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Best New Bar & Restaurant Openings in Chicago

A continually updated list of the best new bars and restaurants that have opened in and around Chicago

Updated Jan 24, 2019 | 6:00 pm CST

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DECEMBER 2018

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Parlor Pizza Bar River North  

405 N Dearborn St,
Chicago, IL, 60654
312-392-2356

River North

This is the 3rd and newest location of the popular, neapolitan-inspired pizza bar/restaurant. Wood-burning ovens share the menu with seasonally rotating dishes, American craft beers, artisanal wines and inventive cocktails. Also on tap: weekend brunch with an impressive Bloody Mary Bar. Parlor Pizza Bar offers a comfortable, affordable & approachable dining destination to the River North neighborhood!


 

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Gigi’s Kitchen  

1954 W Armitage Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60622
773-799-8290

Bucktown

Located in Bucktown, Gigi’s Kitchen features American comfort food, with a Latin flare. The open kitchen gives you a real mom’s home cooked meal making you feel right at home.


 

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Bistec  

1523 N Kingsbury St,
Chicago, IL, 60642
312-929-3182

Lincoln Park

The word "Bistec" comes from the Spanish word for steak. They serve the best Mexican inspired seasoned meats alongside contemporary dishes, and offer a unique dining experience where patrons grill their own meats at their table.


 

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Fatpour Tapworks McCormick Place  

2206 S Indiana Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60616
312-878-9292

South Loop

From Big Onion Tavern Group comes the second location for this brewpub, named for its 22-ounce pours, with a 200-plus beer list & a wide-ranging pub menu.


 

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Tuko Cantina  

1938 W Division St,
Chicago, IL, 60622
773-687-8240

Wicker Park

Made in America with Mexican parts, TUKO Cantina is bringing Mexican-American cuisine to Wicker Park! At TUKO they celebrate Mexican cantinas of the American Southwest with an array of nachos, tortas and burgers alongside tacos served on house-made tortillas.


 

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Yokocho  

1742 W Division St,
Chicago, IL, 60622
773-342-1742

Wicker Park

A hidden, traditional, Japanese alleyway bar in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Serving up traditional Saki, cocktails and small bites, Yokocho is the next big thing...you just have to find it first. Eat, drink and encounter all walks of life here where the East meets the West.


 

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The Swill Inn  

415 N Milwaukee Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60654
312-624-9962

River West

Inside the former Paramount Room comes this playful gastropub that serves unique, boozy signature cocktails and late night coffee drinks. The Swill Inn comes from the co-ownership of Dustin Drankiewicz (Dusek’s, MONEYGUN, Deadbolt) and Lamar Moore (Smoke Daddy, Currency Exchange Cafe).


 

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Brothers and Sisters  

2119 W Chicago Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60622
773-661-1599

Ukrainian Village

A funky bottle shop, all-day eatery and market in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood that's about good people sharing good food. 


 

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Ramen-San Streeterville  

165 E Huron St,
Chicago, IL, 60654
312-767-4075

Streeterville

The third installment of this popular (now chain) from Lettuce Entertain You Group, Ramen-san in Streeterville offers a rustic ramen joint for noodle soups, buns & chicken wings plus cocktails, sake & lots of whiskey.


 


NOVEMBER 2018

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Bar Sotano  

443 N Clark St,
Chicago, IL, 60654
312-319-5857

River North

Bar Sotano, a new Rick Bayless restaurant in River North, opens this new spot in the basement of Frontera Grill (which you enter through the alley in the back). There’s a long list of mezcal and and tequila, and the food menu ranges from ceviche to paella and a burger with jalapeno crema and tomato jam. Just like the markets, Mexico’s master distillers offer a nearly unfathomable variety of flavors.


 

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The Darling  

905 W Randolph St,
Chicago, IL, 60607
312-285-2609

West Loop

The Darling is a kind-of-quirky, intimate, delightful cocktail, dining and social club located on Randolph St in the West Loop. The entrance is behind a flower shop, and the space is designed to feel like an old mansion. You can hang out on big leather chairs, drink cocktails, and order small and large format dishes (like sweetbreads or a seafood platter). They have a variety of live performances, too.


