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Chicago’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings you should know about.

If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Chicago, you 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.

November 2022

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Stay Cafe


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Stay Cafe is a new cafe in Logan Square that’s open seven days a week. Their menu has breakfast staples like omelets and pancakes, as well as sandwiches and salads. Stay Cafe is only open from 7am-2pm, but they plan on having dinner service in the future.

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Levain Bakery

Popular NYC-based chain, Levain Bakery, opened its first Chicago location in the West Loop. And while they do serve things like muffins and sticky buns, they’re mostly known for their giant cookies. These come in a variety of flavors, like chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate peanut butter chip, and oatmeal raisin.

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Jerk 48 is a casual Caribbean restaurant that just opened a new location in Beverly. They have dishes like jerk chicken wings, jerk steak quesadillas, and jerk mac n’ cheese. It’s mainly a takeout spot (there's no seating) but if you can’t wait till you get home (or don’t want to get jerk seasoning all over your car), they have a small standing counter.

After being closed since March 2020, Lincoln Park fast food staple Branko’s has reopened. They’ve reduced their menu, but you can still find classics like Italian beef sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, as well as some Balkan vegetable stew.

Adding to its two other hotel locations in Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast, the Sushi By Bou team has opened another restaurant in Fulton Market’s The Emily Hotel. Known for timed omakase experiences, they have a 30-minute, 12-course meal for $60 and a 60-minute, 17-course option for $100.

Grandma Annie's Pizza and Chicken

This casual spot in Humboldt Park serves, you guessed it, pizza and chicken. They have tavern-style pies with toppings like pepperoni or fried chicken with General Tso’s sauce, as well as a variety of chicken wings. Aside from their namesake dishes, they also have sandwiches, burgers, and pasta.

Tokyo Eats is a new casual Japanese restaurant in Rogers Park. Their menu has appetizers like gyoza and tempura, entrees like stir-fried noodles or chicken teriyaki, plus a short selection of maki rolls.

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CheSa’s Bistro and Bar is an upscale Creole restaurant in Avondale. You can expect dishes like shrimp po' boy tacos, roasted short rib with grits, and fried catfish with jambalaya.

Tak Korean Bistro is a new Korean restaurant in South Loop. They have dishes like spicy sea snails with noodles and vegetables, cheesy tteokbokki, and braised pork rib stew with potatoes and carrots. They're soft open, so for right now it's BYOB, and you need to make a reservation. 

This is a casual lunch and dinner spot in Lincoln Square serving Italian and German-inspired food. The menu has starters like German snack sausage with butterkäse or frittatina napoletana, as well as larger dishes like pasta, schnitzel, and steak. They also have breakfast sandwiches with bratwurst.

Liva is a new restaurant that’s part of Chicago Winery in River North. Along with wine that’s made on-site, they have charcuterie boards, and dishes like ricotta ravioli or grilled shrimp with white bean puree.

October 2022

After is a new upscale cocktail lounge in the West Loop from the team behind the expensive tasting-menu restaurant, Ever. Aside from drinks, they also have a short food menu of small plates featuring grilled bites and caviar.

The Green Post is a cafe and pub in Lincoln Square. Currently only open for breakfast and lunch, you can expect dishes like croissants, corned beef hash pie, sandwiches, and a burger. They plan on having dinner service and a full bar later this fall. 

One of our favorite Chinese spots, Chengdu Impression, has opened a third location in Edgewater. Like their restaurants in Wicker Park and Lincoln Park, the menu focuses on Sichuan food with dishes like dry chili rabbit, wontons in chili sauce, and mapo tofu.

This is a new sit-down Mexican restaurant in Ukrainian Village. Casa Tequila has a long menu, with things like tacos and burritos, as well as camarones a la diabla, pollo ranchero, and a selection of steaks ranging from filet mignon to tomahawk. And considering its name, it’s no surprise that they also have a wide variety of tequilas, mezcals, and 14 different types of margaritas.

Howdy Kolache started out by selling their kolaches at coffee shops and local grocers, but now has a counter-service spot in Fulton Market. Their Czech-Texas breakfast buns come with filling combinations like spinach, egg, and feta, or chorizo, egg, and chihuahua cheese. And for any Texas-to-Chicago transplants, the Homesick Texan with sausage, American cheese, and jalapeño might help with winter survival.

