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June 21

FULTON MARKETMassive restaurant and event space City Hall opens today with group drinks served in water cooler and “kickback” shots with named with pithy references to Chicago’s infamous political machine. The 18,000-square-foot space includes a restaurant and bar, sizable patio, and event space, and offers American bar fare. Status: Opens today, 838 W. Kinzie Street.

FULTON MARKET — New food hall Fulton Galley that houses five restaurants and a bar is open, offering customers flavors from Latin America, Northeastern Thailand, Jewish delis, and more. The 20-tap bar highlights local beers and offers buckets of single-serve wine bottles, as well as a cocktail menu laden with pop culture references. Wine, beer, and cocktails are half-off during Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Status: Certified Open, 1115 W. Fulton Market.

LAKEVIEW — Mini-chain Devil Dawgs is open next to CTA’s Belmont Red/Brown/Purple train station in Lakeview, an opening first indicated in January when signs went up in the location. The Lakeview menu is packed with all beef hot dogs with a bevy of toppings like the “Seoul Dog” (a Korean-style dog with shoyu-soy hot mustard, kimchi) and the “Voodoo Dog” (andouille chicken sausage, creole mustard, olive giardinera, “hush hush” slaw). Status: Certified Open, 937 W. Belmont Avenue.

SOUTH LOOPMei’s Asian Small Plates & Dumplings inside the Homewood Hilton and Wabash Avenue and 11th Street has a now open sign, according to a Sloopin poster. A savy resident posted photos of the menu to Facebook, showing offerings like crispy pan-fried noodles, spicy tofu with pork, and kurobuta pork meatballs with vermicelli. Status: Certified Open, 1108 S. Michigan Avenue.

WEST TOWNCurramba Colombian Restaurant is open, according to an official Facebook post. Customers can expect empanadas, ceviche, arepas, and more. The space was formerly occupied by Puerto Rican and Caribbean restaurant El Faro, which closed earlier this year. Status: Certified Open, 2701 W. Division Street.

WICKER PARK — West Coast cult coffee spot Philz Coffee officially opens its first Chicago location tomorrow. Baristas will guide customers through the menu, grind beans while they wait, and add customized condiments like fresh mint. Diners can also expect light, Mediterranean bites like labneh za’atar toast and bakery items from Aya Pastry and Hyde Park’s Fabiana’s Bakery. Status: Opens tomorrow, 1640 W. Division Street.

EVANSTON — Health-oriented spot Mid Kitchen is now open and serving customers, a call to the restaurant confirmed. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a range of gluten free options. The space formerly housed French restaurant Jilly’s Bistro, which closed in March. Status: Certified Open, 1512 Sherman Avenue in Evanston.

VERNON HILLS — The newest Shake Shack location opened today in the suburbs, serving its popular burgers, flat-top dogs, and frozen custard, according to a news release. This location offers customers special frozen custard “concretes,” including “A Sprinkle in Time” (vanilla custard, lemon curd, marshmallow, shortbread cookie, rainbow sprinkles), along with beers from Half Acre Beer Company and Revolution Brewing. Status: Certified Open, 864 E. Townline Road in Vernon Hills.

UTICAEssential Cajun spot the Cajun Connection has moved and is now open at its new location, according to a Facebook post. An opening celebration runs through Sunday. Diners can indulge in the flavors of the Big Easy with alligator po’boys, frog legs, and Jamba-2-Fay (etouffee over jambalaya), and wash it down with a Hurricane or chicory coffee. Status: Certified Open, 2958 N. State Route 178 in Utica.

June 14

LAKEVIEW — Independent coffee shop and art gallery Bombastic Cafe is finally open in the Southport Corridor after a decade of planning, according to Block Club Chicago. Owner Richard Sykes posted a comprehensive mission statement online that details his desire to create a community space for discussion and collaboration. The cafe will feature its first art show later this summer. Status: Certified Open, 3732 N. Southport Avenue.

RAVENSWOOD — The pizza spot formerly known as ORD Pizzeria has reopened as Crushed Pizzeria under new ownership in the same location. Menu options include decadent pies like the “Rose” (caramelized onion, roasted garlic and corn, fontina and mozzarella cheese, herb-infused olive oil, sea salt, and cracked black pepper), as well as salads and pizza by the slice. ORD Pizzeria first opened in 2013 and shuttered last year. Status: Certified Open, 1607 W. Montrose Avenue.

SOUTH LOOP Sumi Japanese Restaurant is open, according to an eagle-eyed Sloopin poster who spotted diners through the front window. The wide-ranging menu includes sushi and sashimi, as well as ramen, udon, and hibachi dishes. Status: Certified Open, 1303 S. Michigan Avenue.

WEST LOOP/FULTON MARKET — H Bar, the lobby bar inside Hyatt House’s first Chicago location, opened this week along with the hotel just off Restaurant Row. Customers can expect as-yet-unnamed cocktails and “bar bites,” including Korean-style street tacos. Status: Certified Open, 105 N. May Street.

