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POSTED September 11, 2014

Parlor Pizza Bar

One of our most anticipated fall pizza shops opens Friday in the West Loop. The mult-level eatery has a rooftop beer garden, ground-level patio, nearly 20 varieties of wood-fired, Neopolitan-style pies, including a classic pizza margherita ($10) and the Hawaii Pie O ($14), and some 75 domestic and international beer options. Time for a pizza party. 

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POSTED September 4, 2014

The California Clipper

Restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff has unveiled his reboot of a classic Humboldt Park bar and concert venue, and we like what we see. Major changes include a back room that's been converted into a tobacco lounge, a sleek aesthetic that harkens back to the space's speakeasy past and a drink list that's more than 70 items long, including $4 tallboys and a shaved iced amaro cocktail.

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POSTED August 28, 2014

Headquarters River North

With a full-service kitchen and expanded roster of craft beers and vintage video games, the second location of this wildly popular "beercade" promises to be even more remarkable than its Lakeview predecessor. The 14,000-square-foot space has a playful, nostalgic vibe accented by an installation of more than 40 retro TVs streaming old pop-culture video footage. The menu offers creative spins on old school dishes such as kimchi deviled eggs and Salisbury steak with sweet corn succotash.

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POSTED August 21, 2014

Bar Takito

This new Latin-inspired concept from the team behind Takito Kitchen has taken over—and completely transformed—the former Kabocha space in the West Loop. The kitschy, casual eatery is lit from within with white tables, bright red chairs and multicolored cartoonish graffiti; the menu is equally vibrant and includes everything from tomatillo pistachio salsa ($3) and bacon-studded polenta ($8) to lamb chorizo tacos ($12) and Mexican chocolate ganache ($6.50).

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POSTED August 14, 2014

Soho House

West Loop's posh new members-only hotel club, Soho House, which has locations in London, NYC and L.A., has opened three ground-level casual restaurants that are open to the public: Chicken Shop, Pizza East and the Allis Lounge. Chicken Shop has a vintage, diner-esque vibe and offers a menu of spit-roasted chicken, while Pizza East and The Allis are decidedly more rustic, with wood-fired pizzas and upscale small plates like artichoke crostini ($6), respectively.

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  • Parlor Pizza Bar
  • he California Clipper
  • Headquarters River North
  • Bar Takito
  • Soho House


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