The Best New Restaurants & Bars In Chicago

It’s been a tough year for bars and restaurants, no doubt, but we’re excited to see new ones popping up around town!


Chicago’s world-class food and drink scene has experienced one of the biggest hits from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped it from pushing forward and welcoming new establishments to the city. Check out and support these new spots!




Updated October 16, 2020


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El Oso

5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West (Inside The Promontory) - Hyde Park


Something new has popped up at The Promontory! The restaurant's kitchen will feature a residency from chef chef Jonathan Zaragoza (owner and operator of Birrieria Zarragoza) through the end of the year. The short term concept, titled El Oso, will feature wood-fired dishes with a focus on masa, a corn-based dough most commonly used to make tortillas. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday and offers counter service so you can take your meal to go or site in The Promontory's dining space. 



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Retreat at Currency Exchange Cafe

305 E. 55th St. - Washington Park


Currency Exchange Cafe is adjusting to the times and changing for the better. The popular Washington Park hub has found a new life in 2020 as a space for chefs, artists and creatives of color whose ability work has been lost due to the pandemic. In addition to coffee, tea and cocktails, the incubator will feature a rotating menu from local restaurants and chefs. Get food from O, Black Cat Pizza during October. Patrons are encouraged to take their food and drinks to go, but indoor dining is available as well as meeting spaces, a new and used record shop and work spaces. 




Updated October 8, 2020


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Big Kids

2545 N. Kedzie Ave. - Logan Square


A new sandwich shop has opened in the former Young American space in Logan Square. Big Kids is a collaboration between Ryan Pfeiffer (formerly of Blackbird) and New Orleans chef Mason Hereford, best known for the success of his NOLA-based sandwich shop Turkey and the Wolf. The new restaurant's menu is a tribute to '90s nostalgia featuring a vegetarian take on Taco Bell's Crunchwrap and cocktails such as the "Ecto Cooler." Big Kids is now open for pre-orders via Tock.




Updated September 18, 2020


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Ørkenoy

1757 N. Kimball Ave. - Humbolt Park


There is little this creative new space and brewery doesn't provide! Ørkenoy is reopen now to serve delicious lagers, cocktails, adventurous open-face Scandinavian sandwiches and—most importantly—a safe experience. Reservations (and masks) are required to find out what these beer makers have to offer!




Updated September 1


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Gold Goose Tartine

111 N. Aberdeen St. - West Loop


The newest addition to the offerings at Politan Row, Gold Goose Tartine centers around Old World café fare like sandwiches and toasts including French open-faced sandwiches, Danish smørrebrød and more. It will be serving on the patio from September 1 through 6 and then unveiling its full menu as well as pickup and delivery options beginning September 7th.




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Krewe Po'Boy Shop

3365 N. Clark St. - Wrigleyville


Brought to you by the same team behind Houndstooth–and conveniently located next door–Krewe Po'Boy Shop is here to help you indulge in your Southern favorites. The menu consists of po'boys, jambalaya, gumbo and more. Get yourself a heaping plate today in-person, or order for delivery or pickup!




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Tallboy Taco

676 N. Saint Clair St. - Streeterville


Good news: you don't have to be tall to hit up Tallboy Taco. All you need is an appreciation for California-inspired street tacos and an appetite. The menu includes breakfast tacos served all day, classics like carne asada and al pastor, and some curveballs like the 18 hr. smoked brisket. One thing's for sure, you can't go wrong with any of these choices. Stop by today or order for delivery and pickup here.




Updated August 28


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Easy Does It 

2354 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square


East Room's former space is occupied once again! Easy Does It, a combination bottle shop and bar, is officially open in Logan Square. A spacious patio allows guests the opportunity to enjoy socially distanced drinking. The new bar, helmed by the same team as East Room and Dorian's in Wicker Park, offers a different, less party-centric vibe than its predecessor—championing the mantra, "Life's fast. Drink slow." Reservations can be made on Tock. 




Updated August 21


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Azul Chicago

1177 N. Elston Ave. - Goose Island


A Latin-inspired seafood spot has arrived on Chicago's riverfront. Those familiar with the space—which formerly housed Estate—will recall scenic riverfront views and an abundance of outdoor dining areas. Seafood comes in all forms here—raw, fried, baked and grilled. If you can't travel to the ocean this year, Azul can provide the vibes you need to feel like you're on vacation. 




