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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.

We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we’ve checked out a spot, we’ll add a note if it makes it onto our Hit List.

February 2020

Gallucci

$$$$ 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.

Dorothy Downstairs

$$$$ 2500 W Chicago Ave

Since we do everything possible to avoid going outside during the winter, this city loves attaching new bars to existing restaurants. That’s the case with Dorothy, a ’70s themed cocktail lounge that just opened in the basement of Split Rail in Humboldt Park. The large space is filled with retro furniture, plays vinyl, and has an upscale drink menu.

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.

Hayden Hall

$$$$ 333 S Wabash Ave Fl 2

New year, another food hall in Chicago. This one, Hayden Hall, is in the Loop and is from the people behind DMK. It has has a sit-down restaurant and a wine bar, along with ten counter service spots serving BBQ, sushi, Mexican, and more.

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.

Harbor

$$$$ 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.

Tortazo

$$$$ 233 S. Wacker Drive

Rick Bayless’ takeover of Chicago continues - after already being in our airports, grocery stores, and Macy’s, he’s just opened a counter-service spot in the Willis Tower. Tortazo has tortas, soups, salads, and various other things you can eat between meetings.

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.

Menya Goku

$$$$ 2207 W Montrose Ave

This is a new ramen spot in Lincoln Square from the team behind Ramen Takeya and Omakase Takeya. In addition to ramen, the menu has things like shumai, kakuni buns, and wings.

December 2019

In On Thai

$$$$ 4641 N Broadway

The original In On Thai was in Lakeview and closed in 2016. But now it’s back, with a location in Uptown serving housemade curries, noodle dishes, and specialties like spicy fried fish filet with crispy basil. So, technically, this is a re-opening.

016 Restaurant

$$$$ 5077 N Lincoln Ave

In case you didn’t know, “016” is the area code of Leskovac, a city in Serbia. Hence the name of this new restaurant in Lincoln Square, which focuses on Serbian dishes like stuffed cabbage, beef stew, and grilled meats like chievapi (skinless beef sausages).

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.

Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen

$$$$ 319 S Jefferson St

Dawali, a casual Mediterranean restaurant that used to be across from the Steppenwolf Theatre, just reopened in the West Loop. It has a long menu with dishes like falafel, kababs, and shawarma.

Kostali

$$$$ 521 N Rush St

Kostali is a new Mediterranean restaurant in River North from the same people as Brindille. It’s on the fifth floor of the Gwen hotel and serves dishes like spiced lamb hummus, chicken tagine and basque cake.

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.

Rey Lopez

Boqueria

$$$$ 807 W. Fulton Market

Boqueria is a tapas restaurant originally from New York, and now there’s a new Chicago location in Fulton Market. It’s open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Yaba's Middle Eastern Grill

$$$$ 3011 W Armitage Ave

This is a new takeout spot in the back of a Logan Square corner store, serving things like falafel and shawarma.

Porto

$$$$ 1600 W Chicago Ave

Porto is a new restaurant and wine bar in West Town from the same people behind Beatnik. Porto serves Galician, Portuguese, and Spanish seafood, including dishes made with imported conservas - canned, preserved fish from the region.

November 2019

Sandy Noto

Since Chicago has a vendetta against food trucks, we have a lot of food halls instead. And Time Out Market is a massive new one in Fulton Market with 18 spots. It includes new locations of places like Duck Inn and Lost Larson, along with spin-offs of spots like Fat Rice. There are also three bars, including a rooftop spot and a tiki bar from the same people behind Lost Lake.

Fry The Coop

$$$$ 1529 W Chicago Ave

They already have a stall at Wells St. Market food all, and Fry The Coop just opened a new stand-alone hot chicken restaurant in West Town. Their chicken comes in six heat levels, from “country” (no spice) all the way to “lil’ insanity,” which sounds like it came from a mid-2000s rap name generator. They offer tenders and sandwiches, including one with a glazed donut as a bun.

