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Cooper’s Hawk to Reopen Its Glitzy Gold Coast Winery and Seven Upcoming Bars & Restaurants to Know

A regularly-updated list of forthcoming restaurants and bars

A huge glowing tower of wine bottles inside a restaurant.
The Chicago-area winery chain will feature a rotating cast of celebrity chefs.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

January 25

Bronzeville: Chicago developer Urban Equities will invest $4.6 million to develop a city-owned property at 5021 S. Wabash Avenue into Soul City Kitchens, a new incubator for local food entrepreneurs. It will have fully-equipped commercial cooking facilities and test kitchens for rent, according to the Sun-Times. Area residents will also be able to rent out a community space and a private dining room.

Gold Coast: Suburban-based winery chain Cooper’s Hawk is slated on March 21 to reopen its sole Chicago location for the first time since March 2020, according to Crain’s. The opulent 24,000-square-foot space at 58 E. Oak Street debuted just months before the COVID-19 pandemic closed the city’s dining rooms. Now operators hope to spur interest, and membership to its wine club with a rotating quarterly chef-in-residence series that will kick off with celebrities at the helm: Top Chef judge and restaurateur Tom Colicchio is up first, followed by Carla Hall, an alum of Top Chef and The Chew.

An elegant, low-lit dining room with long rows of tables.
Cooper’s Hawk Chicago opened months before the pandemic began in Chicago.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Gold Coast: Maxim’s Restaurant, the elegant Art Nouveau space in the basement of the star-studded Astor Tower Hotel at 1300 N. Astor Street — known for hosting the Beatles and Elton John among others in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s — was sold by the city earlier this month for use as a members-only private social club, according to the Sun-Times. Buyer Adam Bilter and his 24 E. Goethe LLC purchased the 8,120-square-foot space for $680,000. Bilter told reporters that he and his fellow club members plan to preserve the interior, originally crafted by celebrated Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg.

Pullman: Nearly three-year-old dining hub One Eleven Food Hall is temporarily closed until March as it undergoes renovations at 756 E. 111th Street near the Pullman National Monument, according to a Facebook post. Founded in 2019 by local development group Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, One Eleven hosts three restaurants: coffee spot AndySunflower Cafe, a location of vegan spot Majani, and an outpost of barbecue hit Lexington Betty Smokehouse.

Ravenswood: A liquor license application indicates that a third outpost from Midwestern-focused restaurant Land & Lake Kitchen is coming to 1970 W. Montrose Avenue. That’s the former home of popular North Side gastropub Fountainhead, which closed in October 2020 due to financial instability brought on by the pandemic. Land & Lake, operated by LM Restaurant Group, first opened in 2017 on the ground floor of the LondonHouse hotel and four years later expanded into a second location in Andersonville.

River North: Pistores Pizza & Pastry, a forthcoming seasonal cafe with baked goods and several styles of pizza, has applied for a liquor license at 546 N. Wells Street. Co-owners Joel and Andrea Reno plan to feature Detroit- and “hybrid” New York-style pies and a full bar when they open in late April or early May, according to WhatNowChicago.

Wicker Park: Neighborhood restaurateur Felipe Caro (Authentaco, Flip) is aiming for a mid-February opening for his new as-yet-unnamed breakfast spot — a replacement for the recently closed Picante Taqueria at 2018 W. Division Street, according to Block Club Chicago. Caro shuttered the taco restaurant this month after more than two decades.

West Ridge: A new restaurant called La Calaca Cantina has applied for a liquor license at 2415 W. Peterson Avenue. The space previously housed Filipino bakery Mom’s Bake Shop.

January 18

Bronzeville: The highly anticipated wine bar and restaurant Bronzeville Winery, co-owned by Eric Williams (Silver Room), has applied for a liquor license at 4420 S. Cottage Grove Avenue. Pandemic delays have pushed back an opening, but residents are eagerly awaiting a rare wine-focused spot south of Madison Street.

Bucktown: Fans of celebrated baker Mindy Segal (HotChocolate) will have to wait a little bit longer to visit her eagerly awaited bake shop at 1623 N. Milwaukee Avenue, as various delays have pushed her hoped-for Valentines Day opening into March. Segal is simultaneously navigating both the closure of her baking operation inside the former Damen Avenue restaurant and the move into the new Bucktown space. “What I’m about to oversee here is kind of crazy,” she says. Stay tuned for news of an opening date.

