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Chicago’s Best New Eats for Spring 2018

Our friends at Tasting Table have rounded up the best new eats of Chicago for Spring 2018. And, of course, being Chicago, the food can range  as wide as All-American to a taste of Caribbean. The long winter months are almost inoperative, so let’s get ready now for several new and exciting eats.

 

Chicago’s Best New Restaurants for Spring 2018

From places that will serve Detroit-style pizza to spots slinging Chicago-style gyros, here’s where you’ll want to be eating

 

Winters in Chicago seem to last forever—and then, a little bit longer. So when spring finally does roll around, Second City dwellers couldn’t be happier—especially when the season brings with it a handful of exciting new restaurants and bars to experience. From ballpark-adjacent baked goods and beer to Caribbean vibes in Logan Square, here are six openings to get excited about.

Union Full Board and Tinker to Evers

For pizza, small plates and libations under one roof, it’s all about the Wheelhouse Hotel, a five-story property opening in Wrigleyville this spring. Fans of Union Pizza in Evanston can now get a taste of the team’s Detroit-inspired slices, in addition to surefire small plates like bruschetta, meatballs and salad. Cap it all off with a drink downstairs at Tinker to Evers, a tucked-away speakeasy lounge featuring an elevated portfolio of cocktails and local craft spirits.

Octavio Cantina & Kitchen

The team behind Lady Gregory’s and Wilde is at it again with this Andersonville opening, which will feature rustic, regional Mexican cuisine from chef Daniel Munoz. A dedication to local ingredients and bold flavors shows up in plates like the cochinita pibil, with slow-roasted pork, refried black beans and charred habanero, while tacos are served with chiles and potatoes and a medley of Baja fish varieties. Don’t miss the cocktails, including the mescal old-fashioned with Lapsang souchong tea and sweet grass smoke.

Fisk & Co.

Mussels and beer are the main event at this forthcoming Loop resto, where executive chef Austin Fausett will serve oysters on the half shell, hand-cut fries aplenty and steamed mussels with an array of fixings (from caramelized onions and nutmeg to Thai curry with coconut broth and coriander). Pair it all with drams from Melissa Carroll, whose selections will focus on Belgian-style and local brews.

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Chicagoans can fully embrace warmer months with this forthcoming Logan Square spot, which will pride itself on laid-back island vibes and a beverage program focused on traditional Caribbean drinks. Credit that to lead bartender and partner Alexandra Wright’s menu of culinary-driven cocktails, featuring a selection of native rums, small-batch gins, cachaça and tequila, alongside flavor boosters like exotic fresh fruits, in-house grown herbs and rare spices. It’s a good way to kick off the bar’s other specialty: dancing, thanks to a regular lineup of local live music and DJs.

West Town Bakery & Tap

The West Town and River North bakery is heading to Wrigleyville this April, when it will open within the brand-new Hotel Zachary. Expect the baked goods you know and love (i.e., those iconic cake balls and doughssants), along with an array of other fun additions, from stacked breakfast sandwiches to the spot’s own take on soft-serve. And then, of course, there’s the real buzz factor—a full cocktail program from bartender Nikki Allen that will feature sips like seasonal mimosas and the Wingie’s Bloody Mary, complete with a chocolate-dipped chicharrόn.

Piggie Smalls

Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig, Chicago’s beloved wine- bar and restaurant, is bringing his spin on Greek street food to the upcoming Wells St. Market. Once the 10,000-square-foot food hall opens in a few months, look out for Bannos’s spit-roasted souvlaki and a Chicago-style gyro that swaps lamb for rotisserie pork.

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Bars

Ranked: Top Ten Pubs to be in on St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

In Case You Are Still Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day…..

The 5 Best Irish Pubs in Chicago

According to the Chicago Traveler:

Top 10 Irish Pubs in Chicago

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and to help you celebrate, the “Luck of the Irish” in Chicago, we’ve assembled a Top 10 list, with a little something for everyone!  From authentic, to affordable, this list has it all!

