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

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Just-opened Hotel Zachary ushers in Cubs season with a new restaurant: Big Star Wrigleyville. With executive chef/partner Paul Kahan and chef de cuisine Julie Warpinski at the helm, the restaurant serves familiar flavors, including al pastor, Baja fish and Panza tacos, and house-made tortillas. Capitalizing on the people-watching, the space boasts an 80-seat patio overlooking the iconic ballpark, and a soundtrack as lively as baseball season, from 70s rock and roll to classic country. Big Star, Hotel Zachary, 3640 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613, no phone.
Pink Taco, the taco sensation from Las Vegas and Los Angeles, debuts in the former Bull & Bear space in River North. With made-from-scratch salads, tortas, taco bowls, burritos and salads, the restaurant brings one more amenity to its arsenal: a taco truck named "Brandy." House-made margaritas boast sweet and sour, organic agave and fresh lime. Look for a casual vibe and fun interior, from retractable garage doors to works by local artists. Pink Taco, 431 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-212-5566.
The trio that launched The Whistler brings the bar Sleeping Village to Avondale. Expect 56 draft beers and ciders, Dark Matter coffee and live music until 2 a.m. during weekdays and 3 a.m. on Saturdays. A year-round patio seats 150. Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60618, no phone.
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville at Hotel Zachary brings its Midwestern barbecue to destination diners. The restaurant from 4 Star Restaurant Group seats 300 and spans 8,000 square feet, and has in-house smokers. Expect similar dishes to the sister spot in Wicker Park, from the Wrightwood Salad to the Taste of the Daddy platter. Smoke Daddy, Hotel Zachary, 3636 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613, 773-227-2583.
Lowcountry has opened on Wabash Break out the bibs: Lowcountry's Wrigleyville location now has a sister. The second outpost serves the signature boil-in-a-bag crawfish, shrimp, crab legs and fixin's, this time with an emphasis on counter service. Specialty sides such as jalapeño honey butter cornbread remain, while large-format cocktails and beer towers account for the beverage program. Lowcountry, 1132 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, 888-883-8375.
Ocean Prime, the glitzy modern American restaurant-lounge from restauranteur Cameron Mitchell, will debut its Chicago home at LondonHouse in 2019. The upscale restaurant has sister locations in Denver, Beverly Hills, Washington D.C. and other cities, and will boast expense account-worthy steaks, seafood, signature cocktails and vino. The second-floor space will seat up to 350 diners and include three private dining rooms, and two bars. Ocean Prime, 85 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601, no phone.
Apogee at Dana Hotel & Spa is now open in Chicago 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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Artango Bar & Steakhouse launches its Two to Tango dinner series Date Night Heats up in Lincoln Square
Every Tuesday, couples can have their steak and dance it off, too. Artango Bar & Steakhouse launches its "Two to Tango" dinner series, with a shared meal for $25 per person, plus a 7:30 p.m. tango lesson from Argentine instructors Hernan Prieto and Daniela Roig. The dinner, with selections from a para compartir (steak flight) to asado de pollo, can be ordered before or after the class. Artango Bar & Steakhouse, 4767 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625, 872-208-7441.


Dennis Bernard, who helped launch Southern-inspired Mexican eatery Dove's Luncheonette in Wicker Park, returns to his roots as chef de cuisine of The Publican. Bernard was instrumental in starting the brunch program at The Publican before conceptualizing Dove's. He joined One Off Hospitality as a line cook at Blackbird. The Publican, 837 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, 312-733-9555.
Tom Carlin, a former head butcher and sous chef at Publican Quality Meats, joins Dove's Luncheonette as a new chef de cuisine. Dove's Luncheonette, 1545 N. Damen Ave. , Chicago, IL 60622, 773-645-4060.
Chefs Matthias Merges and Graham Elliot teamed up to open Gideon Sweet, a cocktail-forward concept. Gideon Sweet, 841 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-888-2258.


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Sixteen will close after lunch service on April 29, 2018 Sixteen restaurant in Chicago will close after lunch service on April 29, 2018. It will transform into a new yet-to-be-named concept, which will be driven by more approachable, à la carte offerings influenced by European and Asian fare. Executive chef Nick Dostal said, "People tell us they love the quality and thoughtfulness of our food but wish they could enjoy it more frequently. We listened, and the time is right for this evolution." Dostal will helm the kitchen at the new concept. Sixteen will commemorate its imprint with a Legacy tasting menu featuring its signature dishes through the years. Sixteen, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, 401 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-588-8030.
Dolce Italian in The Godfrey Hotel has closed Dolce Italian in The Godfrey Hotel has closed its doors. Dolce Italian, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, 127 W. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60654, no phone.

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