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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 new restaurant and bar in Chicago, your head might spin. So just read this list instead. These are the openings that seem like they have the most potential. Although, keep in mind, we make no promises about the places we haven't visited yet. Go forth and be a pioneer—or just keep up with our Hit List to see which new restaurants we checked out and loved.

June 2024

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After closing last year, this Cambodian spot that was one of our Best New Restaurants of 2022 is back. Khmai has reopened in a larger location on the ground level of a Hampton Inn in Rogers Park, with an upgraded menu featuring new dishes and old favorites like whole fried snapper and crispy egg rolls full of taro. They are open only for dinner and require a reservation.

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Kaun Khmai

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But wait there’s more. Kaun Khmai is the more casual sister spot located within Khmai. It’s walk-ins only, and you can expect a street food-focused menu with Cambodian dishes like chicken wings and the return of sach ko ang, which previously made us want to “climb a mountain and declare our love to beef skewers.”

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Americano

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Americano is also attached to a hotel, but this time it’s the Hotel Lincoln in Lincoln Park. Their menu includes dishes like Cubano minis, crab rolls, and steak. And if you want to get some oysters while walking your dog, Americano has a dog-friendly patio.

Bánh Mì Spot

Báhn Mì Spot is a new shop in Logan Square specializing in Vietnamese street food. You can get different meats with their namesake sandwich, including lemongrass chicken, meatball, and a Saigon Special with ham and pate. Their fast-casual menu also features vegetarian and vegan options, soups, and phở.

The BlōōhoL

Named after a giant sinkhole off the coast of Belize, The Bloohol is a family-owned-and-operated Belizean restaurant in Austin. Their short menu currently has three dinner packages—oxtail, jerk chicken, and stew chicken, with multiple sides—and a la carte offerings like jerk wings and mac and cheese.

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3 Little Pigs Chi

Getting some of the city’s best Chinese food from 3 Little Pigs Chi used to involve ordering over Instagram and waiting for the chef to respond, or, most recently, eating in a cupcake shop. But now you can walk right into their first very own brick-and-mortar in Bridgeport and get their pork fried rice, char siu ribs, and crab rangoon without needing a social media account.

Novel Pizza Cafe

Novel Pizza specializes in tavern-style and pan pies. Head to Pilsen for pizzas with toppings like longanisa, giardinera, and pepperoni, or build your own. You can get them to go, or dine-in to minimize the pizza-to-mouth pipeline.

Wax Vinyl Bar And Ramen Shop

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Expect weekly rotating DJs, cocktails, and ramen at Wax Vinyl Bar And Ramen Shop. But besides bowls of noodles in spicy red or mild white miso-based broth, this West Town spot also has a variety of snacks like togarashi fries, wings, and poke bowls.

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Dearly Beloved

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The team behind Machine opened a “cocktail restaurant” in River North. Aside from cocktails that involve snap pea-infused gin or coconut horchata chai foam, they also have an eclectic dinner and late-night line-up of dishes like potato pierogies, okonomiyaki, and short rib pastrami.

The Basement

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One of our favorite vegan restaurants, Don Bucio’s, closed earlier this year. Now that team (also of Amaru and Bloom fame) launched The Basement, a new cocktail lounge, in its place. And while the Logan Square location may be the same, the food is decidedly not vegan—everything from steak frites, to branzino, to maple szechuan glazed tenders are on the menu.

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Tamu

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The chef behind Mako and Juno, two of Chicago’s best sushi spots, opened Tamu. This new West Loop sushi venture specializes in hand-rolled temaki, which includes a roll-it-yourself program. For those visiting Tamu during the day, they also have a lunch omakase that starts at $48.

Tala House

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The menu at this New American spot in Andersonville runs the gamut of pasta, burgers, hummus, and tacos. They also have a back patio, and are BYOB for now.

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Oliver’s is a new dine-in concept from the people behind Entrée, a local on-demand food service. Head to the South Loop to try their oysters with strawberry vinegar, a namesake $29 cheeseburger, ice-cold martinis, and more.

