It’s July, Chicago has reopened, and the concept of “making plans” has officially re-entered our lives. And if you’re looking for some exciting new things to do, you’re in the right place. Here are nine new openings, events, and reopenings to check out this week.
The New Things
A Logan Square salumeria is opening on Friday. The Lardon will sell charcuterie, salumi, and various other meats that they cure in house. Along with lots of sliced meats, they will also have sandwiches, salads, boards, and other things like pork pate and cornichon mayo
After over a year of being closed for dine-in service, Lula Cafe in Logan Square has reopened for indoor dining. The menu has old favorites (like the pasta yia yia) along with some new dishes like a beet and strawberry salad and corn tortilla ice cream. Right now they’re open for dinner and brunch Thursday through Sunday.
If you miss dancing with other people in a club, we have some good news. After being closed for 15 months, The Underground is finally reopening this Friday. And on Saturday, they’re hosting a “summer soiree” event - click here to reserve a table.
The Alderman is a 16-seat cocktail bar that just opened inside Pilsen Yards. Is it a speakeasy? Well, it’s not really a hidden secret but it is a bar within a bar, so we’re going with yes. The focus is on classic cocktails, which means highballs, martinis, daiquiris, and they also have a long list of spirits like whiskey, mezcal, and shōchū.
Out of necessity, Dear Margaret opened last year as a carryout-only spot. But now that Chicago has fully reopened, they’re offering first-come-first-served seating on an outdoor patio, as well as limited indoor dining reservations, which you can make here.
Diver At The Park
We have a promising new Wrigleyville patio that’s opening on July 15th. The Diver at the Park is a Tulum-inspired restaurant that will have a huge dog-friendly beer garden. Along with dogs, the patio will have a vintage camper bar, and serve food like tacos, nachos, and ceviches. They’ll also do a bottomless brunch on the weekend.
Jaleo is a Spanish restaurant with four locations all over the country, and on July 15th another one is opening in River North. The menu will include tapas, paellas, sangrias, and a long list of Spanish wines. For more details and reservations, check out their website.
Bronzeville Art District Tour
Every third Friday of the month, the Bronzeville District hosts a free art tour (aptly called Bronzeville Art District Tour). The event showcases both international and local artists, and you visit five different venues during the tour, which you can do either in-person or virtually. For more information and to register, click here.
Sundays On State
On Sundays the Loop is hosting Sundays on State. It’s basically a downtown block party, with art exhibits, games, music, shops, outdoor dining, and more. The event is free, but if you register you become eligible to win prizes in a raffle.
On Sunday, July 18, two Illinois ice cream shops are teaming up with GoFundMe for an ice cream giveaway. These shops received donations to stay afloat during the pandemic, and are offering a free scoop of a new, limited-edition flavor called Sprinkle Kindness to show their gratitude. The two shops are C & W Market and Ice Cream Parlor in Evanston, and The Brown Cow in Forest Park. The ice cream is available all day while supplies last.