ANDERSONVILLE— Jennifer Kim’s new Korean restaurant with Italian touches, Passerotto, has been bumped to April at 5420 N. Clark Street. The ambitious restaurant is the next chapter for Kim, who co-owned Snaggletooth.
BOYSTOWN— The bar will remain open over the eight-week duration, but Roscoe’s Tavern is undergoing renovations, according to Go Pride. The Boystown icon’s new look should be ready by Memorial Day at 3356 N. Halsted Street.
BRIDGEPORT— Damenzo’s Pizza plans another location for 901 W. 35th Street. They’ll have a bar and carryout near Sox Park.
BUCKTOWN— There’s no official update from ownership, but Etta, the new restaurant from Maple & Ash — the lavish Gold Coast steakhouse — is coming along at 1840 W. North Avenue. They’ve finally put up walls on the former Southern space. It’s still slated for a summer opening.
FULTON MARKET— Limitless Coffee & Tea’s flagship coffeeshop is now pegged for a May opening, according to founder Matt Matros. The project was announced last year for 219 N. Green Street.
FULTON MARKET— Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is close to bringing their ramen restaurant, Ramen-san, to Fulton Market at 219 N. Green Street — the same address as Limitless. They’ve applied for liquor licenses.
IRVING PARK— A spot for coffee, Lucky Charm Cafe, is on its way for 3600 W. Irving Park Avenue.
LAKEVIEW— Gyu-Kaku Japanese Barbecue is hiring for its third Chicago location. After openings in West Loop and Streeterville, the tabletop grilling restaurant has taken over a former Noodles & Company at 3336 N. Broadway Street.
LAKEVIEW — Horizon Cafe is being replaced by Pancake Cafe, a Wisconsin chain with two locations and plans for a third in America’s Dairyland. Uptown Update first noticed the new for 3805 N. Broadway Street.
LAKEVIEW— The Melrose Diner space, the 56-year-old restaurant that closed this summer at 3233 N. Broadway Street, has a new tenant. Eggsperience has signs up.
LINCOLN PARK— NEW CITY should finally get its Japanese restaurant at Clybourn and Halsted as Kizuki has applied for its liquor license.
LINCOLN PARK— The Drinkingbird isn’t reopening, even though its owner thought it would come back at 2201 N. Clybourn Avenue. The bar’s been sold and there’s already a plan to replace the cocktail bar. No details are immediately available, but stay tuned.
LINCOLN PARK— The former MOD Pizza at the corner of Clybourn and Southport is becoming a sushi spot. Hob Sushi is opening soon at 2156 N. Clybourn Avenue.
LINCOLN SQUARE— Pasta Bowl, the casual Italian-American eatery with locations in Lincoln Park and Bucktown, is set to take over the former Knife space at 4343 N. Lincoln Avenue.
LOGAN SQUARE— As the owners of Owen and Engine gear up to open their new Asian restaurant and brewery, Bixi, there’s a glimpse of the mural going into the space created by comic book artist Eduardo Risso. The Brazilian creator has worked on titles including 100 Bullets, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
LOGAN SQUARE— Twain, the new restaurant at 2445 N. Milwaukee Avenue from chef Tim Graham, is closer to an opening. They’ve applied for their liquor license.
LOGAN SQUARE— Rosie’s Sidekick, a new Logan Square sandwich shop, should open this weekend at 2610 N. California Avenue.
RIVER NORTH— Shay is now Electric Hotel at 222 W. Ontario Street. The new nightclub has new signage and should open soon.
RIVER NORTH— The new Moxy Hotel should open in May at 540 N. LaSalle Drive. The Marriott property will feature a restaurant, Zombie Taco.
RIVER NORTH— Pacific Standard Time, the new One Off Hospitality restaurant opening at 151 W. Erie Street, is coming along. Unfortunately, the windows are all tarped off from passersby.
UPTOWN— A popular Thai restaurant that closed due to construction is on its way back. In-On Thai Restaurant has a space 4643-4641 N. Broadway Street. Uptown Update has blueprints.
UPTOWN— Uptown Doughnuts has taken over the Viet Bowl space at 1122 W. Wilson. Uptown Update has the details.
WEST LOOP— Star bartender Julia Momose’s cocktail bar, Kumiko, is coming along. It’s a collaboration with the folks behind Oriole, one of Chicago’s hottest restaurants. They’re gunning for an early summer opening.
