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20 Upcoming Chicago Restaurants and Bars to Know

A regularly-updated list of forthcoming restaurants and bars

The Double Door is no more.
Ashok Selvam

September 18

BRIDGEPORT— The corner of 37th and Wallace is getting a coffee shop, reported DNAinfo. It’s called Stockyard Coffeehouse.

FULTON MARKET— Chicago’s first full-blown Stumptown Coffee Roasters (excluding the one side the Amazon Store in Lakeview) cafe is on track to open around Thanksgiving inside the Ace Hotel, 311 N. Morgan St. The management crew was in town over the weekend at Riot Fest.

LAKEVIEW— ROCKS Lakeview, 3463 N. Broadway St, is on the way to reopening. Management vows to be better than before, as a fire in February destroyed the original location. Check out the photos at the link.

LAKEVIEW— Kai Sushi, which has a location at 1255 S. State St., is coming to Lakeview. Southport Corridor News reported signage at 3819 N. Southport Ave.

THE LOOP— Honeygrow, the Philadelphia-based stir-fry chain, is set to open its second Chicago location on Oct. 20 at 70 E. Lake St., according to a news release. They opened their first Chicago spot in August in Fulton Market.

MORGAN PARK— A Mexican restaurant, Americanos, may replace a former Leona’s at 11060 S. Western Ave., reported DNAinfo. The opening could happen in mid-November.

MOUNT GREENWOOD— Two brothers hope they can be culinary wizards by opening a Mount Greenwood restaurant inside a space that brings back fond childhood memories. Bacon & Jam will replace Magic Restaurant, reported DNAinfo. The new restaurant should open in October at 3335 W. 111th St.

RIVER NORTH— Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ new sushi spot, Sushi-San is hiring. This is the sushi spot from LEYE chef Doug Psaltis and Co. at 59 W. Grand Ave.

SOUTH LOOP— The Art of Pizza, one of Chicago’s favorite deep-dish spots, should soon open a second location at 727 S. State St. Management is right now training staff, according to a spokeswoman. The Lakeview location has a cult following.

SOUTH LOOP— A Mexican chain, which has a location in suburban Niles, is coming to 823 S. State St. It’s called Taco Madre. Sloopin’ was the first to report the news.

WICKER PARK— As music lovers mourn the Double Door, the legendary venue that closed earlier this year at 1551 N. Damen Ave., the owners are pushing to rent the space out. They’ve changed the signage on the windows to feature a photo of food in an attempt to possibly draw a restaurant. Stay tuned.

NAPERVILLE— Fresh pretzels and pretzel dogs are on the menu at Philly Pretzel Factory, 1037 W. Ogden Ave. in Naperville, reported The Daily Herald. It should open later this month.

OAK PARK— Lake Street Brewing should open later this month at Lake Street and Austin Boulevard, according to Oak Leaves. The space is two levels with a rooftop deck.

ROSEMONT/BARRINGTON— A pizzeria with a sports bar atmosphere is what customers will find a Moretti’s. They’re already open in Fox Lake, Hoffman Estates, and Moutn Prospect. A pair of locations should open this fall at 9519 W. Higgins Road in Rosemont and 128 Wool St. in Barrington, according to The Daily Herald.

SCHAUMBURG— After opening in suburban Warrenville, Chuy’s Tex-Mex has its sights set on Schaumburg. The chain should open in October at 1701 E. Golf Road, according to The Daily Herald.

SCHAUMBURG/WHEATON— Here’s a double dose of suburban info: Chicken nuggets/tenders, salads, and sandwiches are arriving later this month at 167 Danada Square in Wheaton from PDQ, a chain founded in 2009 in North Carolina. “People Dedicated to Quality” should also open in December at 1300 Meacham Road in Schaumburg, according to The Daily Herald. These are the chain’s first locations in the Midwest.

WEST DUNDEE— The Daily Herald is reporting that Craft Donuts & Coffee should open this fall at 124 Main St.

WINNETKA— Later in September, Fred’s Garage should open at 574 Green Bay Road in suburban Winnetka, according to a news release. Their executive chef, Michael Luth, has a resume that includes working at Dusek’s in Pilsen’s and The Southern in Wicker Park.

