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Chicago Could Get Many Pop-up Restaurants in Vacant Incubator Spaces Around the City

Plus, Lincoln Park is getting a “The Office” pop-up bar and more intel

Dishes at Good Fortune, a previous short-term pop-up in a vacant space that led to a long-term restaurant
Jackie Trezzo

— Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to give Chicago chefs a new way to test possible new longterm restaurants — with short-term pop-ups around the city in vacant restaurant spaces. Emanuel will introduce an ordinance in City Council today that would allow restaurants and retailers to sign leases as brief as five days, the Sun-Times reports, which wouldn’t even be tied to specific addresses so each pop-up could move locations. Stay tuned for more details and news about whether it passes.

— In unrelated pop-up news, Replay Lincoln Park is launching another pop culture-themed pop-up bar this weekend. This time beloved sitcom “The Office” takes center stage beginning July 27 at the themed bar that aims to recreate the fictional Dunder Mifflin space while serving drinks from the TV show, holding karaoke and trivia, and more events and Easter eggs through August 20. Block Club Chicago first reported the news and more information is on the pop-up’s Facebook event page.

— Yet more pop-up news: Cafe Spiaggia and its recent “Top Chef” winner Joe Flamm will pop up at Sox Park this weekend. Look for roasted Italian pork sandwiches, sausage and peppers, and castagnoles in the ballpark’s Revolution Brewing taproom from July 27 though July 29.

— In addition to Lost Lake’s Best American Cocktail Bar victory at Tales of the Cocktail’s 12th Annual Spirited Awards, a plethora of Chicago spots were also honored in its first regional top 10 lists. Those include Sepia, Scofflaw, Cherry Circle Room, Beatnik, and many more. Check out the full lists here.

— And finally, eaters only have four more days to visit Chicago’s only Dutch-Indonesian restaurant: De Quay will shutter in Lincoln Park after service on Saturday.


3201 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 252-9700 Visit Website

Replay Lincoln Park

2833 North Sheffield Avenue, , IL 60657 (773) 665-5660 Visit Website


1604 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (312) 929-4945 Visit Website

The Office

955 West Fulton Market, , IL 60607 (312) 226-0868 Visit Website


123 North Jefferson Street, , IL 60661 (312) 441-1920 Visit Website

Lost Lake

3154 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 293-6048 Visit Website

De Quay

, Chicago, IL (872) 206-8820

Cherry Circle Room

12 South Michigan Avenue, , IL 60603 (312) 792-3515 Visit Website

Cafe Spiaggia

980 North Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 280-2750 Visit Website