Café Bonhomme

Cafe Bonhomme

Opened March 6

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

Young American
Photo by Nick Murway

Opened Feb. 1

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

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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