Date night in Chicago should never be boring. If you find yourself choosing from the same tried-and-true restaurants Chicago is known for, break out of your routine and surprise your taste buds with these brand-new Chicago restaurant picks. There’s a great choice in many different neighborhoods!
Situated on Southport in the heart of Lakeview, Ella Elli is a chic and intimate new lounge and restaurant. The charming decor is 1920s-inspired with design development by the same firm that brought you Girl & The Goat and GT Fish & Oyster.
The space is made up of couches, loveseat bar stools under skylights and private booths. There’s also an outdoor patio to relax on summer nights. The worldly menu features unique dishes from Italy, France and Spain. Choose from a spread of charcuterie and toasts to share with friends. Pair your entree with a classic cocktail or selection from the curated wine list.
Ella Elli | 1349 W. Cornelia | 773-935-3552 | RESERVE A TABLE
Mi Tocaya is Logan Square’s newest Mexican spot. The funky neighborhood eatery offers small plates inspired by a variety of Spanish regions, paired with tasty Latin cocktails. Innovative tacos including one with charred butternut squash are a crowd favorite. Save room for a homemade dessert of Flan or Tres Leches.
Mi Tocaya Antojería | 2800 W. Logan Boulevard | 872-315-3947 | RESERVE A TABLE
This new West Loop restaurant comes from a husband-and-wife power duo—he’s from Blackbird and she’s from Publican! The menu features creative new American dishes with a Danish twist. The interior is rustic-inspired, with a comfortable and romantic feel. Sit at the bar or a candlelit table. Order from the pre-selected tasting menu or a la carte items.
Elske | 1350 W. Randolph Street | 312-733-1314 | RESERVE A TABLE
The West Loop's Randolph Row addition Ronero is a new upscale Latin American restaurant with a rum bar on the second floor. Their stylish and flavorful cuisine has roots in the Caribbean and Central and South America. You’ll love the Argentine-style empanadas or angus beef with chorizo marmalade. Head upstairs after your meal to the speakeasy-inspired bar serving modern cocktails and Latin beers.
Ronero | 738 W. Randolph Street | 312-600-6105 | RESERVE A TABLE
Liven up date night with Won Fun’s quirky take on a traditional Chinese restaurant. Another new West Loop spot, Won Fun also houses a cocktail and karaoke bar (called 2Fun). The trendy spot is known for their spicy, Sichuan dishes and creative cocktails. Dine below neon red lights and lanterns.
Won Fun | 905 W. Randolph Street | 312-877-5967 | RESERVE A TABLE
Of course, there are many more amazing date-night spots in the city — others new to the scene include Clever Rabbit in Wicker Park and 20 East in the Gold Coast. You could also get swept up in incredible views at these alfresco options, or let ethnic fusion flavors excite. If we missed one of your new favorites, tweet at @ChooseChicago!