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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.

Editor’s Note 6/15: All restaurants listed below are currently open for carryout, delivery, or outdoor dining.

June 2020

Bob's Pizza

$$$$ 1510 N LaSalle Dr

We’re big fans of the original Bob’s in Pilsen. So, we couldn’t be happier that this pizza spot has opened a new location in Old Town, and can share their delicious Pilsen-style pies (not a real pizza-style, but we don’t care) with a new neighborhood.

The Rooftop At Nobu Hotel

$$$$ 155 N. Peoria Street

After a lot of delays (seven years worth), Nobu's rooftop is open. This bar is 11 stories up, and along with a long list of sake and cocktails, is also serving Japanese-inspired small plates and sushi.

Mama Delia

$$$$ 1721 W. Division Street

This is a new Spanish place from the team behind Beatnik. Mama Delia is located in the old Black Bull space and has opened a large patio for outdoor dining.


$$$$ 831 N Sedgwick St.

This is the first Chicago location (there’s already one in Skokie) of this popular Filipino fast-food restaurant. And while it’s technically in River North, Jollibee is actually a delivery-only virtual restaurant.

Kennedy Rooftop

$$$$ 1551 W North Ave

Well, we officially have a brand new rooftop that we can actually visit. The Kennedy is on top of the Hyatt in Wicker Park and has a long menu full of cocktails and bar food. And since Chicago is allowed to eat and drink outside, you can actually go here and check it out.

The Han Burger

$$$$ 3220 W Grand Ave

The Han Burger focuses on roujiamo, which are Chinese sandwiches. The menu here is very short, just two filling options inside a homemade mó bun - pork belly or brisket with cilantro and chili paste, and a side of spicy potatoes.

Food On The Run

$$$$ 8040 S Ashland Ave

This is a new Soul food spot in Auburn Gresham. The menu changes daily, but you can expect to find things like smothered chicken, pot roast, and sides like collard greens or mac and cheese. Available for carryout and delivery.


$$$$ 2833 W Armitage Ave

Gretel is a new restaurant in Logan Square from the team behind Little Bad Wolf. The menu is similar, with dishes like ramen and lumpia, along with burgers and sandwiches.

Gotham Bagels

$$$$ 1212 N Dearborn St

Gotham Bagels started in Madison, and this is their first Chicago location. The menu has sandwiches, spreads, and extras like pickled vegetables and smoked salmon. Available for carryout and delivery.

March 2020

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Swift & Sons Tavern

$$$$ 3600 N Clark St

What used to be Dutch & Doc’s in Wrigleyville is now Swift & Sons Tavern, a spin-off of West Loop steakhouse Swift & Sons. The tavern is more casual than its sister restaurant, but is still focusing on steak and oysters.

Plant Based Junkie

$$$$ 1635 1/2 E 87th St

This is a new vegan restaurant in Avalon Park, and they’re using their name to make sure there’s no confusion about what they serve. The menu has food like burgers, brats, and nachos, and everything is (obviously) plant-based.

Honeybear Cafe

$$$$ 7036 N Clark St

Honeybear Cafe is a new restaurant in Rogers Park. It’s open from 7am-4pm every day with a long menu of breakfast food like pancakes, skillets, and crepes, but also serves sandwiches and salads in the afternoon.


$$$$ 4337 N Lincoln Ave

Ok, we admit this opening is a little confusing. Cobblestone is a new restaurant in North Center that took over the former Northman space (which just closed). But it’s from the team behind the Bohemian House (also closed). You can expect to find European pub food like fish and chips, sausages, and (for now) the same long cider list.

Daebak Korean BBQ

$$$$ 1523 N Kingsbury St

We really like the original Daebak in Chinatown. This is their brand new location in Lincoln Park, and it serves the exact same Korean BBQ menu (and hopefully the same delicious kimchi pancake).


$$$$ 4253 W 47th St

This is a new BYOB Mexican restaurant in Archer Heights. It’s mainly seafood-focused (with ceviches and whole-roasted fish), but also has things like burgers too.

My Place

$$$$ 1307 S Wabash Ave

The original My Place was in Chinatown and closed a year ago. They recently reopened in a new spot in the South Loop, with the same long menu filled with noodle soups, stir frys, and appetizers like shrimp toast and spicy pig ears.

El Fogón de Elena

$$$$ 3149 W Lawrence Ave

El Fogon De Elan is an all-day Latin American spot that just opened in Albany Park. You’ll find dishes like the El Fogon Celentano (rice with steak, chorizo, chicharron, beans, eggs, and sweet plantains), arepas, and a variety of grilled meat entrees.