 

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Yugen  

652 W Randolph St,
Chicago, IL, 60661
312-265-1008

West Loop

A modern-fine dining experience in Chicago’s premier dining district. Helmed by Executive Chef Mari Katsumura, the restaurant will feature contemporary Japanese cuisine in a striking, reimagined space. Y?gen is to be part of a certain magic evoked by poised equilibrium of excellent cuisine, inspiring design and unforgettable hospitality.


 

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Bobbys Lincoln Park  

2518 N Lincoln Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60614
773-799-8555

Lincoln Park

There’s a brand new large, two-floor steakhouse in Lincoln Park. In addition to steaks and seafood, Bobby’s serves housemade pastas and appetizers like octopus carpaccio. This is a true neighborhood spot with an inspired take on inventive food and drink.


 

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Aster Hall  

900 N Michigan Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60611
312-915-3916

Gold Coast

Aster Hall is a welcoming gathering place located on the 5th & 6th floors of 900 North Michigan Avenue. They offer a diverse range of food and beverage offerings across sixteen unique vendors. Guests can find local food favorites, international cuisines, classic cocktails, curated wines, artisan coffee and refreshing juices.


 

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Landbirds  

2532 N California Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60647
773-697-7107

Logan Square

Landbirds, the Asian chicken wing joint from first-time restaurateur Eddie Lee, has officially joined the Logan Square neighborhood. Chicken wing fans can rejoice with a great spot to get their sweet and spicy fix, and in lollipop form.


 

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Onward  

6580 N Sheridan Rd,
Chicago, IL, 60626
872-888-8776

Rogers Park

Onward is an upscale restaurant that just opened near the Loyola campus in Rogers Park. It serves Parents-Weekend-friendly food like duck breast, roasted chicken, and salmon.


 

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Virtue  

1462 E 53rd St,
Chicago, IL, 60615
773-947-8831

Hyde Park

Stationed in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Virtue is a Southern American restaurant that leads with a culture of hospitality & of course...kindness (which is a Virtue).


 

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Taureaux Tavern  

155 W Van Buren St,
Chicago, IL, 60605
312-624-8778

Loop

This is an all-day French restaurant that just opened in the Loop, from the same owners as Cochon Volant. The menu has dishes like escargots, steak frites, and a $150 seafood tower.


 


OCTOBER 2018

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About Last Knife  

168 N Michigan Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60601
312-392-2440

Loop

About Last Knife (aka ALK) is equal parts a play on words and a play on a steakhouse. From “About Last Night,” the classic movie set in Chicago to morning-after conversation, they thought it time to make steaks less serious and more fun. This downtown steakhouse from the former chef of Forbidden Root. Along with steaks, there are a lot of other entrees, vegetables, and sandwiches on the menu.

 

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Bibliophile  

1644 E 53rd St,
Chicago, IL, 60615
872-244-3704

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is home to a renowned university, world-class museums, and finally, a great gastropub that’s equal parts bookstore, neighborhood bar, full-service restaurant, and dessert lounge. The perfect location for Bibliophiles (i.e. a person who collects or has a great love of books) who love conversation and friendly faces.

 


 

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Fat Shallot  

2468 N Clark St,
Chicago, IL, 60614
773-661-6335

Lincoln Park

Popular food truck turned restaurant, Fat Shallot, brings a hip sandwich joint (best known for their incredible grilled cheese sandwiches), offering gourmet options with global influences to the Lincoln Park area.

 

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VU Rooftop Bar  

133 E Cermak Rd,
Chicago, IL, 60616
312-528-0191

South Loop

With two patios, three bars, and a karaoke room spread across 13,000 square feet on the 22nd floor, Vu Rooftop Bar certainly stands out as a must see, new rooftop bar in the South Loop (across from McCormick Place).

 


 


SEPTEMBER 2018

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Union Full Board  

3473 N Clark St,
Chicago, IL, 60657
224-322-0100

Wrigleyville

Everything you love about Union Pizzeria & Union Squared all rolled into one...The owners of Union Squared pizza have opened a spot in the Wheelhouse Hotel in Wrigleyville, just one block south of Wrigley Field, serving Detroit-style pies along with small plates like calamari and bruschetta. But the new restaurant isn’t just about squares. Ownership unleashes a full menu including organic salmon with arugula and farro, a full line of sandwiches, salads, and entrees. There are also daily specials such as on Sunday when they’ll serve lasagna with veal and pancetta ragu.

