Chicago’s hospitality industry is well acquainted with the unpredictable nature of the city’s spring weather and remains undaunted, capitalizing on occasional sunny, warm days while preparing for a busy summer season. The following are just some of the restaurants that have opened — or reopened — their dining rooms, patios, and takeout windows. It will be updated periodically.
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Gold Coast: NoMI, the restaurant on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt Chicago, reopens tomorrow, June 7, after a five-month closure for remodeling. The restaurant actually comprises three spaces: NoMI Kitchen, which features modern American cuisine from chef Terence Zubieta; NoMI Lounge, a bar and sushi counter; and NoMI Garden, an outdoor terrace. NoMI, 800 N. Michigan Avenue, Open 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, reservations available via Tock.
Humboldt Park: Janellie’s Kitchen, a new restaurant that originated as a stall at ¡WEPA! Mercado del Pueblo, a community market and business incubator run by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, opened earlier this spring, Block Club reports. Owner Janellie Rodriguez and her husband, chef Moisés Hernandez Vizcorrondo, serve grilled pinchos (meat skewers), fritters made to order, jibarito sliders, and other Puerto Rican dishes. Janellie’s Kitchen, 2517 W. Division Street, Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Lakeview: Shakers on Clark, an LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood bar just off Northalsted, will reopen tomorrow, June 7, with an updated menu. But that menu will still include 23-ounce Long Island iced teas in 26 different flavors; there will also be a variety of mules and martinis. Shakers on Clark, 3162 N. Clark Street, Open 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 1:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Loop: Beatrix, Lettuce Entertain You’s restaurant, bar, and coffee shop, opened its fifth full-service location last week, its first in the Loop, according to a rep. There will be lunch specials to cater to office workers, as well as happy hour every weekday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Beatrix in the Loop, 155 N. Wacker Drive, Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Loop: Era Social Club, a new nightclub, opened on May 21 in the former Refuge Live space with a visit from Chance the Rapper and his entourage, according to a tipster. The club is 21-plus and open on Saturday nights only. Era Social Club, 416 S. Clark Street, Open 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, reservations available on the website.
West Town: Dell’ Rooster, a new Latin American restaurant from Carlos Garza and Miguel Tenesaca, two friends who started in the food business as dishwashers 20 years ago and worked their way up, has opened in the former Alba’s Restaurant, Block Club reports. The menu includes enchiladas, chilaquiles, and a jibarito. Dell’ Rooster, 1825 W. Chicago Avenue, Open daily, hours not yet available.
Wicker Park: The Den Bar and Lounge inside the Den Theatre is now open for business, according to a rep, featuring a cocktail menu from Brooks Boaz (formerly of Park and Field, Jojo’s Shake Bar, and Lady Gregory’s). There’s also a selection of wine and craft beer. Den Bar and Lounge, 1331 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Sunday.
Libertyville: The first Illinois franchise of the popular chain Duck Donuts has opened in suburban Libertyville, the Tribune reports. Known for serving doughnuts fried to order, Duck Donuts originated in North Carolina and spread throughout the country. The local franchise owners were captivated during a vacation in Naples, Florida, and resolved to open one nearby so they could have the doughnuts all the time. Duck Donuts Libertyville, 111 School Street, Libertyville, Open 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Winnetka: George Trois and Aboyer, a pair of award-winning French restaurants from chef Michael Lachowicz, have reopened in the same building in Winnetka after extensive renovations, according to a rep. George Trois features a seasonal nine-course tasting menu, while Aboyer is a more casual bistro. George Trois and Aboyer, 64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, George Trois open 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday; Aboyer open 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, reservations available via Tock.
Brainerd: A new Starbucks opened earlier this month in a former gas station in Brainerd, the first in this Far South Side neighborhood, Block Club reports. Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) told Block Club that he had long hoped for a family-friendly food-related business to open on that corner and that he thought it would be a boost to the community. Starbucks Brainerd, 9438 S. Ashland Avenue, Open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Edgewater: Afghan Saray is now open in the former location of Milo’s Pita. The menu features kabobs and other Afghan dishes, plus daily lunch specials. Afghan Saray, 6141 N. Broadway, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Edgewater: Sfera Sicilian Street Food is a collaboration between chefs Daniela Vitale and Steven Jarczyk, who originally began selling arancini at farmer’s markets, moved on to a ghost kitchen, and now have a restaurant where, in addition to the arancini, they serve sandwiches, salads, and pizzas for both breakfast and lunch. Sfera Sicilian Street Food, 5759 N. Broadway, Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Lincoln Park: Kala, a new modern Greek restaurant with fast-casual service, will open on Tuesday, May 31, according to a rep. The menu features haloumi cheese pitas, burgers, salads, and souvlaki. Kala, 2523 N. Clark Street, hours not yet available.