GLENVIEWCourse Italian, a new lunch and dinner spot from Mattone Restaurant and Bar owner Franco Francese and brother Vito, opens Monday inside the Glenview Park Golf Club, according to a news release. The pair brought in Tony DeMario (Girl & the Goat) as executive chef to serve rustic Italian fare. Status: Opens Monday, 800 Shermer Road in Glenview.

NILES — The owner of Glenview donut shop Joe Donut has opened a full-service restaurant in Niles, according to a Facebook post. The new spot offers breakfast and burger options, in addition to its popular iced confections. Donut selections include a maple bacon, Lucky Charms cereal, and strawberry glazed. Status: Certified Open, 6969 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Niles.

OAK PARK — One Lake Brewing, a three-level bar and restaurant, opened early this month in the 1920s-era First National Bank of Oak Park building. Staff are pouring seven original beers, as well as a few guest taps, and serving seasonal bar fare like a confit half-chicken with mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, and chimichurri, and deviled eggs with herb schmaltz, pickle salad, and cracklings. Oak Park Eats has more. Status: Certified Open, 1 Lake Street in Oak Park.

STONE PARK — Fast casual chain Cilantro Tortilla Factory’s new location opens today, according to a Facebook post. Management is holding a grand opening celebration throughout the weekend. This restaurant is the chain’s ninth suburban Chicago spot. A location-specific menu isn’t yet available, but offerings from the other shops indicate that diners can expect tacos, tortas, burritos, and more. Status: Certified Open, 3316 W. North Avenue in Stone Park.

June 7

GOLD COAST — Popular chain Stan’s Donuts & Coffee opens another location today, according to a news release. This is the 12th shop from the fried-dough behemoth in the Chicagoland area. On Facebook, management wrote that all stores will throw in a free glazed cake donut with every purchase today. Status: Opens today, 750 N. Rush Street.

RIVER NORTH — Fast casual chain B.GOOD is slated to open a new facility Monday inside Chicago’s new shared kitchen space, Kitchen United, according to a news release. Customers can order healthy fare like bowls, sandwiches, and salads for pick-up or delivery. Catering services will also be available. Status: Opens Monday, 825 N. Sedgwick Street.

THE LOOP — Bar and burger spot Dead Lawyer’s Pub, a new concept from owners of the now-shuttered Crepe Bistro, is open according to a Facebook post. Located in the same space as the bistro, the pub offers draft beers, martinis, burgers, and more with punny names like the “Double Jeopardy Cheeseburger” with two patties, two slices of American cheese, and chipotle mayo. The Chicago Tribune has more. Status: Certified open, 186 N. Wells Street.

GLENVIEW — Korean smoked fried chicken chain Choong Man Chicken is open in Glenview, a call to the restaurant confirmed. The restaurant serves tikkudak, chicken that is first fried and then baked in a charcoal oven to create an extra-crisp texture and smoky flavor. The chain also specializes in “snow chicken,” fried chicken topped with a sweet, mayo-based sauce and sliced onions. The space formerly housed Korean hotpot restaurant Shabuya. Status: Certified open, 9850 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview.

May 31

O’HARE AIRPORT — McDonald’s has unveiled a newly remodeled high-tech location in Terminal 5 on the international arrivals level. Exhausted travelers trying to avoid human interaction can order and pay at three self-serve stations. Four cash registers will also be available, and cashless customers can use the company’s mobile app pay feature. Chicago Business Journal has the story. Status: Certified open, O’Hare Airport Terminal 5.

RIVER NORTH — Smoothie and acai bowl spot Graze and granola purveyor Ingrained are teaming up for a pop up, GRAZE x INGRAINED. Diners can try healthy frozen treats starting tomorrow on the first floor of Bush Temple, according to a news release. The menu includes banana-based dairy-free “nice creams” with flavors like matcha, chocolate, and coffee, as well as fruit push-pops, raw bars, granola, and truffles. The pop up is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The full menu is available below. Status: Opens tomorrow, 108 W. Chicago Avenue.

WEST RIDGE — New Indian restaurant Delhi Spice is now open, a call to the restaurant confirmed. An online menu lists familiar Indian fare including lamb and tandoori dishes, as well as Indian-Chinese dishes such as chili paneer and gobi manchurian. The space formerly housed Ali’s BBQ Restaurant, which closed in 2016. Status: Certified open, 2657 W. Devon Avenue.

WEST ROGERS PARKMiss Saigon Express is now open and serving its lollipop-style wings (whole wings are also available). The wings are available in a variety of flavors, including tamarind, curry, and “Saigon sauce.” Noodle and rice bowls are also on offer, as well as smoothies and boba lattes. PoBoy Express, the location’s former tenant, shuttered in 2018. Status: Certified open, 5848 N. Lincoln Avenue.

LA GRANGE — The owners of Glen Ellyn-based cafe and bakery Blackberry Market opened a second location this month, according to a news release. The extensive menu includes baked goods like cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, and muffins, as well as coffee, salads, sandwiches, and soups. Catering services are also available. Status: Certified open, 36 S. La Grange Road in La Grange.