Top 10 Irish Pubs Chicago

#1  The Kerryman

Ireland meets River North with this classic, located at Erie and Clark on the Near North Side. Whether it’s relaxing on the mezzanine with friends after work, or enjoying their distinct Irish version of a quesadilla, The Kerryman is a must, when out and about in the River North area.

#2  The Abbey

This Northwest Side pub screams Irish meets the British Invasion.  It’s as if Paul, Ringo, and the gang had stopped in for a Guinness and had never left. The house bands flash you back to the 60’s with hits like, “Lucy in the Sky” and “Yellow Submarine.”

#3  Fado Irish Pub

Whether it’s the Irish flag, Irish bartenders, or the enticing aroma of malt vinegar they serve with their fish and chips, this is your classic Chicago Irish pub. Competing with other hot spots in River North, Fado separates itself by their authentic Irish interior, and their complete list of Guinness concoctions, and Irish brews.

#4  McGee’s

Located right in the heart of Lincoln Park, McGee’s offers that eclectic mix for a casual evening, while also giving anyone who chooses, the opportunity to really paint the town green. Later in the night, the live music kicks it up a notch, and you would be hard-pressed to find room on the dance floor.

#5  McFadden’s

Gold Coast’s hottest Irish Pub is not only the most popular Pub in this upscale neighborhood, but it  provides a nice hideaway from the chaos and bustle of the Division Street bars.

#6  The Irish Oak

There are not many true “pubs” in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. The Irish Oak is only one block from Wrigley Field, and upon stepping in the door, the atmosphere immediately takes you across the pond to Ireland.  They also feature enough Guinness for just about anyone to forget about the Cubs having another losing season.

#7  O’Shaughnessy’s

This Ravenswood classic features one of the most extensive draft beer selections on the top 10. In addition to Guinness, this pub features 13 other Irish and English beers on tap.   The friendly staff, and amazing food will make you want to order another!

#8  Emmit’s Irish Pub

An Irish eatery with more imported Irish beers than you would ever expect, and a location steps off the “El” (right off the Grand Blue Line Stop), makes this an all-time favorite of this Top 10 list!

#9  Dublin’s

Stay for the food!  When an Irish pub features baked goat cheese with tomato basil sauce and garlic toast points, it is like you walked into a 25th century upper-class Irish bar.

#10  Brehon Pub

Another foody favorite, this Irish pub located at 731 N. Wells Street, is a watering hole that features not only a vast menu, but some of the best specials any of these Irish pubs have to offer. With features like Fish N’ Chips, or Brats and Chips, for only $5.95 on a Friday, this makes for a great stop, anytime!

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Restaurants

Must Try: Top 100 Al Fresco Restaurants

AL FRESCO DINERS—With only a few weeks left of summer, it’s not too late to get out and enjoy fantastic views, tasty foods, and jaw-dropping outdoor dining experiences. Our friends at OpenTable have discovered 100 of the Best Al Fresco dining restaurants in America. With the help of OpenTable Diners, here are the top 100 Al Fresco Restaurants—a restaurant right in our own backyard of Wheaton, Illinois tops the list.

 

100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America for 2017

As Voted by OpenTable Diners

By OpenTable

 

ACQUA

Various Locations

Italian

 

Adelle's

Adelle’s

Wheaton, IL

Contemporary American

 

Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar

Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar

Naples, FL

Seafood

Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

Beachcomber Cafe – Crystal Cove

Newport Coast, CA

Californian

Bistro 821

Bistro 821

Naples, FL

American

Blue Moon Fish Co.

