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
Moody Tongue has long been a Chicago fixture, and their new South Loop brewery has put them in a league of their own. The refined space includes both a fine-dining restaurant and a more laidback tap room. Head to The Bar to sample their regular beer lineup alongside limited releases, like their renowned Farmers Market beers, or make a reservation at The Dining Room for an upscale tasting menu experience.
Get a taste of the Philippines in Chicago at CEBU. The new Wicker Park restaurant serves regional Filipino fare with a modern touch for brunch, dinner, and happy hour. Try classic dishes like lumpia, Filipino egg rolls stuffed with pork and veggies, or the show-stopping family style dishes like the stuffed pork belly roasted for three hours. 2211 W. North Ave.
Named for a quiet fishing town in northern France, Cafe Cancale features a French-inspired menu rooted in fresh seafood, oysters and an abundance of coastal wines. The brightly lit space anchors the bustling Six Corners area in the heart of Wicker Park. The offerings include a dedicated raw bar, over 35 rotating types of oysters, and a 1920s inspired cocktail selection. 1576 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Famed chef Carlos Gaytán returns to Chicago with Tzuco, an homage to his Mexican culinary background and his love for French Cuisine. The River North space is meant to evoke the cozy sensation of being home, while the menu blends Mexican and French flavors. The location also features a bakery, Panango, and a 16-seat tasting menu space, Tales of Carlos Gaytán. 720 N. State St.
ROOH brings upscale Indian cuisine to Chicago’s famous Restaurant Row. The menu blends flavors from different regional Indian cuisine into sophisticated, surprising dishes. Familiar favorites, like a traditional butter chicken, mingle with lesser known dishes, like an elevated take on the classic South Indian rice and curds. They also recently began serving an Indian-inspired brunch. 736 W. Randolph
Avli River North
The team behind the acclaimed Avli Taverna in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood has opened their newest spot, Avli River North. The menu features contemporary cuisine with dishes rooted in Greek tradition, like honey and fig saganaki and the family-style Greek feast with a whole leg of lamb. Avli River North features two floors of open and airy dining space, plus an outdoor patio in warmer months. 702 N. Wells St.
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
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