WICKER PARK— Angry Pig Tavern, the new spot in the former Trenchermen space from the owner of Bridge House Tavern, is slated to open on April 10. It’s also hiring.
WRIGLEYVILLE— The third iteration of Union Pizza is opening near Wrigley Field. It’s called Union Full Board and there’s a cocktail lounge attached called Tinkers to Evers (a sports ball reference to old Cubs players). This one’s going inside the Wheelhouse Hotel, 3475 N. Clark Street and should open in the spring. Expect Detroit pan pizza and more. They have locations in Evanston and inside Revival Food Hall in the Loop.
HIGHLAND PARK— A second location of Viaggio is opening in the suburbs. Highland Park will get a new Italian restaurant in April at 581 Rogers Williams Road.
NAPERVILLE— Poke tastes as good in the suburbs as it does in the city. Aloha Poke Co. is coming to 215 S. Washington Street in Naperville.
BOYSTOWN— A new tavern will replace Minibar at 3339-3341 N. Halsted Street. There’s a liquor license for a bar called Splash.
BUCKTOWN— Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club should open around March 1 at 1760 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The space will contains shuffleboard courts and bars, similar to the original location in Brooklyn. Management will also ally itself with food trucks to dock there and serve patrons. They’re also hiring.
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LINCOLN PARK— MOD Pizza has taken over a former shoe sore at the strip mall at North and Sheffield. The quick-serve restaurant should open on Friday at 1000 W. North Avenue.
LOGAN SQUARE— Look for Taste of Havana to open soon, right next to the Crab Pad — which continues to serve seafood — at 2529 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
THE LOOP— Ocean Prime, the fancy seafood/steakhouse slotted for the ground floor of the LondonHouse hotel, should open in spring 2019 inside a retail portion of the building at 11 E. Wacker Drive. A news release shares a few more details, including that it will have space for 350 people and three private spaces.
MAG MILE— Hogsalt Hospitality is hiring for the new food hall at 900 N. Michigan Avenue. It should open in the fall, according to the job listing. There’s a little bit more description as the space will feature more than 16 food and beverage stations with “a combination of Hogsalt’s greatest hits.”
RIVER NORTH— Brown Bag Seafood Co. has applied for a liquor license for a new restaurant at 414 N. Wells Street.
WEST LOOP— Chicago’s French Market has a trio of new vendors planned to open in March for the West Loop food hall. Firenze Italian Street Food is filling up a space that’s been vacated for a few months and serve street food inspired by Florence, Italy. Find sandwiches and more. Tiger Ceviche will take over part of the Delightful Pastries booth. Find fresh fish and veggies. Pierogi Crib is also taking over part of the Delightful Pastries space. The owners of the Pierogi Rig food truck are bringing blintzes, potato pancakes, and golabki to the space.
WICKER PARK— It’s still unknown what the owners of Homeslice and Happy Camper will serve at their new Wicker Park restaurant at 1913 W. North Avenue. However, the name for the new restaurant appears to be revealed via a liquor license application: Paradise Pines.
WRIGLEYVILLE— Last week, news broke that Cubs manager Joe Maddon and veteran restaurateur Tony Mantuano had plans to opened up a restaurant near Wrigleyville. The Tribune had more details. The restaurant will serve Italian food with a dash of Polish. It will take up two floors and have a “serious wine list.” There’s no name yet, and it may not open until October.
EVANSTON—Evanston’s zoning board is reviewing an application for a restaurant called Lenny & Lambs at 1829 Simpson Street.
EVANSTON— Good to Go Jamaican has found a new location at 709-711 Howard Street, according to Evanston Now. That means it will move from its location at 1947 W. Howard Street, a space it occupied for about 15 years.
NAPERVILLE— A new Italian restaurant is opening in the suburbs. Che Figata will serve Roman-style pizzas and more, according to the The Daily Herald. Look for a spring opening at the CityGate Centre, 2155 CityGate Lane in Naperville.
NAPERVILLE— European chain Le Pain Quotidien is coming to the suburbs, according to The Naperville Sun. It’ll soon open on the corner of Jefferson and Washington.
SCHAUMBURG— Woodfield Shopping Mall has divulged some of its vendors for its upgraded food court. The vendors should open in late May, according to a news release. These are the vendors so far: Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Charleys Philly Steaks, Maoz Falafel and Grill, Suki Hana, and Wok A Holic.
OAK PARK— Taste of Brasil has been closed for more than five months, but ownership is on the comeback trail. Via Facebook, they’ve announced plans to take over the former Live Fresko space at 136 N. Oak Park Avenue.