September 7

ALBANY PARK— There’s still no opening timeline for Ravinia Brewing Co., the third brewery to take over The Finch Kitchen/BreakRoom Brewery space at 2925 W. Montrose Ave. However, DNAInfo takes a look at how Ravinia sources their ingredients.

LINCOLN PARK— Right across the street from the empty lot that housed Children’s Memorial Hospital, Philly Bros. is opening soon and promises cheesesteaks. It’s moving from Humboldt Park, reported DNAinfo, and should open on Sept. 16 at 743 W. Fullerton Ave.

LINCOLN PARK— Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut the ribbon on Thursday morning for Theater on the Lake, the Chicago Park District space at Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive. The renovated space will feature a restaurant from chef Cleetus Friedman. Friedman, via text, wrote that the restaurant could be ready to serve in late September or early October. DNAinfo and the Sun-Times was at the ribbon cutting.

LINCOLN PARK/PILSEN— S.K.Y., former Intro Chicago chef Stephen Gillanders Pilsen restaurant, should open in the fall at 1239 W. 18th St. Gillanders will host a pop-up at Local Foods, 1427 W. Willow St., on Sept. 19 for those interested in a menu preview. Get tickets here.

LOGAN SQUARE— The Dill Pickle Co-Op pushed back its opening day from Thursday to Friday at 2746 N. Milwaukee Ave. The greatly-expanding grocery store will also serve prepared foods. DNAinfo has the details.

THE LOOP— Executive chef Laura Piper and One North Kitchen and Bar owner Rodd Goldman plan to open two Loop spots later this month, according to this blog post from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

RIVER NORTH— Merchandise Mart continues to upgrade its dining options. Chicago’s second Luke’s Lobster should open on Sept. 19, according to a news release. The first location is across from City Hall in The Loop.

STREETERVILLE— Buona Beef is getting past its union problems to open its second full-sized restaurant in the city proper, this time at 613-617 N. McClurg Court. Operators just applied for a liquor license.

UPTOWN— The man behind popular Wilson Avenue eateries Longacre and Kal’ish plans to open a Longacre breakfast to-go offshoot in the former Baker & Nosh space at 1303 W. Wilson Ave., DNAinfo reports.

UPTOWN— Despite the name there are plenty of places to grab a coffee and tea near Argyle and Broadway, but First Sip Cafe will add to that at 1057 W. Argyle St. The shop is to be run by the family which runs Cafe Hoang, reported DNAinfo. But perhaps the new cafe will be more of a dedicated coffee shop.

WEST LOOP— The former Plush/Vincenzo’s Pizzeria at 1104 W. Madison Ave. has a new tenant. The watchful eyes at the True West Loop Facebook group spotted a sign for Waffles Breakfast & Lunch.

WICKER PARK— Chicago mini-breakfast chain Yolk is closer to opening in Wicker Park at the corner of Division and Wood. Management posted a Facebook update writing to look for an October opening.

Yolk - Wicker Park, at the corner of Division St and Wood, is opening this October!! Who’s egg-cited?!? ☕️ #EatYolk...

Posted by Yolk. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

NAPERVILLE— Le Pain Quotidien is heading to Naperville. The casual French chain has signed a lease for 204 S. Washington St., according to the Naperville Sun. No word when it’ll open.

OAK PARK— Firecakes Donuts is venturing outside of the city. Ownership plans to open this fall at The Emerson, an under-construction building at North Boulevard and Maple Avenue in Oak Park. Oak Leaves has the details.

MADISON, WISCONSIN— Strings Ramen will take its noodles to America’s Dairyland. The shop, with locations in Chinatown and Lakeview, plans to open at 311 N. Frances St. in Madison, according to The Cap Times.

August 31

HYDE PARK— Jared Leonard has signed the lease for the former Yusho space so he can bring BBQ Supply Co. to 1301 E. 53rd St. Expect a Nov. 1 opening for brisket and more.

HYDE PARK— There’s a new Greek restaurant opening in the former Pepe’s spot, 1310 E. 53rd St. The Hyde Park Herald reported that Antonis II Grill and Catering will move into the spot. They have a suburban Lockport location.

HYDE PARK— Jolly Pumpkin Brewing has applied for its liquor licenses, including one for an outdoor patio. The Michigan brewery is on track for an October opening for 1504 E. Harper Court.