Blue Moon Fish Co.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Seafood

The Boathouse at Sunday Park

The Boathouse at Sunday Park

Midlothian, VA

Seafood

Boca - Brandon

Boca – Brandon

Brandon, FL

American

Brave New Restaurant

Brave New Restaurant

Little Rock, AR

Contemporary American

BRAVO Cucina Italiana - Naples - Mercato

BRAVO Cucina Italiana – Naples – Mercato

Naples, FL

Italian

Bridges Restaurant

Bridges Restaurant

Danville, CA

Californian

BRIO Tuscan Grille

Various Locations

Italian

Cafe Amelie

Cafe Amelie

New Orleans, LA

Contemporary Southern

Cafe Berlin

Cafe Berlin

Washington, DC

German

Cafe Lurcat - Naples

Cafe Lurcat – Naples

Naples, FL

American

Café Monarch

Café Monarch

Scottsdale, AZ

Contemporary American

Cafe Pinot

Cafe Pinot

Los Angeles, CA

Contemporary American

Campiello - Naples

Campiello – Naples

Naples, FL

Italian

Cedar Creek Inn - San Juan Capistrano

Cedar Creek Inn – San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, CA

American

Columbia Restaurant

Various Locations

Spanish

Continental Naples

Continental Naples

Naples, FL

Steakhouse

Copley's on Palm Canyon

Copley’s on Palm Canyon

Palm Springs, CA

Contemporary American

Cress on Oak Creek at L'Auberge de Sedona

Cress on Oak Creek at L’Auberge de Sedona

Sedona, AZ

Contemporary American

Cucina Rustica

Cucina Rustica

Sedona, AZ

Italian

Culinary Dropout at the Yard

Culinary Dropout at the Yard

Phoenix, AZ

Gastro Pub

Da Vinci Ristorante

Da Vinci Ristorante

Marco Island, FL

Italian

Different Pointe of View

Different Pointe of View

Phoenix, AZ

Contemporary American

Duke's Beach House Maui

Duke’s Beach House Maui

Lahaina, HI

Hawaiian

El Chorro

El Chorro

Paradise Valley, AZ

American

Farm & Table

Farm & Table

Albuquerque, NM

Contemporary American

Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

Charleston, SC

Seafood

Frida's

Frida’s

Lahaina, Hawaii

Mexican

Gaylord's at Kilohana

Gaylord’s at Kilohana

Lihue, HI

Hawaii Regional Cuisine

George's Ocean Terrace

George’s Ocean Terrace

San Diego, CA

American

Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Durham

Gonza Tacos y Tequila – Durham

Durham, NC

Mexican

Gratitude - Newport Beach

Gratitude – Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA

Vegan

Guppy's

Guppy’s

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

Seafood

Hearth Restaurant and Pub

Hearth Restaurant and Pub

Windsor, CO

Gastro Pub

Hot Tin Roof

Hot Tin Roof

Key West, FL

Seafood

The House Brasserie

The House Brasserie

Scottsdale, AZ

Contemporary American

Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

Sarasota, FL

Seafood

Jake's - Palm Springs

Jake’s – Palm Springs

Palm Springs, CA

Contemporary American

Kaluz Restaurant

Kaluz Restaurant

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Contemporary American

Kimo's Restaurant Maui

Kimo’s Restaurant Maui

Lahaina, HI

Seafood

La Brasserie Bistro and Bar

La Brasserie Bistro and Bar

La Quinta, CA

French

La Quinta Cliffhouse

La Quinta Cliffhouse

La Quinta, CA

American

Laili

Laili

Santa Cruz, CA

Mediterranean

Latitudes on Sunset Key

Latitudes on Sunset Key

Key West, FL

Contemporary American

Lavender Bistro

Lavender Bistro

La Quinta, CA

Californian

Le Vallauris

Le Vallauris

Palm Springs, CA

French

Little Beast Restaurant

Little Beast Restaurant

Los Angeles, CA

Contemporary American

Lon's at The Hermosa

Lon’s at The Hermosa

Paradise Valley, AZ

American

Marche Bacchus

Marche Bacchus

Las Vegas, NV