ORLAND PARK— A Wichita, Kansas chain, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, plans to open its seventh location in Illinois. They’re planning a restaurant at 7402 W. 159th Street in Orland Park, according to a news release. They have locations in 30 states and more than 250 spots. It should open early in 2019.
ALBANY PARK— Cupitol, the coffee shop with locations in Evanston and Streeterville, is planning a third location. They’re interested in a ground-floor space part of a new development at 3215 W. Lawrence Avenue, according to the Sun-Times.
ANDERSONVILLE— Passerotto, the Korean restaurant with Italian touches from chef Jennifer Kim, will push back its opening from February to March. Things are coming along for the crew at the former Brixton spot, 5420 N. Clark Street.
BUCKTOWN— Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, the Brooklyn hangout that’s expanding to Chicago, is on track for a mid-February opening at 1760 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The buildout is almost complete.
LOGAN SQUARE— BIG & Little’s is planning another restaurant. It’s unclear if it will be the burgers, tacos, and sandwiches its locations in River North, Wicker Park, and Lakeview are known for, or if it’s different concept like the pizza and poke restaurant, also in Lakeview. The Sun-Times has the details. It’s part of a development at 3000 W. Fullerton Avenue.
NOBLE SQUARE— Bar Biscay, the coastal Spanish restaurant from the owners of Mfk. should open the first week of February at 1450 W. Chicago Avenue. Chicago has a few more porky details, including news about the bar and late-night menus.
RIVER NORTH— L.A. Mexican party spot Pink Taco is hiring for its first Chicago location at 162 W. Hubbard Street. Check out the Craigslist ad, which described it as a “a playful, venturesome, Mexican concept.”
RIVER NORTH— Remember the award-winning gelato maker who wanted to take on Eataly by opening an Italian restaurant across the street? It’s been six months since news spread about Sapori Antichi Bar Italiano. Now they’re planning a March opening at 22 W. Ohio Street, according to a news release. They’ll have full dining and a bar.
ROGERS PARK— Chicago’s chicken finger fans should take note: Raising Cane’s is on its way near Loyola University’s Rogers Park campus. They’re targeting a March opening at 6568 N. Sheridan Avenue, according to a news release.
ROGERS PARK— While Grace has been shuttered, owner Michael Olszewski is busy opening a “casual, fine-dining” restaurant near his alma mater. It’s called Onward. It should open in March at 1208 W. Albion, according to the Loyola Phoenix. He also said he plans to reopen Grace with a new chef.
UPTOWN— The Magic Lounge is inching closer to an opening date at 5050 N. Clark Street. They’ll have a library bar where customers can drink signature cocktails before the show and more. Edgeville Buzz has more details.
WEST LOOP— The owner of Tortorice’s Pizza is opening a new restaurant. It’s called Crave Kabob and they’re targeting a March opening at 1532 W. Madison Avenue, according to the owners.
WEST TOWN— Funkenhausen, the German restaurant/bar hall from chef Marc Steuer, is on track for a February opening, according to a rep. The ambitious project is set to open at 1708 W. Chicago Avenue.
WICKER PARK/GLENVIEW— Korean chicken specialists Bonchon have applied for a liquor license for its second Chicago restaurant, 1732 W. Division Street. Over in the suburbs, they plan on opening a restaurant by the end of January inside a strip mall at 1615 N. Milwaukee Avenue in suburban Glenview, according to the Tribune.
DEERFIELD— Chick-fil-A is planning to open another fast-food restaurant in the suburbs. They’re heading to the North Shore near Waukegan and Lake-Cook roads, according to the Deerfield Review.
EVANSTON— Next of Kin (the marketplace) and Kinship (the restaurant) should open on February 1 and 8 respectively at 625 Davis Street, according to a news release. Expect “American comfort foods made the hearth” from chef Marco Bahena.
EVANSTON— A new barbecue restaurant is heading to Evanston, near Northwestern University. It’s called Falcon Eddy’s Barbecue, according to The Daily Northwestern. It’s from the owners of Bat 17, a sports bar. It will be located at 825 Church Street.
EVANSTON— A 2,750-square-foot restaurant is planned for 1723 Simpson Street. It’s called Rubie’s and will serve breakfast and lunch, according to Evanston Now.
SCHAUMBURG/AROUND TOWN— Naf Naf Grill, the fast-casual Middle Eastern restaurant chain, is debuting a new design at its latest restaurant in Schaumburg. They also have a new logo. It’s part of a new rebranding and franchising effort that hopes to lead to more than 100 stores by 2020, according to Crain’s.
