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Chicago’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings you should know about.

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Updated July 19th, 2021

If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Chicago, your might go a little wild. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.

Editor’s Note: All restaurants listed below are open in some capacity. That might mean they’re offering takeout, delivery, outdoor, and/or indoor dining.

July 2021

Parkside

$$$$ 2201 W Montrose Ave

Parkside is a new restaurant in Lincoln Square, and is the kind of place that grows its own herbs. The menu is full of seasonal dishes, and right now that means things like oysters, tea-smoked Cornish hen, peaches and ham, and summer squash with buckwheat and tomato.

Jaleo

$$$$ 500 N Clark St.

Jaleo is a Spanish restaurant with four locations all over the country, and now we have one in River North. The menu includes tapas, paellas, sangrias, and a long list of Spanish wines.

Lardon

$$$$ 2200 N. California

This is a new Logan Square salumeria. The Lardon sells charcuterie, salumi, and various other meats that they cure in house. Along with lots of sliced meats, they also have sandwiches, salads, boards, and other things like pork pate and cornichon mayo.

Diver At The Park

$$$$ 3475 N. Clark

The Diver at the Park is a Tulum-inspired restaurant in Wrigleyville. This place has a huge dog-friendly patio with a vintage camper bar, and serves food like tacos, nachos, and ceviches. They also do a bottomless brunch on the weekend.

Aloha Wagon

$$$$ 2023 S Western Ave

A former food truck, this Hawaiian restaurant now has a permanent location in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood. The menu has plate lunches like spam loco moco and kalua pork, a variety of burgers, and side dishes like spam musubi.

Château Carbide

$$$$ 230 N Michigan Ave

Chicago has a beautiful skyline, so we’re never upset when a new rooftop appears on the scene. And Chateau Carbide is an upscale rooftop bar that just opened on the 24th floor of the Pendry Hotel. The wine list is rosé focused (they have rosé and champagne bottle service) and they also offer small bites like charcuterie and caviar. And when you come here at night, the vibe here gets clubby with Djs spinning French house music.

Sweet Bean

$$$$ 1152 S Wabash Ave

Sweet Bean is a new Taiwanese and Japanese cafe in the South Loop. Right now they’re focusing on coffee and pastries (like egg tarts and sesame balls) but plan on having a full full food menu soon.

Listening Room At The Exchange

$$$$ 224 S Michigan Ave.

The Listening Room is a new bar and listening cafe in the Loop. What’s a Listening Cafe you ask? Taken right from their website, it’s “a clubby dining experience with a state-of-the-art audio experience”. In other words, you listen to music while eating things like ricotta and honey, filet mignon, and mushroom rigatoni. The music genre changes, so check their Instagram for updates.

The Art Of Chicken

$$$$ 2041 N Western Ave

After a fire forced them to close back in 2017, Art of Chicken in Logan Square has finally reopened. And as you might have deduced from the name, the specialty at this counter-service spot is chicken. Specifically grilled chicken that you can get by the quarter, half, or whole, served with fresh pita and salsa. They also offer a pulled chicken sandwich, and a variety of sides (like elotes or mac and cheese).

Gioia Ristorante E Pastificio

$$$$
$$$$ 1133 W Randolph St

Gioia is an upscale new Italian restaurant in the West Loop. The focus here is on handmade pastas, which include things like bucatini cacio e pepe, seafood tagliatelle, and paccheri mancini prepared tableside. Along with pasta, you’ll also find a bunch of antipasti and mains like veal Milanse.

June 2021

Adalina

$$$$
$$$$ 912 N. State

Adalina is an upscale Italian restaurant that just opened in the Gold Coast. The menu has dishes like arancini, housemade pastas, and entrees like salmon Vesuvio.

Time Out Market Chicago

$$$$ 916 W Fulton Market

After being closed since last summer, Time Out Market in Fulton Market reopened with new additions to its vendor lineup - like Soul & Smoke, Cleo’s Southern Cuisine, Pisolino, Shawn Michelles, Bittersweet Pastries, and Candelite pizza (to name a few). The industrial-feeling space is huge, with two levels, three separate bars, a rooftop, and a sidewalk patio.

Solemn Oath Still Life

$$$$ 2919 W Armitage

This is a new Logan Square taproom from Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville. Along with beer, they also serve hard seltzer and spritz cocktails.

Kathleen Robinson

Chikatana

$$$$
$$$$ 850 W Fulton Market

Chikatana, a new Mexican restaurant from a former chef of Mi Tocaya (one of our favorite spots in the city) just opened in the West Loop. The dinner menu has dishes like elotes, king crab chili relleno, and pato en mole. They also have a late-night tlayudas menu starting at 10pm.

Wade Hall

Lure Fishbar

$$$$ 616 N Rush St

Lure Fishbar is originally from NYC, but now this upscale spot has a brand new location in the Gold Coast. And as the name suggests, the focus here is on seafood. But along with all the seafood options, you’ll also find steaks, chops, and a burger on the menu, too.

