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Chicago’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings you should know about.

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If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Chicago, you might go a little bit crazy. 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.

We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we’ve checked out a spot, we’ll add a note if it makes it onto our Hit List.

January 2019

Twisted Hippo

$$$$ 2925 W Montrose Ave

Twisted Hippo is a new brew pub in Albany Park with bar food like cheese curds, burgers, and a corn dog.

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya

$$$$ 1457 N Halsted St # A112

This is the second Chicago location of a national ramen chain, and it’s in Lincoln Park’s NEWCITY complex that we’re pretty sure realtors are trying to convince us is an actual neighborhood. The menu has a few different types of ramen (like tonkatsu, shio, and shoya), along with Japanese small plates.

Red Fish Bleu Fish

$$$$ 5121 S Harper Ave

This is a new seafood-focused restaurant in Hyde Park with dishes like baked lobster, snapper, and shrimp linguine. It also has a build-your-own seafood boil that seems to include every option from the sea except for Nemo.

Friend BBQ

$$$$ 2358 S Wentworth Ave

Friend BBQ is a new Chinese BBQ restaurant in Chinatown, and it has a long menu of skewers, noodles, and hot and cold dishes.

Fancy Plants Cafe

$$$$ 613 W Briar Pl

Fancy Plants is a new vegan cafe in Lincoln Park. It has a short menu of vegan pastries like cinnamon rolls and cookies, along with soups and sandwiches.

The Roost Carolina Kitchen

$$$$ 3474 N Clark St

There’s a new location of Roost in Wrigleyville, with the same familiar menu of fantastic fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches.

December 2018

Brothers And Sisters is a new market and all-day cafe in Ukrainian Village. You can get things like breakfast sandwiches or eggs in the morning, and entrees like roasted chicken at night.

Kumiko

$$$$
$$$$ 630 W Lake St

This is an upscale cocktail bar in the West Loop from the owners of Oriole. Along with an a la carte food and drink menu, they also have two seatings a night for a tasting menu at the bar. It’s five courses of cocktails and food for $130.

Grand Trunk Road

$$$$ 1417 W Fullerton Ave

Grand Trunk Road is a new Indian restaurant in Lincoln Park. The menu has dishes like mushroom and cheese naan, lamb chops, and crab masala.

Rhapsody

$$$$ 1002 W Argyle St

Rhapsody is a new fine-dining restaurant in Uptown, with French-inspired food like lobster bisque and filet Oscar (steak topped with crab, asparagus, and bearnaise sauce). You can order a la carte, or get the four-course tasting menu for $65.

Rakki Cafe

$$$$ 1375 N Milwaukee Ave

This is a new Japanese soft serve shop in Wicker Park. Along with ice cream flavors like sesame and matcha, it has other treats like mochi and cheesecake.

The Hyde

$$$$ 5121 S Harper Ave

The Hyde is a new speakeasy-style bar in Hyde Park. You need a password to get in (and they release that password on Instagram, so it’s not a huge secret).

Parson’s Chicken & Fish

$$$$ 2435 N Halsted St

A second location of Parson’s Chicken and Fish just opened in Lincoln Park. It has the same fried chicken and fish as the original in Logan Square, as well as negroni slushies. Most importantly, it also has a huge patio.

Parlor Pizza Bar

$$$$ 405 N Dearborn

Parlor Pizza is getting closer to becoming a full-blown club now that it has a new River North location (which has the same menu as the one in Wicker Park, with pizza, bar snacks, and plenty of beer).

Subo Filipino Kitchen

$$$$ 4712 N Kimball Ave

This is a new counter-service Filipino restaurant in Albany Park serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll find dishes like buko pandan, lumpia, and breakfast bowls with tocino.

Gigi's Kitchen

$$$$ 1954 W Armitage Ave

Gigi’s is a casual new spot in Bucktown that has a short menu of sandwiches, flatbreads, and salads.

Dos Toros Taqueria

$$$$ 875 North Michigan Ave

This is the fourth Chicago location of the San Francisco burrito chain. It’s in the bottom of the Hancock building, in case you want to eat a giant burrito before trying on clothes at H&M.