OAK PARK — Brazilian coffeehouse Mulata Kitchen is open and owner Cristiane Pereira held a grand opening yesterday. Menu items include a selection of coffee and espresso drinks, snacks, salads, and sandwiches, such as the “Carne Louca” with braised beef, mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions, and bell peppers on “rustic” bread. Status: Certified open, 136 N. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park.

May 24

AVONDALE — Latin American restaurant La Nacional Bar & Grill opened last week. Menu items include classics like arroz con pollo, ceviches, and shrimp adobo, as well as tacos, croquettes, and empanadas. Beer, wine, sangria, and cocktails are on offer at the bar, and diners can order drinks including mojitos and margaritas by the half- or full pitcher. Status: Certified open, 2890 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

EDGEWATER — Farm Bar Edgewater opens today at 5 p.m., according to a Facebook announcement. It’s the second location from the owners of Midwest-focused restaurant Farmhouse, who opened the first Farm Bar in Lakeview in 2015. Diners can expect hearty regional classics like cheese curds and roasted chicken, as well as draft beers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Status: Opens today, 1133 W. Granville Avenue.

LOGAN SQUARE — New Orleans-influenced hot dog spot Doggone’s opens tomorrow, according to a report from Block Club Chicago. The dogs and fries will feature bold Louisiana flavors, in keeping with owner Skip Murray’s original New Orleans hot dog spot Dat Dog. Murray sold his shares in Dat Dog last year. Status: Opens Saturday, 3301 W. Armitage Avenue.

NAVY PIERPopular New York-based edible cookie dough purveyor Cookie DŌ’s summer popup opens today. The online menu lists flavors like chocolate chip and cake batter, and cookie dough ice cream, cookie sandwiches, and “Ice Cream SanDŌs” will also be available through Labor Day, when the popup ends. Status: Opens today, 600 E. Grand Avenue.

WICKER PARK — Gorilla Sushi’s seventh Chicago-area location is open in a space that formerly housed a Sushi Burrito. The local mini-chain also operates in Albany Park, Uptown, Logan Square, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park. Status: Certified open, 1238 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

VERNON HILLS — Owners of Invicto, a taqueria and fast casual Mexican street food spot, opened a second location this week at the Mellody Farm retail center in Vernon Hills. Diners can try Tijuana-style tacos, bacon-wrapped hot dogs called “Sonoran dogs,” and fries. The chain is owned by Venture Kitchens, a company formed by two executives who helped found Naf Naf Grill and invested in Blackwood BBQ. The Daily Herald has the story. Status: Certified open, 851-1101 Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills.

May 17

BRONZEVILLE/PARK RIDGERouxster’s Cookhouse, a Nashville hot chicken and fried fish spot, has opened inside two Mariano’s stores. Chef John Meyer’s menus offer fried or oven-roasted Nashville hot chicken or cod sandwiches, Jamaican jerk chicken, shrimp po boys, chicken gumbo, smoked gouda mac & cheese, and more. Status: Certified open, 3857 S. Martin Luther King Drive and 1900 S. Cumberland Avenue, Park Ridge.

HYDE PARK — The owners of the Budlong have converted the former BBQ Supply Co. restaurant into a Nashville hot chicken restaurant. They’re still selling beer and cocktails, but now the drinks complement the spicy fried chicken. Status: Certified open, 1301 E. 53rd Street.

KENWOOD — Ribs, turkey tips, and more are available at Radio Ribs, a new barbecue spot that opened earlier this month. Status: Certified open, 1400 E. 47th Street.

LOGAN SQUAREDrinkShop, a new hybrid coffee shop, bar, and convenient store (it’s not a splitty) has opened. It’s from the owners of BeerShop in suburban Oak Park. Status: Certified open, 2513 W. Armitage Avenue.

THE LOOP Blackwood BBQ has opened a fourth location. The company has changed ownership, bringing in the founders of the Naf Naf chain. Besides the signature barbecue, they sell desserts from Bang Bang Pies and Pretty Cool Ice Cream, according to a news release. Status: Certified open, 211 W. Adams Street.

PILSEN — Pies, brownies, cookies, biscuits, and breads from Publican Quality Bread are available at Spilt Milk Market. The cafe also serves Metric Coffee. This ownership’s second location following the original in Oak Park. Status: Certified open, 1844 S. Blue Island Avenue.

RIVER NORTHA former engineer who traveled to Italy to learn how to cook has opened Torchio Pasta Bar. He’s starting with dinner, but a news release trumpets that lunch will start on June 7. Status: Opening Friday night, 738 N. Wells Street.

WEST TOWNSabroso Mexican Grill is family-owned restaurant with brunch, fajitas, tortas, salads, and more. It’s the owners’s second location. Status: Certified open, 624 N. Ashland Avenue.

May 10

ANDERSONVILLE — Owners of the now-closed Turkish Cuisine opened their new restaurant, Oda Mediterranean Cuisine, this week, according to a post on the Ward 48 Facebook page. The menu includes kebabs, moussaka, and a variety of seafood options like charred octopus and broiled branzini. The space formerly housed Leonardo’s Italian-American Ristorante. Edgeville Buzz has the story. Status: Certified open, 5657 N. Clark Street.

