Chicago Restaurant News
Locanda ushers in another spot for Italian dining from Antoine Cedicci (owner of Pane Caldo and Trattoria Ultimo). Feast on elevated classics such as Parmesan ravioli Contrario with crispy prosciutto and corn sauce, king crab charcoal ravioli with saffron-fennel sauce, and duck confit ragù with house-infused orange tagliatelle. With more than 80 wines and an outdoor patio, the restaurant aims to be a culinary destination for locals. Locanda, 201 E. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-397-8800.
Bounce Sporting Club amps up the River North scene with a rooftop and DJ. The many dinner selections provide a base for late-night drinking, while an extensive brunch serves as a hangover cure. The former offers a solid roster of burgers, wings and flatbreads. Bounce Sporting Club, 324 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-313-7300.
The question of what's next for the sixteenth-floor space formerly home to Sixteen at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago now has an answer. Executive chef Nick Dostal has reconcepted it into Terrace 16, a restaurant celebrating the flavors of land at the height of harvest year-round. Look for New American dishes such as Ora king salmon, garden toast, black cod and crispy chicken accentuated by some of the vegetables and herbs grown on the terrace garden. Terrace 16, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, 401 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-588-8030.
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.
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.
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.
New Home for Wishbone
Southern restaurant Wishbone is moving a few blocks away to a new location at the end of September 2018. Wishbone, 1001 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-850-2663.
Lux Champagne Cart at The Gwen
Head to the fifth floor of The Gwen for a tableside Lux Champagne Cart on Mondays to Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cart will feature Brut and Rosé Champagnes from Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot served alongside a selection of fruit juices, plus a bottomless Prosecco for $18. Live musicians and artisan popsicles from Itsapop (strawberry, Mexican hot cocoa and a custom flavor called The Gwen) for $6 each add to the alfresco decadence. The Gwen, 521 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-645-1500.
Vive la France Burger!
French chef Daniel Boulud (of Daniel in New York City, one of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.) pioneered the "Gourmet Burger Revolution." So, it’s only natural that on Bastille Day, July 14, 2018, he launched "THE UMAMI FRENCHIE" with the famous UMAMI BURGER chain. (The timing was lucky as France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup the next day!) Discover the tasty burger, presented by Boulud himself, in this video. Then, go try it for yourself at UMAMI BURGER in Chicago's West Loop and Wicker Park. Part of UMAMI BURGER's Artist Series, "THE UMAMI FRENCHIE" ($18) will be available until September 14th. One dollar from each burger sold will benefit charitable organization Citymeals, which provides a lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to New York City’s homebound elderly. Umami Burger, 1480 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, 773-423-2005.
Rosé-on-the-river Summer at River Roast
It's a rosé-on-the-river summer at River Roast. For $35, diners can enjoy oysters plus rosé on the expansive patio from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-822-0100.
The Arts District downtown will welcome an LA location of Chicago’s famous Girl & the Goat restaurant, overseen by Iron Chef champion Stephanie Izard. Look for an opening next summer, with a menu featuring some of the more popular dishes like escargot ravioli, duck tongues with piri piri, and wood oven roasted pig face. Girl & the Goat, 555 Mateo St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Sixteen restaurant in Chicago closed after lunch service on April 29, 2018. It will transform into a new 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, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, 401 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-588-8030.
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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