Clayton Hauck

Parson’s Chicken & Fish

$$$$ 5721 N Clark St

A fourth location of Parson’s just opened in Andersonville. Like the others, you can expect fried chicken, fish, hush puppies, and negroni slushies - just in time for summer.

Shang Noodle

$$$$ 215 E Grand Ave

The original Shang Noodle is in Evanston, but a Streeterville location just opened in Chicago. The menu has a variety of things like mapo tofu, har-gau dumplings, hot and dry pot, and a list of housemade noodle dishes.

Venteux Brasserie

$$$$ 224 N. Michigan Ave

This is an upscale French restaurant that just opened inside the Pendry in the Loop. You’ll find things like caviar, steak tartare, and escargot, along with entrees like coq au vin and dover sole. And because it’s a hotel restaurant, it’s open seven days a week.

Sochi Saigonese Kitchen

$$$$
$$$$ 1358 W Belmont Ave.

Sochi is a new Vietnamese restaurant in Lakeview. The menu has bánh mì, phở, salads, and dishes like cơm chiên cá. They also serve cocktails, beer, and wine, and are open only for dine-in service.

Dr Bird’s

$$$$
$$$$ 1215 N Milwaukee Ave

The original Dr. Bird’s opened in Buffalo in 1981, and now this Caribbean spot has a location in Wicker Park. Their specialty are Jamaican patties, which are filled with either chicken, beef, or spinach. But the menu also has things like jerk chicken, jerk tacos, pasta, and a variety of sides.

Vaca's Creamery

$$$$ 1436 W. Blackhawk

This is a new vegan soft serve shop in Wicker Park. Vaca’s ice cream is made from oat milk, and they’ll have shakes and sundaes with toppings like confetti cookie dough and dulce de leche with a candy shell.

The Duplex

$$$$ 3137 W Logan Blvd.

The Duplex, a new restaurant in Logan Square, features different chefs and restaurants every six months. First up are fried chicken sandwiches from The Kluckerz and Latin American and Mexican food from Lime and Radish.

May 2021

Haru Sushi

$$$$ 3301 W Armitage Ave

Haru Sushi is a new sushi spot in Logan Square that opened in the former Doggone’s space. The menu has a selection of sashimi, nigiri and maki, and is open for carryout, delivery, and indoor dining.

Avli On The Park

$$$$ 180 N Field Blvd

This is the fourth incarnation of Greek restaurant Avli - there’s one in Winnetka, Lincoln Park, and River North. Avli On The Park is in Streeterville, and (as the name would suggest) is right on Lakeshore East Park. The menu here is similar to its sister restaurants, which means you’ll find dishes like saganaki, moussaka, and lobster pasta in an ouzo creme sauce.

Mansion on Rush

$$$$ 1009 N. Rush St.

Mansion On Rush is a new option if you’re looking for an upscale date night. This Japanese and Latin-inspired Gold Coast spot serves sushi along with dishes like wagyu beef and duck confit with mole. If you really want to go all out, book a table at their Champagne Lounge, which has a separate menu, bottle service, and a live DJ. Is this place over the top? Probably, but after a year where putting on shoes felt fancy, who are we to judge.

Yamma

$$$$ 1547 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Pop-ups are still very much a thing, and Yamma just started operating out of Pint Pub in Wicker Park. This Palestinian restaurant is serving a variety of spreads (like hummus and muhammara), a bunch of wraps made with shrak bread (like shish tawook or falafel), and salads. You can order Yamma for carryout, delivery, or dine-in at the bar.

Big Mouth Steaks And Subs

$$$$ 2903 Diversey Ave.

Big Mouth started out as a food truck that opened last year during the pandemic, and now has a permanent location in Logan Square. They specialize in cheesesteaks, subs like the “hungry man” (salami, pepperoni, turkey, ham, and cheese), along with things like burgers, loaded fries, and chicken wings.

En Passant

$$$$
$$$$ 3010 W Diversey Ave

En Passant is a new restaurant in Logan Square serving European-inspired dishes. This means things like duck confit and chicken liver mousse, as well as miso-glazed halibut, asparagus risotto, and a smashburger with balsamic onion jam. And considering that En Passant’s chef is one of Au Cheval’s opening chefs, you might find that last detail particularly interesting.

The Park Supper Club

$$$$ 63 E Garfield Blvd

The Park Supper Club just opened in Washington Park. It’s an upscale restaurant and cocktail bar, serving dishes like pasta primavera, grilled salmon, and baked chicken. They also have live music (like a pianist) nightly.

Bar Avec

$$$$ 640 N. Lasalle

Bar Avec is the brand new rooftop bar above Avec River North, taking over the former Laurel Room space. The rooftop bar is on the eighth floor and has a separate Spanish-inspired menu from Avec downstairs. You’ll find small plates like mussels escabeche, crudos, entrees like fideo noodle paella, and yes, the chorizo-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates.