Morales Diner

Morales Diner is a breakfast spot in Albany Park. You can expect some egg-centric classics like benedicts, omelets, and hashes, plus some Mexican dishes like chilaquiles and molletes.

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Briny Swine Smokehouse & Oyster Bar

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There’s a new family-friendly restaurant that’s doing Carolina-style BBQ and Lowcountry dishes in Lincoln Park. Besides plenty of smoked meat and seafood options, Briny Swine also has a late-night menu until 2am and weekly specials like “wings and whiskey” Wednesdays.

Mahanakhon Noodle Bar

The team behind Arun’s, one of the best Thai restaurants in the city, just opened up Mahanakhon in Lakeview. As their name suggests, you can get your noodle fix with some ba-mee poo or khao soi, but they also have papaya salads and a handful of rice dishes.

May 2024

Jerk Yard

This counter-service spot in Hyde Park specializes in all things jerk-related—whether that’s chicken, oxtail, or rasta pasta. And besides jerk lunch and dinner specials, Jerk Yard has a variety of other entrees, like curry chicken or red snapper, also available for dine-in or takeout.

Rogers Park Taproom and Coffee House

The team behind Uptown Taproom (and Willow Cafe & Bistro, which opened last week) expanded into Rogers Park. Unsurprisingly, Rogers Park Taproom And Coffee House is a mashup where you can get beer and cocktails as well as coffee, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches.

Amano Bistro

We don’t know much about Amano Bistro, an Italian spot that recently soft-opened. Sounds like a visit to North Center is in order to try fresh pasta and seafood on their patio.

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Willow Cafe & Bistro

Willow Cafe & Bistro is an all-day restaurant serving dishes like steamed mussels, tomato bisque, and chicken schnitzel. The casual neighborhood spot in Lincoln Square also opens early for coffee, and starts serving a breakfast menu full of eggs, burritos, and pancakes at 10am.

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Daebak Korean BBQ

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One of our favorite Korean barbecue restaurants in the city, Daebak, opened a second location in Wicker Park. Like with the original Chinatown spot, expect fantastic grilled meat and kimchi pancakes, plus group lunch specials until 3:30pm.

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Craft Burger

Craft Burger keeps things simple. You can get a smashburger (single or double), a hot dog (Chicago-style or a Maxwell polish), or baby lamb chops at this walk-up window in Pilsen. There are a few sides too, so you can fulfill your dream of non-drunkenly eating mac and cheese on a sidewalk.

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Yes, you can expect R&B music (albeit Italian R&B) at Trattoria RNB in Wicker Park. But the RNB does double-duty for letting people know that the wood-fired pizzas and pasta involve influences from Rome, Naples, and Bari.

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Chengdu Bistro

Chengdu Impression, one of the best Chinese restaurants in Chicago, already has Sichuan spots in Lincoln Park, Wicker Park and Edgewater (plus Dongpo Impression in Chinatown). And now you can try their handmade noodles and dumplings at Chengdu Bistro, also in Wicker Park.

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Bayan Ko Diner

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Bayan Ko, one of our favorite Filipino restaurants, has evolved from offering a la carte Filipino-Cuban dishes to a prix fixe tasting menu. But the original concept now lives on in a larger Ravenswood space called Bayan Ko Diner. Here you’ll be able to try things like ube flapjacks, Cuban sandwiches, and signature dishes like chicken wings and pancit canton.

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We recently checked out Minyoli and added it to our Hit List.

This casual neighborhood restaurant in Andersonville focuses on Taiwanese juàn cūn food. Stop by Minyoli for noodle soups, drinking snacks, ice cream, and Sichuan-peppercorn gin and tonics on a large covered patio.

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Casa Chi By Chef Richard Sandoval

Casa Chi is a new cocktail lounge in the InterContinental on Michigan Avenue. And while tableside hot stones are the only “kitchens” here, you can still eat takes on Nikkei small plates like scallop anticucho, boneless beef short rib, and tuna tiradito to pair with your coconut fat-washed mezcal cocktails.

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Dhanteraz Indian Fusion

We recently checked out Dhanteraz. Read our review here.

