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Chicago’s Food and Drink Experts Reveal Headline Predictions for 2020

“Lettuce Entertain You Reveals Baby Yoda-Themed Restaurant”

A portrait photo of Curtis Duffy, a white man, in a white chef’s coat.
Many are already considering possible news about Curtis Duffy’s forthcoming restaurant Ever.
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Chicago’s restaurant writers predict headlines for 2020 as part of Eater’s ongoing tradition of polling the city’s experts for their year-end takes.

Jeff Ruby, Chicago: Michelin Awards Special Fourth Star for Curtis Duffy’s Ever (“We wanted to go with five,” a Michelin inspector remarked to Eater. “But that would have been ridiculous.”)

Michael Nagrant, Curtis Duffy and Mike Muser Revise New Restaurant Name to “Forever, Forever, Ever, Forever, Ever,” offering the Andre 3000 Pre-Fixe Option

Kevin Boehm Launches Live Bian, Announces He’s Actually the Vampire of Dorian Gray

Steph Izard Launches Fresh Kill Goat Asaderia Kiosk at Time Out Market

Joe Flamm Names Flammbino Sous Chef at His New Croatian Restaurant Sensation

Jimmy Papadopoulos hosts “Off-White” Collab at Bellemore

Jason Vincent’s Chef Special Cocktail Bar Raided for Illicit Mahjong Wednesdays Promo

Lettuce Entertain You Reveals Baby Yoda-themed Restaurant

Brochu’s Will Comp Your Meal If Your Beard is More Lustrous and Fuller Than Chef Andrew Brochu’s Own Beard

Brian Jupiter of Ina Mae’s Gives up Cooking for Promising Muay Thai Career

Mayor Lightfood Overhauls and Loosens Food Truck restrictions

Fooditor Food Hall Launches

John Manion of El Che Bar Provides Autographed Anti-Gout Pamphlet with Each Parrillada Platter

Graham Elliot Opens Baseball Card-Themed Restaurant, Grahamslam

Titus Ruscitti, ChiBBQKing: The munchies are coming

Ji Suk Yi, WGN Radio, Sun-Times: Zero waste cooking, more restaurants will invest in a combo for fresh-to-go/take-out/semi-cook (warm up) at-home meals

Morgan Olsen, Time Out Chicago: 12 delicious edibles you gotta try this year, bruh

Portillo’s to open intimate tasting counter inside Avondale location

Chandra Ram, Plate: Oh God. There’s going to be more axe bars, right?

Ariel Cheung, Plate, Chicago, Time Out Chicago, Block Club: Bubble, What Bubble? Chicago Dining Scene Doing Just Fine


520 West Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 667-4560 Visit Website

Time Out Market

55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Visit Website

Lettuce Entertain You

5419 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 878-7340

Alla Vita

564 West Randolph Street, , IL 60661 (312) 667-0104 Visit Website

El Che Bar

845 West Washington Boulevard, , IL 60607 (312) 265-1130 Visit Website

Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

1415 North Wood Street, , IL 60622 (773) 360-8320 Visit Website