16 New Chicago Restaurants You Must Try This Fall
So much beef tartare, so little time
Brace yourselves: there’s an embarrassment of rich, delicious meals in all of our futures. Chicago is doubling down on its reputation as a world-class food city with a metric ton of restaurant openings this fall. Here, the 16 newbies we’re dying to get a table at.
Housed inside a former pharmacy and manned by the folks behind The Betty and Sparrow, Spilt Milk is the latest cocktail bar to hit Logan Square. The Concord Grape Julep sounds like all our favorite things wrapped into one boozy sip of perfection.
2758 W. Fullerton Ave.; 773-413-8440 or spiltmilktavern.com
“This is not the place for diners seeking dainty microscopic servings, smoke and foam,” says founder Alex Dana. Mama’s Boy bills itself as a purveyor of “peasant Italian” food; think comforting classics like osso buco and handmade pasta.
445 N. Dearborn St.; 312-832-7700 or rosebudrestaurants.com
The Publican continues its takeover of Chicago, this time expanding into Wicker Park (right off the Damen Blue Line stop) with a shellfish-and-beer restaurant. We’re already having visions of this becoming our go-to for post-work gossip sessions happy hours.
1576 N. Milwaukee Ave.
So. Much. Meat. Get ready for some of the best steak of your life (with an Italian twist), brought to you by the always-on-point Boka Restaurant Group.
707 N. Wells St.; 312-600-6305 or gtprimerestaurant.com
Moody Tongue Tasting Room
Chef and brewmaster Jared Rouben launched craft beer haven Moody Tongue a few years ago, and we were smitten from the get-go. Now he and his team open a 75-seat tasting room that will serve cake and oysters.
2136 S. Peoria St.
Revival Food Hall
Loop workers, rejoice! This space gives all the harried, hungry people downtown a bit of midday relief by hosting some of Chicago’s best restaurants in an “anti-food court.” Hey, we’ve got nothing against food courts, but we’ll take it.
125 S. Clark St.; revivalfoodhall.com
We’ve seen a ramen boon in recent years, and Iliana Regan keeps the kick going with a casual Japanese izakaya spot. The small restaurant will feature goodies like Wagyu short rib, washoku family-style meals and more.
Open: October (projected)
4229 N. Lincoln Ave.; kitsunerestaurant.com
Another one heads to West Loop. This time it’s Sepia’s Charles Welch and his new Mediterranean-inspired food served in a swanky skylit bar room.
111 W. Lake St.; 312-877-5929 or honeyschicago.com
CJ Jacobson, a former Top Chef, is giving us Cali vibes with this River North newbie. We’re talking kabobs, small plates and hummus that puts that tub of Trader Joe’s to shame.
74 W. Illinois St.; 312-527-5586 or emachicago.com
Thai and Danielle Dang of Embeya bring their casual-cool Vietnamese food to Pilsen. Don’t know what to expect? Think barbecue grilled prawns, whole-fried fish and pork cheeks. You can’t see it, but we’re making major heart-eye emoji face over here.
Open: Late fall
1800 S. Carpenter St.; haisous.com
This tiny restaurant in Logan Square, opened by former Nightwood chef Jason Vincent, serves seasonal, simple dishes that champion our beloved Midwestern tastes. Plus, house-made pasta. Sold.
3209 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-252-0997 or giantrestaurant.com
Southern food is more than fried chicken, people. Charlie McKenna wants to show you another side of the south at this new Bucktown restaurant. Here, don’t miss the upscale takes on country classics such as succotash and shrimp purloo.
1952 N. Damen Ave.; 773-688-4466 or dixiechicago.com
It’s Rick Bayless, so do we really need to say anything else? All you need to know is that this is a Baja seafood-inspired restaurant slash mezcal bar. Enjoy.
900 W. Randolph St.; 312-733-1975 or rickbayless.com/restaurants/lena-brava
The culinary power couple David Posey (of Blackbird) and Anna Posey (The Publican) take their partnership to Randolph Row. This is a fancy one: They’re serving an eight-course tasting centered on New American and Scandinavian cuisine.
Open: November (projected)
1350 W. Randolph St.; elskerestaurant.com
Vegetarians, this one’s for you. Chef Dan Snowden of Nico Osteria takes his attention to detail to this new Randolph Street restaurant, serving up seasonal vegetables, sippable cocktails and the delectable black-and-white-sesame cookie pictured above.
Open: September (projected)
802 W. Randolph St.; badhunter.com