Beard Papa's

$$$$ 851 W. Belmont Avenue

This is the Lincoln Park location of Japan-based cream puff chain Beard Papa’s. They have a bunch of cream puff varieties, topped with things like cereal and Oreos, and with a lot of different fillings.

Two Sisters

$$$$ 4800 W. Chicago Avenue

Two Sisters started out as a catering restaurant, and now has a brick and mortar in Austin. They have a weekly rotating menu, with things like Larde’s menu includes options like smothered pork chops, baked chicken, or turkey meatloaf. Right now Two Sisters is only offering carryout and delivery.

Whadda Jerk

$$$$ 2015 W. Division Street

Whadda Jerk is a new soul food restaurant that just opened in the former Clever Rabbit space in Wicker Park. They started out as a food truck, and offer things like egg rolls, burgers, and jerk chicken.

Lao Sze Chuan

$$$$ 616 Wabash Ave

This is the newest location of Lao Sze Chuan, a local chain specializing in Sichuan food. The long menu has things like dan dan noodles, xiao long bao, dry pot, hot pot, and mala chili whole fish. They’re open for indoor dining, carryout, and delivery.

April 2021

Life On Marz Community Club

$$$$ 1950 N Western Ave

Marz Brewing opened a new taproom in Logan Square. Called Life On Marz Community Club. They’re brewing on-site (including some beers you might not find at their original location) and a snack menu full of sausages.

Korini's Pizza

$$$$ 3472 N Elston Ave

Parachute, one of our favorite restaurants in the city, has launched a pizza pop-up called Korini’s Pizza. Right now, they’re only open on Wednesdays, and one dollar from each pizza goes towards “Dough Something,” a national campaign to support Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The flavors are changing every week, with options like a bulgogi pizza or the “smokey casino” with spam, coconut shrimp, little smokies, and a sweet potato-stuffed crust.

Naoki Sushi

$$$$ 21 E. Hubbard Street

You might remember the original Naoki, a very good sushi spot in Lincoln Park that closed in 2019. Well, it has officially reopened as a virtual restaurant operating out of Shaw’s in River North. The menu primarily consists of maki and sashimi, with appetizers like sambal chicken skewers and shrimp tempura.

Level Up Burgers

$$$$ 3220 W. Grand Chicago

Level Up is a new carryout and delivery burger spot in Humboldt Park. The burgers are video game-themed, which means you’ll find things like the “16-bit upgrade” (two patties topped with lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, cheese, and aioli) and the “double dragon” - also made with two patties, along with beef short rib, togarashi, garlic aioli, cabbage, pepper jack, and on a bao bun. All the burgers come with a pound of tots.

Apolonia

$$$$ 2201 S Michigan Ave

We really like S.K.Y. in Pilsen, so we’re excited about Apolonia - a new restaurant in the South Loop that’s from the same team. Like its predecessor, the menu is wide-ranging with a bunch of influences. So you’ll find everything from mussels on toast and mushroom tarts to a variety of housemade pastas and entrees like flounder in vadouvan. Right now they’re open for indoor dining, and serving brunch and dinner.

Matt Haas

Rose Mary

$$$$ 932 W Fulton St

If you watch and/or care about Top Chef, you might have heard about Rose Mary. It’s a new Croatian restaurant in The West Loop from the winner of season 15, who also used to work at Spiaggia downtown. Expect dishes like branzino with fennel and paprika, spinach caramelle, and pork ribs glazed with Calabrian chilis.

MADN Agency

Land & Lake

$$$$ 5420 N. Clark St.

The original Land & Lake is in the London House hotel downtown, and this is the Andersonville location. The menu is similarly varied, with dishes like tagliatelle pasta, fried chicken sandwiches, grain bowls, and burgers. On the weekend they serve bottomless brunch, and right now they’re open for carryout, indoor, and outdoor dining on their covered back patio.

Soul & Smoke

$$$$
BBQ
$$$$ 2537 S. Wabash Ave.

This BBQ restaurant started out in Evanston, but now is also operating out of several ghost kitchens in Chicago. The most recent one just opened in the South Loop, and you can order all sorts of BBQ meats and sides, along with things like jerk chicken skewers and brisket sandwiches.

Hinoki Sushiko

$$$$ 1465 West Willow St.

We’re big fans of Kyoten, so we’re excited about this one. Hinoki Sushiko is a new Japanese and sushi spot in the Elston corridor from the same chef. It’s a two-story space, with the first floor being a casual izakaya serving Japanese snacks, small plates, and cocktails, and the second floor being an upscale omakase restaurant with (for now) one seating a night.

Bella's Italian Ice & Helado de Coco

$$$$ 3523 W Fullerton Ave

Ice cream season can’t come soon enough, so Bella’s in Humboldt Park opened just in time. This place focuses on Italian ice and helado de coco (a Puerto Rican specialty made with coconut), and originally got its start selling their treats at festivals around the city. But now they have a brick and mortar, and are open for carryout and delivery.