LAKEVIEW— The owners of the new restaurant replacing Cooper’s Eatery at 1327 W. Belmont Ave., said they’ll open soon. Kubo will serve a blend of Filipino and American food. They’ll have a weekend brunch, taking advantage of the patio space.

LAKEVIEW— There’s signs hanging on the windows at the former Snaggletooth spot. There’s no info, but the signs promise “Pizza Coming Soon” to 2819 N. Southport Ave.

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LINCOLN PARK— The massive Theater on The Lake continues to progress. A spokeswoman couldn’t provide an update for the restaurant which will feature food from Cleetus Friedman at Lake Shore Drive and Fullerton Avenue. But they’ve applied for their liquor license.

LINCOLN SQUARE— There’s signage for Braciole Station at 2205 W. Montrose Ave. The website has a little info. That’s the former Apart Pizza Co. space.

LOGAN SQUARE— Maplewood Brewery began its taproom buildout about a month ago at 2717 N. Maplewood Ave. Construction continues, but they’ve applied for their liquor licenses.

THE LOOP— Cubano Latin Street Food is coming to 176 N. State St. Check out their website. It appears to be a fast-casual sandwich spot.

UPTOWN— Mukase Restaurant will serve their version of “authentic African food” at 1363 W. Wilson Ave., reported DNAinfo. No other info on the restaurant was immediately found.

UPTOWN— A former parcel that was ticketed for Bow Truss Coffee Roasters has new tenants. Ridman’s Coffee should open soon at the southwest corner of Clark and Lawrence. They’re going to pour Dark Matter Coffee, according to their website.

UPTOWN— Pizza is replacing tacos at 1706 W. Foster Ave. Fat Chris‘s Pizza and Such has taken over the Takos Koreanos spot, reported DNAinfo. Yes, Buddy’s Pizza fans: They’ll offer Detroit-style squares as part of their pizza line-up.

WEST TOWN— A spokeswoman couldn’t provide an update, but work continues at BEATNIK, the new project from the Fulton Market Kitchen/Celeste crew. The renovated space at 1604 W. Chicago Ave. is really taking shape, and DNAinfo snapped some photos.

August 24

BOWMANVILLE— Half Acre Brewing Co.’s new taproom, which also includes a beer garden and restaurant, should now open in early September. Though the public got a glimpse at the Big North festival on Aug. 19, there’s still work to be done at 2050 W. Balmoral Ave.

BUCKTOWN— Red & White Wine Shop should soon expand into a bar at 1861 N. Milwaukee Ave. The spot is from Nathan Adam, the beverage director at Boeufhaus, the neighborhood steakhouse along Western Avenue. Adam and Paul Courtright are on their way in securing a liquor license and are weeks away from an opening.

FULTON MARKET— Blind Barber, the combination barbershop, bar, and restaurant from New York, will soon open at 948 W. Fulton Market. A spokeswoman said they’re targeting a Sept. 23 opening.

HYDE PARK— Jared Leonard is looking to open a second BBQ Supply Co. around Nov. 1 inside the former Yusho space, 1301 E. 53rd St. Yusho closed in July. Leonard’s original barbecue spot is in Rogers Park.

creative process for BBQ Supply Co. HydePark has begun....

Posted by Jared Leonard on Monday, August 21, 2017

HYDE PARK— Nella Pizza e Pasta should open in early September at 1125 E. 55th St. in Hyde Park. It’ll serve Neapolitan pies inside a 3,200-square foot restaurant.

LAKEVIEW— Renovation works continues at ROCKS, 3546 N. Broadway St. A fire in February has forced the bar to close. The owners have filed a renovation prermit and are working away.

LINCOLN PARK— There’s signs for a new spot, Printer’s Row Coffee, at 2842 N. Lincoln Ave. Their Twitter hasn’t been updated since 2016. The Instgram’s more lively.

All rough inspections are passed!! ☺️ Lot's of work happening over the next couple weeks! Stay tuned.

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THE LOOP— There’s a building permit for Nando’s Peri-Peri at 117 W. Lake St. That address is near the Thompson Center, but it’s not clear where a potential restaurant would be located.

MORGAN PARK— Laine’s Bake Shop is moving from Woodlawn to Morgan Park, according to DNAinfo. The new address is at 6429 S. Cottage Grove Ave. It’s a bigger space with room for a production bakery.