 


 

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The Motel Bar  

600 W Chicago Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60654
312-786-5525

River North

This is a newly reopened bar in River North that (as the name suggests) is designed to feel like a 1970s motel lobby. The Motel Bar gives guests a disctinctive, vintage-inspired dining and social scene fit for lunch, happy hour and late-night crowds. It serves classic cocktails & a full American menu in a retro hotel bar setting with sofas, jukebox & a patio.

 


 

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The Priory Bar & Kitchen  

5130 N Western Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60625
773-942-7200

Lincoln Square

Located in the delightful Lincoln Square / Ravenswood neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago, The Priory Bar & Kitchen incorporates  a modern twist to English fare and rustic scenic appeal accented with modern flair, atmosphere and presentation.

 

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Dorian’s  

1939 W North Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60622
773-687-9824

Wicker Park

Dorian's is taking over the former Saved by The Max pop-up space, bringing a permanent '60s-inspired, hybrid restaurant to Wicker Park. Creative cocktails, globally inspired shared plates, progressive performances & vinyl selections found only through The Record Shop. Diners will enter through the vinyl store — stocked with jazz, rock, boogie, and more — on their ways to the dining room and bar.

 


 

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Tao  

632 N Dearborn St,
Chicago, IL, 60654
224-888-0388

River North

Drawing strong inspiration from TAO Downtown in New York, TAO Chicago is a dynamic two-level space, complete with four private dining rooms and a large bar. A grand staircase connects TAO’s ground and lower level seating, creating the ultimate platform to see and be seen.

 

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Somerset  

1112 N State St,
Chicago, IL, 60610
312-586-2150

Gold Coast

Set on the site of the 1920's era famed Cedar Hotel, Somerset brings new life to the Gold Coast neighborhood with a swanky, all-day restaurant that has a yacht-club feel, American fare & cocktails. Chef Lee Wolen and Boka Restaurant Group focus on seasonal American cuisine which Chef Wolen describes as "food people like to eat." 

 

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Cabos Baja  

5750 N California Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60659
872-208-5842

West Rogers Park

This fresh addition to West Rogers Park is the latest project of Chef J C. Villegas and his wife Veronica. This new spot offers fajitas, and steak and chicken entrees, as well as appetizers, salads and desserts. Look out for classics like flautas de pollo -- chicken, salsa, avocado, sour cream and cheese stuffed between corn tortillas; burritos and chile relleno -- homemade stuffed peppers.

 


 

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Foxtrot Market  

3334 N Southport Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60657
773-661-9498

Lakeview

"Your new favorite corner store, delivered. Foxtrot Markets hybrid, upscale convenience store provides customers with the best craft beer, wine, spirits, snacks, gifts and everyday essentials, as well as a coffe bar. With fresh arrivals every week online and in theirretail shops, there is always something new to discover here.

 


 

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Le Sud  

2301 W Roscoe St,
Chicago, IL, 60618
773-857-1985

Roscoe Village

At this new Roscoe Village restaurant, their chef creates a truly authentic menu focusing on the freshest, highest quality ingredients, enhanced with modern techniques. Their two bars serve perfectly matched wines, creative cocktails and martinis, as well as thoughtful beer selections.

 


 

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Mesler Kitchen | Bar | Lounge  

1401 E 53rd St,
Chicago, IL, 60615
773-289-1005

Hyde Park

Mesler Kitchen serves inventive New American food, including pasta, steaks, and burgers. Each plate is composed of creativity and local infusions while drawing inspiration from a diverse range of cuisines, and their bar menu will delight your senses with artfully-crafted beverages, local wines, craft brews, and savory bites.

 


 

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Walton Street Kitchen + Bar  

912 N State St,
Chicago, IL, 60610
773-570-3525

Gold Coast

Located in the new Nº9 Walton building at the corner of State and Walton, Walton Street is a neighborhood restaurant and cocktail lounge serving lunch, dinner & weekend brunch. With a highly experienced team they look to deliver an experience that lives both on and off the plate.

 

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