Lírica

$$$$ 900 E Grand Ave

Lirica is the new Latin American-inspired restaurant inside the Sable hotel on Navy Pier. It’s open all day (cause, you know, it’s in a hotel) and serves dishes like chilaquiles, fish tacos, and salmon asado.

Noodle Creations

$$$$
$$$$ 2312 S Archer Ave

Noodle Creation is a new restaurant in Chinatown specializing in Fujianese cuisine. You’ll find dishes like lychee pork and egg noodles in peanut sauce, a long list of herbal soups, and Sha Xian-style braised dishes like pig lung, pig feet, and beef shank.

March 2021

Three House

$$$$ 1450 W. Chicago

Three House is an all-day spot that just opened in the old Bar Biscay space in West Town. The menu is relatively short and focused, with breakfast dishes like French toast and a BEC sandwich, along with lunch and dinner items like a smash burger, ricotta gnudi, and a selection of empanadas.

Matchacita

$$$$ 705 W. Belden Ave

Matchacita is a brand new matcha-focused spot that just opened in Lincoln Park. The cafe’s menu has lattes, specialty drinks, pastries, and breakfast dishes like matcha waffles and strawberry Nutella toast.

High Five Sushi

$$$$ 112 N Green St

The team behind Au Cheval and Gilt Bar launched a delivery-only sushi spot that’s operating out of High Five Ramen in the West Loop. The menu is short, offering only the maki special (your choice of three rolls and tamagoyaki), or the special deluxe (three rolls and tamagoyaki, plus seaweed salad and taiyaki). There are about eight rolls to choose from, including salmon, yellowtail, crab, and the surf and turf made with wagyu and fatty tuna.

Steingold's of Chicago

$$$$ 3737 N. Southport Avenue

After closing last year, Steingold’s has moved into a new location right next to the Music Box Theater in Lakeview. The menu has Jewish deli staples, like bagels, house-cured lox, and pastrami, along with things like latke tots. Also worth noting: their new spot has a takeout window.

Oooh Wee It Is

$$$$ 33 E 83rd St, Chicago, IL 60619

This is a brand new cereal bar and soul food-inspired restaurant in Chatham. In addition to over 75 types of cereal, Ooh We It Is also serves dishes like Hennessy-glazed wings and smothered shrimp and rice. Right now they’re open for dine-in only, with plans for patio seating in the future.

February 2021

Andros Taverna

$$$$
$$$$ 2542 N Milwaukee Ave

This is a new Greek restaurant in Logan Square from a former chef and partner of the RPM restaurants (in fact, he was the “P” in RPM). You’ll find dishes like hearth-roasted chicken, Kalamata pork, lamb souvla, and a whole bunch of mezze. Right now Andros Taverna is open for indoor dining, takeout, and has weekend pastry boxes to-go.

Q Sushi Bar & Omakase

$$$$ 4845 N Damen Ave

The name gives it away, but Q Sushi Bar And Omakase in Ravenswood is a new sushi restaurant that also offers omakase. They’re currently open for indoor dining, as well as carryout and delivery.

Zachary James Johnston

Cocoa Chili

$$$$
$$$$ 3101 W Lake St

Cocoa Chili is a carryout and delivery only restaurant in Garfield Park. Cocoa Chili focuses on Afro-Caribbean food, and you’ll find dishes like jerk chicken, Sengalese poulet yassa, and a bowl of (yes) cocoa chili.

Paulie Gee's Wicker Park

$$$$ 1566 N Damen Ave

NYC transplants rejoice. While the original Paulie Gee’s in Logan Square (ok, not the original original, that’s in Brooklyn) focuses on Neapolitan and Detroit-style, the brand new Wicker Park location focuses exclusively on New York-style pizza you can get as a pie or by-the-slice. Right now, this spot is just a walk-up window, but a dining room will open eventually.

Chef Bill Kim's Pizza & Parm Shop

$$$$ 1542 N Damen Ave

Ok, in case you feel like this city needs more Detroit-style pizza, you’ll be happy to hear about Pizza And Parm Shop. It’s a new delivery-only pizza spot operating out of Urbanbelly in Wicker Park, and the pies have flavor combinations like Korean BBQ, ground beef, and kimchi, along with toppings like pepperoni and sausage. They also have chicken parm and cauliflower parm sandwiches.

Tiny Taqueria

$$$$ 678 N Orleans St

Tiny Taqueria is a new delivery-only taco spot operating inside the Green Door Tavern downtown. Their specialty is beef birria with a bone marrow consommé, along with cheesy quesabirria tacos, chilaquiles, and chicharrones.

January 2021

Neil Burger

Dear Margaret

$$$$
French  in  Lakeview
$$$$ 2965 N Lincoln Ave

Dear Margaret is a French-Canadian restaurant that just opened in Lincoln Park. You’ll find dishes liked smoked carrots and braised beef shank (basically anything to help you get through winter). Right now it’s only carryout and delivery, but as soon as indoor dining is allowed, Dear Margaret will be opening their dining room.