Logan Square: The Duplex, a dining space that changes chefs every six months, has two new tenants, according to a rep. Cacahuates from Taylor Chleana, the former pastry chef at the Bonhomme Hospitality Group, features Latin fusion cuisine, while Kalista has a Mediterranean-inspired menu from David Rodriguez. The Duplex, 3137 W. Logan Boulevard, Open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Reservations available via Tock.
Streeterville: Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap in River North will open a second location on Navy Pier called Jake’s On the Lake on Saturday, May 28, according to a rep. The new outpost will serve the same chicken wings that made the original so popular, plus burgers and soda floats. Jake’s On the Lake, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Fulton Market: Lono Poke, a Hawaiian restaurant from Fujimura Hospitality, has opened in Time Out Market. Originally a pop-up inside the West Town Japanese restaurant Arami (which also has a stall in the market), Lono offers a brief menu of five poke bowls, sides, and cocktails. Lono Poke in Time Out Market, 916 W. Fulton Market, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Fulton Market: A seventh location of RealGood Stuff Co., a specialist in juices and smoothies that also serves breakfast and lunch and sells groceries, has opened in the new 333 N. Green office building. There will be indoor and outdoor seating, and the store will sell beer and wine. RealGood Stuff Co. Fulton Market, 333 N. Green Street, Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Gold Coast: A new location of the Sushi By Bou chain (which also includes Sushi Suite and Sushi Boutique) has opened inside the Claridge Hotel, per a rep. The design of the new location takes its cue from the Roaring ’20s, but the “timed omakase” concept where customers buy time at 30- or 60-minute increments is the same. Sushi By Bou Gold Coast, Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Lincoln Park: Purple Plate, a new takeout and delivery-only food hall with vendors from around the country opens this Monday, May 23, per a rep. Stands include MAC’D, build-your-own mac and cheese from San Francisco; International Wing Factory, halal wings from New York City; and Updog from Chicago’s very own Upton Naturals. Purple Plate, 1751 N. Sheffield Avenue, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
River North: SafeHouse Chicago, an espionage-themed bar and restaurant originally from Milwaukee, has reopened post-pandemic, per a rep. A password or clearance test is required for entry, but customers who have no patience for clandestine activity can skip the covert missions and proceed straight to burgers, salads, sandwiches, and cocktails. SafeHouse Chicago, 60 E. Ontario Street, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Ukrainian Village: Flour Power, the pasta shop with a changing daily menu from former Schwa chef and Jean Banchet award-winner Wilson Bauer and partner Alice Richter, has reopened, according to a Twitter post from Chicago food maven and Eater contributor Titus Ruscitti. Flour Power, 1642 W. Chicago Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Wrigleyville: Foxtrot Market opened its 20th location earlier this week on Gallagher Way outside of Wrigley Field, per a rep. Like other Foxtrot branches, this one has a cafe, and there’s also an outdoor patio with a view of the ballpark. Foxtrot Market Wrigleyville, 3549 N. Clark Street, Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Evanston: A new branch of the Argentinian chain 5411 Empanadas opened in downtown Evanston earlier this month, the Tribune reports. The shop already has half a dozen locations in Chicago and Houston, plus a food truck, but this one is special because co-owners Nicolas Ibarzabal and Mariano Lanfranconi are both Northwestern alumni. 5411 Empanadas, 809 Davis Street, Evanston, Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Evanston: The Southeast Asian sandwich spot Soulwich has reopened after a hiatus, according to LTH Forum. The restaurant offers options for vegans and donates some of its profits to local food banks. Soulwich, 1634 Orrington Avenue, Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Bronzeville: Sip & Savor, the Black-owned coffee chain from Trez Pugh, in early May reopened its outpost in Rosenwald Courts after 10 months in stasis, according to Block Club Chicago. Pugh, who owns additional locations in Bronzeville, Hyde Park, and suburban Matteson, temporarily shut down the Rosenwald cafe in July 2021. In the meantime, he rented out the space for events, held pop-ups for other local businesses, and hosted a bi-monthly series of educational and networking events for entrepreneurs. Sip & Savor Rosenwald, 78 E. 47th Street, Open 7 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday.
