Chicago is a foodie's paradise, especially around the holidays. With dozens of new restaurants opening every month-led by some of the best chefs in the country-there is something for every occasion, and every palate. Check out some of the latest restaurants causing a buzz around town, just in time for the festive holiday season.


Opened in August, this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is located in the Langham Hotel and serves up many seafood-focused menu items. There are plenty of elegant dishes at Travelle, such as raw oysters, crab legs and lobster, as well as a unique spin on a charcuterie plate. The restaurant is run by chef Tim Graham, formerly of Tru, and is a great spot for a romantic evening or night out with good friends. (330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-9988)


Chef Carrie Nahabedian opened Brindille in the spring, and it has quickly gained a following. The restaurant is located in River North, close to Nahabedian's first Chicago project, Naha, another popular and critically acclaimed spot. Brindille is an upscale restaurant, serving up food reminiscent of France, such as foie gras, squab, lamb saddle and frog legs. The dessert items are made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, for an extra indulgent holiday meal. (534 N. State St., 312-595-1616)

Ferris & Jack

Casual nostalgia is the vibe at this new restaurant in the MileNorth Hotel. The name comes from two Chicago inventions, the Ferris Wheel and the Cracker Jack. It includes a laid-back restaurant, bar and market, all in one. The restaurant serves up Chicago-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a sausage trio and "Magnificent Meatloaf." If you're looking for a fun place to grab a holiday brunch or a late drink with friends, this is the perfect spot. Bonus: It's just off the Magnificent Mile, making it a convenient stop for hungry holiday shoppers. (166 E. Superior St., 312-523-0911)

The Dawson

The newest addition to West Town, The Dawson is a delicious hangout with a wide variety of menu items to please everyone. The American-style restaurant, from chef Billy Lawless of The Gage and Henri, features an open-kitchen concept so you can watch food being prepared right in front of you. The spot turns out items such as prime rib eye and homemade honey-dipped buttermilk biscuits, pork belly tacos and funnel cakes. (732 W. Grand Ave., 312-243-8955)

Fat Rice

While Fat Rice isn't technically new-it opened in late 2012-this Logan Square establishment has scored much praise over the past year, even snagging a spot on Bon Appétit's list of best new restaurants in America. The food is Macanese, which is described as Euro-Asian, as it mingles flavors from both continents. The communal tables makes for a wonderful holiday festivity, where you can chat with your neighborhood and share bites of piri piri chicken, catfish and cauliflower pickles. (2957 W. Diversey Ave., 773-661-9170)

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