RIVER NORTH/THE LOOP— A Denmark-based fast-casual chain has plans for three Chicago restaurants, reported Crain’s. Joe & the Juice has locked down addresses at 10 E. Delaware Place, 412 N. Wells St., and 8 E. Huron St. The Delaware location should open by the end of the year with the rest opening in 2018.

SOUTH LOOP— A new Asian restaurant looks to be replacing Tamarind at 614 S. Wabash Ave. There’s signage for Mai Tai. They have a Facebook page, but the phone number doesn’t go through. Sloopin first reported the news.

WEST TOWN— Construction continues on Funkenhausen, the German beer hall from chef Marc Steuer at 1709 W. Chicago Ave. But if anyone wants a preview before the fall opening, they can head to Sportman’s Club on Sept. 17 for their backyard barbecue series. The Funkenhausen team will go Oktoberfest with food and drinks.

UPTOWN— A new cafe pouring Intelligentsia Coffees will open at 1057 W. Argyle St., according to DNAinfo. It’s called First Sip Cafe, and they haven’t released and opening date.

Coming Soon . #firstsipcafe #uptownchicago #coffeeshop #coffeetime #cafe #comingsoon

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August 9

BOWMANVILLE— Half Acre Brewing Co.’s new taproom should debut on Aug. 19 at the brewery’s Big North event. They’ve been working for two years on the project at 2050 W. Balmoral Ave. and the taproom will include a restaurant.

IRVING PARK— Chicago Taco Authority is taking over the former Berrista space, 4219 W. Irving Park Road, according to a Facebook post by the Six Corners. Berrista was the no-sugar bakery/coffee shop run by Homaro Cantu.

LINCOLN PARK— Shore Club, the new venue at North Avenue Beach, is opening Saturday, Aug. 12, according to news release. It should be sizzling around the Air & Water Show. That starts on Aug. 19.

LINCOLN PARK— Interurban Cafe & Pastry Shop is moving to a new space at 1438 W. Cortland St. The original location closed in June at 2008 N. Halsted St. Charlie Trotter alum Christine McCabe is behind the operation.

LINCOLN PARK— There’s signage for Devour 312 at 1450 W. Webster Ave. DNAinfo reported that the chef will served an array of pan-American dishes, as well as fish and steak.

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LINCOLN SQUARE— Nick’s Pizza Pub is hiring for its location at 2434 W. Montrose Ave. That’s the former Grand Tour spot. Nick’s has suburban locations in Elgin and Crystal Lake. They’re aiming for an October opening.

From destruction to construction, and the creative process to build something special, a positive contribution to the...

Posted by Nick Sarillo on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

MAG MILE— Benihana is returning to Chicago on Aug. 23 at the base of the John Hancock Center. Fire up the hibachi, as reservations will soon be available, according to DNAinfo.

PRINTER’S ROW— Poke bowls and sushi burritos spots have torn Chicago asunder. Now there’s Poke Burrito, a new restaurant coming to 452 S. Dearborn St. Sloopin’ noticed the signage.

RAVENSWOOD— City Press Juice & Bottle will open its third location next month at 1942 W. Montrose St. They already have shops in Wicker Park and Lakeview and they founded the company in 2014. They served cold-pressed juice, superfood blends, goji bowls, and more.

SOUTH LOOP— There’s a new Asian restaurant opening in the Tamarind space at 614 S. Wabash Ave. It’s called Mai Tai, and Sloopin’ was the first to report the news. They have a Facebook page under construction, but there isn’t much info to share yet.

UPTOWN— A new coffee shop, First Sip Cafe, is coming to 1057 W. Argyle St., according to Uptown Update.

August 3

ALBANY PARK— Montrose Saloon, 2933 W. Monstrose Ave., could reopen by Labor Day, according to a Facebook post. Locals are really worried that the bar will become trendy. But don’t expect fancy cocktails. The owners closed the dive over the summer for renovations.

Construction moving along! Should be back in business before Labor Day with a bit of a needed touch up!

Posted by Montrose Saloon on Monday, July 31, 2017

ANDERSONVILLE— Rumors have flown regarding the future of Carol’s Pub, the country dive that closed last year. No one’s purchased the bar yet, but there’s a listing for the property at 4659 N. Clark St. There’s one important detail in the ad: “no alcohol businesses or Chukka Bars will be allowed, please don't ask.” So much for a new bar, but if anyone knows what a “chukka bar” is, please let the rest of the class know.