Chinatown: 3 Sauces Hainam Chicken Rice, a new stand serving Hainanese chicken rice, opened in late April in the basement of the former Richland Center building, according to the Tribune. Patrons can expect traditional and panko-crusted versions of the poached chicken dish, crispy shrimp rolls, sweet red bean triangles, and more. 3 Sauces Hainam Chicken Rice, 2002 S. Wentworth Avenue, Hours not yet available.
Hyde Park: Huaraches Mexican Restaurant opened is third location in early May, according to the Hyde Park Herald. It replaces Southside Ken Chinese Cuisine, which closed suddenly in February after more than two years in business. Huaraches owner Andres Rangel also owns restaurants in Brighton Park and Dunning, where he features the business’s namesake dish. Huaraches Mexican Restaurant Hyde Park, 1611 E. 55th Street, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The Loop: The Indian street food mini-chain Naansense reopened this week in a new location roughly two years after the pandemic shuttered its eight-year-old outpost in the West Loop, according to the Trib. In the meantime, co-owners Hiran Patel and Viral Patel have tweaked the menu, but fans can expect many of the same bowls and wraps that made the brand a hit. The pair are also preparing to launch two new locations in suburban Oak Brook and Naperville in spaces large enough to offer dinner service and drinks, with options like whole and half tandoori chicken, a special assortment of curries, and cocktails. Naansense Loop, 178 N. Franklin Street, Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Elmhurst: Kindred, an upscale new restaurant with an open-fire focused menu from Chicago hospitality veteran Michael Carroll, will open Saturday, May 14, in the western suburbs, according to a rep. It’s from Tom Trenta, the owner of live music venue Elmhurst Hall and local bar Ever Onward, and will feature dishes such as fire-grilled octopus (celery chimichurri, olives, romesco) and ratatouille cassoulet (smoked eggplant, summer squash, tomato, white beans). Until two years ago, Carroll was a co-owner of Band of Bohemia, the world’s first Michelin-starred brewpub, which temporarily closed in July 2020 after former employees made allegations that restaurant leadership fostered a toxic work environment while mishandling operations during the pandemic. At the time, Carroll and then-business partner Craig Sindelar denied many of the allegations. Band of Bohemia closed permanently three months later. Kindred, 119 N. York in Elmhurst, Open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Humboldt Park: La Boulangerie and Co., the bakery, cafe, and market that already has locations in Logan Square and Ravenswood, has opened a third outpost after a two-year pandemic delay, Block Club reports. The new location will be open later than the others, and it will serve pizza. La Boulangerie and Co. Humboldt Park, 936 N. California Avenue, Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Lincoln Square: Wild Orchids Cafe and Kitchen, a Venezuelan bakery and cafe featuring colorful specialty lattes and empanadas and other sweet and savory pastries from chef Marilyn Albert, opened April 7. Wild Orchids Cafe and Kitchen, 2547 W. Lawrence Avenue, Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Loop: Cherry Circle Room, the restaurant inside the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, has reopened after a pandemic hiatus with a new culinary team, including executive chef Fred Noinaj (formerly of Lost Lake, which closed earlier this year) and chef de cuisine Alisha Elenz (mfk), Chicago magazine reports. Their menu will be lighter and less formal than earlier incarnations, but there will still be cocktails prepared tableside. Cherry Circle Room inside the Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, reservations via Resy.