There’s a new option for Indian food in Roscoe Village. Dhanteraz serves staples like butter chicken, malai kofta, and lamb vindaloo, plus interesting-sounding pasta specials involving chickpea noodles and sauces like tikka masala.

Muan Jai Thai Kitchen

Meet Muan Jai Thai Kitchen, from the people who brought you the Friends trifecta (Sushi, Ramen, and Station) and another recent opening, Egg O Egg. This casual Thai restaurant took over one of the Friends Sushi locations in River North, trading maki and nigiri for things like papaya salad, pad see eiw, and pla kung. 

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Common Decency

Logan Square isn’t hurting for bars, but we’re pretty sure there aren’t a ton of Miami Vice-inspired options that serve 100% gluten-free food. Enter Common Decency, from the people behind spots like Funkenhausen and Spilt Milk. Find out whether eating BBQ spare ribs, cacio e pepe gnudi, and roasted oysters topped with pork belly and bagna cauda under pink neon lights is as fun as it looks. Or wait until we do.

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We recently checked out Valhalla and added it to our Hit List.

Valhalla, a fine dining restaurant from the chef behind S.K.Y. and Apolonia, seemed out of place in its original home on the second floor of Time Out Market. After a short closure, it reopened in a brand new Wicker Park space with a $198, 13-course seasonal tasting menu involving plates of charred octopus confit, mushroom meunière, and pineapple prepared seven ways.

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Goose Island Salt Shed Pub

There’s another resurrection this week thanks to Goose Island’s brewpub arrival at the Salt Shed. The new location is just a few blocks from the original Clybourn taproom, with a patio and skyline view. Besides Goose beers and regular bar food, expect classics like the smashburger and Bourbon County stout milkshake, and new options like gnocchi mac and cheese or a burnt carrot sandwich. 

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Runaway Cow

This new vegan ice cream shop can help answer your questions about whether oat-milk soft serve tastes like cow’s milk soft serve. Runaway Cow uses oat milk and other plant-based ingredients for things like chocolate-dipped cones, sundaes, and candy-filled snowstorms. Head to Bridgeport to conduct your own scientific research.

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Sushi-san Lincoln Park

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A night out at this over-the-top River North sushi spot is always fun. Now you can find Sushi-San’s Megatron nigiri rolls and club-level-loud hip-hop music at a second location in Lincoln Park. From what we can tell, the space is bigger (including private dining rooms and a patio), and the menu is longer. Plus, there’s a separate kid’s menu, because this is Lincoln Park after all.

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Dolce Arte

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Dolce Arte is a coffee shop, bakery, and Italian restaurant all rolled into one industrial-looking space in Bridgeport's Morgan Arts Complex. This means you can show up early for things like breakfast sandwiches or pancakes, stick around and power through some emails with a side of espresso, and celebrate your last meeting getting canceled with Happy Hour deals and plates of chicken parm or pasta.

April 2024

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Miso & Nori

This sushi spot in Lincoln Park has a small, underground space that looks fairly sleek. They're currently BYOB, and besides offering a variety of classic and special rolls, nigiri, and small plates like soft shell crab, they have some rice and noodle bowls, too.

Tacos Los Primos

Located across from the West Ridge Nature Park, this casual counter-service spot stuffs everything from carne asada to chicharrón to lengua in their tacos. And while tacos appear to be the draw at Tacos Los Primos, they also offer specialties like menudo and Michoacán-style mole.

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Gemma Foods

Sure, you could spend hours trying to make fresh bucatini at home, or you can leave the pasta-making to the professionals and head to Gemma Foods. The West Town store recently started serving lunch (dinner’s coming soon) with six options to choose from. There are some seats at the small counter for anyone looking to try a bowl of paccheri with Sunday gravy or green garlic sausage plin with rapini crema.

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Döner 97

We recently checked out Döner 97. Read our review here.

The premise at Döner 97 in Lincoln Park is simple: choose between some spit-roasted beef, lamb, or chicken in a salad, bowl, or pide sandwich. Those all look pretty great, but what really caught our eye is the kumpir, a Turkish street food involving a baked potato piled high with butter, cheese, and sour cream…plus carrots, cabbage, peas, pickles, hard-boiled eggs, a creamy mayo dressing, and white garlic sauce.

