EAST ROGERS PARK— There’s a new bar at the Maynard apartments. It’s called Fudy T’s. It’s a neighborhood dive. Status: Certified open, 1412 W. Morse Avenue.
GOLD COAST— The Lunchroom, the new restaurant inside Space 519, the Gold Coast upscale boutique, is open. Soups, salads, and sandwiches are on the menu inside the store. Status: Certified open, 200 E. Chestnut Street.
LINCOLN PARK— Terry’s Toffees has opened its new store after moving from West Town. It has coffee and ice cream too. Status: Certified open, 1009 W. Armitage Avenue.
LOGAN SQUARE— A new pizza spot with pasta, Mediterranean food, and halal meat has opened in the Logan Square. Check out the menu for Fresco Pasta, Pizza & Mediterranean. Status; Certified open, 3706 W. Armitage Avenue.
THE LOOP— Earlier than announced, Wells St. Market has opened downtown. The food hall features 10 food vendors including sushi from Takashi, Furious Spoon ramen, and gyros from Jimmy Bannos Jr. (Purple Pig). Status: Certified open, 205 W. Wacker Drive.
NAVY PIER— DMK Restaurant Group is opening a quick-serve hot dog counter at Navy Pier. Goldie’s Hot Dogs could become a restaurant with multiple locations. Status: Certified open, Navy Pier.
SOUTH LOOP— Dollop Coffee has opened a shop inside the Alta Roosevelt apartment building. Status: Certified open, 401 S. Financial Place.
WEST LOOP— There’s a new pizza bar inside the Ogilvie Transportation Center. Vinny’s Pizza blends Neapolitan and New York styles. They also have beer and craft cocktails. It’s from the owner of Ovie Bar & Grill and Reverie. Status: Certified open, Ogilvie Transportation Center, 130 N. Canal Street.
DEPAUL— The former Pizzeria Da Nella has a new tenant. Iron Lotus Smokehouse has a large menu of ramen, Korean wings, sandwiches, brisket, and more. Status: Certified open, 1443 W. Fullerton Avenue.
LOGAN SQUARE— There’s a new club above street level along Milwaukee Avenue inside the former Suite 25 space. Granero has dancing, happy hour specials, and a full kitchen. Status: Certified open, 2529 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
NORTH CENTER— Pasta Bowl, the casual Italian-American spot, has opened a third location. They’ve a taken over the former Knife steakhouse spot. Status: Certified open, 4343 N. Lincoln Avenue.
OLD TOWN— 80 Proof, the SteakBar reboot from Four Corners, debuts this weekend after being closed for six days for a remodel and the launch of a new menu. Four Corners did a similar refresh last month at Benchmark right next door. Status: Opening on Saturday, 1500 N. Wells Street.
UPTOWN— The owners of Jam Restaurant in Logan Square have a new all-day restaurant in Uptown. 3 Squares Diner is located at Lawrence House. Status: Certified open, 1020 W. Lawrence Avenue.
WEST LOOP— Stelio’s Bottles & Bites is part market and part cafe. They serve salads and sandwiches. Status: Certified open, 19 S. Morgan Street.
SCHAUMBURG— Nic’s Organic Fast Food, the new chain which debuted in 2017 in Rolling Meadows, has opened a new location at Woodfield Shopping Center at the mall’s new dining pavilion. Status: Certified open, Woodfield Shopping Center, 5 Woodfield Mall Drive, Schaumburg.
OAK PARK— The owners of the Scratch restaurants in Oak Park and Forest Park have opened a third restaurant. District Kitchen & Tap has pub fare like pizzas. Status: Certified open, 220 Harrison Street, Oak Park.
LITTLE ITALY— The former GM of Lagunitas Brewing’s taproom— who also managed Buddy Guy’s Legends — last month opened a blues club of his own. Taylor Street Tap has room for about 100, reported The Reader, and it doesn’t charge a cover. It serves classic cocktails, beer, and wine. Status: Certified open, 1358 W. Taylor Street.
MAG MILE— Thai ice cream parlor WondeRoll has opened inside the Shops at North Bridge off Michigan Avenue. In January, the co-owner of the chain talked about her desire to expand. Status: Certified open, Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Avenue.
