Category Archives: New Openings


Logan Square Now Cocktail Bar Capital Of Chicago, But Has It Gone Too Far?

By Mina Bloom | March 15, 2017 LOGAN SQUARE — When the Whistler opened nearly nine years ago, specializing in cocktails, it was one of the only bars of its kind in the neighborhood. Back then, it was fair to assume that most people traveling down the relatively quiet block in search of drinks on

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Supersize me

‘Super Size Me’ Filmmaker To Open Quick-Service Restaurant

By: Julie Jargon and Annie Gasparro | November 9, 2016 | In the 2004 film “Super Size Me,” director Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald’s food for 30 days to demonstrate the negative effect on his health. Now the Academy Award nominee hopes to show the quick-service segment how to do better. This month,

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LH Rooftop Bar Outdoor Terrace

7 Hottest New Bars In Chicago

From boozy slushies to elegant martinis, these Chicago hot spots have raised the bar on our city’s drinking scene. Far beyond the confines of Downtown, new booze dens can be found along nondescript stretches of Logan Square, high inside hospital buildings and everywhere in between. Consider this our help in navigating. 1. Estero (Logan Square)

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Here’s What’s In Store For Former Fred’s Mobile Station In Winnetka…

by Emily Spectre, Daily North Shore • August 10, 2016 Plans are in the works for a new restaurant located at 574 Green Bay Road in Winnetka, formerly the home of Fred’s Mobil service station. The developer and owner of the property, Alfred Stepan, told on August 10 that he has entered into 10-year

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marcus sullivan

SVN’s Marcus Sullivan Brings “the Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet” to the West Loop

This isn’t a dream, West Loop wine lovers. Multilevel wine temple the Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet (736 W. Randolph St., 312-­775-­0069) comes to Restaurant Row in late August. Managing partner/sommelier Tom Powers hopes his A Midsummer Night’s Dream-inspired spot will stoke as much passion for vino among Chicagoans as cocktails. “At most places,

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Honey's Chicago Restaurant

SVN Helps Honey’s Bring Swagger and Sophistication to Lake Street

After more than a year of design work, buildout and construction, one of Chicago’s hottest restaurant openings, has finally come to fruition. SVN Restaurant Resource Group’s Jim Martin and Marcus Sullivan represented both Honey’s and the landlord at 1111 W Lake. The contemporary American restaurant concept was the brain child behind several industry veterans, including

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Best Chicago Restaurants 2016

9 Chicago Restaurants You Need To Check Out Right Now

1. Oriole It’s multicourse and pricey, but the food is divine—and you can wear jeans. 661 W. Walnut St., 312-877-5339 2. Duck Duck Goat Admit it: You are intensely curious about goat fried rice. 857 W. Fulton Market, 312-902-3825 3. Roister The Alinea Group goes casual. Still, for reservations, you know the drill. CRITIC’S NOTES: The name,

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There’s a Saved By The Bell Pop-Up Restaurant Coming to Chicago

Alright, Preppies, here’s your chance to chow down like your favorite Bayside High teens. A replica of Saved By The Bell’s The Max is serving diner fare in Chicago starting in June. Saved By The Max goes full-on ’90s sitcom right down to the payphone. The Wicker Park pop-up also announced that former Michelin-star-rated Schwa

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MAD Social opted for a soft start, running a week of mock service when it opened in Chicago. MAD SOCIAL

Pros And Cons Of Soft Openings vs. Grand Openings

When MAD Social opened in Chicago in February, it ran an entire week of soft openings to prepare for serving its real, paying clientele. “We ran it as mock service to give our staff a chance to prepare and discover anything that needed changing,” says Gina Stefani, managing partner of the Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants

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Inside Chicago’s Monteverde Restaurant

Sarah Grueneberg is one of several chefs who rose through the ranks to become executive chef of Chicago’s landmark restaurant, Spiaggia. Under her reign, Spiaggia was awarded a Michelin Star for three consecutive years. Grueneberg is now the chef/partner of a new Chicago restaurant, Monteverde, which will no doubt rack up its share of accolades.

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