Matthias Merges' buzz-worthy haunt brings Italian/French eats to Hyde Park.
For an updated take on Italian, give Acanto a whirl.
The Angry Crab
West Rogers Park area BYOB for Cajun-style seafood sold by the whole pound.
Asian family recipes shine at this spot from the owners of The Hot Woks Cool Sushi.
Marty Fosse offers up this homey Italian option in Wicker Park.
Latin American cuisine in the West Loop.
Jerry Kleiner's hit offers modern Latin fare in vibrant digs.
The Berkshire Room
Benjamin Schiller dispenses a hip line-up of barrel cocktails and upscale bar bites in River North.
Coffeehouse serving donuts, flatbreads and more in the Old Irving Park neighborhood.
Blue Door Farm Stand
Sandwiches, salads and juices at this casual Lincoln Park spot.
American and Italian dishes from the team behind Cafe Lucci.
Ukrainian Village brasserie with a seasonal, meat-centric menu.
A homey, unpretentious Central European spot amid the hubbub of River North.
Contemporary American eats from an alum of The Publican.
The Brass Monkey
Seventies-inspired American comfort food and brasserie fare in the West Loop.
Buzz Bait Taqueria
OPENING AUGUST 2015 --- Fast-casual fish taco concept in Old Town.
Nautical décor sets the scene at this two-story River North seafood destination.
Chicago Chop Shop
Joshua Marrelli's butcher shop, restaurant and performance space covers all the bases.
Italian tapas stars at this hotspot from Trattoria No. 10's Dan Rosenthal.
Italian trattoria from Brendan Sodikoff in River North.
Multi-tasking French spot in the Theater District/Loop from Roland Liccioni.
OPENING TBA --- A brewpub from chef Rick Bayless.
Chef Greg Elliott breathes new life into Italian classics at this upscale hotel restaurant.
The Radler crew is behind this Logan Square spot for kebab sandwiches and other street food.
Billy Lawless does it again at this hip-cozy spot.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Posh pad for Prime steaks in the heart of the Gold Coast.
Dia De Los Tamales
Familiar and fantastical takes on tamales from a husband and wife team.
Seasonally focused, authentic Italian cuisine at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago.
This 1960's-inspired diner serves up Mexican-style soul food, coffee and cocktails.
Duck Duck Goat
OPENING FALL 2015 --- A Chinese restaurant from "Top Chef" winner Stephanie Izard.
The Duck Inn
Pilsen/Bridgeport area restaurant for partner-chef Kevin Hickey’s New American cuisine.
E + O Food and Drink
Rodelio Aglibot's suburban catchall proffers a mix of above-average Asian, Italian and American eats.
Set-price, by-ticket dining from thoughtful chef and forager Iliana Regan.
Fig & Olive
Mediterranean restaurant Fig & Olive branches out to Chicago.
Found Kitchen & Social House
Nicole Pederson’s seasonally inspired fare fits right in at this rustic Evanston haunt.
This counter-service spot in Wicker Park serves up handmade ramen noodles.
Good Stuff Eatery
Burgers, fries and shakes from "Top Chef" contestant Spike Mendelsohn.
The Hampton Social
Coastal cuisine in a marine-like setting in River North.
Neighborhood tavern offering an array of drinks and a frequently changing menu in a casual environment.
High Five Ramen
Spicy noodle bowls and slushy cocktails in the West Loop.
Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Fried chicken seems hip, thanks to the folks behind underground dining club Sunday Dinner.
Intro features guest chefs in stints of two or three months.
River North’s Japonais has morphed into Japonais by Morimoto.
Funky burgers from a former school teacher in Portage Park.
A serene seafooder with Spanish leanings.
Spacious spot with a huge Japanese menu and updated cocktails in a sexy dining room and lower-level izakaya.
This Wicker Park spot serves comforting fare inspired by the "post-service cravings" of the Ruxbin crew.
Seafood-centric Italian stars at this hub from Paul Kahan.
Old Crow Smokehouse
Asian-inflected barbecue is the standout at this vast spot from the John Barleycorn crew.
A husband-wife team turns out hip Korean-American fare in a slick space.
Polish-inspired fare in Humboldt Park.
The Longman & Eagle team are behind this Hyde Park music venue with hit-or-miss fare.
Modern Mexican fare, served in stylish digs in the far west suburbs.
It's ramen, Lettuce Entertain You style, meaning clubby beats and tasty eats.
Everyone's abuzz over the artisanal bagels, wood-fired pizzas and pastas from this Logan Square spot.
Noted chefs join forces at this riverside restaurant, offering American fare with tableside service.
OPENING TBA --- A new project from chef Grant Achatz.
Chicago steakhouse from the Melmans and Rancics, offering an array of beefy options.
Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Argentine steakhouse adjacent to Loews Chicago Hotel.
Modern interpretations of American clubhouse fare.
New York-based Shake Shack has arrived in Chicago.
Casual spot for seafood and more from executive chef Matt Danko.
Brendan Sodikoff's Small Cheval in Bucktown serves the ever-popular Au Cheval burgers and fries.
The Spanish Square
OPENING SUMMER 2015 --- European marketplace and restaurant in Lakeview.
Stella Barra Pizzeria
Chef Jeff Mahin's California pizzeria heads to the Windy City.
Summer House Santa Monica
A California-inspired culinary collaboration from chef Jeff Mahin, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and chef Francis Brennan.
Piano bar with upscale bar food at Thalia Hall.
Taste of Thai Town
Thai restaurant from chef Arun Sampanthavivat in Albany Park.
Taus Authentic Food & Drink
Contemporary French flavors with a global touch at this Wicker Park restaurant.
Lunchtime and late-night tacos on the North Side.
White Oak Tavern & Inn
American cuisine utilizing the output of local farms at this Lincoln Park restaurant.
Casual bar and restaurant offering American food in Streeterville.