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Brendan Sodikoff's Small Cheval in Bucktown is the second outpost of Au Cheval

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NEW RESTAURANTS IN CHICAGO


Michael Jordan's Restaurant has extended its brand to Oak Brook, bringing elevated American fare to its first suburban location. Executive chef Craig Couper, who oversees the operation on the Magnificent Mile, delivers a menu representative of MJ's favorites, including a 23-ingredient chopped salad prepared tableside, Chilean sea bass and a pork tenderloin. The space pays homage to the icon with the largest private collection of career-spanning photographs to date. Michael Jordan's Restaurant, 1225 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523, 630-828-2932.
 
Proxi restaurant has opened in Chicago Executive chef Andrew Zimmerman and managing partner Emmanuel Nony are behind Proxi, inspired by street foods. The restaurant offers snacks, small plates, raw selections, entrées and large-format dishes such as Wagyu sirloin, coal-roasted oysters and raw tuna. Look for brasserie-influenced design — brass-framed mirrors, rustic planks — and remnants of the old Werner Printing Company, now Proxi's home. The modern American concept, from the same team who launched Sepia, adds to the culinary richness of Restaurant Row. Proxi, 565 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661, 312-441-1920.
 
Sal's Trattoria, from the team behind Butcher & The Burger, makes a home in West Lakeview. Chef/partner Allen Sternweiler focuses on antipasti, plus from-scratch linguine and clams, spaghetti and meatballs and pappardelle with mushrooms, artichokes, tomatoes and spinach. Entrées include chicken saltimbocca, trout piccata, beef tenderloin and more. Finish with an olive cake, tiramisu or gelato. Sal's Trattoria, 2834 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657, 773-857-1401.
 
River Northers head up to rooftop lounge Apogee at Dana Hotel & Spa for large format cocktails from the team at The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group. The bar specializes in drinks for four to six guests. From the Panda Party (Blackstrap Rum, Cognac, lime, ginger and absinthe garnished with dehydrated citrus, pineapple leaves, orange powder, mint powder and sesame seeds) to the Surtur (Rye, a five-year-aged dark rum, Falernum, lime, grapefruit and Demerara syrup accented with Manhattan marshmallow), expect plenty of drama and flavor. Apogee, Dana Hotel & Spa, 2 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-202-6000.
 

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CHICAGO RESTAURANT UPDATES

Blue Door Farm Stand Re-Opens
For casual, ultra-tasty grub, head to Blue Door Farm Stand, a spot dishing up cold-pressed juices, salads from just-plucked ingredients and sandwiches. The Lincoln Park restaurant has finally re-opened. Blue Door Farm Stand, 2010 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614, 773-935-2583.
 
Celebrating Thai Flavors at Arun's
Arun's, a standard for Thai cuisine, introduces an immersive, educational experience via its Best of Thailand Monthly Dining Series. For two days each month starting June 21, 2017, diners can sample a themed, 10- to 12-course prix-fixe menu for $150 conceived by chef Arun Sampanthavivat, who has been at the helm for 32 years. The series follows this schedule: June 21-22, Regional Thai Cuisine; July 19-20, Vegetarian Thai; August 23-24, Marriage from Heaven, Wine and Food pairings; September 20-21, War of Thai Chili Dips; October 18-19, Thai Pasta; November 15-16, Thai Curry Night; December 13-14, Thai Comfort Food, Braised Better. Arun's, 4156 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60618, 773-539-1909.
 



UPDATES ON CHICAGO CHEFS


David Fingerman is now the chef of Atwood, located in The Alise Chicago, formerly Hotel Burnham, in the historic Reliance Building. He has unveiled a seasonal menu showcasing dishes such as chicken liver toast, spoonbread, and crispy skinned salmon paired with melted leeks and celery root purée. Fingerman was previously executive chef at Graham Elliot Bistro, and also held that position at Madrina in Dallas. Atwood, The Alise Chicago, 1 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602, 312-368-1900.
 


CHICAGO RESTAURANT CLOSINGS


CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Chicago to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. The Dining Room, R.I.P.

Katsu Japanese Restaurant will close its doors after November 26, 2017. The sleek, affordable Japanese favorite earned a well-deserved following for seriously fresh sushi. Katsu Japanese Restaurant, 2651 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago, IL 60659, 773-784-3383.
 
Sumi Robata Bar shut its doors at the end of August 2017. The River North restaurant served unfussy, memorable robata fare from Gene Kato, a Japonais vet. Sumi Robata Bar, 702 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654, no phone.
 
Balena is closed due to fire damage Balena, located across from the Steppenwolf Theatre in Lincoln Park, is closed to repair damages from a fire in the building. Balena, 1633 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614, 312-867-3888 .
 
42 grams, the New American restaurant from chef-owner Jake Bickelhaupt, has closed. 42 grams, 4662 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640, No phone.
 

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