Portage Park: Peru Criollo, a new restaurant from the father-and-daughter team of William and Diana Hoxsas serving what they describe as “Peruvian soul food,” has opened at Six Corners, replacing Shilas Restaurant, Block Club reports. The menu, prepared by Violetta Luz Caseres, an 80-year-old Peruvian immigrant, includes ceviche, tamales, paella, and daily steak and seafood specials. Peru Criollo, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Portage Park: Tatas Tacos reopened Thursday in its original Six Corners location after a five-month closure for a remodel with an abbreviated Cinco de Mayo menu, Block Club reports. (A new outpost at 5700 W. Irving Park Road opened in January; there is also a location in Lakeview.) There is still some work to be done, but the full menu will be available later this weekend. Tatas Tacos Six Corners, 4929 W. Irving Park Road, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Streeterville: Marisol, the full-service restaurant and bar on the ground floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art that has earned a place on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list, has reopened after a two-year pandemic closure, according to a rep. Once again, Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe, leads the kitchen, serving weekday lunch and weekend brunch. Marisol in the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue, Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, reservations via OpenTable.
Evanston: After months of delays, Tomo Japanese Street Food has opened in downtown Evanston in the storefront previously occupied by Olive Mediterranean Grill, the owners announced in a Facebook post. The menu features ramen, udon, bento boxes, rice bowls, and more. Tomo Japanese Street Food, 1726 Sherman Avenue, Open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Fulton Market: Matcha Cita, which began as a Lincoln Park pop-up in 2021, has opened in a permanent location near the Morgan Green/Pink line El stop, WhatNow Chicago reports, selling matcha drinks, smoothies, toasts, and pastries in an Instagram-friendly setting. Matcha Cita, 1017 W. Lake Street, Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Pullman: Lexington Betty Smokehouse, the barbecue restaurant from Dominque Leach, is ready to open in its new expanded location inside the former One Eleven Food Hall. Leach has taken over the entire space and will eventually hold private events. She’s also going to expand her menu. Lexington Betty Smokehouse, 756 E. 111th Street, opening on Saturday, April 30.
River North: A massive new 66,000-square-foot Whole Foods opened Wednesday, April 27, in the One Chicago building at the corner of Chicago Avenue and State Street. In addition to local produce and meat, a prepared foods counter, a bakery, coffee bar, and, of course, groceries, this location will also contain a bar stocking 300 craft beers and 600 wines, supervised by two sommeliers. To celebrate the opening, the store will be matching 100 percent of the proceeds from local products purchased in-store through Sunday, May 1, and donating it to Lakeview Pantry. This Whole Foods has replaced a previous location on Huron Street. The opening coincides with the announcement that Whole Foods will be closing the Englewood location at Halsted and 63rd that opened in 2016 to great fanfare and with the help of $10.7 million in tax-increment financing: by offering grocery prices on a sliding scale, it promised to boost economic development in the neighborhood. A location in Lincoln Park near DePaul University will also be closing. Whole Foods Market, 3 W. Chicago Avenue, Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
South Loop: There are now 19 Dollop cafes around town and in the suburbs, but the location that opened Thursday, April 28, is special, says a rep. Unlike the majority of the other locations, Dollop Cafe, Bar & Kitchen will have full table service and offer all-day breakfast and lunch — including chicken and waffles and smash burgers — in addition to the usual coffee and pastries, with evening hours and cocktails coming next month. Dollop Cafe, Bar & Kitchen, 1210 S. Indiana Avenue, Open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
West Loop: Bob’s Pizza, which specializes in “Pilsen-style” pizza, is reopening its location inside Recess on Tuesday, May 3, offering full 16-inch pies and slices, as well as salads, parmesan bread, and oatmeal cream pies. Bob’s Pizza West Loop inside Recess, 838 W. Kinzie Street, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
West Ridge: Misericordia Hearts & Flour Bakery and Cafe, which benefits the Catholic charity that serves 600 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, opened a new standalone location this week a few blocks south of the main campus off Devon Avenue, Block Club reports. Like the original bakery, the new cafe will be run by Misericordia residents and staff, who will serve coffee, baked goods, salads, and smoothies. There is also a drive-thru window. Misericordia Hearts & Flour Bakery and Cafe, 6130 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Logan Square/Irving Park: Miko’s Italian Ice, one of Chicago’s best-loved Italian ice purveyors, reopens for the season on Friday, according to Block Club Chicago. The team is also marking 25 years of serving the city with 14 flavors every day (a slight jump from the usual 12). Opening flavors include coconut, passion fruit, horchata, lemon, and more. Miko’s Italian Ice, 2236 N. Sacramento Avenue, 4125 N. Kimball Avenue, Open noon to 6 p.m. daily (hours will change starting in May).