LAKEVIEW— There’s a new tenant for the Flo/Fiorentino’s space at 2901 N. Ashland Avenue that’s a familiar name. Tutto Fresco is returning. The Italian restaurant closed in 2016 at 3829 N. Broadway Street after a seven-year run. But it’s coming back.
THE LOOP— A new Italian spot from Phoenix, Pizzario, is heading to Chicago sometime this year at the Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive. It serves thin-crust pizza, wings, salads, offer corporate catering.
OLD TOWN— The latest Small Cheval, Hogsalt Hospitality’s burger and fries restaurant, is coming along. They’re hiring, and it appears construction is on the fast track, set away from the sidewalk on 1345 N. Wells Street. It will be Hogsalt’s third Small Cheval location.
PORTAGE PARK— Culver’s should open on January 29 at 4939 W. Irving Park Road, according to a hiring ad posted on Facebook. It may beat out Bronzeville in the race to open the first Culver’s in the city of Chicago.
RIVER NORTH— Radio Anago, the Japanese restaurant from Hogsalt Hospitality (Au Cheval, Bavette’s) is hiring. The company hasn’t released an opening date for the new restaurant at 226 W. Kinzie Street.
STREETERVILLE— Carson’s, The Place For Ribs owner Dean Carson said that his rib restaurant’s new flagship location should open in mid-January or early February in Streeterville at 465 E. Illinois Street. The windows are still covered with Carson’s black and yellow signage, but Carson said the new location will “blow your mind.”
SOUTH LOOP— Construction continues on Bar 22, a place that’s been in the works since 2016 on Motor Row, 2244 S. Michigan Avenue. An opening was “coming soon” as of November.
WEST LOOP— Square Roots Kitchen, a fast-casual restaurant, should open in January at 120 S. Halsted Street. It focuses on healthy items — salads, bowls, etc.
WEST LOOP— Former GreenRiver bartender Julia Momose and the team from Oriole have unveiled Facebook and Instagram accounts for their upcoming bar. No, they still haven’t release the address for Kumiko, an intimate Japanese-inspired bar with 11 to 15 cocktails, including spirit-free drinks. But the team has released photos of the under-construction space.
WRIGLEYVILLE— It’s frigid in Chicago, but blink and Cubs’ Opening Day will arrive soon. That will entail a new location for The Smoke Daddy at under-construction The Hotel Zachary at 3630 N. Clark Street. The owners of 4-Star Restaurant Group have applied for their liquor licenses for the first and second floors, as well as an outdoor patio.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS— Downtown Arlington Heights is getting a gastropub in March at the southwest corner of Vail Avenue and Campbell street. The Daily Herald has the details on Hey Nonny.
LAKE VILLA— A suburban location of Timothy O’Toole’s, the sports pub in Streeterville, is should open in February at 10 W. Grand Avenue, according to The Daily Herald.
ROSEMONT— Bill Murray should have more reason to be in Chicago after he and his brothers open Murray Bros. Caddyshack, their golf-themed restaurant/bar that originated in Florida. They’re targeting a spring opening at 5440 N. River Road inside the Crowne Plaza hotel, according to The Daily Herald.
ROSEMONT—Rosemont’s also getting a Carmine’s from Rosebud Restaurants. That’s the Italian steakhouse on Rush Street. Expect a summer opening.
ROSEMONT— More chain restaurant goodness is coming to the city of Rosemont. Truluck’s the steakhouse/seafood chain that entered the Chicago market last year, also has a location planned for fall in the Pearl District.
SOUTH BARRINGTON— The Arboretum of South Barrington, a shopping center near Hoffman Estates, is welcoming another Hampton Social, the nautical-inspired restaurant that debuted in River North. It’s slated for a summer/fall opening, according to The Daily Herald.
ANDERSONVILLE— Opening day is creeping closer for Passerotto, chef Jennifer Kim’s Korean restaurant with Italian influences at 5420 N. Clark Street. Using the same DIY spirit she carried at Snaggletooth, Kim is getting friends and family to clean up the old Brixton space as she prepares to open the restaurant in February.
ANDERSONVILLE— There’s a sign for a bakery “coming soon” to the former Goddess and Grocer cafe at 5318 N. Clark Street. There’s no name attached. Goddess closed in August.