Pilsen Yards

$$$$ 1163 W 18th St

You might remember Monnie Burke’s, a now-closed Pilsen restaurant with a back patio that was about 30 miles long. Monnie Burke’s has been replaced with Pilsen Yards, a Mexican restaurant serving tacos, nachos, and large plates like carne asada. But most importantly, they upgraded that huge patio with heated floors so you can now eat (and drink) outside in the middle of winter.

Dough Daddy's

$$$$ 1134 W. Washington

There have been a lot of new pizza spots since the pandemic, and Dough Daddy has joined the parade. It’s a virtual restaurant operating out of The Press Room in the West Loop and focuses on Detroit-style pies. This spot has fun topping combinations like n’duja with lemon ricotta, blistered tomato, and basil pesto, or “A Perfect Pear,” topped with butternut squash, pear, pancetta, and gouda.

Along with pizza, fried chicken spots have been opening up all over the place. Boxcar Betty’s is a chain originally from South Carolina, and their newest location is in the old Lillie Q’s space in Bucktown. Their fried chicken sandwich is topped with pimiento cheese, peach coleslaw, pickles, and spicy mayo, and you can choose from a bunch of Southern-style sides.

Saffron Street

$$$$ 3220 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651, United States

Saffron Street is an Indian restaurant that recently opened in Humboldt Park. The menu is short, focusing mainly on sandwiches (like pulled makhani chicken or dal on toast) and small plates like chaat.

Jiang Niu BBQ House

$$$$ 2300 S Archer Ave

This is a new Chinese and Korean barbecue spot in Chinatown. While the indoor dining ban has (temporarily) harshed our Korean BBQ buzz, Jiang Niu BBQ has kimchi fried rice, bibimbap, and seafood pancakes available for carryout and delivery.

Minahasa

$$$$
Indonesian  in  Loop
$$$$ 125 S. Clark Street

Minahasa is a new carryout and delivery-only Indonesian restaurant operating out of Revival Food Hall in the Loop. You can order things like soto ayam, beef rendang, and sambal chicken wings.

Brick & Cake

$$$$ 2009 W. Roscoe Street

This is a new bakery that just opened in Roscoe Village. Brick & Cake has both sweet and savory pastries, which means pastelitos filled with things like chicken or beef, and a wide range of desserts - including coconut flan, tres leches, and a whole bunch of cupcakes.

Kapitan

$$$$
$$$$ 2142 N Clybourn Ave

This is an all-day Perankan restaurant that just opened in Lincoln Park. You’ll find dishes like pie tea, dry pan mee, and Hainanese chicken, along with breakfast options like nasi lamak, chee cheong fun, and bak kwa roti. For now, Kapitan is carryout and delivery only.

Susie Lacocque

Lost Larson

$$$$ 2140 W Division St

The original Lost Larson in Andersonville is one of our favorite bakeries in the city, so we’re happy to report they opened a new location in Wicker Park with an identical menu. This means pastries, bread made with their house-milled grain, various smørrebrød, and a bunch of natural wines by the bottle.

December 2020

Taqueria Chingón

$$$$
TacosMexican  in  Bucktown
$$$$ 2234 N Western Ave

Taqueria Chingón is a new taqueria in Bucktown, specializing in al pastor tacos. The short menu also has tacos with fillings like carne asada, chorizo, morcilla, and pig’s head carnitas, along with a few quesadillas.

Tecalitlan

$$$$ 3220 West Grand Avenue

After closing their brick-and-mortar location in West Town over the summer, Tecalitlan has reopened as a delivery-only spot in Humboldt Park. The long menu has things like fajitas, tacos, and enchiladas.

We're Winging it

$$$$ 2211 West North Avenue

We appreciate the self-awareness happening with this new spot’s name. We’re Winging It is a carryout and delivery-only concept from Filipino restaurant [Cebu]https://theinfatuation.com/chicago/reviews/cebu) in Wicker Park. The menu is focused on chicken wings, with varieties like tamarind, soy calamansi, and guava BBQ.

Polombia

$$$$ 520 W Harrison St

Polombia is a carryout and delivery-only Polish and Colombian fusion restaurant in the West Loop. So you can expect to find things like “emparogies” filled with potato, onion sofrito, and aji crema, and kielbasa glazed with pineapple and topped with muenster. They were originally supposed to open as a stall in the now-closed Politan Row food hall, and are now sharing a kitchen with fellow virtual restaurant The Outpost Mexican Eatery.

Coastal Soups

$$$$ 1954 N Halsted St

Yes, Coastal Soups is another carryout and delivery-only spot, only this one is operating out of Summer House Santa Monica in Lincoln Park. Unsurprisingly, the focus here is on soup. They have eight different varieties available every day, ranging from pumpkin to matzo ball to tomato bisque.