River North: HeadQuarters Beercade, the arcade bar in River North, is hosting a very special brunch pop-up, the kind that will make patrons want to finish all of their homework on Friday so they can hang out all weekend with their best backpack and eyeliner. Emo Brunch, featuring items with questionable puns inspired by bands like Dashboard Confessional (Hashbrown Confessional) and Coheed & Cambria (Coffee & Cambria) starts on Saturday, April 23 and will take places on weekends through May 22. It’s a $50 flat fee that will gain entrance to a palace of nostalgic tunes from this post-hardcore punk sub-genre. This is a traveling pop-up from a new company called Bucket Listers, an operation which has a familiar character to Chicagoans. Derek Barry, the DJ who created the Saved by the Bell pop-up that originated in Chicago before moving to LA, is onboard. Emo Brunch at HeadQuarters BeerCade, 213 W. Institute Place, every Saturday and Sunday from April 23 to May 22, tickets available online.
South Loop: Duneyrr Fermenta Brewery, a wild ale-focused microbrewery that in November 2021 opened a tasting room in Chicago’s Motor Row District, this week opened its patio for the first time, according to a Facebook post. It’s first-come-first-served and is open daily until dusk. Duneyrr Fermenta Brewery tasting room, 2337 S. Michigan Avenue, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Tri-Taylor: Mammoth fast food chain Buffalo Wild Wings this week opened a new location of its to-go focused Buffalo Wild Wings GO, according to a rep. While the emphasis is on takeout and delivery operations, the location does offer counter service and some limited service. GO locations are also scheduled to open in the coming months in Logan Square and Hodgkins Park. Buffalo Wild Wings GO, 707 S. Seeley Avenue, Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
Andersonville: Colorful neighborhood cafe Cuckoo debuted last month with enormous Korean fried chicken sandwiches, Korean and Japanese rice bowls, a variety of cold tea drinks and boba, and more. The pink-and-yellow counter service spot took over the former home of Ora, a sushi restaurant in the midst of a six-block move down Clark Street to a space that previously housed Blu 57 Seafood. Cuckoo, 5143 N. Clark Street, Open 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11: 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Austin: Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken, one of the top spots for crunchy fried poultry in Chicago, this week reopened its freshly remodeled flagship location after a 13-month closure on the West Side, Block Club Chicago reports. CEO Charmaine Rickette told reporters that there were lots of reasons for the temporary shutdown — including staffing shortages, high food costs, and supply chain delays — but ultimately it provided time to improve equipment and revamp the space with a $162,000 grant from the city’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund program. Rickette’s father, Gus Rickette, founded the original restaurant in 1969 on Cicero Avenue and is considered among the originators of mild sauce, a sweet and tangy condiment now popular throughout the city. Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken, 5611 W. Madison Street, Open 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Loop: Keadkao Express, a new quick-serve stall serving Thai cuisine, debuted this week inside the Urbanspace food hall near the Richard J. Daley Center. It’s the first hospitality venture from Bangkok natives and co-founders Patt Tongphong and chef Tom Deethian, who are seeking to fill a void in fast, affordable Thai options in downtown Chicago. Stay tuned for more on this opening. Keadkao Express, 15 W. Washington Street inside Urbanspace Chicago; Open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 7 am. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Greektown: Japanese-style noodle shop Tamashii Ramen opened in late February with classic ramen options and build-your-own bowls, according to an Instagram post. Menu items include pork, chicken, shoyu, miso, and vegetarian ramen, alongside yakisoba, donburi, and booze-free Japanese drinks like Ramune and strawberry milk. Tamashii Ramen, 810 W. Jackson Boulevard, Open 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday; 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 pm. Wednesday through Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
