As vaccination rates continue to rise and restrictions have lifted, the concept of “making plans” has officially re-entered our lives. And if you’re looking for things to do, you’re in the right place. Here are are seven new openings, events, and special menus to check out this week.
After being closed for almost a year, Sunda in River North reopened their dining room on Tuesday. This sushi restaurant has a new head chef, but their menu is the same as it was before. Meaning you can still order signature dishes like their white escolar truffle sashimi, baked snow crab handroll, and the crispy brussels sprouts salad.
Chikatana, a new Mexican restaurant from a former chef of Mi Tocaya (one of our favorite spots in the city) opened in the West Loop on June 8th. The dinner menu has dishes like elotes, king crab chili relleno, and pato en mole. They also have a late-night tlayudas menu starting at 10pm. Check out their website for more details.
Cleve Carney Museum Of Art
Museums are back. And if you’re planning on checking out some art this summer, you should consider taking a short road trip out to Glen Ellyn for the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Cleve Carney Museum Of Art. It runs from June 5th to September 6th, and you can visit their website for more information.
The Loyalist in the West Loop has an absolutely fantastic burger. And while we enjoy eating inside this cozy French restaurant located in the basement of Smyth, we’re happy to announce that they just opened their sidewalk patio this week. Because it’s nice to have the option of sitting outside and enjoying the breeze with your cheeseburger.
On June 15th, Luella’s Southern Kitchen, Milky Milky Ice Cream, and Filipino restaurant Isla Pilipina are doing a one-day onlysummer pop-up at Luella’s in Lincoln Square. It starts at 3pm, and they’ll be selling lumpia, loganisa, and an ube beignet ice cream sandwich. But the best part is that all the proceeds from the dessert will go to Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
Something to do at Navy Pier besides watching tourists watch fireworks: Every Thursday and Friday from June 3rd-25th you can hear live music on the stage next to the Centennial Wheel. You can see a list of this week’s performances here.
Drag March For Change
For the second year in a row, there will be a Drag March For Change in Northalsted. It’s a peaceful protest march in support of Black Lives Matter and for victims of police brutality, featuring members of Chicago’s drag community. The event kicks off Sunday at 12:30pm, at the corner of Belmont and Halsted.
Everything Opens The F*ck Back Up On Friday
This is not a drill. Starting Friday, Illinois goes to Phase 5, and there will be no more capacity restrictions in Chicago. This goes for sports, concerts, restaurants, everything - there are no exceptions. Does this mean restaurant reservations will be easier to find now that more tables are available? Maybe, but there’s only one way to find out: start booking.