French

Mariposa

Mariposa

Sedona, AZ

Latin / Spanish

Mediterrano

Mediterrano

Naples, FL

Mediterranean

Michaels Restaurant

Michaels Restaurant

Key West, FL

American

The Mill Kitchen and Bar

The Mill Kitchen and Bar

Roswell, GA

Southern

Miro's Restaurant

Miro’s Restaurant

Palm Springs, CA

Modern European

Mitch's on El Paseo Prime Seafood

Mitch’s on El Paseo Prime Seafood

Palm Desert, CA

Californian

Molto Trattoria

Molto Trattoria

Naples, FL

Italian

Momed - Atwater Village

Momed – Atwater Village

Atwater Village, CA

Mediterranean

Morgan's in the Desert

Morgan’s in the Desert

La Quinta, CA

Farm-to-table

Ocotillo

Ocotillo

Phoenix, AZ

Contemporary American

Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace

Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace

Scottsdale, AZ

Mediterranean

Ophelia's on the Bay

Ophelia’s on the Bay

Sarasota, FL

Contemporary American

Osteria Tulia

Osteria Tulia

Naples, FL

Italian

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Palm Desert, CA

Seafood

Panama Hotel & Restaurant

Panama Hotel & Restaurant

San Rafael, CA

Contemporary American

Paragary's

Paragary’s

Sacramento, CA

Farm-to-table

 

Parkshore Grill

Parkshore Grill

St. Petersburg, FL

Contemporary American

Passerelle Bistro

Passerelle Bistro

Greenville, SC

French

Portico Restaurant - Richmond

Portico Restaurant – Richmond

Richmond, VA

Italian

Poseidon

Poseidon

Del Mar, CA

American

The Prado at Balboa Park

The Prado at Balboa Park

San Diego, CA

Contemporary American

Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

Phoenix, AZ

Contemporary American

Red Fish Grill

Red Fish Grill

Miami, FL

Seafood

Renato's

Renato’s

Palm Beach, FL

Continental

The Restaurant at Ponte

The Restaurant at Ponte

Temecula, CA

Californian

Rick's Cafe Boatyard

Rick’s Cafe Boatyard

Indianapolis, IN

Seafood

Rita's Kitchen at Camelback Inn, A J.W. Marriott Resort

Rita’s Kitchen at Camelback Inn, A J.W. Marriott Resort

Scottsdale, AZ

Southwest

Sale e Pepe - Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Sale e Pepe – Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Marco Island, FL

Italian

Saltus River Grill

Saltus River Grill

Beaufort, SC

Contemporary American

SASSI

SASSI

Scottsdale, AZ

Italian

Shore

Shore

Sarasota, FL

American

Si Bon

Si Bon

Rancho Mirage, CA

Belgian

Spencer's Restaurant

Spencer’s Restaurant

Palm Springs, CA

American

Spiga Cucina Italiana

Spiga Cucina Italiana

Scottsdale, AZ

Italian

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Escondido, CA

Organic

Sundy House

Sundy House

Delray Beach, FL

International

RESERVE NOW

Tom Hams Lighthouse

Tom Hams Lighthouse

San Diego, CA

Seafood

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar - Scottsdale

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar – Scottsdale

Scottsdale, AZ

Seafood

RESERVE NOW

Tonto Bar & Grill

Tonto Bar & Grill

Cave Creek, AZ

American

The Tropicale

The Tropicale

Palm Springs, CA

Californian

The Turtle Club - Naples

The Turtle Club – Naples

Naples, FL

Seafood

Vin de Set

Vin de Set

St. Louis, MO

Provencal

Virtu Honest Craft

Virtu Honest Craft

Scottsdale, AZ

Modern European

Vivace Restaurant

Vivace Restaurant

Tucson, AZ

Italian

The Waterfront Restaurant

The Waterfront Restaurant

Anna Maria, FL

Continental

Wildflower - Tucson

Wildflower – Tucson

Tucson, AZ

Contemporary American

Zinc Bistro

Zinc Bistro

Scottsdale, AZ

French

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