NAVY PIER— I Dream of Falafel has opened its eighth location. The quick-serve Middle Eastern chain has opened at Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, next to Freshii. It uses the same menu as its other locations. Status: Certified open, Navy Pier.
ROGERS PARK— Aloha Poke Co. may be expanding in cities like Washington, D.C., but its owners haven’t forgotten about its home base. They’ve opened another location in Rogers Park. Status: Certified open, 6462 N. Sheridan Road.
WEST LOOP— Italian chain Vapiano has sprouted a riverside location. Pasta, pizza, and more are served, just like the one in the Loop. Status: Certified open, 222 S. Riverside Plaza.
WEST ROGERS PARK— Mexican, Cuban, Peruvian, and Colombian food are on the menu at La Llamarada. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Status: Certified open, 6977 N. Western Avenue.
NAPERVILLE— Che Figata is a modern Italian restaurant with a wood-burning grill from chef Mark Grimes. For suburbanites looking for a restaurant with a chef’s counter nearby, this could be the restaurant they want. Status: Certified open, 2155 CityGate Lane, Naperville.
CHINATOWN— Da Guan Noodle, which appears to be a location of a Chinese chain, has debuted in Chinatown. The restaurant sells rice noodles and baos. Status: Certified open, 2230 S. Wentworth Avenue.
THE LOOP— 65 Poke serves poke bowls and burritos in the Loop. Check out the menu here. Certified open, 174 N. Franklin Street.
MAG MILE— Taco Joint, the spot from the family behind Lalo’s, has opened its third location following spots in Lincoln Park and River North. The new one is inside the The Shops at North Bridge on the fourth floor. Status: Certified open, The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Avenue, fourth floor.
NAVY PIER— Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has opened Ozzie Pops & Pretzels at Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion. It sells paletas, hand-twisted pretzels, fresh-squeezed juices, seasonal fruits, and ice-cold horchata. The man behind the concept, Ozzie Ocegueda, was inspired by growing up in El Carmen, Mexico, according to a news release. Status: Certified open, Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion.
WEST LOOP— Roti Modern Mediterranean has opened another fast-casual location. Status: Certified open, 1012 W. Randolph Street.
WEST LOOP— Hello Jasmine is serving bubble teas, milk teas, and smoothies inside the Citigroup Center. It also has a Chinatown location. Certified open, 500 W. Madison Street.
LIBERTYVILLE— The suburb were Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello grew up has a new barbecue called Oscar Lee’s. It’s in the former Milwalky Trace space that closed last month. Status: Certified open, 603 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville.
LAKEVIEW— Mad River Bar & Grille, the Michigan-obsessed sports bar, has been renovated courtesy of the owners of Barcocina (the Irish PM’s favorite Chicago spot). It’s now called The River Kitchen & Bar. The Tribune reported more about the menu. Status: Certified open, 2909 N. Sheffield Avenue.
LINCOLN PARK/OLD TOWN— The former Terry’s Red Hot space, nestled inside a parking lot along Larrabee and North avenues, has a new tenant after a vacancy. Village Garden Restaurant & Cafe has opened a second location inside a decades-old building following a renovation that added a small patio. The original location in suburban Bridgeview serves a blend of Mediterranean and South Asian food — customers will find shawarma and samosas, as well as Pakistani favorites like frontier chicken. There are also Halal versions of burgers and gyros. Status: Certified open, 1554 N. Larrabee Street.
THE LOOP— Welcome to “Hot Pockets: The Restaurant” in the Loop as Bozii (pronounced BO-zee) has debuted. This is a would-be chain with its first location. There are a couple of combos, including the “Breakfast Club” and a Jamaican chicken. Customers can also pick their own ingredients. The ingredients are stuffed into a flaky pastry and mom doesn’t need to nuke the thing in a microwave. Status: Certified open, 309 W. Lake Street.
NORTH PARK— Manny Mejia, the owner of Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club, has gone into the bar world. Big Hill Bar and Grill has wings, burgers, cocktails, and beer. Status: Certified open, 3307 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue.
