— The Macy’s downtown flagship on State Street could get a rooftop bar. The Tribune reports that the new owner of the classic Loop building’s upper floors hopes to build a deck on the rooftop with an enclosed bar, food and beverage service, and an event space with live entertainment, pending city approval. Some of the upper floors could also turn into more restaurants, bars or retail, in addition to the Walnut Room and food court that’s already on the seventh floor. Stay tuned.
— In more rooftop news, Etta, the newish Bucktown restaurant from the Maple & Ash crew, opened its second-floor rooftop terrace last night. The indoor/outdoor space has its own bar, plenty of outdoor seating among lush flora, and serves the restaurant’s full food menu. It’ll be open throughout the forthcoming Labor Day weekend before switching to being open Thursdays through Saturdays.
— Logan Square gets a dog-friendly pop-up bar starting tonight. The “pop-PUP” bar will be at Emporium Popups at 2367 N. Milwaukee Avenue and feature a gated doggie play place, dog-inspired cocktails, New Belgium draft beer, and special doggie events through September 16 in collaboration with Bucktown animal rescue One Tail At A Time. Time Out Chicago and Block Club have more information.
— The Tribune caught up with the developer that bought the Sabatino’s property, home of the Northwest Side Italian classic which will close in December. GW Properties owner Mitch Goltz, who also is redeveloping the Swedish Bakery space in Andersonville into health and wellness businesses with loft apartments upstairs, says he’ll work to turn the Sabatino’s building which comes with apartment buildings on the same block into a mix of retail, restaurants and residential.
— Old Habits, the food component inside hot Avondale bar Ludlow Liquors, launches weekend brunch service next Saturday, September 8. The Filipino-American menu includes breakfast egg rolls (corned beef hash, brisket, spam, salted duck egg) and Filipino menudo on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 5 p.m.
— In more brunch news, DrinkHaus Supper Club, the new West Loop spot at 820 W. Jackson Boulevard from Teddy Gilmore, started Saturday and Sunday brunch service last weekend. $35 buys all-you-can-eat from a variety of stations including prime rib and crab legs plus bottomless mimosas.
— And finally, this is the last weekend diners can check out the current iteration of Zoë Schor’s West Town hotspot Split-Rail. It’ll close after service on Sunday for around 10-14 days to focus on fried chicken.