Osito’s Tap

$$$$ 2553 S Ridgeway Ave

This is a new speakeasy hidden behind Moreno’s Liquors in Little Village that’s focused on tequila and mezcal. In addition to liquor flights, they also serve beer and cocktails like “Last Words,” which takes a prohibition-era drink and replaces the gin with tequila.

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.

Kenny Nakai

Gaijin

$$$$
$$$$ 950 W Lake St

Gaijin is a new restaurant in the West Loop specializing in okonomiyaki - savory, Japanese pancakes. It has a small and casual dining room with flat-top grills on each table and a first-come-first-serve chef’s counter.

We checked out Gaijin and put it on our Hit List.

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.

Phodega

$$$$
$$$$ 1547 N Ashland Ave

With a name following in the footsteps of words like brunch and Brexit, Phodega is a new Wicker Park spot serving pho in a corner store. So in addition to pho and rice dishes, you can also get things like snacks, car air fresheners, and paper towels.

Lao Peng You

$$$$ 2020 W Chicago Ave

Serving a short menu focused mainly on dumplings and noodles, Lao Peng You is a new Chinese restaurant in Ukranian Village. They also do some small plates like tofu pudding, sliced beef shank, and cucumber salad.

Ella's BBQ

$$$$ 723 W Armitage Ave

Ella’s is a new counter-service BBQ spot in Lincoln Park with platters of smoked brisket, pulled pork, rib tips, and more. This place also has breakfast seven days a week, with less BBQ-y things like avocado toast and pancakes.

Hubbard Inn

$$$$ 110 W Hubbard St

Recently reopened in River North, Hubbard Inn now has a first-floor restaurant, a second-floor cocktail bar, and a bottle-service club called Masq on the third floor. You can spend your entire night here, or, just come to eat a $100 ribeye.

Tai Chi Bubble Tea

$$$$ 6800 N Sheridan Rd

This is a New York-based mini-chain and just opened its first Chicago shop in Rogers Park. In addition to bubble tea, they have food like ramen and sushi burritos.

Ciccio Mio

$$$$
$$$$ 226 W Kinzie St

A new Italian spot in River North from the people behind Bavette’s, Ciccio Mio has pasta, seafood, and dishes like chicken marsala and Italian wedding soup.

We checked out Ciccio Mio and put it on our Hit List.

October 2019

Claudia

$$$$ 540 W Madison St

Claudia is a new 10-course tasting menu spot in the West Loop. It’s $185, but also BYOB - so if you want to pair your lobster with Three Buck Chuck, you can.

Jaipur

$$$$ 738 W Randolph St

After closing last year, this Indian restaurant reopened in the West Loop. Jaipur serves both lunch and dinner, and has a variety of curry and tandoori dishes on its menu.

JIAO

$$$$ 18 S Wabash Ave

QXY is one of our favorite places in Chinatown for dumplings, and they just opened a casual spot in the Loop with a much shorter menu. More importantly, they’ve introduced a new mascot who looks like a mix between a dumpling and a character from that TV show your niece is obsessed with.

OJ Breakfast Lunch & Brunch

$$$$ 1924 W Irving Park Rd

This is a new breakfast and lunch spot in North Center serving things like French toast, tacos, and chilaquiles on the menu.

Little Victories

$$$$
Bar FoodBar  in  Wicker Park
$$$$ 1725 W Division St

Little Victories is a new spot in Wicker Park from the same people behind the great Logan Square bar Spilt Milk, and it also serves classic cocktails and bar snacks.

Tostini

$$$$ 1622 W Morse Ave

While Tostini focuses primarily on “tost” (Turkish paninis), this new halal restaurant in Rogers Park also serves soup and gelato, and Turkish breakfast on the weekends.