UPTOWN— Munno Pizzeria & Bistro is a new restaurant in the Bella’Mbriana space from the same owners. The old restaurant closed in August, reported Uptown Update. Status: Certified open, 4656 N. Clark Street.
NAPERVILLE— Bien Trucha Group, the owners of Bien Trucha, A Toda Madre and Quiubo, have opened a fourth restaurant. Santo Cielo has traces of Japanese, Italian, and more. Status: Certified open, 123 Water Street inside the Hotel Indigo.
BRIDGEPORT— Damenzo’s Pizza has opened its fourth location. Pizza and pasta are served in a casual spot with a full bar. Status: Certified open, 901 W. 35th Street.
BRIDGEPORT— Yet another Chinese restaurant has opted to open in Bridgeport rather than nearby Chinatown. Xiao Mei Xing serves a variety of barbecue and skewered foods. Status: Certified open, 2615 S. Halsted Street.
BUCKTOWN— A new Italian ice spot has opened near Milwaukee and Western. Ava’s Italian Ice serves the classic Chicago treat. Status: Certified open, 1814 N. Western Avenue.
DUNNING— La Palapa has opened another Mexican seafood restaurant. The original is in McKinley Park. Status: Certified open, 3350 N. Harlem Avenue.
THE LOOP— Dos Toros, the N.Y.-based fast-casual Mexican spot, has opened a second Chicago location. Staff uses flour tortillas and sears them in the style of a California Bay Area burrito. Status: Certified open, 300 S. Wacker Drive.
MORGAN PARK— There’s a new hot dog spot on the South Side. Joey’s Red Hots has opened another restaurant serving Vienna Beef sausages. Status: Certified open, 11500 S. Western Avenue.
NORTH CENTER— An Indian restaurant has opened inside the Anna’s Thai space. Indian Clay Pot has vegetarian, omni, and vegan menus. Status: Certified open, 1804 W. Irving Park Road.
PILSEN— Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb is known for Pizza Capri restaurants in Hyde Park and Lincoln Park, as well as Maya Del Sol in the suburbs. His team has opened another restaurant, Monnie Burke’s. It’s a family-style spot that owners describe as a tribute to old Chicago. Read the menu below. Status: Certified open, 1163 W. 18th Street.
WEST LOOP— Crave Kabob is a new Mediterranean spot near the United Center. Status: Certified open, 1531 W. Madison Street.
WEST TOWN— There’s a new pop-up with some talent from Chicago’s more notable restaurants. It’s called Criolla, and it will take place at Temporis. It’s from Puetro Rican chef Cesar Medina Maldonado with help from pastry chef Dave Brandenburgh (Alinea, Band of Bohemia), and more. Get tickets at the link. Status: Opening May 20, Temporis, 933 N. Ashland Avenue.
ORLAND PARK— City Barbecue has opened another suburban location. Status: Certified open, 14301 S. LaGrange Road.
ALBANY PARK— An LA-inspired Mexican street taco spot has debuted in North Park, according to the Tribune. El Santo Taqueria has a bacon and steak taco. Status: Certified open, 3352 W. Foster Avenue.
AVONDALE— Mexican-style ice cream is available at La Michoacana. The Avondale Neighborhood Association announced the news. The chain has locations throughout the area. Status: Certified open, on the corner of Milwaukee and Wisner avenues.
BUCKTOWN— Yolk, the breakfast spot that debuted in River North, has expanded to Bucktown with a special test kitchen restaurant. It offers dishes not seen at other locations. Status: Certified open, 1767 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
CHINATOWN— Pho Cafe is a new Vietnamese spot in Chinatown. Check out the Yelp page here. Status: 232 W. Cermak Road.
LAKEVIEW— After closing its original location in June 2016, Tutto Fresco has found a new location. The Italian spot has taken over the former Flo and Fiorentino’s spot. Status: Certified open, 2901 N. Ashland Avenue.
NORTH CENTER— A new Japanese spot has debuted on the North Side. Sushi King 3 also has an all-you-can-eat option. Check out the Yelp page. Status: Certified open, 4337 N. Western Avenue.