BUCKTOWN— Real Good Juice Co., which has expanded its offerings to more than smoothies, plans to open on Aug. 13 at 1616 N. Damen Ave. That’s part of the building that housed Feast for 20 years.

GARFIELD RIDGE— The new owners of Danny’s Pizza, 6021 S. Archer Ave., have applied for a liquor license. The owners of Villa Rosa bought the pizzeria back in 2015 and are remodeling the place. They vow to keep the old owners’ recipes.

LINCOLN PARK— Residents attended a community meeting to discuss plans to open a Parson’s Chicken & Fish to 2439 N. Halsted Street, a story first reported by Eater Chicago. Parson’s has signed a 15-year lease on the building, but that’s dependent on securing city approvals, according to DNAinfo. That area could use a jump start, as restaurants and other businesses have closed since Children’s Memorial Hospital moved and crews razed the building.

LOGAN SQUARE— A former KFC is on its way into becoming the spot for a new Wendy’s. A renovation permit has been issued for 2215 W. Washtenaw.

THE LOOP/SCHAUMBURG— BIBIBOP, the new chain that’s taking over most of the former ShopHouse locations (those were the assembly line Southeast Asian spots run by Chipotle before they closed them all) is opening on Aug. 7 at 24 E. Jackson Blvd. A suburban location should open on Aug. 11 at 1022 N. Meacham Road in Schaumburg.

THE LOOP— Gibsons Italia, the new name for the rooftop restaurant the steakhouse group has planned for the River Point building, 444 W. Lake St., is now hiring. They’re opening sometime this fall.

THE LOOP— Nando’s Peri-Peri will open its 12th Chicago-area restaurant over the span of two years. They’re calling the newest restaurant, slated to debut on Sept. 4 at 155 N. Michigan Ave., as the South African chain’s flagship for Chicago.

RIVER WEST— Piccolo Sogno’s team has applied for a liquor license for its new burger bar, Maillard Tavern, 494 N. Milwaukee Ave. Opening should hopefully happen soon.

WEST LOOP— Bonci Pizza, the world-famous Italian pizzeria, is close to opening its first restaurant outside of Italy. Reps announced an Aug. 15 at 161 N. Sangamon St. They’ll have unique varieties of its Roman-style pizza. Check out the Instagram for a glimpse of what to expect.

Salumi and cheese tasting with final approvals. This was a good day. Organic tomatoes, EVO too!

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WEST TOWN— Crews have worked hard to build inside the empty husk that to become Beatnik. That’s the new spot from the owners of Celeste and Fulton Market Kitchen, 1604 W. Chicago Ave. There seems to be a covered patio. They’re also hiring.

WEST TOWN— Construction continues at Crazy Bird Chicken, 1160 W. Grand Ave., the former Honey Bear Ham Co. spot. They lasted two years at the old location, 1138 S. California Ave. in Lawndale.

We're Super excited to see the progress on our new store. Working on the furniture and menu to bring you, our customers our Best!

Posted by Crazy Bird on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 20

ANDERSONVILLE— Renovation to Big Jones should be completed in late September or early October, according to the restaurant’s newsletter. Apparently they’ve hit a few snags while refreshing one of Chicago’s best restaurants.

BUCKTOWN— August is when Real Good Juice Co. will open its latest juice bar. They’re taking over part of the space that once housed Feast at 1616 N. Damen Ave.

Our Bucktown storefront made you look. Like when you see it. #realgoodbucktown opening in August.

Posted by REAL GOOD JUICE Co. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

HUMBOLDT PARK— Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar should open in August, according to a rep. That’s the restaurant that’s taking over the Bar Marta site at 2700 W. Chicago Ave.

LOGAN SQUARE— Buzz: Killer Espresso, the Bucktown coffee shop on Damen, should be ready to move to its new location on Sept. 1 at 2779 N. Milwaukee Ave. DNAinfo has the details.

THE LOOP— Peek inside Land & Lake Kitchen, LM Restaurant Group’s new spot at LondonHouse. They’ve posted a few photos of the space at 85 E. Wacker Dr. They’re also hiring.