Lincoln Park: Chicago’s first location of Sushi by Bou, the New York mini-chain that serves $50 omakase meals in 30 minutes, is slated to open Friday, January 21, on the second floor of Hotel Lincoln at 1816 N. Clark Street, according to a rep. Co-founded in 2018 and known for its lauded and controversial chef David Bouhadana, Sushi by Bou has locations in New York, Miami, and New Jersey, along with local sister spots Sushi Suite 202 and Sushi Boutique.

North Lawndale: Hyde Park’s popular Jamaican restaurant Ja’ Grill is gearing up to open its second location soon inside new 10-acre development Ogden Commons just east of Douglass Park at 1407 S. Washtenaw Avenue, according to a Facebook post. Owner Tony Coates hasn’t shared many details since the project was announced in May 2021, but told Eater at the time that the follow-up restaurant would maintain the Ja’ Grill ethos with “some added surprises.”

January 11

Andersonville: After 10 years at Clark and Foster, Japanese spot Ora Sushi is in the middle of a six-block move to 5701 N. Clark Street. Construction is in progress, the restaurant reports on Facebook, and management anticipates an opening announcement “soon.”

Lakeview: Crab King Cajun Boil & Bar is expanding to two new locations in 2022, according to its website: 3443 N. Broadway in Lakeview (the former Revolución Steakhouse) and 1550 75th Street in Downers Grove.

Lincoln Park: All Too Well, a new sandwich shop and market from Evette’s owner Mitchell Abou Jamra, will be opening next month in a former Subway at 352 W. Armitage Avenue, according to a rep. There will be a grab-and-go section with meats, cheeses, and Lebanese-style mezze, plus an assortment of sandwiches.

Lincoln Park: Red Light Chicken, a new chicken spot, will be opening soon in the former Devil Dawg’s flagship location at 2147 N. Sheffield Avenue, WhatNow Chicago reports, and is currently in the process of hiring staff.

Lincoln Park: Asian tea chain Uni Uni plans a third Chicago location at 2550 N. Clark, slated to open in 2022, according to its website. Uni Uni, which serves tea in a variety of styles, plus flavored milk, smoothies, and snacks, already has locations in Chinatown and Uptown, Minneapolis, and Katy, Texas.

Uptown: Milly’s Pizza in the Pan, the hit Logan Square virtual restaurant founded by Robert Maleski after he was laid off from his serving job at the start of the pandemic, is moving to a permanent location at 1005 W. Argyle, the former site of D-Benny Grill, Block Club Chicago reports. Opening day is scheduled for February 15.

West Loop: Puttery, the 21-and-over mini-golf subsidiary of Drive Shack, the driving range restaurant and bar that cancelled its expansion to Bucktown in 2020, plans to open a new location at 932 W. Randolph later this year, WhatNow Chicago reports. There will be immersive miniature golf, accompanied with appetizers, salads, pizzas, and a full bar with specialty cocktails. This is part of a large expansion effort: Puttery already has locations in Charlotte and Dallas, but is planning additional outposts in Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

Gurnee: Construction on a new location of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant is underway in the parking lot of a former Lowe’s in far north suburban Gurnee, the Daily Herald reports, and is expected to open sometime in 2022. The village board authorized a $1.5 million incentive for the project last April. There are already 13 Cooper’s Hawk locations in the Chicago area and 32 others in 10 states.

Rosemont: Shaquille O’Neal’s fried chicken sandwich joint Big Chicken will be opening its third full-service restaurant in a new suburban development at 9421 Higgins Road this fall, Time Out Chicago reports. Its neighbors will be outposts of Stan’s Donuts and Small Cheval, Hogsalt Hospitality’s burger chain. Big Chicken already has locations in Las Vegas and Glendale, California, as well as ghost kitchens and booths in sports stadiums and on cruise ships.

For a list of coming attractions from fall and winter 2021, click here.

LM Restaurant

4539 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 773 942 7585

Fountainhead

1970 West Montrose Avenue, , IL 60613 (773) 697-8204 Visit Website

One Eleven Food Hall

756 East 111th Street, , IL 60628 Visit Website

Milly's Pizza In The Pan

1801 North Spaulding Avenue, , IL 60647 (224) 656-4732 Visit Website

Ja' Grill Hyde Park

1510 East Harper Court, , IL 60615 (773) 752-5375 Visit Website

Small Cheval

1732 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 Visit Website

Uni Uni 攸攸茶 Uni Spice 攸攸堂 Uptown

1130 West Argyle Street, , IL 60640 (773) 878-3333 Visit Website

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Esquire Chicago

58 East Oak Street, , IL 60611 (312) 736-9999 Visit Website

Acre

5308 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 334-7600 Visit Website

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