Interior of Reviver restaurant at the Marriott in Chicago

This newly opened Michigan Avenue bar is tucked inside the recently redesigned lobby of the Chicago Marriott Mag Mile. The chic space features cocktails inspired by Chicago's historical periods, local beer and wine, plus healthy starters and entrees made with produce grown on the hotel's rooftop garden.


Interior of Cabra rooftop restaurant in Chicago
Photo courtesy ​The Hoxton, Chicago

Opened April 4, 2019

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”). 


A spread of food dishes at Galit restaurant in Chicago
Photo courtesy Sandy Noto

Opened April 3, 2019

When a James Beard Award-winning chef sets up shop in town, people are bound to pay attention. Zach Engel's (winner of last year’s Rising Chef award) new modern Israeli concept blend 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.


Tartare dish at Jeong restaurant in Chicago
Photo courtesy Hahm Visuals

Opened March 1, 2019

Jeong is one of the few spots to successfully make the transition from mall food court to one of the most anticipated restaurants of the year. Try the creative, strikingly composed Korean dishes a la carte or through the chef's tasting menu.

Café Bonhomme

Dining room Cafe Bonhomme with chandeliers and mirrored walls and ceiling in Chicago

Opened March 6, 2019

The artsy spot opened their al fresco Riverwalk location, but their new interior space is just as stunning as the waterfront views. 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.

Young American

People sharing food dishes at Young American restaurant in Chicago
Photo by Nick Murway

Opened Feb. 1, 2019

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. 

Fancy Plants Cafe

Opened Jan. 5, 2019

This tiny, all-vegan restaurant in Lakeview will offer a plant-based menu of baked goods, soups, breakfast sandwiches, wraps. They'll also host upscale vegan pop-ups. 


Cocktails at Kumiko restaurant in Chicago
Photo by Kailley Lindman

Opened Dec. 31, 2018

This formal bar comes from the team behind two Michelin-starred Oriole. The new space showcases the craft of food and beverage with a focus on offerings from Japan.


Opened Nov. 20, 2018
This much-anticipated dual concept opened recently in the West Loop neighborhood. Yūgen will serve a modern Japanese tasting menu, while the more casual Kaisho will be a lounge and izakaya. 652 W. Randolph St., (312) 234-9494

Avli Taverna

Interior of Avli Taverna bar in Chicago
Photo by Kailley Lindman

Opened Nov. 2, 2018
With an all-Greek wine list and authentic bites, Avli Taverna offers a refreshingly different take on Greek fare. 1335 W. Wrightwood Ave., open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday; plans to stay open past 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Taureaux Tavern

French food dishes at Taureaux Tavern in ChicagoPhoto by Meghan Leigh Photography

Opened Oct. 31, 2018
The two-floor bistro will be serving luxe French food in the Loop. Stay tuned for a year-round patio debuting later this year. 155 W. Van Buren St., (312) 624-8778, open 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.


The interior of Bibliophile in Chicago's Hyde Park

Opened Oct. 24, 2018
This full-service gastropub is also part bookstore, part boozy bakery. Curl up with a book and a slice of Old-Fashioned-inspired cheesecake. 1644 East 53rd St., (872) 244-3704, open daily 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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