Looking good! #landandlakechi #constructionupdate #openingsoon

Posted by Land & Lake Kitchen on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

THE LOOP— After announcing the opening date of their first Chicago location, Honeygrow officials have told Crain’s that their opening a second at 70 E. Lake St. They should open by the end of the year.

PILSEN— Brew Brew Coffee & Tea has announced its opening date. They’ll debut on July 28 at 1641 W. 18th St. It’s their second coffee shop.

SAVE THE DATE! We are excited to open a welcoming and friendly place in Pilsen neighborhood this month. Limited business...

Posted by Brew Brew Coffee & Tea on Monday, July 17, 2017

PORTAGE PARK— El Mariachi de Los Compadres should open in the next few weeks at 4908 W. Irving Park Road. DNAinfo reported that it’s a Mexican-American restaurant.

RIVER NORTH/LINCOLNWOOD— It’s always been a family affair for the Stefanis, and now it’s a new family member’s turn. Anthony Stefani, son of Karen and Phil, is opening his first restaurant. Chicago reported that they’ll serve a unique style of pizza at 620 N. Wells St. There’s also news that Anthony’s sister, Gina Stefani (Mad Social) is opening a steakhouse in suburban Lincolnwood.

STREETERVILLE— Buona Beef is hiring for its new location

WICKER PARK— It appears it will be an early-August open for The Delta at 1745 W. North Ave., according to a restaurant rep. That’s the restaurant/bar serving food inspired by the local around the Mississippi Delta. They’re also hiring.

WEST LOOP— Gabriele Bonci is in Chicago as he and his American colleagues prepare to open their first location outside of Italy at 161 N. Sangamon St. The opening for Pizzarium Bonci has been pushed back a few weeks. The famous pizzeria should open in August, according to the Tribune.

July 13

BEVERLY— The hype is building on the South Side where Open Outcry Brewing Co. is training employees on Thursday as the brewpub preps to open at 10934 S. Western Ave. DNAinfo spoke with owner John Brand.

BUCKTOWN— There’s movement inside the former Bucktown home of Honey 1 BBQ. Whistle Pig is the name of the restaurant slated to open in a couple weeks at 2241 N. Western Ave. They’ve got a Facebook page and promise a menu will come soon.

BUCKTOWN— Red Door closed in December at 2118 N. Damen Ave., and DNAinfo has info about its successor. Royal Grocer and Co. should open by the end of July. Co-owner Michael Hartmann also owns Stocks & Blondes in The Loop. They’ll have a rotating, veggie-friendly menu.

LOGAN SQUARE— Navigator Tap Room, Chicago’s second pour-your-own beer bar, has hit a bit of an opening snag. They were pegged to open earlier in the month, but instead the debut should happen soon at 2211 W. Milwaukee Ave. The Tribune has more details on the concept, including the focus on local beer. Navigator’s Tim Enarson told Eater Chicago they’re picking up their drink list this week.

WRIGLEYVILLE— Culver’s is trying to show Cubs fans that there’s room for chains while the team attempts to reshape the neighborhood with new development filled with higher-end dining options. DNAinfo has more on when Wrigleyville will get its hands on butter burgers at 3500 N. Clark St.

FOREST PARK— A suburban bar owner is throwing its hat into the race for best bar name. Hard Wood is a new gay bar coming to 7414 Madison St., reported the Forest Park Review. It should open in mid-July.

OAK PARK— Brick’s Wood-Fired Pizza continues to expand. The Wilson family is planing their seventh location at 128 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, according to Ric Gruber.

July 6

ALBANY PARK— Ravinia Brewing, the newest contender to make sense of the former Finch Kitchen/BreakRoom space, has passed inspections. The brewer will hopefully break the curse soon at 2925 W. Montrose Ave.

BUCKTOWN— Real Good Juice Co. is taking over part of the space that housed Feast for 20 years. A rep said it’ll open this summer at 2416 N. Damen Ave.

BUCKTOWN— Xuan Tea, a new tea bar at 1816 W. Milwaukee Ave., could open in a few weeks, according to DNAinfo. Ownership also launched a Kickstarter. They’re about halfway through their $30,000 goal with 14 days left in the campaign.