EDGEBROOK — Restaurant and bar Dakota 94 opened this week, according to a Facebook post from the Edgebrook Sauganash Chamber of Commerce. The spot offers familiar and family-friendly dishes including fish and chips, avocado toast with everything bagel seasoning, and a chorizo breakfast burrito. Status: Certified open, 5304 W. Devon Avenue.

EDGEWATERHelix Cafe, a coffee shop and cafe designed to help curb Illinois’ high rate of youth unemployment, opened this week. Owners Caitlin Botsios and Sean Connolly are holding a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration today, serving Halfwit Coffee, pastries from Dollop Bakeshop and Edge of Sweetness, and Easthill Tea. Status: Certified open, 6237 N. Clark Street.

GALEWOOD — Father-son team Anthony Garland Sr. and Anthony Garland Jr. opened a brick-and-mortar location for their business, BaseHit BBQ, after years of catering and working food festivals around Chicago. Menu items include a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, slabs of baby back ribs, and brisket slathered in Garland Sr.’s secret sweet and spicy sauce-meets-marinade. The Chicago Tribune has the story. Status: Certified open, 6606 W. North Avenue.

LINCOLN PARK Hands On Modern Thai & Sushi Bar opens its third location today, according to an official Facebook post. The local mini-chain also runs spots in Dunning and Irving Park. Unlike its BYOB sister restaurants, the new location will have a full bar. The menu is a blend of Thai and Japanese dishes, including pad thai, yakisoba, curries, sushi, and even Hawaiian poke. Status: Certified open, 2156 N. Clybourn Avenue.

LINCOLN PARK — The owner of brunch stalwart Yolk opened the restaurant’s ninth Chicago location this week, according to a news release. The new spot features fresh decor and updated coffee and espresso offerings, as well as its menu classics like a five-egg rolled omelet, red velvet french toast, and Nutella crepes. “All-star” menu items from Yolk’s Bucktown test kitchen will also be available, such as a breakfast burrito and avocado toast with smoked salmon. Status: Certified open, 1504 N. Fremont Avenue.

THE LOOP Petit Bouchon, a Belgian-themed pop up from a trifecta of popular French and Italian restaurants opened in Revival Food Hall this week. Owners of Le Bouchon, La Sardine, and Osteria Langhe are offering diners Belgian frites with dipping sauces, crepes, Liege waffles, and a burger from the Le Bouchon menu with raclette cheese, according to the Chicago Tribune. The pop up lasts for three months and is slated to close August 2. Status: Certified open, 125 S. Clark Street.

THE LOOP — Casual Lincoln Park restaurant Taco Joint opened its second location this week, serving street food-inspired fare inside food hall Forum 55. The menu includes barbacoa beef, Baja fish, and vegetarian tacos with ingredients like citrus-habanero roasted cauliflower, as well as salads. Status: Certified open, 55 E. Monroe Street.

THE LOOP — Fast-casual Indian restaurant Tikka N’ Curry opened in late April, according to its Facebook page, serving custom bowls with ingredients like lamb kofta, paneer, curries, and rice, a biryani bowl, and a wrap with tikka inside two paratha breads. Dishes are also available to-go, and the restaurant provides catering services. Status: Certified open, 400 S. Financial Place.

FULTON MARKET — Management of City Tap Kitchen & Craft opened the chain’s first Chicago location this week, according to a Facebook post. The menu includes large and small plates, four kinds of mussel preparations, and brick-oven pizzas, as well as a comprehensive beer list. City Tap also operates locations in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Nashville, and Virginia. Status: Certified open, 850 W. Fulton Market.

RIVER NORTHMoti Cafe opened this week, owners wrote on Facebook, and staff began serving Indian street food and an array of sweet or savory mini-pancakes. Owner Jay Patel is also offering specialized tea drinks, including turmeric-laced golden lattes and boba tea. Patel named the restaurant to honor his grandmother who died in 2011 — his nickname for her was moti (pearl). Status: Certified open, 70 W. Huron Street.

WEST TOWN Crazy Bird Chicken has relocated its Southern-style fried chicken operation from Lawndale and finally began serving this week, owners wrote on Facebook. Amish chicken is available pickled, fried, and in rotisserie form, and wings are served with a variety of sauces. Salads, pot pie, and a range of sides (mac and cheese, collard greens, sweet potatoes, and more) are also available. Status: Certified open, 1160 W. Grand Avenue.

ALGONQUIN — Sushi and hibachi restaurant Sapporo Tanoshii opens today. Owner Mike Ham, or “Sushi Mike,” has owned and operated Tanoshii Sushi in Andersonville since 2004 as well as a newer West Loop location. The 160-seat space includes a sushi bar and 12 hibachi tables, according to a news release, as well as a private dining room. Cocktails, beer, wine, and sake are also available. Patch has the story. Status: Certified open, 1521 S. Randall Road in Algonquin.

EVERGREEN PARK — Owners of Chicago-style hot dog slinger America’s Dog & Burger have opened a new location, according to an official Facebook post. It’s the mini-chain’s third Chicago-area spot, and offers the same dogs and angus burgers that draw customers to its Navy Pier and O’Hare locations. Status: Certified open, 9646 S. Western Avenue in Evergreen Park.