Eatz By Marie

$$$$ 13055 S Ashland Ave

Eatz By Marie isn’t technically in the city, but since it’s right on the border of Chicago and Calumet Park, it’s close enough to go on this guide. The soul food-inspired menu has dishes like chicken and waffles, Hennessy wings, fried lobster tails, and seven different kinds of egg rolls (like salmon or jerk chicken). Right now they’re carryout and delivery-only, but plan on offering dine-in service and cooking classes in the future.

Uproar

$$$$ 1252 N Wells St

This new bar in Old Town opened in the former Salpicon space. Uproar serves food like mac and cheese, fried chicken sandwiches, and burgers, and also has a heated and covered outdoor patio.

Carver 47

$$$$ 1050 East 47th Street

Bronzeville’s art and cultural center Little Black Pearl now has an all-day market and cafe. Carver 47 serves dishes like affy tapple pancakes, waffles, and quiche for breakfast; grilled cheese, salads, and grain bowls for lunch; and has dinner boxes (with things like fried chicken or curry vegetables) available for carryout.

November 2020

Kim Kovacik

Old Fashioned Donuts

$$$$ 756 E 111th St

We’re big fans of the original Old Fashioned Donuts in Roseland, and now they have an outpost in One Eleven Food Hall in Pullman. And you’ll find a similar selection of old fashioned and glazed jumbo-sized donuts, along with their famous apple fritter.

Niel John Burger

Rye Deli & Drink

$$$$ 25 S Halsted St

This new deli in the West Loop serves things like handmade bagels and labneh schmears (with flavors like roasted strawberry and honey), along with lunch items like matzo ball soup and pastrami sandwiches.

Queen Dinner Dash

$$$$ 1480 W 34th St.

Queen’s Dinner Dash is a brand new carryout soul food-inspired restaurant in McKinley Park. Entrees have fun names like Shawty Wanna Ride (short ribs) and Lick The Lollipop (lamb chops) and come with sides like mac and cheese and collard greens.

Sugargoat

$$$$ 820 W Randolph St.

This is a new West Loop dessert shop from the team behind Little Goat. Sugargoat focuses on treats with creative flavors, like Cheez-it cupcakes topped with strawberry buttercream, oatmeal cookies with pickled raisins, and a chocolate shake and french fry pie.

Cluck It

$$$$ 2537 S Wabash Ave

There’s a new fried chicken shop operating out of a cloud kitchen in Bronzeville. Cluck It serves fried chicken a whole bunch of ways (including nuggets, wings, and sandwiches), along with sides like mac and cheese and desserts like banana pudding.

Jerk It Iz

$$$$ 8239 South Cottage Grove Ave.

As you might have guessed from the name, Jerk It Iz specializes in jerk chicken. You’ll also find dishes like oxtails, curry goat, and sides like candied yams and fried plantains.

Portillo's

$$$$ 3343 W. Addison St.

Have you ever heard of Portillo’s? Just kidding, of course you have. But now there is a brand new location in Avondale.

Jade Court Chinese Cuisine

$$$$ 1516 E. Harper Court

The original Jade Court closed last year, but this Chinese restaurant has reopened in a new Hyde Park location. The long menu has a variety of dishes like orange chicken, salt and pepper shrimp, dry chicken chili, and Szechuan beef.

October 2020

Hunan Cuisine

$$$$ 2002 S. Wentworth Avenue

This is a brand new spot in Chinatown from the same chef as Lao Sze Chuan. As of right now, Hunan Cuisine is only open for carryout and delivery, with dishes like steamed whole fish with chilis, braised eggplant, and Hunan-style tofu.

Smiley's Breakfast Sandwich Co.

$$$$ 816 W Fullerton Ave

Smiley’s Breakfast Sandwich Co. is a new delivery-only spot operating out of Dog House in Lincoln Park. As the name implies, the focus here is on breakfast - specifically one sandwich (your choice of meat with cheese, peppers, mayo, and a fried egg on French bread), and a breakfast platter.

Wake 'N Bacon

$$$$ 420 W Belmont Ave

OK, between new spots Cheba Hut, HotBox, and now Wake ’N Bacon, we can officially say that weed-themed restaurants are a trend. Wake ’N Bacon is a new brunch spot in Lakeview and has things like breakfast burritos, ube pancakes, and chicken and waffles. Oh, and you can add CBD to anything on the menu.

Big Kids

$$$$
$$$$ 2545 North Kedzie Boulevard

Big Kids is a 90s-themed sandwich shop that just opened in the now-closed Young American space in Logan Square from the former chef of Blackbird and a chef from New Orleans’ Turkey and the Wolf. The short menu has sandwiches like fried bologna and a collard melt, along with sides like pasta salad, and cocktails

Evette's Chicago

$$$$ 350 W. Armitage

Evette’s is a Lebanese and Mexican spot that’s opening on October 15th in Lincoln Park. You’ll find shawarma plates and wraps (with chicken, lamb, beef, or halloumi), and tacos (like al pastor and quesabirria), as well as starters like pita nachos.