HUMBOLDT PARK— The Chicago Teachers Lounge and Eatery, a restaurant that wants to attract teachers, could open this month at 2525 W. Division St. DNAinfo has additional details.

LAKEVIEW— Maison Marcel, a new French bakery opening in the former Melanthios Char House space, will open, appropriately, on Bastille Day. July 14 is the opening day for the new restaurant at 3114 W. Broadway St., according to a rep.

LAKEVIEW— Demolition has finished on the Harmony Grill, the restaurant that neighbored legendary Chicago music venue Schuba’s. Curbed Chicago has renderings of Tied House, the replacement restaurant at 3159 N. Southport Ave.

LAKEVIEW— From the name, it appears the Gyros On The Spit space near Lincoln and Sheffield is going from Greek to Mexican. There’s a liquor license application for El Tequilla for the address at 2826 N. Lincoln Ave. There’s no Internet listing for the restaurant, but it appears to have no affiliation with the El Tequilla Night Club in suburban Melrose Park.

LINCOLN PARK— Goose Island Clybourn is going throught extensive renovations. The place has been gutted. It’s not known if the fabled brewpub will open in time to hit the targeted summer completion date. The brewpub at 1800 N. Clybourn Ave. closed in January for remodeling.

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LINCOLN PARK— Roti Modern Mediterranean continues its expansion. There is signage for a new location of the chain at an under-construction building at the Sheffield Commons’ parking lot on the 1600 block of Sheffield Avenue.

LOGAN SQUARE— It really is happening for Bo Fowler. The owner of Owen & Engine and Fat Willy’s Rib Shack in Logan Square keeps on posting progress on Bixi, her new Asian-inspired brewpub. Check out the latest from 2515 N. Milwaukee Ave.

PORTAGE PARK— Folks going crazy over Culver’s coming to Six Corners should know that the Wisconsin chain has just broken ground on a drive-thru location at 4949 W. Irving Park Road, according to DNAinfo. It could open in November.

RIVER NORTH— Chicago is close to getting yet another steakhouse as Steak 48, the newest chain to invade the city from the original owners of Mastro’s at 615 W. Wabash Ave., passed inspections and should open soon.

UKRAINIAN VILLAGE— A soul restaurant is coming to 1931 W. Chicago Ave....and it’s called Soule. DNAinfo has details.

WRIGLEYVILLE— The opening of Lucky Dorr —the craft beer-centric bar opening in front of Wrigley Field, inside the ballpark’s new outdoor plaza — will be delayed. Originally, the bar, from Matthias Merges’ Folkart Restaurant Management, was supposed to open today (July 6). There’s no word yet on a new opening date.

SOUTH LOOP— Essex On Park is ready to give the South Side a rare rooftop bar. The hotel will have a two-level rooftop bar at 808 S. Michigan Ave. Curbed Chicago has details.

SOUTH LOOP/SCHAUMBURG— Bibibop, the new Asian chain that’s opening 14 locations across the country (13 in former ShopHouses) should open in early August in Chicago and Schaumburg. It’s coming to 24 E. Jackson Blvd. and 1022 N. Meacham Road, according to a news release.

WEST GARFIELD PARK— A second location of Caribbean Jerk Palace will open on Saturday at 283 N. Pulaski Road, according to a Facebook post. It joins a 79th Street location.


Posted by Caribbean Jerk Palace. on Monday, July 3, 2017

EVERGREEN PARK— Krispy Kreme is going to the south suburbs soon. The once stout doughnut chain is planning to open in September at 9150 S. Western Ave. in Evergreen Park. The suburban location is the second Krispy Kreme location in the Chicago area under this new wave of expansion, according to a news release.

OAK PARK— District Kitchen & Tap should open in October on the 200 block of Harrison Street, according to Pioneer Press. The restaurant is from the owners of Scratch Kitchen and Lounge in Forest Park and Scratch on Lake in Oak Park.

ORLAND PARK— Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is coming to the southwest suburbs. The Wichita, Kansas-based chain is building its first Chicago-area location at 7402 W. 159th St., according to the Daily Southtown.

June 26

ANDERSONVILLE— Blu 57, that new Thai-fusion restaurant at 5701 N. Clark St., should open in July. DNAinfo spoke with the owners who shared more details.

