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Chicago Restaurant Openings: New Places to Get Excited About This Fall

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Ah, fall—the season forever linked with vibrant changing colors and the feeling of fresh starts. And Chicago’s restaurant scene is no exception, ushering in several new dining and drinking dens to the city’s ever-evolving epicurean landscape in the months to come, all as we continue to settle into summer’s still-hot arrivals.

Mask up, mark your calendars, and make your way to one (or many) of these must-try spots now—either brand-new or forthcoming—from a European cider house in Lincoln Square to an après-ski-inspired retreat in River North.

Cobblestone
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Lincoln Square
Opening date: May 2021
This bistro and cider house offers elevated European dishes with a Midwest twist from chef Michael McCloud (Tortoise Supper Club). Locally sourced, seasonal ingredients inform dinner and brunch menus with items like Seared Porcini Spaetzle with foraged mushrooms or Braised Short Rib for the former, and Schnitzel and Waffles or Latke Benedicts for the latter.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Esme
Esme | Photo by Sandy Noto

Lincoln Park
Opening date: August 2021
Folks have been on the edge of their seats for this opening, the first solo project from former Next chef Jenner Tomaske and his wife Katrina Bravo. Together, they put forth a multi-course tasting menu featuring dishes like Raclette Pierogies with Burnt Onion Consommé, Sablefish with Squash Blossoms and Artichoke, and a Wagyu Éclair with Salted Strawberries and Pine. They’ll be championing the arts in the process—the team plans to curate collaboration dinners benefitting the work of local creatives.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Goddess & Grocer
Goddess & Grocer | Photo by Victoria Kent

West Loop
Opening date: Fall 2021
Chef Alisha Elenz (mfk, Waldorf Astoria) just joined the team at this beloved grocer-meets-deli, which is planning to open a fifth location this fall in the heart of the West Loop. There, expect to see new menu items from Elenz, along with some of the old reliables, including wraps, soups, and that epic rainbow cake.
How to book: Stop by for counter service.

Radio Room
Radio Room

River North
Opening date: July 2021
DineAmic Hospitality (Siena Tavern, Prime & Provisions, Barrio) continues their River North stride with this opening, a restaurant, sports bar, and music lounge spread over 10,000 square feet. There will be plenty of food to accompany it all—chef Andrew Sikkelarus serves a menu of contemporary American comfort fare, including Nashville Hot Fries, Fried Cheese Curds, and multiple-choice Mac n’ Cheese with options like truffle, smoked brisket, and popcorn chicken.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Gold Coast
Opening date: June 2021
Chef Soo Ahn helms the kitchen at this recently opened restaurant, where modern Italian cuisine steals the show. Ahn’s inspiration spans regions and showcases the same fine dining approach he’s maintained at the Michelin-starred restaurants of his past, as evidenced by plates like Spinach Cannelloni, Artichoke and Red Chili Mafaldine, or the 40-ounce Porterhouse Bistecca alla Fiorentina.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Lure Fishbar
Lure Fishbar | Photo by Brianna Balducci

River North
Opening date: June 2021
This summer saw the Chicago arrival of this East Coast seafood emporium, which has gained a loyal, well-heeled following at its locations in South Beach and SoHo. Come for specialties like Caviar Deviled Eggs, Lobster Rolls, and Miso-glazed Salmon, all of which pair up—dare we say, swimmingly?—with a serious sushi menu and just-opened patio.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Claudia
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Bucktown
Opening date: September 2021
Debuted in 2015 as a twice monthly West Town pop-up, this concept was quick to earn an array of accolades (including a nomination for the 2017 Jean Banchet “Best Alternative Dining” award). With a permanent home arriving later this fall, chef Trevor Teich and team continue the experience with a 10-course tasting menu featuring the seasonal, refined style Teich has perfected over the years at spots like L20 and NoMI.
How to book: Reserve via Tock.

The Duplex
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Logan Square
Opening date: June 2021
Aiming to offer a space for emerging chefs who wouldn’t otherwise be able to open their own restaurant, LeQoinne Rice and chef David Rodriguez created The Duplex, a dining destination featuring rotating menus from local micro-concepts. Kicking things off this summer are fried chicken sandwiches from The Kluckerz, Mexican-inspired cuisine from Lime and Radish, and a collaborative weekend brunch menu from Rodriguez and the aforementioned chefs. Keep an eye on their website—the team plans to cycle in new menus and concepts every six months.
How to book: Reserve via Tock.

Jaleo
Photo courtesy of Jaleo

River North
Opening date: July 2021
This River North newcomer is the first Chicago opening from chef José Andrés, who has become best known for his ThinkFoodGroup concepts across the country (not to mention his award-winning humanitarian efforts). Bring a group and an appetite for an impressive menu spanning the flavors of Spain, found in plates like Head-on Shrimp, Seared Piquillo Peppers, and four types of tableside Paella.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Gioia
Gioia | Photo by Neil Burger Photography

West Loop
Opening date: June 2021
After several years of spearheading the menu at Coco Pazzo, chef Federico Comacchio decided to open his own venture with Gioia, a restaurant dedicated to regional Italian cuisine. Comacchio brings his Michelin-starred training to every category of the menu here, but the main event is…



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