This is a new diner in North Center. Open for breakfast and lunch, Irene’s has dishes like eggs benedict, skillets, cookies and cream pancakes, as well as a burger and short rib grilled cheese sandwich.

photo credit: Bob Coscarelli

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Yardbird, an upscale southern spot with locations in New York, LA, Miami, and more, now has a location in River North. Their menu has starters like fried green tomatoes topped with house-smoked pork belly, and entrees like shrimp and grits, sweet tea braised short rib, and fried chicken with cheddar waffles.

The original is in Lakeview, but Mexican restaurant Barcocina just opened a second location in West Town. Similar to their original, it has a large patio, and a menu of appetizers and shared plates like truffle street corn guacamole, scallop ceviche, quesabirria, and tacos.

Lost Never Found is a new restaurant and bar in Wrigleyville. Their menu has small plates like chicken wings and tomato jam and burrata, pizzas, and sandwiches. And their vibrant space (full of neon signs, disco balls, and golden flamingos) might cheer you up if the Cubs lose.

Anyone looking for affordable Indian and Pakistani food near DePaul can now check out Ghareeb Nawaz’s latest location in Lincoln Park. It’s their third Chicago location (in addition to West Ridge and University Village) and you can expect dishes like biryani, butter chicken, and nihari.

Coquette is a new upscale French restaurant in the West Loop from the same team behind, Bambola which is right next door. Their menu has dishes like smoked mussels and cockles, dry-aged duck breast, and desserts like pâte à choux with herbs de Provence ice cream.

Bereket Turkish Mediterranean Restaurant

Bereket Turkish Mediterranean Restaurant is a new casual Turkish spot in the Loop. Their menu has dishes like vegetable manti, iskender, lamb shank, and dolma. 

This is a new upscale soul food restaurant in Lawndale. Aside from classics like fried chicken and shrimp and grits, they also have dishes like masala-braised pot roast, Puerto Rican chicken guisado, and Korean style rib tips.

Pompette is a new all-day cafe in Bucktown from a team of chefs who've worked at places like Alinea, Elske, and Moody Tongue. In the morning their menu has things like pastries and a seasonal quiche, while at night they have dishes like buttermilk fried quail, and smoked salmon blinis with creme fraiche, trout roe, and giardiniera.

This is a new sushi restaurant in Lincoln Park. Kyoku has a wide selection of classic nigiri, sashimi, and maki, as well as specials like unagi nigiri with parmesan and truffle oil or hon maguro sashimi with shiitake and black pepper sauce.

Edie’s All Day Cafe in River North has opened a second location just eight blocks away from its original spot. In the morning they have breakfast items like parfaits and breakfast burritos, and then for lunch and dinner they have dishes like prosciutto and fig flatbread or orecchiette with vodka sauce and turkey sausage.

As you can probably figure out from its name, this new spot in North Center specializes in breakfast. Luckily, Early Morning Delight is open until 2pm on weekdays and 3pm on weekends, so you don’t have to stop by at the crack of dawn. Their menu is wide-ranging with everything from classic pancakes to huevos rancheros to cornflake-crusted fried chicken to eggs and biscuits. 

photo credit: Clayton Hauck

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The Meadowlark

The Meadowlark is a new cocktail bar in Logan Square, located in the alley behind its two sibling restaurants, Union and Lardon. It has a themed, rotating drink menu. The opening line-up is all about birds, with cocktails like the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird made with brandy, sherry, amaro, and house-smoked orange bitters. They also have a short food menu with things like charcuterie boards and grilled skewers.

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River North’s Indienne is a new, upscale Indian restaurant. They have three menus: an a la carte, and two tasting menus—vegetarian and non-vegetarian. You can expect dishes like foie gras eclairs with cherry chutney, paneer with pepper makhani and pistachio, or oysters with rasam granita.

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Tasa Coffee Roasters

Tasa is a new coffee shop in Humboldt Park. In addition to quenching your insatiable need for caffeine, they also have a short food menu of dishes like empanadas, conchas, and chorizo avocado toast.

This is a new breakfast cafe in Wicker Park that's open Monday-Friday from 7am-11:30am. Sun Rey’s eclectic menu has dishes like breakfast quesadillas, shrimp and grits, and Filipino garlic rice plates with longanisa.

With restaurants already in Florida, NYC, Toronto, and Bethesda it was only a matter of time before Planta Queen made it to the Midwest. Now they have a location in River North, and the focus here is on upscale, Asian-inspired, vegan food. You can expect dishes like eggplant nigiri, udon noodles with truffle mushroom cream, or sweet corn dumplings with tom yum and chimichurri.