Mistey Nguyen

Gadabout

$$$$ 5212 N Clark St

Gadabout is a new restaurant in Andersonville with a wide-ranging menu of things like beef heart skewers with lingonberry mustard, beef tongue lettuce wraps, and buffalo skate wings. The dining room is decorated with furniture from The Brown Elephant next door, because nothing goes better with small plates than vintage bookshelves.

We checked out Gadabout and put it on our Hit List.

Bokeh

$$$$
Bar FoodBar  in  Albany Park
$$$$ 4716 N Kedzie Ave

Along with a menu of bar snacks like deviled eggs and bacon-wrapped dates, this new cocktail bar in Albany Park has live DJs and monthly art shows.

Tan Lu

$$$$ 2101 S China Pl

This is the first U.S. location of a popular Chinese seafood chain that specializes in whole grilled fish. You can choose fish like tilapia and sea bass grilled with seasonings like fermented soybeans and spicy green peppercorns.

Port & Park Bar & Bistro

$$$$ 4000 N Southport Ave

Port & Park is a new American restaurant that just opened in the former SIP space, on the corner of Southport and Irving Park in Lakeview. Along with dinner, this place also serves weekend brunch.

Panango

$$$$ 720 N State St

This is a Mexican bakery from the same team as Tzuco, and it’s right next door. You can get pastries like pan dulce and garibaldis - pound cake muffins with apricot jam glaze and sprinkles.

Tim McCoy

Woodwind

$$$$
$$$$ 259 E Erie St

A new upscale restaurant on the 18th floor of a high rise in Streeterville, WoodWind serves takes on American food like a foie gras “Big Mac” on a steamed bao bun or a chicken “wing” made from dehydrated chicken mousse.

We checked out Woodwind and put it on our Hit List.

Jason Little

Centre Street Kitchen

$$$$ 1224 W Webster Ave

Centre Street Kitchen is a new American spot in Lincoln Park that really wants people to be nice to each other - the menu instructs diners to “go around the table telling each person something you appreciate about them.” After doing that, you can order dishes like roasted cauliflower, farro salad, and the smoked chicken for two.

Cracked: The Egg Came First

$$$$ 1359 N Milwaukee Ave

Cracked is a new Wicker Park breakfast spot that’s open till 11pm. You’ll find things like biscuits and gravy, yogurt parfaits, and chilaquiles, along with a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches.

Stockton

$$$$ 1009 N. Rush Street

Stockton is a clubby two-story restaurant that just opened in the Gold Coast. There’s a wide-ranging food menu with a seafood tower, truffled burrata, an assortment of sushi, and steak. The dimly-lit space has velvet booths, and live bands and DJs (who are also alive).

Papa Cenar

$$$$ 2445 N Milwaukee Ave

This is a new Spanish and Mediterranean restaurant in Logan Square that’s taken over the former Twain space. You’ll find a selection of small plates like patatas bravas, halloumi, and mussels with lamb sausage, along with larger plates like branzino and steak.

Creed On Lake

$$$$ 2806 W Lake St

This is a brand new soul food restaurant that just opened in East Garfield Park. The menu has dishes like fried chicken, collard greens, cornbread, and catfish.

Roots Handmade Pizza

$$$$ 1610 N Wells St

Roots Handmade Pizza is opening its third location, this one in Old Town. Roots specializes in Quad Cities–style pizza, which has a thin malted crust and is sliced into long strips. This newest location is on the first floor of the Second City building.

Transilvania Grill

$$$$ 4064 N Lincoln Ave

This is a new restaurant in North Center serving European soups and salads, along with entrees like shawarma, sausages, and burgers.

Namaste Chicago

$$$$ 2515 N California Ave

Namaste Chicago is a new Nepali and Indian restaurant in Logan Square. The menu has plenty of meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes, and it’s BYOB with no corkage fee.

YY Hot Pot

$$$$ 1343 W 18th St

A new spot in Pilsen with an all-you-can-eat hot pot menu, open until 11:30pm every night.