May 3

CHINATOWN — Taiwanese street food and bubble tea shop Hello Jasmine opened a new location this week, owners wrote on Facebook. Customers can expect smoothies and tea drinks like lychee jasmine ice tea with coconut jelly. Food offerings include grilled wings, popcorn chicken, and fried bok choy. Hello Jasmine also operates locations on S. Wentworth Avenue and W. Madison Street. Status: Certified open, 2026 S. Clark Street, Unit C.

LAKEVIEW — Vietnamese spot Sunset Pho Caffe has relocated and opened its new spot early this week, according to the restaurant’s website. The space includes a full bar and beer garden, and the menu offers traditional pho, pan or stir fried noodles, fried rice, and bahn mi. Status: Certified open, 2856 N. Clark Street.

LOGAN SQUAREInoko Sushi opened on Wednesday, according to Facebook posts. The menu includes sushi (maki and nigiri), sashimi, hibachi, and teriyaki. Japanese, Chinese, and Thai noodle dishes are also available, as well as sweet mochi ice cream. Status: Certified open, 2521 N. California Avenue.

WINNETKA — Critically acclaimed French restaurant George Trois will reopen tomorrow after a two-month hiatus, according to the Chicago Tribune. Chef and owner Michael Lachowicz closed Restaurant Michael in February, and transformed the space into two new restaurants: Aboyer, a French-American brasserie that opened May 1, and Silencieux, which debuted the next day. The location houses all three restaurants. Status: Opens Saturday, 64 Green Bay Road in Winnetka.

April 26

BEVERLY — Two Mile Coffee Bar, a family-run shop located in an unused kiosk at the historic 95th Street Metra Station, opened this month intending to breathe new life into the underused facility. Customers can order coffee, tea, and espresso drinks, as well as pastries, chai and tea lattes. Status: Certified open, 1776 West 95th Street.

BRONZEVILLE — Catering company Cleo’s Southern Cuisine softly opened a full restaurant this week, serving Creole-inspired food including shrimp étouffée, chicken and waffles, and baked macaroni and cheese. Owner and chef Kristen Harper also sells her signature chicken fry mix online. Status: Certified open, 4248 South Cottage Grove Avenue.

LITTLE ITALY/UNIVERSITY VILLAGERelo’s Board Game and Dessert Cafe opens tomorrow, offering diners coffee and sweet snacks like crepes, waffles, and ice cream. Owners and Toronto-natives Lou Guoc and Regen Chan crowdfunded a sizable board game library that includes a Game of Thrones-themed edition of Settlers of Catan. They hope the shop will attract nearby students and game fanatics from across the city. Status: Opens tomorrow, 1321 W. Taylor Street.

NOBLE SQUARE — Wilson’s Dogs, a hot dog and burger spot formerly in the space that housed the short-lived burger restaurant Flip, reopened this week in a new location inside the Ashland Market, according to the Chicago Tribune. Status: Certified open, 1053 N. Ashland Avenue.

OLD TOWN/RIVER NORTH Speakeasy-style bar Janitor’s Closet is now open on the lower level of the FieldHouse Jones hotel. Once a real custodian’s storage room, the bar offers drinks including the “Brown Line” with mezcal, tequila with pineapple, and tamarind, as well as savory pastries from 5411 Empanadas. Status: Certified open, 312 W. Chestnut Street.

STREETERVILLEReviver, a stylish new bar inside the Chicago Marriott Downtown, opened yesterday in the newly renovated lobby. The drink list, inspired by a historic family of cocktails called “corpse revivers” that vendors claimed held restorative powers, includes the “Sable’s Fence” with ginger peach cider, bourbon, and peach habanero shrub. Food options include shared plates like the spring pea and burrata salad with preserved lemon. Status: Certified open, 540 N. Michigan Avenue.

UNIVERSITY VILLAGE — Nepalese restaurant the Momo World started serving momo, popular Himalayan dumplings, and more this week. This is the first restaurant from owner Madhu Budhathoki, who recently returned to Chicago after spending time in Kathmandu. Diners can also order biryani and sekuwa, marinated meat or paneer cheese that is traditionally roasted over a natural wood fire. Status: Certified open, 727 W. Maxwell Street.

DEERFIELD — Tequila and taco chain Bartaco has opened its first location in Illinois. Parent company Barteca, which also runs a chain of wine bars, operates locations in Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Dallas, among others. The Deerfield menu includes a seared swordfish taco with avocado crema and pickled cabbage slaw, a glazed pork belly taco topped with arbol chili sauce, and a large tequila selection. Cocktails, wines, and beers are also available. Status: Certified open, 711 Deerfield Road in Deerfield.

NAPERVILLE — Two Brothers Barrel House, formerly bar and deli the Craftsman (also from Two Brothers), opens Monday, according to a Facebook post. The drink list highlights rum, vodka, coffee liqueur from in-house distillery Two Brothers Artisan Spirits Co, in addition to its popular beers, milkshakes (boozy and non). It will also serve pub fare and offer live music performances. The Daily Herald has the story. Status: Open Monday, 16 W. Jefferson Avenue in Naperville.

