If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Chicago, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential – although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
Editor’s Note 6/15: All restaurants listed below are currently open for carryout, delivery, or outdoor dining.
The Tamale Guy
It’s official: The Tamale Guy has finally opened a restaurant in Ukrainian Village. It’s carryout only, and the menu is full of (you guessed it) tamales.
The pizza at Pizza Lobo might be familiar – it got its start by serving slices out of Lone Wolf bar in the West Loop. Now the New York-style pies have their very own place to call home in Logan Square. For right now their carryout and delivery only, but will be opening a patio for outdoor dining soon.
This is a brand new brewpub that just opened in Wicker Park. The Perch is a collaboration between 4 Star Restaurant Group and Finch Beer Co., and serves food like burgers, steaks, and roasted cauliflower. This place also has a lot of outdoor space – there’s a large patio and a sculpture garden, too.
Jeff & Judes
Ok, so this is technically a soft opening, but it still counts. Jeff & Judes is a Jewish deli that just opened in Ukrainian Village, and (for right now) is operating out of a walk-up window. Their menu changes daily, and you’ll find things like challah, rye, and sweet and savory pastries.
This is a new cereal bar and candy shop that just opened in Beverly. Along with treats like fruity pebble shakes and cereal snack mixes, you can also get savory things like walking tacos.
Flour Power is a new handmade pasta shop in West Town from two people who used to work at Schwa. You can either get your pasta as a meal kit (with options like malfade bolognese or bucatini amatriciana) or ready-to-eat.
Logan Square has a brand new Italian restaurant. Testaccio is from the owners of Osteria Langhe, and the menu focuses on Roman food. There’s both a patio and courtyard available for outdoor dining.
Robert Et Fils
This is a new French spot in North Center. Robert Et Fils is starting out with family-style meals for takeout only but plans on adding patio dining soon and (at some point) indoor as well.
Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall
A new food hall has opened in the old Cook County Hospital. It’s called Dr. Murphy’s, and most of the stalls are minority and women-owned. See a full list of vendors here. It includes a location of Lexington Betty’s and a spinoff of The Delta (called Lil’ Delta) which makes us very happy.
This is a brand new Mexican restaurant in River North, focusing on food from the coast. The menu has things like ceviche, seafood tacos, and tropical cocktails.
Kasama is a takeout and delivery-only Filipino-inspired restaurant and bakery. You’ll find dishes like mushroom adobo and lumpia, along with baked goods like croissants and ube basque cakes.
Pizza Friendly Pizza
Pizza in Ukrainian Village
As the name would suggest, Pizza Friendly Pizza is a new pizza spot. It just opened in Ukrainian Village (in the former Bite Cafe space), and specializes in Sicilian-style pies.
This is a new coffee shop that just opened in Logan Square. Along with coffee, Me Latte also serves a selection of sweet and savory empanadas.
Sugar Blow is a new bakery and snack shop in Boystown. They have treats like milkshakes and Nutella cookies, along with savory options like fries and grilled plantains.
Taste Of The Philippines
Taste Of The Philippines is a brand new Filipino restaurant in the French Market, serving things like pancit, lumpia, and ube donuts.
Juna Ethical Takeout
Juna is a carryout restaurant in Avondale that focuses on locally-sourced food, and using sustainable packaging. You’ll find dishes like grilled tofu, roasted carrot hummus, and grass-fed burgers.
Buzzed Bull Creamery
You (probably) don’t have enough ice cream and/or booze in your life. Luckily, Buzzed Bull Creamery just opened in Wicker Park. This spot has made-to-order ice cream (they use liquid nitrogen), and specializes in customizable, alcohol-infused flavors.
Crushed By Giants
This is a new brewery that just opened in Streeterville. Along with beer, Crushed By Giants also has tacos and burgers.
A brand new location of this salad chain opened in Wicker Park, and this one has a covered patio.
A new delivery-only sushi spot just opened in the West Loop. Krispy rice comes from LA and serves cutely-packaged combination boxes filled with things like hand rolls, spicy tuna on crispy rice, and maki.
Tavern On The Point
Tavern On The Point is a new restaurant in Edison Park with food like burgers and nachos, plus a rooftop available for outdoor dining.
The team behind Omakase Yume has opened an izakaya right next door. TenGoku Aburiya’s menu has noodles, donburi, and skewers.
Uncooked is a new grab-and-go vegan spot in the West Loop. As the name would suggest, it specializes in raw food with plant-based dishes like matcha chia pudding, kelp noodle cacio e pepe, and radish ravioli with kale pesto.
PB & J
This is a large, full-blown restaurant that just opened the West Loop. PB & J stands for pizza, beer, and jukebox – and you’ll find all three here. There’s also a menu section filled with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, including one that costs $350 (yes, really) made with a whole loaf of bread and luxury ingredients like rare honey and gold leaf.
Fiya is a Middle Eastern restaurant with a large outdoor patio, and a menu full of hummus and wood-fired dishes like chicken or roasted sweet potato with creme fraiche.
Full disclosure: Ever isn’t open until August. But this 10-course tasting menu spot from the former chef of Grace is taking reservations. Dinner is $285 per person, and only available for indoor dining.
We’re big fans of the original Bob’s in Pilsen. So, we couldn’t be happier that this pizza spot has opened a new location in Old Town, and can share their delicious Pilsen-style pies (not a real pizza-style, but we don’t care) with a new neighborhood.
The Rooftop At Nobu Hotel
After a lot of delays (seven years worth), Nobu’s rooftop is open. This bar is 11 stories up, and along with a long list of sake and cocktails, is also serving Japanese-inspired small plates and sushi.
This is a new Spanish place from the team behind Beatnik. Mama Delia is located in the old Black Bull space and has opened a large patio for outdoor dining.
This is the first Chicago location (there’s already one in Skokie) of this popular Filipino fast-food restaurant. And while it’s technically in River North, Jollibee is actually a delivery-only virtual restaurant.
Well, we officially have a brand new rooftop that we can actually visit. The Kennedy is on top of the Hyatt in Wicker Park and has a long menu full of cocktails and bar food. And since Chicago is allowed to eat and drink outside, you can actually go here and check it out.
The Han Burger
The Han Burger focuses on roujiamo, which are Chinese sandwiches. The menu here is very short, just two filling options inside a homemade mó bun – pork belly or brisket with cilantro and chili paste, and a side of spicy potatoes.
Food On The Run
This is a new Soul food spot in Auburn Gresham. The menu changes daily, but you can expect to find things like smothered chicken, pot roast, and sides like collard greens or mac and cheese. Available for carryout and delivery.
Gretel is a new restaurant in Logan Square from the team behind Little Bad Wolf. The menu is similar, with dishes like ramen and lumpia, along with burgers and sandwiches.