PILSEN— After a shutter, El Nopal Bakery is back in business. Read the story behind the comeback on Facebook. Status: Certified open, 3648 W. 26th Street.
PORTAGE PARK— Tatas Tacos is a new spot with gorditas, tilapia tacos, Mexican burgers, and unique sauces. Check out the menu below. Status: Opening on Saturday, 4929 W. Irving Park Road.
RIVER NORTH— Bill’s Bar & Burger has invaded Chicago. The NY chain is trying to rekindle that magic inside the Courtyard Marriott. Status: Certified open, 30 E. Hubbard Street.
UPTOWN— Life is imitating art, kind of, as Uptown Donuts serves Fruit Loop-topped doughnuts and more. Uptown is the setting for Superior Donuts, the CBS-TV show which debuted in 2017. The Sun-Times has more. Certified open, 1122 W. Wilson Avenue.
HIGHLAND PARK— Viaggio has been around the West Loop for 10 years. The Italian spot now has a suburban location. Status: Certified open, 581 Rogers Williams Avenue, Highland Park.
LOCKPORT— Former Cubs third baseman Ron Coomer has opened sports bar in the suburbs. Cooms Corner Sports Grill has pizza, burgers, and more. Management also wants Cubs and Sox fans as customers. Status: Certified open, 1225 E. 95th Street.
OAK PARK— The replacement for Felony Franks has arrived. Surf’s Up serves fried fish and other Cajun and Creole specialties. Status: Certified open, 6427 North Avenue, Oak Park.
SCHAUMBURG— Naf Naf Grill has brought its fast-casual Mediterranean ways to the Northwest Suburbs. It’s the chain’s 16th Chicago-area location. Status: Certified open, 1715 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg.
HUMBOLDT PARK— Lucy’s—which commenced as a food truck in 2016 slinging spicy fried chicken, burgers, and milkshakes—debuts today as a brick and mortar in the former home of Pierogi Street/Polak Eatery. Pop in until 8 p.m. tonight for gratis fried chicken sliders. Certified open, 1043 N. California Avenue.
THE LOOP— Unfussy Venezuelan eatery BienMeSabe (of which Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is a fan) expanded from Ravenswood last Monday, and spawned a second fast-casual outlet in The Loop. Certified open, 29 E. Adams Street.
EVANSTON— Also last Monday, Midnight Pig Tap Room—the self-serve affordably-priced beer concept from those behind the shuttered Tommy Nevin’s Pub—opened doors. The 2,200-square-foot bar offers wiggle room for 125 patrons, in addition to 30 brews on tap and a pubby menu rife with burgers, sandwiches, and nachos. Certified open, 1557 Sherman Avenue.
WEST TOWN— Mexican eatery El Potosino Grill debuted late last month in West Town. Drop in for classic plates of quesadillas, tacos, and burritos, and more. Certified open, 624 N. Ashland Avenue.
ALBANY PARK— A new Mexican restaurant, Aztlan Mexican Grill, has replaced Salsa & Chips in Albany Park. Tortas, tacos, burritos, and quesadillas are part of its Grubhub menu. Status: Certified open, 3358 W. Montrose Avenue.
LAKEVIEW— Okashi, a new ice cream parlor with Thai rolled ice cream tacos (it’s a shell made out of a waffle cone) has debuted in the former Stellar Wine Company space. Status: Certified open, 820 W. Belmont Avenue.
LOGAN SQUARE— The owner of Harding Tavern, Walk-In, and Red Star Liquor has opened a new Italian restaurant, Saba Italian Kitchen + Bar. The food is from chef Mark Bestmann. He worked at Coppa and Toro in Boston. His menu, according to a news release, includes shareable dishes like pizzas, pastas, and small plates. The place seats 90 and is from Esam Hani and his company, One of a Kind Group. Status: Certified open, 2715 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
NORTH CENTER— Square Biscuits is not in Lincoln Square, but down the street in North Center. Yes, the biscuits are square; yet they also have centers. Steak and eggs, French toast, and chilaquiles are other items available. Status: Certified open, 4160 N. Lincoln Avenue.
