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Chicago’s New Restaurant Openings

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If you try to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Chicago, you might go a little crazy. Instead, just read this list. These are the new restaurant openings that seem to have the most potential – although you should keep in mind that we don’t make any promises for those we haven’t tried. Go ahead and be a pioneer.

Editor’s Note: All restaurants listed below are partially open. This could mean they offer takeout, delivery, al fresco and/or indoor dining.

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This is a new cocktail bar in Portage Park. The Moonflower’s drinks menu offers creative options like Seeing Green (matcha, condensed milk, soju, and vodka) as well as classics like Manhattans. They also have a menu with items like Bolognese fries, grilled cheese and tomato soup and patty melts.

The Wolfhound is an Irish restaurant that has just opened in Avondale. The menu features bar dishes like burgers and sandwiches, as well as starters like braised pork shoulder and the full Irish – sausage, bacon, black pudding, fried eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans and toast.

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Second in other news, the Chiya Chai Cafe and Indian and Nepalese Restaurant in Logan Square just opened another spot in the Loop. The menu features dishes like momos, chaat, curries, savory pies and (of course) lots of chai.

This South Asian-inspired spot started as a pop-up, moved to Politan Row, then was in a virtual kitchen and now finally has a permanent home in Wicker Park. You’ll find dishes like THC sando (tandoor fried chicken, gochujang aioli and honey), vada pav, mushroom korma and more. Wazwan also has a tasting menu concept in the same room called Aman. It is only available on Fridays and Saturdays and you can reserve it here.

Bucktown’s Izakaya Mita was closed for 19 months but has just reopened with an updated menu and refurbished space. The new menu is extensive, with things like soba, okonomiyaki, rice pushers, sushi, yakitori, and there’s also a long sake list.

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Bar Goa is a new cocktail bar in River North from the people behind Rooh. The food is Indian with Portuguese influences and includes dishes like chicken cafreal stew, vindaloo pork “poi-wich” and fried rice with shrimp and chorizo. They also have an interesting cocktail menu with drinks like the “Sunburn,” which includes whiskey, china china amer, hibiscus grenadine, and emulsified egg whites.

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Is Radio Room a new restaurant? Technically. This River North spot is from the same team as Bandit and Siena Tavern and was formerly The Public House. It’s been revamped and is now basically Bandit 2.0 with a similar design and the same year 2000 theme (there’s a cocktail called Sparkle Motion by Donnie Darko.) The menu is mostly bar food and has things like hot Nashville fries, burgers, and mac and cheese. They also plan DJs and live music.

After a fire forced them to close in 2017, Art of Chicken in Logan Square has finally reopened. And as the name suggests, the specialty at this counter is chicken. Specialty grilled chicken available quarter, half or whole, served with fresh pita and salsa. They also offer a pulled chicken sandwich and a variety of side dishes (like elotes or mac and cheese).

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After Time Out Market closed last summer, Time Out Market has reopened at Fulton Market with new additions to its offering – like Soul & Smoke, Cleo’s Southern Cuisine, Pisolino, Shawn Michelles, Bittersweet Pastries and Candelite Pizza (to name a few to name). The space, with an industrial flair, is huge, with two levels, three separate bars, a rooftop terrace, and a sidewalk terrace.

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