September 2022

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Valhalla is a new fine-dining restaurant in Time Out Market from the chef behind S.K.Y. and Apolonia. This Fulton Market restaurant’s $195 11-course tasting menu (with an option for beverage pairings) features a wide range of dishes like seared Japanese scallops with brown butter, and smoked ricotta cappelletti. You also can order a la carte.

photo credit: Kelly Sandos

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Big Star Mariscos

The team behind Big Star (the Wicker Park restaurant of taco, margarita, and patio fame) has opened a new Mexican restaurant in West Town. You can expect tacos and a patio, but Big Star Mariscos has a more seafood-focused menu with dishes like aguachile and ceviche, as well as preparations of whole fish.

Ragadan is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Uptown. This casual spot has pita sandwiches stuffed with falafel, eggplant, or chicken, as well as hummus plates, burgers, and milkshakes.

This upscale West Loop restaurant from the team behind Mama Delia and Beatnik has a menu inspired by the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that extended from Asia to Europe. They have dishes like a tomahawk steak with XO sauce, fish with pickled mung bean and Hua Juan pancakes, and roasted carrots with chickpeas and labneh. Like its predecessors, you can expect a lavishly decorated space—from modern pieces to antiques like a 300-year-old house imported from China.

Kinsley is an all-day restaurant in the Loop from the same team behind Fairgrounds Cafe. Their eclectic menu has breakfast tacos, burgers, and funnel cake along with coffee, tea, and cocktails. Aside from their large open dining space, they also have a spacious 50-seat outdoor patio.

Canal Street Market and Eatery in the West Loop has a new sister bar that opened right next door. In addition to creative drinks like the Jump Start My Heart with raisin-infused rum and chai, they also have a small selection of snacks like olives, nuts, and charcuterie boards.

Originally from Southern California, Solita has opened its first Midwest location in River North. They have a variety of Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, and larger entrees like BBQ pork ribs or carne asada. Plus, they also offer Happy Hour drink specials from 3pm-6pm Monday through Friday, and food specials on Tuesdays from 3pm until close.

Also stepping into Chicago’s taco arena is Seoul Taco in Wicker Park. This is their third location (the others are in River North and Hyde Park) and it has a similar menu of Mexican-Korean fusion dishes like bulgogi tacos, spicy pork burritos, and kimchi nachos. 

Curfew is a new sit-down restaurant inside of The Hotel Saint Clair in Streeterville. Their menu has Roman-style pizza and small plates like ricotta dumplings, smoked steak tartare, and shrimp and watermelon ceviche.

This is an upscale Italian restaurant in Fulton Market. Gino and Marty’s menu has pastas like gnocchi with calabrian chili, cacio e pepe, and squid ink spaghetti with lobster, as well as entrees like a NY strip steak and branzino. They also offer a five-course, chef-curated meal for $200.

Let’s Eat To Live is a new restaurant in Woodlawn with a wide-ranging menu. You’ll find dishes like Haitian beef patties, Senegalese crispy dough with spicy salmon, butter garlic lamb chops, and spinach florentine. They also have food education classes on Mondays if you’re interested in learning more about what you’re eating and/or need extra knowledge for trivia night.

This is a new Chinese restaurant Lakeview, and, as its name suggests, the focus here is on Szechuan food. Szechuan Corner’s long menu has appetizers like wontons and a spicy cucumber salad, as well as larger items like dry pot, beef noodle soup, and boiled lamb cooked with a Szechuan sauce.

Cubaneo is another casual spot in Lakeview. This Cuban restaurant serves breakfast dishes like guava pancakes and breakfast wraps and things like ropa vieja and ham croquettes for lunch or dinner.

August 2022

Loaf Lounge is a cafe and bakery in Avondale. They serve breakfast sandwiches (with options like smoked salmon on rye with fried capers and dill cream cheese), non-breakfast sandwiches, and a whole bunch of pastries. Fun fact, Loaf’s head baker was responsible for making the chocolate cake on The Bear, which is on the menu, too.

Hide and Seek is a new two-story cocktail bar and small plates restaurant in the West Loop. The menu is wide-ranging and meant to be shared, and you'll find dishes like escargot en croûte, croquetas, dry-aged ribeye, and grilled branzino.

photo credit: Kim Yeoh

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Canal St. Market & Eatery

This is a restaurant and market located in a high rise in the West Loop. The counter-service market has salads and sandwiches, along with grab-and-go items. The separate restaurant space is Italian, with a menu of antipasti, pasta, pizza, and entrees.