Dave Turner

Grapes & Grains

$$$$ 858 W Lake St

A lot of new restaurants have opened recently, but we haven’t seen many brand new cocktail bars since the shutdown. But that’s what Grapes & Grains in the West Loop is, with a focus on wine and classic cocktails. There’s also a food menu, with things like cheese and charcuterie, foie gras, and burrata. They’re seating indoors at 25% capacity, and you can pre-order online.

Doma Cafe

$$$$ 946 N Orleans St

This is a new all-day Croatian cafe in River North. Doma’s menu has things like ćevapi, grain bowls, avocado toast, and an assortment of coffee drinks.

Mary's BBQ

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$$$$ 3220 W Grand

The original Mary’s has been in Garfield Park since 1968, and this is their new carryout and delivery-only location that operates out of a shared kitchen space in Humboldt Park. You’ll find the same rib tips, fried catfish, and burgers on the menu here as the original location.

Afro Joes

$$$$ 8344 S Halsted St

If you’re looking for a new coffee shop in Auburn Gresham, Afro Joe’s has you covered. Along with coffee drinks, they have pastries and breakfast sandwiches, and a lunch menu launching soon.

September 2020

Chicago Empanada Mama

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$$$$ 135 N. Kedzie

This is a new carryout and delivery-only spot operating out of The Hatchery - a restaurant incubator in Garfield Park. And Empanada Mama focuses on (you guessed it) empanadas, along with bites like shrimp ceviche and Puerto Rican rice.

Avvio Italian Kitchen

$$$$ 4358 N Elston Ave,

This is a brand new Italian restaurant in Irving Park from the former chef of Sabatino’s. And if you were a fan of that now-closed classic Chicago spot, you’ll be excited that Avvio has many of the same dishes, like the Shrimp DeJonghe and baked Alaska.

Bloom Vegetarian Kitchen

$$$$ 1904 W North Ave

We’re big fans of Amaru in Wicker Park, so we’re excited about Bloom, a brand new vegetarian restaurant from the same team. This spot has dishes like their tacu tacu (a rice and chickpea cake with achiote curry), the cashew e pepe (made with kelp noodles and cashew cheese), and a vegan samosa chaat.

Cafe Gastronomo

$$$$ 3576 N Milwaukee Ave

This is a new all-day restaurant in Irving Park from the former chef of the (now closed) Ravenswood brunch spot Marmalade. The menu full of things like crepes, french toast, and chilaquiles, and dinner options like tacos, burgers, and burritos.

Bianca's Burgers

$$$$ 3220 W Grand Ave

This new spot is a virtual restaurant operating out of Humboldt Park. The menu has a long selection of burgers (including the Elvis Impersonator - a beef patty topped with peanut banana spread, bacon, and cheese) along with sandwiches and hot dogs.

Sydni Rackauskas

Cat-Su Sando

$$$$ 3220 W Grand Ave.

This is another brand new delivery-only restaurant, and it specializes in katsu sandwiches. Cat-Su Sando has five different versions on their menu (like fried pork cutlet or one made with smoked fish), along with kushiyaki, okonomiyaki, and onigiri.

Ørkenoy

$$$$ 1757 N Kimball Ave

Ok, so technically Ørkenoy isn’t quite open yet - that happens on Friday the 18th. But we still want you to know about this new bar in the Kimball Arts Center in Humboldt Park. It serves beer, cocktails, bar snacks, and a selection of smørrebrød.

Living Water Tea House

$$$$ 1453 W Taylor St

This is a new tea parlor in University Village. Living Water’s menu has a variety of teas (like Pu-erh, Dong Ding Oolong, and Matcha) and pastries like salted egg yolk and taro su. They also sell teaware.

Lincoln Ice Cream Company

$$$$ 4919 N. Lincoln Ave

As the name suggests, this is a new ice cream shop in Lincoln Square. Along with ice cream, Lincoln Ice Cream Company also has Cuban pastries, and snacks like nachos, walking tacos, and Nutella sandwiches.

Gold Goose Tartine

$$$$ 111 N. Aberdeen St

This is a new food stall opening in Politan Row. Gold Goose specializes in tartines, sandwiches, and snacks like cheese and olives.

Krewe Po'boy Shop

$$$$ 3369 N. Clark

Krewe is a brand new Southern-style sandwich shop in Wrigleyville. Along with po’boys, the menu also has jambalaya, collard greens, and mac and cheese.

Marvin's Food & Fuel

$$$$ 954 W Fulton Market St

This is a new all-day spot in Fulton Market, in the same space that used to have La Sirena Clandestina. Marvin’s focuses on dishes like burgers, sandwiches, and chicken wings.

