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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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POSTED July 31, 2014

House 406

Owned and operated by Stephanie Izard's protégé Jessica Eisen, this new suburban dining destination is looking to bring modern farm-to-table fare to Northbrook. The space is dark and romantic—making it perfect for a date night—and the eclectic menu lists everything from five-spice ribeye with bok choy to Puppy Chow–encrusted chocolate semifreddo.

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POSTED July 24, 2014

Webster's Wine Bar

Little more than a month after closing its original location in Lincoln Park, one of Chicago's oldest wine bars reopens in the former Telegraph space in Logan Square. The new digs showcase a fresh décor and a revamped small plates menu that includes everything from steak tartare ($18) to sweetbreads ($12) and Spanish octopus ($14). The impressive wine list is curated by sommelier Jeremy Quinn.

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  • Headquarters River North
  • Bar Takito
  • Soho House
  • House 406
  • Webster's Wine Bar


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