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A West Loop Restaurant Pioneer is Moving Due to High Rent

Plus, two new hotspots start serving brunch and more intel

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Wishbone West Loop is moving
Barry Brecheisen

Wishbone, a West Loop restaurant pioneer that’s been open for 26 years at 1001 W. Washington Boulevard, will leave the space its been home to more than a quarter-century. The Tribune, Crain’s, and Reader report that owner Joel Nickson will vacate the space late this summer due to rising rent and reopen his southern restaurant at an undisclosed location around a half-mile east in the early fall. Wishbone North is still open at 3300 N. Lincoln Avenue, although Nickson’s family owns that restaurant so its technically under separate ownership.

Tied House, the creative new restaurant connected to Schuba’s in Lakeview, now offers weekend brunch. Check out the menu below, which includes two types of breakfast ramen, a pork jowl pastrami melt with Brussels kraut and gruyere cheese, and Dutch-style pancakes with creme fraiche and apple butter.

— Another recently-opened hotspot, the mussels-and-beer-driven Fisk and Co in the Loop, now offers brunch too — as well as weekday lunch. The brunch menu, which is available on its website, includes the expected array of shellfish, frites, and seafood charcuterie plus brunch dishes including a smoked tasso Benedict and harissa baked eggs.

— Sidewalk cafes in Chicago could be open year-round in the future — weather permitting, of course — if a proposal from Mayor Rahm Emanuel passes, according to the Tribune and Sun-Times. The city currently allows restaurants and bars to open their sidewalk spaces nine months out of the year, between March and December.

— Parts of the inner lanes of Randolph Street Restaurant Row could be converted into people and green space, the Tribune reports.

— United flights will start offering breakfast tacos, barbecue chicken sandwiches, craft beer, old fashioneds, and Ghiradelli ice cream sundae toppings.

— And finally, the Sugar and Spice Summit, billed as “the only conference connecting college women and young female professionals with influential women working in all aspects of the food industry,” happens in Chicago for the second straight year tomorrow, April 28. Christine Cikowski (Honey Butter Fried Chicken), Nicole Pederson (former chef of Found and The Barn), and more notable Chicago women will take part at Savage Smyth (920 N. Franklin Street) beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets run from $15 to $35.

Fisk and Co

225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 236-9300 Visit Website

Wishbone Restaurant

161 North Jefferson Street, , IL 60661 (312) 850-2663 Visit Website


161 North Jefferson Street, , IL 60661 (312) 850-2663 Visit Website

Wishbone North

3300 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 549-2663 Visit Website

Tied House

3157 North Southport Avenue, , IL 60657 (773) 525-2508 Visit Website