AVONDALE— The team behind the Whistler in Logan Square have nothing new to report on their new project, codenamed Sleeping Village. But it appears in this photo they’ve made some significant progress on the patio at 3734 W. Belmont Ave.

A.J. LaTrace

AVONDALE— Metropolitan Brewing is getting close to opening the taproom at 3057 N. Rockwell St. They’ve been working on the taproom since 2015.

We've never been so ready to belly up to a bar in our entire lives. #metropolitanat3057 #brewerylife #taproom #taproomlife #almost

Posted by Metropolitan Brewing on Thursday, June 1, 2017

BEVERLY— The owners of an upcoming gourmet candy shop on the South Side have established a Kickstarter to raise money to open their storefront at 9927 S. Wood St. The shop is called Sweet Freaks. As of Monday they’ve raise more than $500 of their $5,000 goal. The campaign lasts through July 22. DNAinfo spoke with the owner who talked about their need for more space.

LAKEVIEW— Kitchen 17, one of Chicago’s favorite vegan restaurants is slowly working on their move around the corner at 3132 N. Broadway St. Apparently they’re still working on permits.

LAKEVIEW— That food hall from the Furious Spoon/FireFin Poke Shop company secured a battery of permits, according to Curbed Chicago. There will be a trio of bars and as many as 20 vendors inside the building at 3833 N. Broadway St.

LOGAN SQUARE— Navigator Taproom, the city’s second pour-your-own beer bar, is shooting for a July 1 opening date at 2211 N. Milwaukee Ave. The Tribune has details about the date. Navigator joins Tapster in Wicker Park/Bucktown and Red Arrow Tap Room in suburban Elmhurst in bringing the pour-your-own trend to Chicagoland.

THE LOOP— Olive Mediterranean Grill is hiring for a new location at Randolph and Wabash. Check out their Facebook post. It’s the quick-serve chain’s sixth location.

Excited about location number 6! Randolph and Wabash.

Posted by Olive Mediterranean Grill on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

PORTAGE PARK— A nautical-themed sandwich shop is coming to the Northwest Side. It’s called Charley Noble and the owners told DNAinfo they hoped to open by the end of June at 6011 W. Irving Park Road.

RIVER NORTH— The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group’s new restaurant inside the ground floor of the Dana Hotel and Spa is hiring. There’s still not a lot of info on Portsmith. The Facebook page is mostly barren.

SOUTH LOOP— The second Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea will open on June 30 inside the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, joining Cindy’s, Cherry Circle Room, and Shake Shack. The first location opened in March in Wicker Park.

WEST LOOP— Slightly Toasted, the all-day bar that opened in January in the West Loop is opening a younger sibling in July, also in the West Loop. This job ad reveals the name of the new spot at 300 S. Riverside Plaza: Little Toasted. Despite the name, the space is actually larger than the original.

WEST LOOP— The first Bonci outside of Italy is hiring. The mecca for Roman-style pizza has selected Chicago as the first market outside of Europe. There will soon be only two places to get this pizza: Rome and Chicago at 161 N. Sangamon St. Maybe you can be their pizza chef.

WRIGLEYVILLE— This new bar in Wrigleyville appears to have no connection with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Nevertheless, there’s a liquor application for an establishment called Rizzo’s Bar & Inn at 3658 N. Clark St. The owner is listed as Vincent Rizzo, so that’s not misleading at all.

DES PLAINES— A suburban bar is remodeling. The owners of Beacon Tap have started work and are urging folks to check out their Facebook page to check out progress at 1374 Lee St.

EVANSTON— The owner of Pono Ono Poke has shared a few more details on his upcoming restaurant at 1630 Chicago Ave. Jack DeMar said his restaurant isn’t a build-your-own fish bowl type deal. He writes, via email, that he feels the assembly line concept is better for burritos and other dishes. He’s focusing on chef-driven, marinated fish. The seafood will be flown in daily from Hawaii, he wrote. He’s shooting for a September open and will also feature fresh juices.

For a list of spring 2017’s updates, click here.

Kitchen 17

2554 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (312) 391-8654 Visit Website

Slightly Toasted

22 North Clinton Street, , IL 60661 (312) 920-7398 Visit Website

Chicago Athletic Association

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL (312) 940-3552 Visit Website

Navigator Taproom

2211 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 687-9135 Visit Website