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POSTED March 12, 2015

Presidio

This California-inspired, cocktail-focused restaurant opened late last week in the former Bluebird space in Bucktown, poised as just the kind of date-night spot the neighborhood needs. The upscale interior sports rustic exposed brick walls and intimate couch seating—a perfect setting for sipping pisco-based cocktails and snacking on small bites like steak tartare.

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opened
POSTED March 5, 2015

Rural Society

The second location of Iron Chef Jose Garces's popular Argentine steakhouse opened Monday in the new Loews Chicago Hotel. The open kitchen boasts a Spanish parrilla, on which skirt steak ($45), double-cut lamb chops ($46) and Jidori free-range chicken ($26) acquire a smoky flavor and hallmark char, while dishes like empanadas stuffed with Wagyu beef belly and smoked chile ($11), saffron taglierini ($21) and wood-roasted carrots ($10) tossed in a cider glaze with fennel and goat cheese round out the eclectic menu.

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opened
POSTED February 19, 2015

Seven Lions

The long-awaited clubhouse-inspired concept from master sommelier Alpana Singh (The Boarding House) is set to open for lunch service today in a 12,000-square-foot space across the street from the Art Institute. Executive chef Chris Curren has crafted a menu packed with upmarket versions of American classics, such as lobster Cobb salad ($22), wild boar chop ($30) and salmon and beet tartare ($14), while Singh oversees the wine list and beverage program.

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opened
POSTED February 12, 2015

Tapworks

Greektown welcomes Tapworks, a 150-seat tavern with a loftlike aesthetic, complete with exposed timber beams and ductwork, floor-to-ceiling windows and two copper-topped bars. Stop in for elevated tavern fare like pilsner and cheddar fondue ($8), beer burgers ($12) and house-smoked rib tips lacquered in Sriracha barbecue sauce ($11), as well as your pick of more than 100 craft beers.

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opened
POSTED February 5, 2015

Intro

Little more than a month after the Michelin-starred L20 closed, the team behind Lettuce Entertain You have transformed the fine dining space into an innovative concept that features a rotating cast of chefs-in-residence who will build the menu, service and ambiance around his or her style. L.A.-based CJ Jacobson is Intro's inaugural chef; he brings a "rustic-refined" foraging style to the table, with a tasting menu ($65 to $95 a person), including fluke, lobster and rutabaga "ramen" with oxtail tea and aronia berries. Buy tickets online.

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  • Seven Lions
  • Tapworks
  • Intro

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