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Pizza Lobo

3000 W. Fullerton Ave. - Logan Square


Heisler Hospitality's (Sportsman's Club, Pub Royale) latest unveiling occurred in the former Big & Little's space in Logan Square. Boasting a giant patio and New York-style pizza, Pizza Lobo is now open for outdoor dining seven days a week. Fans of the bar group's pizza at Lone Wolf will find comfort in these slices along with a menu full of summery cocktails, wine and beer. 




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FireLake

221 N. Columbus Dr. - The Loop


Without the usual influx of tourists, Chicagoans have the best access to downtown restaurants this summer, like the recently opened FireLake at the base of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. The restaurant's smoker is running 24 hours a day, the fresh-water fish specials on the menu are locally sourced and seasonings are made with herbs straight from the rooftop garden. It's open now for indoor and patio dining. 




Updated August 13


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The Perch

1932 W. Division St. - Wicker Park


The newest restaurant from 4 Star Restaurant Group and Finch Beer Co., The Perch hits Wicker Park with a new outdoor patio and sculpture garden. While the inside will be closed for the meantime, that’s no problem since we’d rather enjoy the great outdoors while sipping on those Finch beers. Delivery and carryout details are unclear at this time, but we imagine we’ll hear more soon!




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The Tamale Guy

2018 W. Chicago Ave. - Ukrainian Village


We’re positive that we’re not the only ones who have missed Claudio and his tamales. What was the perfect way to end a night, will now become a great way to treat ourselves for breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Place your order for pickup here.




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Ever

1340 W. Fulton St. - Fulton Market


Ever, the new venture from Grace’s former chef Curtis Duffy and GM Micheal Muser, promises to offer an experience of a lifetime. The wait is already a month out with reservations starting in October for the 8- to 10-course meal that will last 2 and a half hours and feature proteins from the land and sea as well as seasonal vegetables.




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Jeff & Judes

1024 N. Western Ave. - Ukrainian Village


While the offerings are limited for the time being, Jeff & Judes aims to be one of your go-to Jewish Delis for all things in the Ashkenazi style. The best way to keep up with the deli is to follow its Instagram account for flash sales and weekend offerings.




Updated August 11


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Pizza Friendly Pizza

1039 N. Western Ave. - Ukrainian Village


The new pizzeria opened in the old Bite Cafe space adjacent to Empty Bottle with mouthwatering Sicilian-style slices. Try these new fluffy, crunchy creations by the slice or by the full pie—available for pickup order now




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Testaccio

2456 N. California Ave. - Logan Square


Testaccio's name and menu are inspired by a Roman neighborhood of the same name. The new Italian option in Logan Square has taken over the old Quiote space and offers hearty pastas, charred skewers, small shared plates and more. A sidewalk patio is now open to diners and delivery is available




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Munchiez 

1803 W. 95th St. - Beverly


The Beverly neighborhood just got a lot more fun with the opening of this cereal bar and candy shop. In addition to over 30 types of cereal, Munchiez serves a slew of cravings-worth snacks and sweets like milkshakes, walking tacos (with your choice of Hot Tokis, Doritos or Flamin Hots) and more. 




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Flour Power

1642 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town


West Town's tantalizing new pasta spot is the product of two former Schwa staffers. The tiny 16-person dining room isn't open yet, but the restaurant is accepting orders for generously priced take--home pasta kits. Order yours on Tock. 




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Dr. Murphy's Food Hall

1811 W. Harrison St. - Illinois Medical District


The medical district's food options just got a lot better. The latest food hall to open in Chicago features a dozen restaurants, bars and bakeries:

The 10,000-square-foot food hall also offers an 800 square-foot outdoor dining space and contactless payment systems for a safe, comfortable dining experience. 




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Milly's Pizza In The Pan

1801 N. Spaulding Ave. - Logan Square


Look out pan-pizza fans. There's a new player in town. Milly's operates as a ghost-kitchen, offering pickup and delivery options made with fresh ingredients. Chef and owner Robert Maleski creates his pies as an homage to his grandmother (who—you guessed it—was named Milly) and other pan-style pioneers like Burt's Place restauranteur Burt Katz. Ordering is open now!




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Robert Et Fils

4229 N. Lincoln Ave. - North Center


Classic and modern French culinary techniques meet elegantly at this new bistro in North Center. Robert Et Fils ("Robert and son"—a tribute to chef and owner Rob Shaner's father) will eventually serve rotating pre-fixe menus to dine-in guests but has opened initially with for takeout service only. Order via Tock. 




Updated July 21 


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Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream

960 W. 31st St. - Bridgeport


Anyone familiar with Maria’s Bar in Bridgeport and the Eat Free Pizza Instagram account should be excited about this new partnership. Aptly named, Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream serves just that—Sicilian pan pizza made in house, fried chicken from Kimski and ice cream pop made by Pretty Cool Ice Cream. Customers can order for curbside pickup or dine on the patio.