ANDERSONVILLE/EVANSTON— In possibly related news, Colectivo Coffee has plans for Andersonville. The Milwaukee-based coffee roaster has locations in Lincoln Park and Logan Square. A source says they’re looking to expand and possibly open a central bakery to serve more Chicago locations. Also, at an Evanston zoning meeting held on Tuesday, a Colectivo rep mentioned a suburban location at 716 Church Street and the Andersonville location on the 5400 block of Clark Street.
AROUND TOWN— After opening its first restaurant earlier this year in Rolling Meadows, Nic’s Organic Food has its sights on more suburban expansion. Co-founder Benjamin Brittsan wrote via email to expect new locations to open this summer at Woodfield Shopping Center in Schaumburg and in Chicago at 180 N. LaSalle Street. Evanston Now reported a location would be arriving at 2628 Gross Pointe Road in Evanston, but Brittsan said that’s not definite. They’re also looking at spots in Glenview, Park Ridge, and outside of Illinois in California and Washington.
BUCKTOWN— The Maple & Ash team has revealed the name for their project at 1840 W. North Avenue — the site were The Southern stood until it was demolished. It’s called Etta, as first revealed in a liquor license application and then confirmed by a spokesperson. That spokesperson will only reveal now that it’s going to be a “neighborhood restaurant” and open in the summer of 2018.
EDGEWATER— The long-vacant Carson’s, The Place For Ribs, parcel at 5970 N. Ridge Avenue officially has a tenant. Starbucks has a signed a lease for a new coffee shop. The space, at the corner of Clark and Ridge, was once home to the ribs chain. Edgeville Buzz reported that a groundbreaking will happen in 2018.
EDGEWATER— The menu at the Andersonville location of Hutch American Kitchen, the restaurant which will occupy part of the Cantina 1910 space, will be smaller than other Hutch’s, according to the owner. Edgeville Buzz spoke to Marc Wuenschel about the space at 1477 N. Winnemac Avenue. There’s no news yet about what will occupy the other part of the space.
EDGEWATER— Cookies & Carnitas is looking to reopen soon at 5759 N. Broadway Street. The restaurant closed in September, and hoped to quickly reopen. However, things took longer than anticipated, according to Edgeville Buzz.
JEFFERSON PARK— Plans are going forward for Starbucks at the former Brown’s Chicken site at 5601 W. Lawrence Avenue, and the former Family Fruit Market parking lot at 4155 N. Cicero Avenue, and at the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Irving Park Road, according to Nadig Newspapers.
LOGAN SQUARE— Signage is up for a new Mexican spot at the former L’Patron at 2815 N. Diversey Avenue. The fluorescent green exteriors walls have been painted over for Chikis n Grill. There’s not much known about the spot, except that earlier this year the owners ran a fundraiser campaign that didn’t appear too successful. However, it seems an opening should happen soon. L’Patron closed in summer 2016 and shifted operations to a larger spot.
OLD IRVING— Management hasn’t responded to inquiries — they’re busy riding the CTA holiday train — but the team at Eris Brewery & Cider House is hiring. Chicago’s first cider house, where they make fresh cider on premises for consumption in a taproom, continues to progress at 4240 W. Irving Park Road.
RIVER NORTH— The upcoming Moxy Chicago Downtown, a 156-room Marriott hotel, should open in the spring, according to a news release, at 530 N. LaSalle Street. It will feature a walk-up window that’s inspired by a food truck. There’s also a lobby bar/coffee room that will serve snacks.
ROGERS PARK— There are plans to build a Salerno’s near the CTA Red Line’s Howard stop at 1631 W. Howard Street. It’s the pizza chain’s 11th location, according to Alderman (49th) Joe Moore’s office.
STREETERVILLE— The new Carson’s, The Place For Ribs, should open soon. Ownership has applied for a liquor license for what should be the chain’s new flagship location at 465 E. Illinois Street. Dean Carson was traveling and wasn’t immediately reached.
WEST LOOP— There’s signage for another location of Capriotti’s, the sandwich chain based out of Las Vegas. The new location is at 167 N. Aberdeen. Neighbors of West Loop had a photo. It entered the Chicago market in October 2016.
NAPERVILLE— Chicagoland’s first self-serve beer bar, Red Arrow Taproom, is planning a second location. The bar, which uses touchscreen self-serve taps, debuted earlier this year in Elmhurst. The second suburban location is in Naperville at 216 S. Washington Street, according to the Tribune.
For a list of the 2017 fall updates, click here.