Chicago’s dining scene is always evolving, with buzzy new spots opening their doors seemingly everyday. Looking for a guide to some of the hottest spots in town? Here’s our ever-growing list of Chicago’s new and trending restaurants.
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New & trending Chicago restaurants
This Hyde Park gem has been a local favorite since the minute it opened. Virtue serves modern takes on classic Southern dishes, earning a visit from former President Obama and a spot as one of Eater’s best new restaurants in America. Expect a funky chic space, welcoming vibe, and outstanding food. 1462 E. 53rd St., Hyde Park
Kumiko and Kikkō
This dual-concept Japanese spot in the West Loop comes from the team behind two Michelin-starred Oriole. Kumiko is an intimate neighborhood bar that serves omakase-style cocktail flights inspired by mixologist Julia Momose’s Japanese heritage. Sister spot Kikko offers a stunning seven-course tasting menu. 630 W. Lake St., West Loop
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Celebrity chef Stephanie Izard has expanded her West Loop empire. Cabra, a rooftop restaurant with a Peruvian-inspired menu, explores the Spanish, Chinese, Italian, and Japanese influence of Peruvian cuisine in a lush, green setting. The spot joins Izard’s acclaimed restaurants Girl & The Goat, Little Goat and Duck Duck Goat (staying on theme, Cabra is Spanish for “goat”). 200 N. Green St., West Loop
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When a James Beard Award-winning chef sets up shop in town, people are bound to pay attention. Zach Engel’s (winner of the Rising Chef award) modern Israeli concept blends influences from Engel’s Jewish-American heritage, along with Cuban and Palestinian flavors. Go a la carte, or opt for the family-style tasting menu so you can try a bit of everything. 2429 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park
Jeong has made the rare, stunning rise from mall food court to one of the most acclaimed new restaurants of the year. It’s been lauded by locals and critics alike, and recently earned a nomination for Bon Appetit‘s list of best new restaurant of 2019. Try the creative, strikingly composed Korean dishes a la carte or via the chef’s tasting menu. 1460 W. Chicago Ave., West Town
Cafe Bonhomme is one of the most buzzed-about spots on the Chicago River. The richly decorated bar and restaurant dishes out sharable Mediterranean cuisine in a former 100-year-old jewelry store — complete with the original, massive crystal chandeliers. 180 N. Upper Wacker Drive, Loop
This much-anticipated dual concept is a must-try in the trendy West Loop neighborhood. Yūgen, helmed by rising star chef Mari Katsumura, serves modern Japanese tasting menus that change weekly to showcase seasonal ingredients. The more casual Kaisho is a lounge and izakaya that serves Asian-inspired bar snacks. 652 W. Randolph St., West Loop
Young American is a progressive bar and kitchen that fits right in with its trendy Logan Square surroundings. The eclectic menu features CBD-infused cocktails (that can all be made spirit-free), plus a selection of creative, crave-worthy plates (hello, goth bread). Look for live DJ sets on weekends. 2545 N. Kedzie Ave., Logan Square