April 19

LAKEVIEW Owners of Milwaukee-based coffee roaster and cafe chain Stone Creek Coffee opened their first Chicago cafe last week at the Belmont “L” stop, a location that was first reported in 2017. This is also the first out-of-state operation for Stone Creek, which runs 12 Wisconsin cafes. Status: Certified open, 939 W. Belmont Avenue.

OLD TOWN BomboBar, best known for its bombolini (fried Italian-style doughnuts), opened a second location this week in the former Buzz Bait Taqueria space. The Old Town menu highlights gelato made in-house, a “Bomboburger” with sharp American cheese, pickles, red onion, and dijonnaise, and pour-your-own tap wine and Moscow mules. Status: Certified open, 1529 N. Wells Street.

WEST SIDE — The Claremont Diner, a retro diner with gourmet food and affordable prices, opened at 6 a.m. today. Diners can devour hearty classics like a modern Monte Cristo sandwich or a lump crab salad with roasted beets and caramelized lemon vinaigrette. Status: Certified open, 2325 W. Taylor Street.

WICKER PARK — Taco & Burrito Express #3’s relocation is complete and the doors are open, according to a Facebook post. The new spot is on the corner of Ashland Avenue and Lemoyne Street, with seating at wooden tables and counters running along the front windows. Status: Certified open, 1512 N. Ashland Avenue.

GLENVIEW — Mercado Cocina + Cantina, the latest project from chef Yanni Sanchez of Sabor Saveur and Bar Mas, opened to the public yesterday and owners are holding a grand opening this weekend. The restaurant is reservations-only for the time being, but may accept walk-ins in the future. Diners can anticipate modern interpretations of regional Mexican food. Status: Certified open, 2300 Lehigh Avenue, Glenview.

MOUNT PROSPECT — Restaurant and lounge Minta, a rebranding of restaurant E+O Food and Drink with an Eastern European spin, opened last week. Management is holding a grand opening at 4 p.m. today. The Daily Herald has the story. Status: Certified open, 125 Randhurst Village Drive, Mount Prospect.

WILMETTE — Seafood restaurant and oyster bar Pescadero opened yesterday and management is kicking off with a four-day celebration that runs through Sunday, April 21. Menu items include spicy seafood cioppino with shrimp, scallops, mussels, and roasted tomato sauce, and wood-grilled wild Alaskan king salmon with mushrooms, sweet English peas, and lemon butter. Status: Certified open, 1167 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette.

April 12

EDGEWATER Ella’s Gyros opened last week at the former site of Best Falafel and Ino’s Pizzeria. Run by the son and daughter-in-law of the former owners of Hellas Gyros, which shuttered in 2018, Ella’s serves the same menu as Hellas, including spanakopita, lamb stew, and gyros topped with tomatoes, onions, sport peppers, and tzatziki sauce. Status: Certified open, 5973 N. Clark Street.

HUMBOLDT PARK — Harrison’s Cafe & Clubhouse opened this week with a limited menu in the former Cup & Spoon space. Owner Todd Burbo, who created the project through a successful crowdfunding campaign, is a coffee industry veteran who has worked at a number of Chicago roasters, including Dark Matter, Bow Truss, and Intelligentsia. Status: Certified open, 2415 W. North Avenue.

RIVER NORTH — Cafe and retailer Foxtrot started serving and selling this week on Wells Street, its second spot in the neighborhood. Beverage offerings include hot and cold espresso drinks, a rotating kombucha tap, and a CBD-infused highball, among other cocktails, wines, and beers. A breakfast and all-day menu features quick bites like a spicy chicken biscuit, breakfast tacos, and a Napa cabbage salad. Foxtrot locations are also in the West Loop, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, and the Southport corridor. The full menu is available below. Status: Certified open, 401 N. Wells Street.

WEST TOWN District Brew Yards, a barbecue restaurant and brewpub from Burnt City Brewing, opens today at 3 p.m. The pour-your-own beer hall, developed in collaboration with Around the Bend Beer and Bold Dog Beer Co, offers 40 taps. It will serve barbecued meats including brisket, pork belly, pulled pork, and pastrami by the sandwich or half-pound, as well as sides such as elote, mac ‘n cheese, and miso-glazed carrots. Status: Certified open, 417 N. Ashland Avenue.

VERNON HILLS Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Kimbal Musk (yes, Elon’s brother) opened a branch of his healthy chain eatery Next Door American Eatery this week in the Mellody Farm retail development. Musk is starting to make good on his goal of opening 20 Chicagoland Next Door restaurants and more than 2,000 across the country, serving familiar fare like burgers, bowls, salads, and sandwiches. Status: Certified open, 899 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills.

April 5

EDISON PARK Que Onda, a new Mexican restaurant and bar, opened this week next door to popular Irish pub the Curragh. Menu standouts include the ensalada de nopales, a cactus-paddle salad with queso fresco and guajillo chili viniagrette, braised goat birria with black beans, onions, and cilantro, and a wide selection of tacos. Drinks like the “mystical bunny” with mezcal, sweet vermouth, carrot, and agave nectar and traditional margaritas join wine, bottled and draft beers on a brief drink list. Status: Certified open, 6701 N. Northwest Highway.

