Best New Restaurants In Chicago

What’s the best part about eating? You know it’s only a matter of time until you’re hungry again! 

The same old options can get tiresome but never fear. New restaurants are always opening up in Chicago. Try one tonight...or the next time hunger strikes. 

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The Slab BBQ

1918 E. 71st St. - South Shore

The Slab BBQ brings a new/old taste of smoked meats to the South Shore area. The family business, originally opened in 2003, relaunched last summer with a delicious menu of ribs, smoked turkey, chicken and more. The “slow and low” cooking method’s scents permeate the entire dining room. Expect immediate mouth watering upon arrival.

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2445 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square

Much like the author that inspired its name, this new Logan Square dining option upholds Midwestern values—and tastes. Hearty freshwater fish, veggie and carnivorous dishes dominate the menu. The bright, wooden accents in the dining room and exposed brick give it a bit of a tasteful farmhouse feel as well. “Twain” is a daunting name to uphold but we respect this newcomer’s commitment.

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613 N. Wells St. - River North

At first glance, Mason’s menu may not look like anything new. Then you remember that, when done right, age-old classics like a Porterhouse for two and Beef Wellington are classics for deliciously good reason. Mason, inside River North’s new FOUND Hotel, takes so many essential restaurant elements and executes each with excellence. White table clothes, a marble bar, a dark wood interior? It’s nice to know classiness never went out of style. 

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Rojo Gusano

4217 N. Ravenswood Ave. - Ravenswood

After being closed for remodeling for the better part of a year, this Ravenswood Latin American fusion restaurant reopened over the summer with an upgraded interior, extended lounge-style seating and a full bar. It’s not BYOB anymore, but you won’t have any problem finding an adult beverage just for you. The taco and cocktail combination is one that has never let us down. 

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Aster Hall

900 N. Michigan - Gold Coast

The only problem with Hogsalt Hospitality’s wide range of concepts—from High Five Ramen to Green Street Smoked Meats to Bavette’s Steak House—is that it’s hard to decide between them. Now you don’t have to! The restaurant group’s newest concept is a two-floor food hall completely curated by its best chefs. Now you can get ramen, tacos, sushi, hot dogs, and more all in one spot.

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Eleven Eleven

1111 W. Lake St. - West Loop

Housed in the former Honey’s space, this wine bar’s food menu is short and to the point—exactly what you want in such a restaurant. Each entree is meant to highlight Eleven Eleven’s extensive wine offerings and its cheese and charcuterie selections make for great snacks. Not hungry enough for a full order of braised short rib? Only have time for one glass? The $11.11 happy hour food and wine pairings have also become one of our favorites. 

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The Fat Shallot

2468 N. Clark St. - Lincoln Park

One of Chicago’s favorite food trucks recently opened its first brick and mortar location. Visit mobile sandwich shop The Fat Shallot’s debut stationary kitchen in Lincoln Park for a sampling of its signature sammies, rosemary fries and boozy slushies.

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2532 N. California Ave. - Logan Square

Fans of longtime Korean chicken wings favorite Crisp, might be interested in this new northwest outlet for Asian-style wings. We firmly believe that there can never be too many chicken wing options in one city.

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Avli Taverna

1335 W. Wrightwood Ave. - Lincoln Park

Chicago diners who have suffered the recent losses of a couple notable Greektown staples can find solace further north at this new addition. The Greek and Mediterranean food from Avli Tavera tastes every bit as good as it looks. 

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652 W. Randolph St. - West Loop

If Yūgen’s address seems familiar, you’re not wrong. The contemporary Japanese restaurant had big shoes to fill by opening in the space that formerly housed Grace—one of Chicago's most respected and celebrated kitchens in the last decade. Chicago native and executive chef Mari Katsumura seems to have succeeded though, with a menu that proves both innovative and familiar. The slightly altered roomy dining room should look familiar to diners who visited the former tenant, but what was once a lobby and waiting area has been converted into a 16-set bar if you’re looking for a more casual visit before diving into the full experience.

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1462 E. 53rd St. - Hyde Park

Virtue, a restaurant deeply rooted in executive chef Erick Williams’ personal journey, continues to elevated Hyde Park’s culinary scene. Williams looked to family recipes and history to concept his Southern comfort-inspired menu—full of dishes such as pork chops, gizzards and green tomatoes. 

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Free Rein

224 N. Michigan Ave. - The Loop

Brunch seems to be the most celebrated service at the St. Jane hotel’s first-floor restaurant, but you’ll be quite pleased dining here at any time of the day. Through a combination of French and American influences, Free Rein especially succeeds with its ability to bring subtle, graceful, enticing flairs to dishes you’ve had a million times.

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1709 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town

There’s just something lovable about former Carriage House chef Mark Steuer’s new concept in West Town. The German beer hall has a charming sense of humor about itself and a lack of pretentiousness that suites the neighborhood. (Menu items include the “Big-Ass Schnitzel” and “Funkenbrunchen” is served on Saturdays and Sundays.) Oh, and the food is delicious. Did we mention that?

Need more places to try out? Check our list of the best new bars in Chicago!