Next Chicago Bars and Restaurants You Need to Know
Bronzeville: The highly anticipated wine bar and restaurant Bronzeville Winery, co-owned by Eric Williams (Silver Room), has applied for a liquor license at 4420 S. Cottage Grove Avenue. Pandemic delays have pushed back an opening, but residents are eagerly awaiting a rare wine-focused spot south of Madison Street.
Bucktown: Fans of famed baker Mindy Segal (HotChocolate) will have to wait a little longer to visit her highly anticipated bakery at 1623 N. Milwaukee Avenue, as various delays pushed its hoped-for Valentine’s Day opening into March. Segal is simultaneously navigating both the closure of its bakery operation inside the former Damen Avenue restaurant and the move to the new Bucktown space. “What I’m about to oversee here is a little crazy,” she said. Stay tuned for news of an opening date.
Lincoln Park: The first Chicago location of Sushi by Bou, the New York mini-chain that serves $50 omakase meals in 30 minutes, is set to open Friday, Jan. 21 on the second floor of the Lincoln Hotel at 1816 N. Clark. Street, according to a rep. Co-founded in 2018 and known for its acclaimed and controversial chef David Bouhadana, Sushi by Bou has locations in New York, Miami and New Jersey, as well as local sister spots Sushi Suite 202 and Sushi Boutique.
North Lawndale: Popular Jamaican restaurant Ja’ Grill in Hyde Park is preparing to open its second location soon in the new 10-acre Ogden Commons development just east of Douglass Park at 1407 S. Washtenaw Avenue, according to a Facebook post. Owner Tony Coates hasn’t shared many details since announcing the project in May 2021, but told Eater at the time that the follow-up restaurant would maintain the Ja’ Grill ethos with “a few additional surprises.”
Andersonville: After 10 years at Clark and Foster, Japanese spot Ora Sushi is in the midst of a six-block move to 5701 N. Clark Street. Construction is underway, the restaurant reports on Facebook, and management expects an announcement to open “soon.”
Lake view: Crab King Cajun Boil & Bar is expanding to two new locations in 2022, according to its website: 3443 N. Broadway in Lakeview (the former Revolución Steakhouse) and 1550 75th Street in Downers Grove.
Lincoln Park: All Too Well, a new sandwich shop and market from Evette owner Mitchell Abou Jamra, will open next month in a former subway at 352 W. Armitage Avenue, according to a rep. There will be a take-out section with Lebanese-style meats, cheeses and mezes, as well as an assortment of sandwiches.
Lincoln Park: Red Light Chicken, a new chicken spot, will soon open in Devil Dawg’s former flagship location at 2147 N. Sheffield Avenue, WhatNow Chicago reports, and is currently in the process of hiring staff.
Lincoln Park: Asian tea chain Uni Uni is planning a third Chicago location at 2550 N. Clark, slated to open in 2022, according to its website. Uni Uni, which serves tea in a variety of styles, as well as flavored milk, smoothies and snacks, already has locations in Chinatown and Uptown, Minneapolis and Katy, Texas.
Downtown : Milly’s Pizza in the Pan, the successful Logan Square virtual restaurant founded by Robert Maleski after he was laid off from his job at the start of the pandemic, is moving to a permanent location at 1005 W. Argyle, the former site of D-Benny Grill, reports the Block Club Chicago. The opening is scheduled for February 15.
West Loop: Puttery, the 21-plus mini-golf affiliate of Drive Shack, the driving range restaurant and bar that canceled its Bucktown expansion in 2020, plans to open a new location at 932 W. Randolph later this year, reports WhatNow Chicago. There will be immersive miniature golf, accompanied by appetizers, salads, pizzas and a full bar with specialty cocktails. It’s part of a broad expansion effort: Puttery already has locations in Charlotte and Dallas, but plans additional outposts in Houston, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
Gurnee: Construction is underway on a new Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant location in the parking lot of a former Lowe’s in the northern suburb of Gurnee, the daily herald reports, and is expected to open in 2022. The village council authorized a $1.5 million incentive for the project last April. There are already 13 Cooper’s Hawk locations in the Chicago area and 32 more in 10 states.
Rosemont: Shaquille O’Neal’s fried chicken sandwich, Big Chicken, will open its third full-service restaurant this fall in a new suburban development at 9421 Higgins Road, Free time in Chicago reports. Its neighbors will be the outposts of Stan’s Donuts and Small Cheval, Hogsalt Hospitality’s burger chain. Big Chicken already has locations in Las Vegas and Glendale, Calif., as well as shadow kitchens and cabins in sports stadiums and on cruise ships.
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