JEFFERSON PARK Owners of El Asadero Colombiano opened its doors this week, according to a Facebook post by Alderman (45th Ward) John Arena. The Colombian menu highlights rotisserie: customers can try chicken or rabbit (whole or half), charbroiled lamb, beef, and pork, and fried fish. Dessert offerings include vanilla flan and brevas con arequipe, or figs with caramel. Status: Certified open, 4800 N. Central Avenue.

LINCOLN PARK — French bakery and cafe Maison Marcel opened a second mini-location this week in the space that once housed Berco’s Popcorn. On-the-go diners can expect coffee drinks and patisserie classics such as croissants, pain au chocolate, and éclairs through a sliding window on a wall painted with bright blossoms and leaves. Status: Certified open, 2008 N. Halsted in the alleyway on Armitage.

LOGAN SQUARE Popular throwback tavern Spilt Milk launched a food operation inside the bar this week called the Feller. The menu features elevated pub fare such as chicken nuggets (5 or 9 pieces) with dark meat, honey dijon, and garlic ranch, and a dry-aged beef burger with bacon, white cheese, onion, and something called “fancy sauce.” It also offers a trio of ice cream sandwiches from Mindy Segal of HotChocolate: honey fleur sel, gingersnap, and “chocolate chocolate chocolate.” Status: Certified open, 2758 W. Fullerton Avenue.


SOUTH LOOP Grant Park Bistro opened this week, serving modern, communal-style French cuisine including a selection of terrines as well as grilled fish, meats, and vegetables on the ground floor of the Hotel Essex (formerly the Essex Inn). It’s the latest swanky establishment from the owners of Gold Coast French eatery Bistronomic and Troquet inside the the Hotel Felix in River North. Status: Certified open, 800 S. Michigan Avenue.

WRIGLEYVILLE — Bar and restaurant chain Beerhead Bar & Eatery opens today in the Addison & Clark development complex near Wrigley Field. This is the first branch in Chicago proper and will serve more than 400 different beer options on stadium-themed bar and table tops with repurposed wood from bleachers. Beerhead will serve lunch and dinner menus, which include pizzas, salads, and a mammoth “Barbarian” pretzel. Status: Certified open, 3519 N. Clark Street, Suite C-104.

WRIGLEYVILLE Owners of Output Wrigleyville, the second location for West Town sports bar Output, opened its doors in late March but are holding a “grand opening” celebration this weekend in the former WHISK Wrigleyville space, opened in March 2018. The original location serves some of the best chicken wings in Chicago, with creative sauces including lemon pepper and mango ghost pepper. Status: Certified open, 3720 N. Clark Street.

March 29

AVONDALE Tasty Chinese opened in late March in the long-vacant home of the original Urbanbelly. The menu is stacked with Chinese-American favorites, including lemon chicken and mapo tofu. Status: Certified open, 3051 N California Avenue.

FULTON MARKET Chicago-based coffee chain Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea opened a new location this week. The shop offers coffees from multiple roasters, including Dark Matter Coffee and Gaslight Coffee Roasters, cocktails, food, and skee-ball. Owner Michael Schultz has a flurry of other projects in the works, so stay tuned. Status: Certified open, 1330 W. Fulton Market.

RIVER NORTH — Cafe Tola will begin serving its popular empanadas Monday inside the Ohio House Motel. Beverage offerings include coconut iced coffee and a spicy mocha. The cafe also operates in Avondale, Lakeview, and Logan Square. Status: Opening Monday, 600 N. LaSalle Street.

WEST LOOP Brown Bag Seafood Company opened its fifth location this week, bringing its healthy, fast-casual seafood menu to a downtown skyscraper. New items include a “Veggie Detox Crunch” taco and a seared yellowfin tuna. It’s not all health food: Brown Bag is also serving cocoa Krispie brownie bites, created in collaboration pastry chef Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate in Bucktown. Status: Certified open, 150 N. Riverside Plaza.

BERWYN — Legend Tasty House is ready for summer with a new location serving Thai rolled ice cream packed into cups and topped with colorful, tooth-rotting goodies. The menu includes green tea strawberry with marshmallow, green tea Pocky, and whipped cream, and double Oreo with Nutella, accompanied by banana and Fruit Loops. Status: Certified open, 7170 W. Cermak Road.

O’HARE — Garrett Popcorn opened its third O’Hare location today in Terminal 5, offering buttery and plain popcorn, as well as Caramel Crisp, cheese corn, and a cheese-and-caramel combination called the Garrett Mix. Officials broke ground at the terminal this month, kicking off a $1.2 billion expansion that will bring 10 new gates. Status: Certified open, O’Hare Airport, Terminal 5.

SCHAUMBURG Little Village-area coffee house Sip 22 expands its suburban footprint with Sip 22 Coffee Lounge and Creperie in the Woodfield Mall. Customers can expect coffee and espresso drinks made with Dark Matter Coffee, as well as gelato, and both sweet and savory crepes with ingredients like strawberry, Nutella, and a selection of meats and cheeses. Status: Certified open, 5 Woodfield Mall.