September 2019

Larissa Kaye

Necessary & Sufficient Coffee

$$$$ 3624 W. Wrightwood Ave.

Necessary & Sufficient is a new grab-and-go coffee shop in Logan Square. They have specialty drinks like a matcha latte and homemade botanical sodas, as well as a kids menu with a mini beetroot latte and drinking chocolate. There are also pastries, donuts, and empanadas on the menu.

Jerky Jerk

$$$$ 2251 W Taylor St

A new Caribbean restaurant in Tri-Taylor with jerk versions of everything: jerk tacos, jerk fries, jerk nachos, jerk stir fry, and more. This place also has a comedy open mic in their lounge every Tuesday.

Mo:Mo Factory

$$$$ 3202 N Broadway

Mo:Mo Factory is a new restaurant serving momos and other Nepalese street food in East Lakeview.

Señoritas Cantina

$$$$ 1104 W 18th St

This is a new restaurant in Pilsen serving Mexican food, including duck carnitas tacos. They’ll be doing brunch, and staying open late on the weekend (until 2am Friday and 3am Saturday).

Old Pueblo Cantina

$$$$ 1200 W. Webster Avenue

This new Mexican restaurant in Lincoln Park has Sonoran staples made with open-flame mesquite cooking and flour tortillas rather than corn tortillas. The menu features “cheese crisps” (also known as Sonoran quesadillas), along with classics like tacos and enchiladas.

Hanabusa Cafe

$$$$ 29 E Madison St

A new cafe in the Loop specializing in Japanese-style souffle pancakes, which come in flavors like matcha and taro. They open at 11am and serve their pancakes all day.

Wok N’ Bao

$$$$ 36 N Clinton St

This is a new restaurant in the West Loop serving Chinese street food. The menu has rice and noodle bowls, wings, salads, and gua bao - steamed Fujian hand buns with fillings like pork belly, mapo tofu, and lemongrass chicken.

Taco E

$$$$ 750 W 33rd St

Taco E is a new takeout and delivery spot in Bridgeport from the people behind Nana serving tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, as well as desserts from Nana. They’re planning to offer dine-in seating in 2020.

Galdones Photography

Roebuck

$$$$
PizzaItalian  in  Lakeview
$$$$ 3159 N Broadway St

Roebuck is the newest brew pub from the people behind Dryhop Brewers in East Lakeview. In addition to their house beer and specialty cocktails, they serve Neapolitan-style pizzas like the Bank Raaber (crumbled meatballs, charred broccoli rabe, and lemon zest).

Reggies On The Beach

$$$$ 6259 Lake Shore Drive

The new Reggies spin-off on 63rd Street Beach opened on Labor Day and will be serving food and drinks until Halloween, weather permitting. There won’t be any live music until they reopen next year.

Bárbaro Taqueria y Cantina

$$$$
$$$$ 2525 W North Ave

Bárbaro is a new Humboldt Park taqueria with tacos, tortas, and gorditas, along with signature cocktails like a mezcal piña colada, a rum old fashioned, and a raicilla martini.

Sarah Zelman/Utopian Tailgate

Utopian Tailgate

$$$$ 1608 North Wells

This is a new bar and restaurant on the rooftop above Second City in Old Town. The food menu has kabobs, large plates, snacks like “ganja goo balls” made with CBD oil, and sandwiches like a meatball burrata grinder. You can also play Spikeball, mini golf, and beer pong here.

Soul Crab

$$$$ 1904 N Western Ave

Soul Crab is a new soul seafood restaurant from a YouTube-famous chef who has two restaurants in Atlanta. The menu has everything from crab and collard green egg rolls to lobster tails with jerk butter.

Midwest Coast Brewing Company

$$$$
Bar  in  West Town
$$$$ 2137 W Walnut St

This is a new brewery and taproom in West Town. The space is dog-friendly, kid-friendly, and BYOF.

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