Fancy Plants Cafe

Opened Jan. 5

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. 


Photo by Kailley Lindman

Opened Dec. 31

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
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

Avli Taverna interior bar
Photo by Kailley Lindman

Opened Nov. 2
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 at Taureaux TavernPhoto by Meghan Leigh Photography

Opened Oct. 31
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 Hyde Park

Opened Oct. 24
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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