March 22

GRAND BOULEVARD — Shawn Michelle’s Handmade Ice Cream is open Saturdays only, but it’ll have full hours starting with its grand opening on March 30. Flavors include banana pudding, Jamaican rum raisin, and “Melanin Magic.” Status: Certified open, 46 E. 47th Street.

HARWOOD HEIGHTSBarrel House Kitchen & Tap opened in early March. Diners can expect a range of draft beers and hearty sandwiches, including cheese steaks, Southern shrimp po boys, and deep fried ham and cheese. Status: Certified open, 5100 N. Harlem Avenue.

LINCOLN PARK— Turkitch, a brand of Turkish food products, has opened Turkitch Kitchen, a place were it sells the company’s products like baklava and coffee as well as pastries and sandwiches. Status: Certified open, 565 W. Diversey Parkway.

LOGAN SQUARE — Chicago icon and essential ice cream shop the Freeze, formerly Tastee Freez, opened for the season on Thursday. Block Club Chicago has the details on new flavors patrons can try in the coming weeks. Status: Certified open, 2815 W. Armitage Avenue.

NOBLE SQUARE Hom Mali Thai and Sushi has added a sister location to the Old Town original. The long menu offers both Thai and Japanese options, including Panang curry, tom yum koong, and bento sets. Manee Thai and Thai Castle previously occupied the space. Status: Certified open, 1546 W Chicago Avenue.

PILSEN — The building once occupied by Gino’s East Pilsen now houses a pizzeria once again. This was the Gino’s that served Mexican-inspired pizza. Bob’s Pizza serves Pilsen-style pies with a crispy, buttery crust. It’s also BYOB. Status: Certified open, 1659 W 21st Street.

RAVENSWOOD Bliss Resto moved into the former Ranalli’s Up North and Mexican restaurant El Maya space in mid-February. The extensive menu features Japanese dishes like spicy miso ramen and volcano shrimp maki, as well as Thai selections, including pad see ew and basil fried rice. It also serves burgers. Status: Certified open, 1522 W. Montrose Avenue.

ROSCOE VILLAGE— Turquoise Cafe, one of Chicago’s most respect Turkish restaurants, has added a new wrinkle: a wine bar. Ownership remodeled the facade and space and created Bordeaux Lounge. Status: Certified open, 2147 W. Roscoe Street.

WOODLAWN— Chicago’s oldest restaurant, Daley’s Restaurant, moved into its new location. The restaurant, which services a combo of diner and soul food favorites, is 127 years old. The old location was in dire need of construction work, and Preservation of Affordable Housing offered the owners a space inside a new development across the street. Status: Certified open, 6253 S. Cottage Grove Avenue.

OAKBROOK TERRACE— Stan’s Donuts & Coffee has opened another location. The chain’s doing its regular giveaways on Saturday morning to celebrate the opening. Status: Opening 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, 17W615 Butterfield Road, Unit A, Oakbrook Terrace.

For a list of the 2019 winter openings, click here.


840 North Wabash Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 944-8400 Visit Website

Daley's Restaurant

6257 South Cottage Grove Avenue, , IL 60637 (773) 643-6670 Visit Website


1542 North Damen Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 904-8606 Visit Website


355 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 822-9655 Visit Website

Dark Matter Coffee

738 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60612 (773) 697-8472 Visit Website


2940 North Broadway, , IL 60657 (773) 697-7610 Visit Website

Brown Bag Seafood Co.

1198 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (404) 963-7572 Visit Website

Gaslight Coffee Roasters

2385 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 Visit Website


3209 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 278-3200

The Freeze

2815 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 384-5211 Visit Website

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee

535 North Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 955-3100 Visit Website

Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

4514 Cole Avenue, , TX 75205 (214) 774-9180 Visit Website

Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

10000 W O'Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666 (773) 686-2200 Visit Website

Crazy Bird Chicken

1160 West Grand Avenue, , IL 60642 (312) 877-5684 Visit Website

Woodfield Mall

5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173 (847) 330-0220 Visit Website


1321 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637 (312) 219-6544 Visit Website

Hotel Felix

111 West Huron Street, , IL 60654 (312) 447-3440 Visit Website

Maison Marcel

3114 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657 Visit Website

District Brew Yards

417 North Ashland Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 295-1270 Visit Website


1758 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (312) 929-2515 Visit Website

Burnt City Brewing

2747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Spilt Milk

2758 West Fullerton Avenue, , IL 60647 Visit Website

George Trois

64 Green Bay Road, , IL 60093

Ohio House Motel

600 North LaSalle Drive, , IL 60654 (312) 943-6000 Visit Website

The Momo World

727 West Maxwell Street, , IL 60607 (312) 733-8637 Visit Website

Grant Park

337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 742-3918 Visit Website


832 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 492-7775 Visit Website


701 King Street, , VA 22314 (703) 419-3185 Visit Website

Legend Tasty House

2242 South Wentworth Avenue, , IL 60616 (312) 225-8869 Visit Website