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Nancy’s, the Stuffed Pizza ‘Inventor,’ Plans a Chicago Comeback

Plus, Via Lima closes and the Hello Kitty truck is coming

Nancy’s stuffed pizza

—Chicago’s own self-proclaimed “inventor” of stuffed pizza — Nancy’s Pizza — plans to take a large bite out of the pizza scene, beginning in the West Loop. Nancy’s parent company Chicago Franchise Systems, which also owns the Al’s Beefs, is working on a full-service flagship restaurant with a full bar at 1000 W. Washington Blvd. which could only be the beginning of the brand’s expansion, Crain’s reports. The chain is also focusing on openings in Southern Illinois and the Atlanta area, as well as 10 forthcoming stores in North Carolina.

—North Center has lost a well-regarded Peruvian restaurant. Via Lima, which garnered Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition as well as great critical reviews, has called it quits after nearly two years in business in a prominent space at 4024 N. Lincoln Ave., DNAinfo reports. Ownership’s note on its website says its last day was May 21 and thanks staff, vendors, and customers. The timing of the shutter is curious, as ownership announced an expansion into the next door space in January, which they said would take six months.

—The Hello Kitty food truck is coming back to Chicagoland. Head to Oakbrook Center from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on June 3 and 4 if you’re interested in cookies, macarons, mini-cakes, and other swag from the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck.

Madison Public House, the bar and eatery at 2200 N. Milwaukee Ave., is now Innjoy Logan Square. The spot, which is under the same ownership, now has the same throwback dance parties and neon sign as the original on Wicker Park’s Division Street strip while continuing the food menu and keeping the same staff as Madison Public House.

—A raid of an illegal nightclub was part of Memorial Day weekend police activity. Guns, alcohol and cannabis was seized at the unnamed spot in the 5100 block of West North Avenue on Saturday night, NBC5 reports.

—And finally, would the promise of dim sum make you more likely to run in a 5k race? Because that’s what you’ll get if you participate in the 2017 Dim Sum & Then Some on June 3 at 8 a.m. beginning at Buttercup Park in Uptown. Each runner is promised a dim sum box from Furama as well as “additional free goodies.” More info is right here.

Madison Public House

2200 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 773-697-8425 Visit Website

Via Lima

4024 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 348-4900 Visit Website


4936 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 271-1161 Visit Website


2051 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (312) 394-2066 Visit Website