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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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POSTED February 12, 2015


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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POSTED February 5, 2015


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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POSTED January 29, 2015

Good Stuff Eatery

Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn's East Coast-based burger chain opened in the Loop yesterday with a slew of farm-fresh burgers, including the Hamburger Hop 2014-winning Prez Obama Burger ($7.25), loaded with applewood-smoked bacon, onion marmalade, Roquefort cheese and horseradish mayo, along with fries, wedge salads and dreamy hand-spun milk shakes. The vibe is rustic farmhouse, complete with whitewashed wood paneling and barn doors affixed to the wall.

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POSTED January 22, 2015

The Betty

New from Footman Hospitality (Bangers & Lace), this 5,000-square-foot neighborhood tavern serves sophisticated small bites like kampachi crudo with marinated mussels, parsnip purée and cress ($18) in a handsome space punctuated with vintage knickknacks and a vinyl-only soundtrack; drinks range from cocktails blended with house-made juices and syrups to an impressive selection of spirits, European wines and international beers.

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  • Seven Lions
  • Tapworks
  • Intro
  • Good Stuff Eatery
  • The Betty


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