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Little Village Cafe

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Little Village Cafe is not, in fact, located in Little Village. This Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant is in Lakeview, where you can eat things like seafood pappardelle or kebabs over rice. On weekends, they do brunchy stuff like cilbir and a Turkish breakfast spread. 

Laganini

There’s a new place to get ćevapi in town. Laganini is a casual Euro-American bar and restaurant serving dishes like stuffed cabbage and spicy meatballs alongside crepes, pizza, pasta, and four types of burgers. And if that wasn't enough, it looks like there’s Happy Hour most days at this Lincoln Square spot, too.

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The team behind the recently opened La Serre decided that one flower-filled, French-themed spot in Fulton Market wasn’t enough. At Bar La Rue, you can eat steak frites, fondue, and “Bougie Tenders” with crème fraîche ranch and osetra caviar while sipping a strawberry spritz on the large patio.

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Omakase Shoji

We recently checked out Omakase Shoji. Read our review here.

Chicago’s omakase scene expands once again with the arrival of Omakase Shoji. For $185, expect 17-25 courses (which you can amp up with add-ons like wagyu and caviar) during an Edomae-style omakase at the 10-seat West Town sushi counter. 

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A Taste Of The Philippines

We recently checked out A Taste Of The Philippines. Read our review here.

Between a food truck, farmer’s markets, pop-ups, and a stall in the French Market, A Taste Of The Philippines has had a few iterations. Now it has a brick-and-mortar spot in Jefferson Park, with traditional options like lumpia, adobo, and pancit, plus dishes like longaniza scotch eggs. It’s only open Fridays and Saturdays (for now).

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Umaga Bakehouse

We recently checked out Umaga. Read our review here.

Head to Albany Park for pandesal, longanisa rolls, sans rival, and other Filipino snacks at Umaga Bakehouse. The large bakery is open all-day but seating is limited, so plan on getting your halo-halo to go, or enjoy it on their patio.

Charlie Martin's Supper Club

We don’t know much about Charlie Martin’s in the Near North Side, apart from reading that it’s a modern take on a supper club. That, and there’s a short American menu of steaks, seafood, and Amish chicken with fried oregano to go along with a much longer drink menu.

Bonci

The original Bonci is in the West Loop (well, technically Rome), but they just opened another location in Lakeview. The counter-service pizzeria serves Roman-style pizza that’s cut with scissors when you order and sold by weight. There’s a variety of options, and toppings change regularly.

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Expat

An all-day American cafe opened in the private dining space of Bambola, an Asian-European West Loop restaurant that seems to be evolving since opening in 2022. Expat will be open for breakfast and lunch and morph into a late-night bar with a dinner menu.

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Rangoli Kabob

Expect familiar North Indian staples like butter chicken and lamb vindaloo, plus plenty of South Indian options at Rangoli’s second location in Lakeview. But the new restaurant is called Rangoli Kabob for a reason—you can get everything from shrimp to paneer on skewers.

Navat

There’s another addition to Chicago’s growing Central Asian restaurant scene. Navat specializes in Kyrgyz and Uyghur dishes, so head to O’Hare for halal kebabs, manty, and eight different types of lagman.

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Oishii Asian & Ramen Hub

Like its sister restaurant next door, Oishii Asian & Ramen Hub is small and casual. But instead of the affordable sushi you’d find at Toro, this Lincoln Park spot serves bowls of the ramen, rice, and poke variety, plus snacks like bao buns and karaage chicken. 

Michuu Ethiopian Restaurant

Michuu is a family-owned Ethiopian restaurant in Uptown. They have a short menu of traditional dishes, including chororsa, shiro, and doro wat, that are available for dine-in, delivery, and takeout, seven days a week.

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Professor Pizza

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We recently checked out Professor Pizza and added it to our Hit List.

Fans of Professor Pizza rejoice: there’s no need to trek to Tetto for takeout pies. Now you can eat some of Chicago’s best tavern-style pizza at a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Old Town. Besides a dining room, the new location also has antipasti, sandwiches, and pastas.