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Kennedy Rooftop

1551 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park


The new Hyatt Place Chicago/Wicker Park hotel boasts a beautiful rooftop space featuring cocktails and shareable dishes inspired by the neighborhood. Take in some beautiful views of the city for a refreshing experience.




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Mundano

1935 N. Lincoln Park West - Lincoln Park


Get a taste of Latin flavors at this beautiful Lincoln Park restaurant. Former Quiote chef Ross Henke is at the helm of the new menu which draws inspiration from Latin chefs around the world, whereas Quiote focused mostly on Mexican fare. Mudano is now open for indoor and outdoor dining. You can place reservations as well as to-go orders online.




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Little Bad Wolf & Gretel

2833 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square


You’ll have to wait to see what the inside of this new endeavor from Andersonville’s beloved Little Bad Wolf looks like but, for now, you can try the new menu at home by ordering from DoorDash and Grubhub for delivery and pickup.




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PB&J

205 N. Peoria St. - West Loop


PB&J—short for pizza, beer & jukebox—is a new endeavor from industry veterans brothers Matthew and Josh McCahill. In addition to Neapolitan pies, the menu also include a cornflake-crusted chicken sandwich, burgers and a selection of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches—including one that costs $350. In an effort to welcome the new restaurant to West Loop safely, PB&J has ultra-violet light built into its air ducts to neutralize airborne bacteria and QR codes menus for each table.




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Nobu Hotel

854 W. Randolph St. - West Loop


West Loop’s latest buzzworthy luxury hotel is finally open. The Nobu hotel chain is co-owned by Robert De Niro, giving it an instant cool factor. Make a reservation on the rooftop and enjoy skyline views, Japanese shared plates and cold drinks. Make a reservation online. 




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Gotham Bagels

1212 N. Dearborn St. - Gold Coast


Chicago, admittedly, leaves something to be desired in its bagel scene. Perhaps Gotham Bagels—a Madison, Wisconsin, transplant—is here to help fill the gaps. The new shop is currently only open for online ordering (pickup and delivery). Order from a selection of no-frills bagel flavors (Everything, Plan, Egg, Poppy, etc.), spreads (tofu-options available) and an impressive array of bagel sandwiches.




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Surf’s Up

1143 N. Wells St. - Old Town


This Black-owned local chain famous for its fried lobster and other fast-casual seafood offerings has finally made its way to the North Side. Don’t miss out on the Hennessey sauce wings and other South Side specialties that owners are excited to serve to new diners. Surf’s Up in Old Town is now open for sidewalk patio dining and to-go orders.




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Baye’s Little Bakery

4609 N. Lincoln Ave. - Lincoln Square


Chef Darnell Reed of Luella’s Southern Kitchen has introduced a new concept operating out of Luella’s. After spending the shutdown learning new baking techniques from the Chicago French Pastry School’s The Butter Book online courses, Reed launched Baye’s Littler Bakery. Not surprisingly, Baye’s brings Southern flavors and classics to its baked to-go-only baked goods menu like sweet potato cobblers and pralines. Place orders for pickup on the CashDrop app! 




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Mama Delia

1721 W. Division St. - Wicker Park


Bonhomme Hospitality’s replacement for the nine-year-old Black Bull tapas restaurant is here. Mama Delia ditches the tapas concept of its predecessor but still offers Spanish fare and sherries. The 60-seat patio is a big plus during the current times and fans of the upstairs speakeasy, Bordel, need not fear. It’s not going anywhere according to the owners.




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Roots - Printer's Row

744 S. Dearborn St. - South Loop


Roots continues to extend its mini pizza empire in the city of Chicago with a new two-story location in the Printer's Row neighborhood. The new two-story malt crust pizza palace is perfectly built for a time in which outdoor dining reigns safe and supreme, featuring two ground-level patios on Dearborn and Polk streets and a massive second-story rooftop dining area with a retractable roof.




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Crushed By Giants Brewing

601 N. Rush St. - Streeterville


For a city as well known for its craft beer as Chicago, the downtown area’s number of local breweries is lacking. That’s why Crushed By Giants’ new brewpub is a welcome addition to the Streeterville neighborhood. It opens with six original beers on tap and a food menu full of shareable bites like queso fundido, tacos, shrimp ceviche and more.




While we celebrate these newcomers to Chicago, we're still mourning some of our old favorites that we've said goodbye to in 2020. View our ongoing list of bar and restaurant closures as a result of COVID-19.