The fast-casual burger spot Mini Mott in Logan Square has been reconcepted. It’s now a full-service restaurant called Second Generation, from the same chef and owner. The new menu has fusion dishes like kalbi steak frites, scallops with kimchi, and they’re also keeping their burger.

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This new counter-service restaurant in the Loop focuses on dishes using locally-sourced ingredients. Their menu has bowls where you choose your own vegetables and proteins, avocado toast, and pastries from Publican Quality Bakery.

Indian Paradise is a new Indian restaurant in Wicker Park. This sit-down spot has a long menu of dishes like samosas, biryanis, curries, and a variety of naan.

You can come to Architectural Artifacts in the Near North Side to buy $900 decorative buffalo horns or a $4000 vaulting horse, or, you can just grab a bite at their new in-store cafe. Their menu has breakfast items like ricotta griddle cakes and gravlax on toast, and at 11am they start serving pizza available until 4pm.

Rakkan Ramen is a Tokyo-based chain that’s opened a Chicago location in Uptown. Their broths are all vegetable-based, making it the most vegetarian friendly ramen spot in the city. But the menu also includes some bowls with meat, like crispy chicken and grilled pork.

Chemistry is a new upscale steakhouse in Hyde Park. Their menu leans into a love theme, with sections like “Love At First Bite” for their appetizers. You can expect small dishes like wagyu sliders or truffle fries, and steaks like filet mignon or a 32 oz wagyu tomahawk.

This is a new ramen spot in Logan Square. Monster Ramen makes all their noodles in-house, and has bowls like tori chintan shoyu and The Monster: beef-based gyukotsu with wagyu rib roast, wagyu chashu, and beef jam. Aside from ramen, they also have small plates, rice bowls, and chilled noodles.

Fora is a new restaurant in the Emily Hotel in Fulton Market. This Mexican place focuses on seafood and raw plates with dishes like kanpachi aguachile, hamachi with pomelo and yuzu kosho, and carne apache tostadas.

Daisy’s Po' Boy and Tavern is a casual southern restaurant in Hyde Park from the same chef as Virtue. In addition to po’ boys (with fillings like fried shrimp, oysters, and catfish) they have dishes like gumbo, fried chicken, and red beans and rice.

photo credit: Christina Slaton

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Small Cheval

Small Cheval has opened its fifth restaurant in Hyde Park. The menu is the same as its other locations, with a short line-up of burgers, fries, and shakes. In addition to indoor seating, they also have a spacious patio.

Mindy’s Bakery is now open in Wicker Park, from the same team behind Mindy’s Hot Chocolate that closed in 2020. You can find a wide array of baked goods like bagels, danishes, cinnamon rolls, and savory options like brioche with pork belly and gochujang mascarpone.

Roscoe Village also has a new bakery and breakfast spot, The Bakehouse Chicago. The menu has croissants, bagels, and waffles. And if you’re looking for someplace besides Starbucks to get a cake pop at 7am, they have those too.

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Roost Chicken And Biscuits

Also new to Roscoe Village is Roost Chicken and Biscuits, which has replaced their original location in Lakeview. The menu remains unchanged, which still has fried chicken biscuit sandwiches, fried chicken by the piece, and sides like mac and cheese and peach cobbler.

Bronzeville Soul is a casual Southern restaurant in (you guessed it) Bronzeville. Though the menu rotates daily, you can expect dishes like chicken wings, short ribs, and fried catfish, as well as sides like mac and cheese, string beans, and sweet potatoes.

Bridgeport’s Taipei Cafe has a new location in Lakeview. The long menu is full of Taiwanese dishes like popcorn chicken, spicy beef noodle soup, and hot pot. They also have an equally long drink menu of teas, smoothies, and lattes.

Fry The Coop opened a second Chicago storefront in Portage Park. It has a reduced menu compared to its West Town location (and doesn’t have a full bar), but you can still get chicken sandwiches like Nashville hot, Chicago style with giardiniera, and a donut chicken sandwich.

This is a taqueria in Ravenswood. In addition to Mexican staples like al pastor and birria tacos, this counter-service spot also has fusion-y options like falafel and bulgogi.

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