Tallboy Taco

$$$$ 676 N. St. Clair Street

Before closing, the original Tallboy was in River North. Now it’s reopened, in a brand new Streeterville location. The menu is the same (tacos on handmade tortillas and sides like chips with salsa) and the new space also has outdoor seating.

August 2020

Froth

$$$$ 1515 W Monroe

Froth is a new coffee shop and cafe in the West Loop, that also has a fantastic patio. Along with coffee drinks, they also have sandwiches, tartines, and breakfast dishes like soft scrambled eggs.

Etta - River North

$$$$ 700 Clark st.

The second location of Etta is now open in River North. It has the same menu as the original and also has an outdoor patio.

Azul Mariscos

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$$$$ 1177 N Elston Ave

Azul is a new seafood restaurant that just opened along the Chicago River. The menu is Latin-inspired, and you’ll find dishes like ceviche, lobster empanadas, and shrimp tacos.

Savannah Luncheonette

$$$$ 1954 W Armitage Ave

This is a new Bucktown restaurant from the team behind Savannah Supper Club and Hutch. Like it’s sister restaurants, Savannah Luncheonette has appetizers like spinach artichoke dip and nachos, and entrees like roasted chicken or baby-back ribs.

Beard Papa's

$$$$ 1924 West North Avenue

Japan-based cream puff chain Beard Papa’s opened a store in Wicker Park. They have a bunch of varieties, topped with things like cereal and Oreos, and with a lot of different fillings.

Edie’s All Day Cafe

$$$$ 675 N Wells St

There’s a new all-day cafe in River North. Edie’s serves coffee, food, and booze, and is designed to be a place for people to hang out, eat, and work (if they want).

The Halal Guys

$$$$ 6474 N Sheridan Rd

Fast-casual restaurant The Halal Guys opened a location on the Loyola campus in Roger’s Park.

The Tamale Guy

$$$$ 2018 W. Chicago Ave

It’s official: The Tamale Guy has finally opened a restaurant in Ukrainian Village. It’s carryout only, and the menu is full of (you guessed it) tamales.

Pizza Lobo

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$$$$ 3000 W Fullerton Ave

The pizza at Pizza Lobo might be familiar - it got its start by serving slices out of Lone Wolf bar in the West Loop. Now the New York-style pies have their very own place to call home in Logan Square. For right now their carryout and delivery only, but will be opening a patio for outdoor dining soon.

The Perch

$$$$ 1932 W Division St

This is a brand new brewpub that just opened in Wicker Park. The Perch is a collaboration between 4 Star Restaurant Group and Finch Beer Co., and serves food like burgers, steaks, and roasted cauliflower. This place also has a lot of outdoor space - there’s a large patio and a sculpture garden, too.

Jeff & Judes

$$$$ 1024 N Western Ave

Ok, so this is technically a soft opening, but it still counts. Jeff & Judes is a Jewish deli that just opened in Ukrainian Village, and (for right now) is operating out of a walk-up window. Their menu changes daily, and you’ll find things like challah, rye, and sweet and savory pastries.

Munchiez

$$$$ 1803 W. 95th Street

This is a new cereal bar and candy shop that just opened in Beverly. Along with treats like fruity pebble shakes and cereal snack mixes, you can also get savory things like walking tacos.

Testaccio

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$$$$ 2456 N California Ave

Logan Square has a brand new Italian restaurant. Testaccio is from the owners of Osteria Langhe, and the menu focuses on Roman food. There’s both a patio and courtyard available for outdoor dining.

Robert Et Fils

$$$$ 4229 N Lincoln Ave

This is a new French spot in North Center. Robert Et Fils is starting out with family-style meals for takeout only but plans on adding patio dining soon and (at some point) indoor as well.

Dr. Murphy's Food Hall

$$$$ 1811 W Harrison St

A new food hall has opened in the old Cook County Hospital. It’s called Dr. Murphy’s, and most of the stalls are minority and women-owned. See a full list of vendors here. It includes a location of Lexington Betty’s and a spinoff of The Delta (called Lil’ Delta) which makes us very happy.

July 2020

The Diver

$$$$ 601 N Wells St

This is a brand new Mexican restaurant in River North, focusing on food from the coast. The menu has things like ceviche, seafood tacos, and tropical cocktails.

Me Latte

$$$$ 3304 W Fullerton Ave

This is a new coffee shop that just opened in Logan Square. Along with coffee, Me Latte also serves a selection of sweet and savory empanadas.

Sugar Blow

$$$$ 3409 N Broadway st

Sugar Blow is a new bakery and snack shop in Boystown. They have treats like milkshakes and Nutella cookies, along with savory options like fries and grilled plantains.

Taste Of The Philippines

$$$$ 131 N Clinton St

Taste Of The Philippines is a brand new Filipino restaurant in the French Market, serving things like pancit, lumpia, and ube donuts.

Juna Ethical Takeout

$$$$ 3517 N Spaulding

A former food truck, this Hawaiian restaurant now has a permanent location in

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