River North: Penelope’s Vegan Taqueria, a new meat-free Mexican restaurant, opened in late March near the Moody Bible Institute, according to an Instagram post. Menu options include soy al pastor and mushroom chimichurri, as well as a cauliflower-based ceviche, enchiladas, and six flavors of agua fresca. Penelope’s Vegan Taqueria, 230 W. Chicago Avenue, Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Douglas Park: Ja’Grill, the popular Hyde Park Jamaican restaurant, opens its second location in the new Ogden Commons development near Douglass Park Friday, April 8, after a long delay; it had originally been scheduled to open last summer. At the time, owner Tony Coates promised he would continue to serve the same jerk, curry, fish, and stew dishes that made the original Ja’Grill so beloved, but there would be some specials exclusive to the new location. Ja’Grill Ogden Commons, 1407 S. Washtenaw Avenue, Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Logan Square: Pretty Cool Ice Cream has opened its indoor seating area again after a two-year pandemic closure, the ice cream shop announced in an Instagram post. Owner Dana Salls Cree had previously said she wouldn’t reopen until kids could be vaccinated against COVID-19 since the 700-square-foot space is too small for social distancing and meant for children to touch and explore. The second, long-awaited Lincoln Park location is still a work in progress. Pretty Cool Ice Cream, 2353 N. California Avenue, Open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Uptown: After three years of selling coffee beans and brewing supplies from her home in Uptown, Fran Matos opened Crema, a cafe at the corner of Wilson and Dover avenues, on March 26, Block Club Chicago reports. Crema will serve drip and espresso coffee drinks and pastries, all sourced from local roasters and bakers. Crema, 1401 W. Wilson Avenue, Open 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
West Loop: Jinsei Motto, originally a sushi pop-up from chefs and owners Patrick Bouaphanh and Andrew Choi inside CH Distillery opened a permanent space inside the distillery last month, the Tribune reports. Fourteen-course omakase meals are available for $140, but diners can also order nigiri, sashimi, and maki a la carte. Jinsei Motto @ CH Distillery, 564 W. Randolph Street, Open 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
West Loop: The two winners of Soho House’s first entrepreneurship contest begin their six-month residencies this month. Fittingly, Monday Coffee’s Amanda Christine Harth and Felton Kizer began serving hot and cold drip and espresso drinks and cold brew flights in the lobby bar this past Monday, April 4. Meanwhile, Stephen Sandoval’s Sueños, a spinoff of his lavish pop-up series, launches Wednesday, April 20, in the former Chicken Shop space. Soho House Chicago, 113-125 N. Green Street: Monday Coffee, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; Sueños, open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday starting April 20.
West Town: Neighborhood bar High Dive has reopened after a two-year pandemic closure, Block Club Chicago reports. During that time, owners George Simos and Alex Tsolakides turned the half of the space into Dante’s Tavern, a spin-off of their mini-chain Dante’s Pizza, which closed two locations during the pandemic. They did not respond to inquiries from Block Club about whether they would continue High Dive’s tradition of karaoke and open-mic nights. High Dive, 1938 W. Chicago Avenue, Open 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Austin: Splyt N Half Kitchen, a restaurant that serves soul food, keto-friendly meals, soups, and more, opened in February on the city’s West Side, according to the Tribune. It’s helmed by Chef Evey, a former registered nurse who left healthcare to serve a diverse menu that ranges from fried pork chops and baked macaroni and cheese to turkey meatballs and pan-seared salmon. Splyt N Half Kitchen, 5815 W. Madison Street, Open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Chatham: Hand-cut doughnut hit Dat Donut reopened this week following a temporary shut-down by city inspectors, according to Block Club Chicago. Co-owner Darryl Townson told reporters that business was back to its usual roar on Tuesday — unsurprisingly, considering it’s among the top doughnut spots in Chicago. Dat Donut, 8251 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Chatham: Southtown Sub, a standby for sub sandwiches, fried chicken, and Jim Shoes in Bridgeport for 26 years before closing in 2020 due to issues with the lease, has reopened in 71st Street, Block Club Chicago reports. Abdul Wajid bought and restored the new building and will continue to run the restaurant with help from members of his family. Southtown Sub, 112 E. 71st Street, Open 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily.
Logan Square: The Freeze, a beloved soft serve ice cream stand, has reopened for the season, Chicago Reader music writer and ice cream enthusiast Leor Galil reports in a tweet. Open since 1950 and formerly known as Tastee Freez, the stand also serves burgers, hot dogs, Italian beef, and fries, but only during the warmer months. The Freeze, 2815 W. Armitage, Open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Loop: Hoyt’s, an American tavern in the Royal Sonesta hotel has reopened, according to a rep. Both the food and cocktail menus have been updated and will feature seasonal ingredients and local beers. Hoyt’s, 71 E. Wacker Drive, Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
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