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Chicago’s Getting Two Greek Restaurants From the Suburban Avli Team

River North and Lincoln Park eateries are coming this year

Avli in Winnetka is known for Greek classics like these rotisserie chickens.
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

While 2017 saw Sumi Robata Bar close to end a five-year run in River North, there’s now news of a promising replacement restaurant. Chef Louie Alexakis, the owner of Avli Restaurant — an acclaimed Greek spot in suburban Winnetka that begot a more-casual spin-off in 2016 — is taking over the space. Alexakis plans on opening another Greek restaurant this summer at 702 N. Wells Street, according to a spokesperson.

Alexakis hasn’t shared the restaurant’s name — it hasn’t been finalized — but the spokesperson shared that the new restaurant will feature five dining areas, including two outdoor spaces. It’s part of a grander scheme for Alexakis who is starting his own restaurant company. No, that name hasn’t been finalized either. Meanwhile, he’s working on opening a second Chicago restaurant at an undisclosed location in Lincoln Park. That unnamed restaurant will be more intimate compared to the River North location and more focused on the neighborhood crowd. They’re also targeting a summer opening in Lincoln Park.

Louie Alexakis
Louie Alexakis

Chicagoans may know Alexakis from his time as GM at Greek Islands, the Greektown mainstay on Halsted Street. The original Avli opened in 2009 and has grown to become one of the best Greek restaurants in the Chicago area.

The spokesperson said they’ll share more information next month, so brave the cold and come back in February for some updates.

Sumi Robata Bar

702 N Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 988-7864 Visit Website

Avli River North

702 North Wells Street, , IL 60654 (312) 643-5656 Visit Website

Avli River North

702 North Wells Street, , IL 60654 (312) 643-5656 Visit Website

Avli Taverna

1335 West Wrightwood Avenue, , IL 60614 (773) 857-5577 Visit Website