ROGERS PARK— Archie’s Cafe serves baked goods (coffee cardamom walnut cakes), salads, bagels, and more, just north of Loyola’s campus. Status: Certified open, 1228 W. Loyola.
EVANSTON— After spending 16 years in Rogers Park, Good To Go, a Jamaican restaurant, has moved across the border to the suburbs. The new location has two bars and a private room. There’s plenty of space for jerk chicken, cocktails, and Red Stripe beer. Status: Certified open, 711 Howard Street.
NAPERVILLE— Belgian bakery Le Pain Quotidien has opened its sixth Chicago-area location, this time in suburban Naperville. There’s seating for 86 indoors with room for another 16 on the sidewalk. LPQ fans know the drill: breakfast, lunch, and dinner European style. Status: Certified open, 204 S. Washington Street, Naperville.
ROSEMONT— The city of Rosemont is home to Dave & Buster’s 112th location, a 40,000-square-foot space with games, food, and booze. Status: Certified open, 9870 Berwyn Street, Rosemont.
AVONDALE— The second location of Gorditas Loli’s has opened. Find Mexican stews, gorditas, and more. Status: Certified open 3650 W. Belmont Avenue.
LAKEVIEW— The former Melrose Restaurant has a new diner in the space thanks to Eggsperience. The chain has opened another location. Status: Certified open, 3233 N. Broadway Street.
LAKEVIEW— Da Lobsta finally has a third location to replace its shuttered Old Town location. The lobster roll specialists, which have spots at Chicago’s French Market in West Loop and in River North, have taken over the former Yak-Zies. Status: Certified open, 814 W. Belmont Avenue.
LAKEVIEW— Thai ice cream fans have a new place near Boystown thanks to Okashi. It even has avocado ice cream. Status: Certified open, 814 W. Belmont Avenue.
LINCOLN PARK— Hob Sushi has opened in the former Mod Pizza location near Clybourn and Southport. It’s “premium” all you can eat. Status: Certified open, 2156 N. Clybourn Avenue.
THE LOOP— Fisk & Co. brings mussels and beer to the Hotel Monaco. This restaurant replaces South Water Kitchen.
THE LOOP— There’s a new restaurant called The Lunchroom inside Three First National Plaza. Bagels, doughnuts, salads, burgers, and more are on its menu. There are also grab-and-go options. This isn’t to be confused with a non-affiliated restaurant that should open with the same name later this month in Gold Coast. Status: Certified open, 70 W. Madison Avenue.
RAVENSWOOD— Dante’s Pizzeria opened its pop-up location inside the space where the same ownership ran a sandwich shop. The pop-up is scheduled to last three months but could last longer if successful. Status: Certified open, 1964 W. Lawrence Avenue.
RIVER NORTH— Dollop Coffee Co. opened a 2,800-square-foot location featuring coffee and fresh pastries. It serves breakfast sandwiches, waffles, and lunch items, according to a news release. There’s also beer, wine, evening snacks, and happy hour specials. Status: Certified open, 643 N. Wells Street.
WICKER PARK— Knead Pizza Co. has opened inside a Wicker Park space that’s been vacant since the 1990s. It serves Neapolitan pies, appetizers, salads, and beer, wine and cocktails, giving the neighborhood another pizza choice among many. Status: Certified open, 2101 W. North Avenue.
WRIGLEYVILLE— Mordecai, the swanky cocktail bar with an impressive bourbon selection from Matthias Merges is set to give Cubs fans something different inside the Hotel Zachary. The two-floor space features a patio. Status: Opening on Saturday inside the Hotel Zachary, 3630 N. Clark Street.
WRIGLEYVILLE— McDonald’s is back across the street from Wrigley Field. Cubs fans who miss the old location that was razed to make room for the Hotel Zachary can get over it. There’s a new Golden Arches inside the hotel. A swanky West Loop location will open next week inside the company’s new headquarters on the former Harpo Studio site. Status: Certified open, Hotel Zachary at 3630 N. Clark Street.
