chain is popping up in the food court over at the Shops of North Bridge. The Tribune has details on the scaled-down menu. Status: Certified open, The Shops at North Bridge, 4th Floor, 520 N. Michigan Ave.

LAKEVIEW— Kebabs and burgers are the name of game at Kudo, which actually opened at the end of 2016. The fast-food spot is in a former Quizno’s. Status: Certified open, 3933 N. Broadway St.

CHINATOWNHello Jasmine, a Taiwanese restaurant with lots of boba tea, has moved to a new location. Status: Certified open, 2002 S. Wentworth Ave. Unit B11.

FRANKFORT— After more than four years, Enrico’s Italian Dining has reopened in suburban Frankfort. They’re at a new location, following their closure in 2012, about half a mile north of the original location, reported The Daily Southtown. Status: Certified open, 20535 S. LaGrange Road in Frankfort.

PALOS HILLS— There’s another South Suburb reopening, as Bertucci’s, which closed in March, is back in business. Their menu mixes Greek and Italian food, reported The Daily Southtown. Status: Certified open, 10331 S. Roberts Road in Palos Hills.


For a list of 2016’s fall and winter openings, go here.

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