As we, like the 17-year cicadas, slowly reemerge back into society, chances are we’re all headed in the same direction: toward a good meal. Amid the pandemic’s lockdowns and the constraints of restaurants’ delivery zones, we’re willing to bet that there are plenty of new (or new-ish) restaurants in Chicago you haven’t tried yet, which is why we’ve rounded up 15 spots to check out ASAP. How are we defining “new”? If it opened in early 2020, during the pandemic, or sometime this year, that’s new enough for us—after everything the past year or so has thrown our way, we won’t take visiting any restaurant for granted again.
Reminder: Some restaurants are reopening indoor dining options at a different pace than others. Check their websites to see what your delivery, pick-up, and outdoor/indoor dining options are before you go.