OAK PARK— Bricks Wood Fired Pizza has opened its seventh location. The family-owned pizzeria has a new spot in the suburbs. Status: Certified open, 128 N. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park.
ANDERSONVILLE— The former Lucky’s Mexican Restaurant/Pecking Order space has a new tenant. It’s called My Buddy’s, and it’s a neighborhood bar that has nothing to do with the toy from the 1990s. It serves American pub food with twists including the veggie Beyond Burger. It’s a beer-focused bar with lots of local choices. Status: Certified open, 4416 N. Clark Street.
GREEKTOWN— Sizzling Pot King has opened in the former Gyro-Mena location. The Chinese restaurant specializes in dry hot pots and has locations on the West Coast. Status: Certified open, 769 W. Jackson Boulevard.
THE LOOP— A fourth location of the Carmen Rossi/Phil Stefani/Adolfo Garcia collaboration, Broken English Taco Pub, has opened inside the Forum 55 food hall. The menu includes carnitas-style pork confit tacos, fried chicken tacos, and Baja-style fish tacos with smoked slaw and ghost pepper mayo. Status: Certified open at Forum 55, 55 E. Monroe Street.
THE LOOP— The space formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory has a new bar, or at least a new name for the bar. While Chicago’s famous skyscraper of the Mag Mile finds a buyer for naming rights, they’ve renamed the bar in the 94th floor to Bar 94. Check out the menu. Status: Certified open, 875 N. Michigan Avenue, 94th floor.
RIVER NORTH— Sparklers, bottle service, and dancing are part of the offerings at Electric Hotel, the new name for Shay. Status: Certified open, 222 W. Ontario Street.
BEVERLY— A new Mexican restaurant has replaced the former Leona’s in Beverly. Americanos is from a former food truck owner. Patch spoke with him. Status: Certified open, 11060 S. Western Avenue.
EDGEBROOK— Ruk Sushi & Thai has replaced the former Ivy’s Burgers. It also has a Portage Park location. Status: Certified open, 5419 W. Devon Avenue.
FULTON MARKET— Vegas sandwich shop Capriotti’s continues its Chicago expansion with another location. It’s the chain’s second in Chicago. Status: Certified open, 171 N. Aberdeen Street.
HYDE PARK— The former Z&H Market Cafe is now TrueNorth Cafe. There’s a TrueNorth in Andersonville. Near the University of Chicago campus, it serves Metropolis Coffee, Rishi Teas, and salads, sandwiches, and yogurts. It also has smoothies. Status: Certified open, 1323 E. 57th Street.
LAKEVIEW— Poke Poke has taken over the short-lived Lakeview location of FireFin Poke Shop. It does poke bowls and Japanese bento boxes with grilled eel, fresh sea urchin, chilled king crab legs), udon noodles bowls, and oden appetizers. Status: Certified open, 802 W. Belmont Street.
LAKEVIEW— Cafe Tola has opened a third location, but this appears to be more taco focused, rather than empanadas. Status: Certified open, 1625 W. Addison Street.
LINCOLN PARK— West Coast ramen shop Jinya closed last month, but there’s a new spot serving a similar menu. Welcome Tanaka Ramen to the area near the Lakeview/Lincoln Park border. Status: Certified open, 553 W. Diversey Parkway.
LOGAN SQUARE— They bake their own bread at Rosie’s Sidekick, a new Logan Square sandwich shop. It was delayed, but now serves muffulettas and more. Status: Certified open, 2610 N. California Avenue.
LOGAN SQUARE— There’s a new fast-food restaurant in Logan Square. Logan Eats has taken over the former Cemitas Puebla space. They’ve got burgers, gyros, and chicken. Status: Certified open, 3129 W. Armitage Avenue.
THE LOOP— Chicago’s second Veggie Grill is open. That’s America’s largest vegetarian fast-casual chain that debuted in Chicago in Lakeview. Status: Certified open, 204 N. Wells Street.
NORTH CENTER— The second location of El Llano, a Colombian restaurant, has opened. It replaced Melao Latin Cuisine. Status: Certified open, 3941 N. Lincoln Avenue.
For a list of the 2018 winter openings, click here.