February 2020

Antepli Turkish Gourmet

$$$$ 4849 N Kedzie Ave

This is a casual new Turkish spot in Albany Park. The menu has a selection of spreads, soups, kebabs, and desserts like baklava.


$$$$ 1935 N Lincoln Park W

Quiote was a great Mexican restaurant that closed last year. So we’re glad that Quiote’s former chef just opened Mundano, a brand new Latin American-inspired place in Lincoln Park. You’ll find dishes like savory churros with manchego, crispy pig’s ears, and smoked whitefish with salsa verde.

Mrs. Gu Skewer Hot Pot

$$$$ 2407 S Wentworth Ave

Mrs. Gu is a hot pot chain from China, and this new Chinatown location is the first one to open in the United States. You choose from five different broths and grab all the ingredients (like meats and vegetables) that go into the pot from self-serve coolers and stations.

Yuzuya Asian Grill

$$$$ 1415 N Milwaukee Ave

This is a brand new fast-casual Asian spot from the team behind Yuzu, a sushi restaurant in West Town. It’s a build-your-own-bowl operation, where you choose your base, protein, and sauce.


$$$$ 1551 N. Wells St.

Since Chicago can never have enough pizza places, we’re glad that Gallucci just opened in Old Town. This spot specializes in Neapolitan pies - like the Tartufata made with truffle cream and prosciutto, or the Norma topped with fried eggplant and smoked provolone.

Paul Strabbing

Chicago Board Game Cafe

$$$$ 1965 N Milwaukee Ave

In case it wasn’t obvious, this new spot in Logan Square is board game-themed. The menu is made of Spanish and Vietnamese small plates, and during dinner, a “professional board game teacher” will help you and your group choose a game to play.

El Berrinches

$$$$ 2151 W Cermak Rd

This is a new upscale Mexican restaurant in Pilsen. The menu has dishes like shrimp empanadas, fried avocado tacos, and roast chicken in mole.

Eat Me Milk Me

$$$$ 1111 W Randolph St

This opening kind of sounds like the name of a Marilyn Manson album, but it’s actually a new coffee and tea shop in the West Loop. Eat Me Milk Me also serves bubble tea, cold foam tea, along with baos.

Black & Caspian

$$$$ 2908 N Broadway

Black & Caspian is a new Mediterranean and Italian restaurant in Lakeview East. This means you can find everything from kebabs to pasta, and it’s open for brunch on the weekend.

Dash Of Salt And Pepper

$$$$ 2201 N Lincoln Ave

Dash Of Salt And Pepper is a new breakfast spot in Lincoln Park. They’re open every day from 7am to 1pm, and serve classic diner food.

Sushi Plus

$$$$ 2131 S. Archer Ave

This is a rotary sushi bar in Chinatown, which means they have self-serve sushi on a conveyor belt. And it’s actually Sushi Plus’s third location.

Welcome Back Lounge

$$$$ 2423 N Milwaukee Ave

This is a new 70s and 80s themed restaurant in Logan Square. Welcome Back has snacks like chicken wings, mini corn dogs, and stadium nachos. The entrees are mostly sandwiches, with a walk-up window for ordering hot dogs.

Lexington Betty Smoke House

$$$$ 756 E 111th St

Lexington Betty Smoke House is a food truck and restaurant in Oak Park, and this is their new BBQ stall in the One Eleven Food Hall in Pullman. They’re serving things like smoked ribs, brisket and rib tips, along with sides like macaroni, biscuits, and candied yams.

january 2020

Chile Toreado

$$$$ 2022 W. 35th Street

Chile Toreado is a new restaurant in McKinley Park from the people behind 5 Rabanitos, one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in the city. The menu has dishes like crepes and tlayudas, and there’s also a full bar. Just be aware, right now this place is cash only.

Burning Bush Brewery

$$$$ 4014 N Rockwell St

Opened by a former pastor (hence the name), this new North Center brewery has a BYOF taproom and occasional visits from food trucks.

John Stoffer

RPM Seafood

$$$$ 317 N. Clark

It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that RPM Seafood, the new restaurant from the same team as RPM Steak and RPM Italian, is focusing on - wait for it - seafood. The long menu has things like crudo, shellfish towers, and grilled fish, along with some steaks and pastas. And this upscale spot is down the street from its predecessors in River North.

I'm Vegan & Vegetarian

$$$$ 2907 N. Lincoln Ave.

We also doubt you’ll be shocked that a restaurant named “I’m Vegan And Vegetarian” focuses on plant-based food. This new casual Thai BYOB in Lakeview has vegan dishes like pad siew, spring rolls, and tofu satay.


$$$$ 1312 S Wabash Ave

This is a new Great Lakes-themed restaurant in the South Loop, which means the menu has lots of fish like trout and walleye. There are also pizzas - but we’re not sure what those have to do with Lake Michigan.

Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar

$$$$ 2165 N Western Ave

Chef’s Special is a new Chinese restaurant in Bucktown from the people behind Giant. They have dishes like kung pao chicken, Mongolian beef, and scallop chow fun. It’s open until 2am, with a shorter late-night menu.

Jerk Taco Man

$$$$ 4001 W Jackson Blvd

Technically Jerk Taco Man is a re-opening. After two years, this place is back in Garfield Park, serving jerk tacos along with Jamaican food including curry goat, brisket, and oxtail stew.

Same Same Thai Bar And Kitchen

$$$$ 2022 W Roscoe St

Along with noodles, curry, and dishes like Thai-style fried chicken, this new Thai restaurant in Roscoe Village also has a full cocktail bar.

Sam & Gertie's

$$$$ 1309 W Wilson Ave

Sam & Gertie’s is a new vegan Jewish deli in Uptown from the same people as Kāl’ish next door. You’ll find things like eggless egg salad, smoked “whitefish,” and meatless corned beef sandwiches, along with gluten-free, vegan bagels. For now, this place is only open on the weekends, so if you’re looking for a vegan lox bagel on a Tuesday, you’ll be out of luck.

Jibaritos Y Más

$$$$ 3404 W Fullerton Ave

This is the new sit-down version of Jibaritos Y Más, a Puerto Rican takeout spot in Logan Square. But if you prefer eating your jibaritos on your couch at home, the original is still open next door

Takito Street

$$$$ 2423 N Lincoln Ave

Takito Street is a new casual Mexican restaurant in Lincoln Park from the same people behind Bar Takito.

Chi Yatai

$$$$ 2002 S Wentworth Ave

Chi Yatai in Chinatown is a new spot in the Richland Center food court, with Japanese street food like katsu sandos, takoyaki, and bubble tea.

Art Of Dosa

$$$$ 125 S Clark St

Art of Dosa is a new restaurant that opened in the Revival Food Hall, and the menu is entirely vegan and gluten-free. Along with dosa wraps, you can get also get vegan ice cream in (you guessed it) dosa cones.

December 2019

Phlavz Bar & Grille

$$$$ 717 W Maxwell St

Phlavz is a food truck that just opened a new casual restaurant in University Village. The menu has dishes like jerk chicken tacos, salmon egg rolls, and jerk chicken alfredo.

Victory Grill

$$$$ 2246 N Milwaukee Av

This is a new spot in Logan Square that serves classic diner food along with things like boozy milkshakes. Victory Grill is also open until 3am (and 6am on the weekend), so you can come here after a night of dancing at The Owl.

Kinton Ramen

$$$$ 1426 N Milwaukee Ave

The second location of Kinton just opened in Wicker Park (the first is in the West Loop), and serves five styles of broth, along with shared plates like marinated octopus and karaage fried chicken.

November 2019

Jeff Sciortino

L’aventino Forno Romano

$$$$ 355 E Ohio St

If you’re looking for a new style of pizza to argue about with your friends, you can add “pinsa” to the list. It’s a type of Roman flatbread-style pizza made with a lighter, fermented dough. and it’s what you’ll find at L’Aventino Forno Romano in Streeterville.

Outside Voices

$$$$ 3204 W Armitage Ave

This is a new natural wine bar in Logan Square from the people behind Scofflaw. Outside Voices also has a few bar snacks like charcuterie and cheese, mussels and sardines.

J.T.’s Genuine Sandwich Shop

$$$$ 3970 N Elston Ave

J.T.’s Genuine Sandwich Shop is a new counter-service spot in Irving Park specializing in Midwestern regional sandwiches, like Iowan loose meat and Detroit coney dogs (which only qualifies depending on your definition of “sandwich”). They also have soups, salads, and snacks like Frito pies and fried pickles.

Jordan Balderas

Moody Tongue

$$$$ 2515 S Wabash Ave

The only things you could get at the original Moody Tongue brewery (besides beer) were oysters and chocolate cake, but their new tasting room in the South Loop has more than that. There are two options for eating here: “The Dining Room,” a 12-course tasting menu for $155, and “The Bar,” which has an a la carte menu with things like smoked beet tartare and fried chicken with black truffle cavatelli.

Avli River North

$$$$ 702 N Wells St

This is a new two-floor Greek restaurant in River North from the same people behind Avli Taverna in Lincoln Park. Expect dishes like chicken shish kabobs and lobster pasta with ouzo-tomato sauce.

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