The Swill Inn

$$$$ 415 N Milwaukee Ave

The Swill Inn is a new two-story bar and restaurant in River West. The menu is long, eclectic, and full of good drinking snacks like poutine and a Cool Ranch Dorito walking taco.

Ramen-san

$$$$ 165 East Huron Street

There’s a new Ramen-san in Streeterville, with a menu and atmosphere (i.e. loud rap music and large wooden tables) that are similar to what you’ll find in the other locations.

No Bones Beach Club

$$$$
$$$$ 1943 W North Ave

No Bones Beach Club is a vegan tiki bar with locations in Portland and Seattle, and they just opened a new one in Wicker Park. The menu has dishes like a beet poke bowl, buffalo cauliflower, and a “crab cake” sandwich made of parsnips.

November 2018

Bobby's

$$$$ 2518 N Lincoln Ave

There’s a brand new large, two-floor steakhouse in Lincoln Park. In addition to steaks and seafood, Bobby’s serves housemade pastas and appetizers like octopus carpaccio.

Aster Hall

$$$$
$$$$ 900 N Michigan Ave

Aster Hall is a high-end food hall on Michigan Avenue, run by the same people who own Au Cheval. There are 12 vendors, including Green Street Smoked Meats and Small Cheval.

We checked out Aster Hall and added it to our Hit List

Onward

$$$$ 6580 N Sheridan Rd

Onward is an upscale restaurant that just opened near the Loyola campus in Rogers Park. It serves Parents-Weekend-friendly food like duck breast, roasted chicken, and salmon.

Yugen

$$$$ 652 W Randolph St

This is a new Japanese fine-dining restaurant in the West Loop (in the space where Grace used to be). Your only option here is a 13-course, $205 tasting menu.

Jakob Layman

The Darling

$$$$ 905 W Randolph St

The Darling is a kind-of-quirky new bar in the West Loop. The entrance is behind a flower shop, and the space is designed to feel like an old mansion. You can hang out on big leather chairs, drink cocktails, and order small and large format dishes (like sweetbreads or a seafood platter). They have a variety of live performances, too.

Virtue

$$$$ 1462 E 53rd St

Virtue is a fancy-ish new restaurant in Hyde Park that’s focused on soul food, with dishes like biscuits, gizzards, and blackened catfish.

Bar Sótano

$$$$
$$$$ 445 N Clark St

Rick Bayless is doing things in River North again - this time with Bar Sotano, his new spot in the basement of Frontera Grill (which you enter through the alley in the back). There’s a long list of mezcal and and tequila, and the food menu ranges from ceviche to paella and a burger with jalapeno crema and tomato jam.

Luella's Gospel Bird

$$$$
$$$$ 2009 N Damen Ave

Luella’s Gospel Bird a new restaurant in Bucktown from the same owners as Luella’s Southern Kitchen. This place focuses on fried chicken, along with things like greens, candied yams, and mac and cheese. Also, it’s BYOB.

We checked out Luella’s and added it to our Hit List

Left Coast Food & Juice

$$$$ 151 N Franklin St

There’s a new Left Coast in the Loop, and it has the same kind-of-healthy menu (with grain bowls, wraps, and salads) as the locations in Lincoln Park and River North.

Shake Shack

$$$$ 3519 N Clark St

The original Shake Shack is a hidden gem behind an unmarked door in Andersonville, and you need three former diners’ social security numbers to get in. Just kidding. This is just another regular old Shake Shack in Wrigleyville, and it’s a good option to have in the neighborhood.

Peach's At Currency Exchange Cafe

$$$$ 305 E. Garfield Blvd

This is a new cafe and breakfast spot on the South Side. The menu has comfort food like biscuits and gravy, peach French toast, and shrimp and grits.

Avli Taverna

$$$$ 1335 W. Wrightwood Avenue

The original Avli is up in Winnetka, but this is a more casual location in Lincoln Park. The long menu has Greek dishes like saganaki, moussaka, rotisserie meats, and plenty of spreads and salads.

La Mejikana

$$$$ 1820 S Ashland Ave

La Mehikana is a new Mexican restaurant in Pilsen. The menu focuses primarily on tacos, and also includes appetizers like octopus and ceviches, along with a few entrees.