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Industry Ales

Originally expected to open last year, Industry Ales has finally arrived in the Loop. The massive space houses a brewery, bar, and restaurant, along with room for private events. Besides a few classic cocktails and beers on tap (including some low-ABV options brewed in-house), their all-day menu has specialties like rye pappardelle, pierogies, and brisket rillette.

Holy Smoques BBQ

Holy Smoques BBQ is a new family-owned joint where, unsurprisingly, they serve BBQ. Expect platters of smoked brisket, pulled pork, and St. Louis-style spare ribs alongside sandwiches and classic sides at this Little Village restaurant.

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Migos Fine Foods

The chefs behind Frontier launched Migos Fine Foods, a casual spot with halal meats in different forms, like beef barbacoa tacos, lamb smashburgers, and fried chicken wings. Seating is extremely limited at this small Portage Park shop, so be prepared to opt for delivery or takeout.

Egg O Egg

Egg O Egg is a Thai-American breakfast diner inside Friends Station in River North. At this new everyday brunch spot, you can get everything from crab omelets and Thai chicken biryani to congee and steamed milk bread with sweet custard.

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Swadesi

We recently checked out Swadesi. Read our review here.

The team behind Indienne and Sifr continues to expand their empire with a new Indian cafe in the West Loop. Swadesi has all the components to become a go-to workspace—plenty of coffee and food like tandoori caesar wraps, butter chicken croissants, and souffle egg sandwiches, plus printing capabilities and free wifi.

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We recently checked out Casa Madai and added it to our Hit List.

Casa Madai is a new sushi restaurant in Pilsen. Besides a $150, 13-course omakase option, they also serve a la carte Japanese-Mexican dishes, like salmon and tuna tostadas marinated in salsa macha, and specialty rolls with spicy hamachi, japanese mayo, and jalapeño.

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The Lanzaga

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This new all-day restaurant in Lakeview serves dishes from across South America. Start your morning at The Lanzaga with cheese and egg cachapas or their Peruvian crab benedict, and stay for moqueca and a round of Catan (which you can play here, along with other board games).

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Avaspi

Also in Lakeview, Avaspi is from one of the owners of The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen, one of our favorite spots in the same neighborhood. At this new Anatolian tapas restaurant, which specializes in Turkish, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern mezze, expect plates of pancar mezesi and mushroom tava alongside grilled halloumi and stuffed eggplant.

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We recently checked out Tama. Read our review here.

Tama serves spins on Mediterranean food, like beef loin skewers with truffle, or avgolemono that has ramen instead of rice. The seasonal menu at this Bucktown spot is driven by the chef behind the original Nisos, a short-lived Greek restaurant. Hopefully Tama sticks around longer.

March 2024

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Big Gay Sal's Pizza

Big Gay Sal’s is a new pizzeria in Northalsted serving New York-style slices and whole pies. Toppings go beyond the usual suspects of pepperoni and vegetables—expect specialties like mole and BBQ chicken, too. And besides plenty of indoor seating, there are plans for a patio and late-night hours.

Steingold's Bakehouse

One of our favorite bagel and breakfast sandwich shops in the city now has a location in Humboldt Park. Steingold’s Bakehouse is takeout only, but you can still get all the hits from the original, along with specialties unique to the new location like a stuffed challah bun.

Apna Indian Grill

Apna Indian Grill serves familiar North Indian staples like chicken tikka masala and palak paneer, plus classic Indian street food and Indo-Chinese dishes. Head to Irving Park to get your samosa chaat to go, or try their four types of biryani in the casual dining room.

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Chunky Boss

Congrats if you were one of the lucky 10 who won free food for a year from the second US location of this Taiwanese chain. Chunky Boss shares its space in Chinatown with Tiger Sugar and basically serves two things: fries and Taiwanese fried chicken in the form of sandwiches, tenders, or cutlets that look like supersized nuggets.

Art of Indian Cuisine

Art of Indian Cuisine is a casual Indian spot in Lincoln Park where you can drink mango lassi and snack on idlis and chicken pakoras. The menu covers a lot of ground, including dosas, tandoori entrees, seafood, and plenty of vegetarian options.

