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West Loop’s Getting an Italian Beef Favorite to Replace Harold’s Chicken Shack

Plus, some interesting food is coming to a popular Logan Square bar and more intel

Buona Beef is opening on November 24 in the West Loop
Buona Beef [Official Rendering]

— West Loop eaters are getting one of Chicago’s most popular Italian beef spots soon to replace one of the city’s top fried chicken chains. Buona Beef will open just its third location in the city — and 24th overall — on November 24 at 804 W. Washington Boulevard with free sandwiches for everyone who’s in line for the 10 a.m. unveiling. The space — which was most recently home to a Harold’s Chicken Shack — seats 56 people and will have outdoor seating when the weather’s warmer. Take a look at a rendering of it above.

— Popular Logan Square bar Spilt Milk plans to start serving food daily within a few weeks. Its new food program, named The Feller, is run by former The Delta chef Adam Wendt. He’s planning a menu of duck fat chicken nuggets, oxtail ragu pasties, burgers and more from Tuesdays through Sundays, according to a news release and the Tribune.

— West Town Italian sandwich and sausage stalwart Tempesta Market started serving dinner last weekend. For now available from 6-10 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays, the menu includes sobrasada and mussels, bone marrow sausage with fromage blanc and mojo rojo, pork shank ravioli, and a 60-day sirloin with salsa verde, broccolini, provencal tomato and crispy leeks.

Tempesta Market’s dinner menu
Tempesta Market/Facebook

The Wall Street Journal reported on depression, stress, and substance abuse in the restaurant world this week and included a couple notable Chicago industry as main sources: S.K.Y. general manager Charles Ford bravely talked about suicide and the Vig sous chef Jacob Funk talked about debt, long hours and therapy.

— And finally, the owners of essential bar The Hideout are urging supporters to show up at a community meeting tonight for the massive, game-changing Lincoln Yards development, Block Club reports. The beloved bar and live music venue on the Elston corridor is across the street from the planned development, and although ownership previously said they’re not going anywhere, they’re planning to request the city to delay decisions on the $5 billion project until after city elections in the spring.


10633 South Western Avenue, , IL 60643 (773) 941-6980 Visit Website

The Hideout

1354 West Wabansia Avenue, , IL 60642 (773) 227-4433 Visit Website

The VIG Chicago

1527 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 982-2186

Tempesta Market

1372 West Grand Avenue, , IL 60642 (312) 929-2551 Visit Website


1239 West 18th Street, , IL 60608 (312) 846-1077 Visit Website

Spilt Milk

2758 West Fullerton Avenue, , IL 60647 Visit Website

Harold's Chicken Shack

1014 South Western Avenue, , IL 60612 (312) 733-1401

Harold's Chicken Shack

12700 South Halsted Street, , IL 60628 (773) 785-4153

Harold's Chicken Shack No. 2

6419 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 363-9586 Visit Website