Taureaux Tavern

$$$$ 155 W Van Buren St

This is an all-day French restaurant that just opened in the Loop, from the same owners as Cochon Volant. The menu has dishes like escargots, steak frites, and a $150 seafood tower.

October 2018

Salo Pao

$$$$ 1909 N Western Ave

This is a new grab-and-go spot in Wicker Park from the same people who own Sticky Rice. It specializes in Thai steamed buns, with flavors like basil chicken, panang beef, and and BBQ pork.

Bibliophile

$$$$ 1658 E 53rd St

Bibliophile is a new gastropub/bookstore combination in Hyde Park. It focuses on boozy desserts (for example, an Old Fashioned-flavored cheesecake and a red wine chocolate cake), but has savory dishes, too.

Heidi Harris

Vu Rooftop Bar

$$$$ 133 E Cermak Rd

Vu is a new rooftop bar that just opened near McCormick Place. It’s 22 stories up, and has both fire pits and retractable windows. Food-wise, there’s a long menu of small plates like mushroom tostadas, chorizo and shrimp toast, and a steak tartare.

La Roccia

$$$$ 1909 N Lincoln Ave.

This new Italian restaurant in Lincoln Park serves thin-crust pizza, along with entrees like chicken piccata and spaghetti and meatballs.

Bayan Ko

$$$$
$$$$ 1810 W Montrose Ave

Bayan Ko is a new Ravenswood restaurant serving both Cuban and Filipino food. So you’ll find dishes like ropa vieja, luglug noodles, and halo halo.

Bonchon

$$$$ 1732 W Division St

This is the new Wicker Park location of a Korean fried chicken chain (it’s the second one in Chicago - the first is in Chinatown). Along with fried chicken, it has things like bibimbap and bao.

Hiro Sushi & Desserts

$$$$ 1453 E 53rd St

Hiro is a new sushi spot in Hyde Park that also has an extensive menu of rolled ice cream and dessert toasts (toasted white bread with butter and toppings).

About Last Knife

$$$$ 168 North Michigan Avenue

This is a brand new downtown steakhouse from the former chef of Forbidden Root. Along with steaks, there are a lot of other entrees, vegetables, and sandwiches on the menu.

The Fat Shallot

$$$$ 2468 N Clark St

The Fat Shallot started out as a food truck, but now there’s also a full-blown restaurant in Lincoln Park. It serves sandwiches like pulled pork and a caramelized onion grilled cheese, and sides like french fries and potato salad.

Limitless Coffee & Tea

$$$$ 150 N Michigan Ave

There’s a new location of Limitless Coffee in the Loop, with a similar menu to the original in the West Loop. This spot also looks like a great place to get some work done.

SeptEmber 2018

Anto Pizza Chicago

$$$$ 1547 W Jarvis Ave

Rogers Park has a new casual restaurant selling pizza by the slice. Anto also has some pastas and appetizers like calamari.

Barry Brecheisen

Dorian’s

$$$$ 1939 W North Ave

The same team that started the Saved By The Max pop-up has opened a non-pop-up cocktail bar in Wicker Park. Along with drinks, they serve snacks like mushroom wontons and bao.

We checked out Dorian’s and added it to our Hit List

Le Sud

$$$$ 2301 W Roscoe St

Le Sud is a casual new French restaurant in Roscoe Village. You can expect small plates like escargot, and mains like roasted rabbit.

The Priory Bar & Kitchen

$$$$ 5130 N Western Ave

This is a new restaurant in Lincoln Square serving British-inspired food like pasties, fish and chips, and bangers and mash.

Walton Street Kitchen + Bar

$$$$ 912 North State

Walton Street is a new two-level spot in the Gold Coast. There’s a first floor bar, then an upstairs restaurant serving dishes like fried green tomatoes, salmon, and a rabbit pot pie.

10Q Chicken

$$$$ 816 Church St

10 Q Kitchen is a new casual spot in Evanston from the same people who own BopNGrill. They serve panko-crusted fried chicken and sides like fries, plus matcha soft serve.

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