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Tre Dita

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We recently checked out Tre Dita and added it to our Hit List.

LA chef Evan Funke has three big-deal Italian restaurants in California (read about the latest one here). Now he’s taking his pasta-making-on-display concept (the “pasta lab”) on the road. His new Tuscan steakhouse just opened in the $700-a-night St. Regis hotel, located in Lakeshore East.

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La Serre

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We recently checked out La Serre and added it to our Hit List.

Ever wish you could eat crab croquettes and halibut provençale in a greenhouse? La Serre in Fulton Market is the answer to your very specific prayers. From the team behind Lyra and Fioretta, this new French-Mediterranean spot is filled with plants and lots of seafood and steak.

Las Maria's Breakfast Club

Las Maria’s Breakfast Club is a new family-owned and operated brunch spot in Lincoln Square. You can expect a wide variety of Mexican and American dishes, like chilaquiles, pancakes, and omelets, plus sandwiches and burgers.

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Gemini Grill

The owners of Coda Di Volpe and Gemini are expanding south with Gemini Grill in River North. It's currently only open for lunch with a generic American menu of salads and sandwiches, and a dog-friendly courtyard that looks like somewhere we'd be happy to drink a cocktail in the sunshine. Brunch and dinner are coming soon.

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Mei's Chicago

We recently checked out Mei's. Read our review here.

Mei’s is a new South Loop restaurant specializing in Taiwanese, Mandarin, and Szechuan food. Expect pork and scallion bao, braised beef noodle soup, and soup dumplings filled with pork, crab roe, or shrimp.

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Divan

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The debut of this multi-level restaurant in River North ensures that Chicago meets its monthly steakhouse opening quota. Divan’s menu includes caviar and jamon wontons, seafood towers, and of course, lots of cow.

Yaya Mas Greek Kuzina

This counter-service Greek spot in Lincoln Park is open from 7am-11pm. This means you can check out Yaya Mas for coffee and bougatsa on the way to work, spinach and feta pie for lunch or dinner, or when it’s 10:30pm and you want Greek cheesecake as a nightcap.

Naguara Arepas

Aside from their namesake arepas, this casual Venezuelan spot in Belmont Cragin has patacónes and empanadas. And for $72, you can get a gigantic sandwich loaded with beef, chicken, and pork.

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We recently checked out Sunda. Read our review here.

The pricey Asian fusion restaurant Sunda opened a new location in Fulton Market. Like with the original in River North, expect plenty of good sushi, dim sum, and dishes from across Southeast Asia. The only things missing from this second spot are brunch and Happy Hour.

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Sticky Kiss Cinnamon Rolls

Sticky Kiss is a West Town walk-up bakery specializing in cinnamon rolls and banana pudding. We know this thanks to the phrase “cinnamon rolls” repeated in giant letters on the sign, and no thanks to the massive lips dripping with icing painted on the side of the red building.

Jerk Soule

Jerk Soule is a new Jamaican and soul food restaurant in Ashburn. It’s currently takeout-only, so be prepared to get your shrimp po’ boys, jerk chicken, and oxtail dinner to-go.

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A bacon egg and cheese sandwich in a striped box

Egg Tuck

We tried the original Mag Mile location of this LA-native egg sandwich shop and had strong opinions. Now, Egg Tuck is continuing its Chicago expansion with a second location in Lincoln Park.

photo credit: Sando Street

Eight different sandwiches, halved and lined up in boxes

Sando Street

Chicago loves sandwiches, whether that’s of the breakfast or Italian beef variety. And considering that newcomer Sando Street was so popular it sold out of musubi, bulgogi, and fruit sandwiches on opening weekend, it looks like Chicago loves this new Wicker Park spot too.

photo credit: Sweet Cafe Chicago

Plate of chicken and waffles dusted with powdered sugar

Sweet Cafe

Sweet Cafe in Jefferson Park is your source for three square meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and brunch). This new restaurant is open daily from 7-4, so come here for dishes like nutella french toast, chicken and waffles, or chorizo egg skillets to power through that 2pm slump.

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