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Openings & Closings
Openings & Closings

Cafe And Wine Bar Pompette Opens Friday In Former Izakaya Mita Space In Bucktown

The restaurant will is bringing cafe fare like quiche, salads and pastries to the corner of Damen and Armitage — before transforming the space into a wine bar in the evenings.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Julius Meinl Closes Southport Avenue Coffee Shop After 20 Years

The Southport Avenue shop was the first Julius Meinl to open in the United States, according to the company. The Lakeview cafe closed Sept. 30.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Edgewater’s Hooked On Fish Brings A Sustainable Seafood Market To Bryn Mawr Historic District

Hooked On Fish has opened its first storefront after 8 years in business. The business provides a rotating selection of sustainable and environmentally friendly seafood.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

She Makes The Food, He Roasts The Beans: Couple Opens Tasa Coffee Roasters In West Humboldt Park

Jackie and Pierre Marquez started experimenting with coffee at home during the lockdown. Now they own one of the neighborhood's first café and roasters.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Peek Inside The Meadowlark, A Cozy Cocktail Bar Opening Monday In Logan Square

The speakeasy-style bar is the owners’ third establishment at California Avenue and Palmer Street. They also run Lardon and Union inside the building.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Barcocina Expands To Former Tecalitlan Space In West Town With Expansive Patio, Draft Cocktails

The Lakeview Mexican restaurant and cocktail spot hopes to open on Chicago Avenue by mid-October. Tecalitlan relocated to Lincoln Park last year.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Beer And A Shop: New Consignment Lounge Bar Along Logan Square-Avondale Border Doubles As Vintage Store

Part bar, part vintage shop, the quirky business is "80 percent art project and 20 percent questionable decisions," one owner said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Olive Jewel Opens In Former Fox Club Store In Ukrainian Village, Offering Vintage Items With A Historical Link

The store's collection includes a custom-built massage chair from the '70s, a shoeshine stand from a South Side barbershop and old advertising posters.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Big Star Mariscos Opens Monday, Bringing Seafood Focus To West Town Location

The restaurant will serve ceviches, aguachiles and a range of fish tacos, on top of a cocktail menu. It joins several other mariscos restaurants that have long operated in West Town.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Logan Square Athletic Club Could Be Coming To Grace’s Furniture Building After Long-Awaited Boutique Hotel Plan Scrapped

New plans have emerged for the long-vacant Grace's Furniture building in the heart of Logan Square.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Epic Kitchens’ Year-Old Lakeview Ghost Kitchen Location Closed Until ‘Further Notice’

Epic Kitchens' Lakeview restaurant is "closed ['til] further notice," according to a sign posted on its front door. The "Epic Kitchens" sign has also been taken down.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

The Hen, A Breakfast Spot With 20-Topping Oatmeal Bar, Opens In Lincoln Park

The Hen also offers a build-your-own-mimosa package, an oatmeal bar, avocado toasts, breakfast burgers and more.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Replay Lincoln Park’s Latest Pop-Up Honors ‘Stranger Things,’ Including An Eddie Munson Graduation

The bar will also have a "The Simpsons"-themed Tree House of Gore with a Moe's Tavern on its second level.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Hotel Lincoln’s Plan To Expand Rooftop Bar Could Lead To More Noise, Rowdy Patrons, Neighbors Say

Hotel Lincoln representatives and neighbors gathered for a community meeting that became contentious at times as they debated what to do about the proposed rooftop bar expansion.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Smylie Brothers Closes Lakeview Brewery 1 Year After Opening

"It has been an absolute pleasure to serve the local community for the near 12 months that we were open," Smylie Bros' owners wrote. Its Evanston location is still open.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Logan Square’s Mini Mott Replaced With Second Generation, A Tribute To Owners’ Asian-American Heritage

The owners of Asian-inspired burger joint Mini Mott closed the Logan Square eatery this summer and opened a full-service restaurant in its place with an elevated and expanded menu.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Logan Square’s Lonesome Rose Expanding To Andersonville With Clark Street Restaurant

The popular Mexican-inspired restaurant Lonesome Rose will be the third Logan Square-based eatery to make the jump to Andersonville.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Veteran Chefs Opening Pompette, A Cafe And Wine Bar, In Former Izakaya Mita Space In Bucktown

Pompette will feature breakfast and lunch service and shareable dinner plates paired with "Old World" natural wines. Owners aim to open in early October.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

5 New Restaurants And Bars Coming To The West Loop And Downtown

Curtis Duffy's much anticipated cocktail lounge, a World's Fair-themed bar and a Randolph restaurant paying tribute to the Silk Road are set to shake the dining scene up.

West Loop

Esmé Restaurant Is Transforming Fine Dining With A Menu Inspired By ’90s Nostalgia And Nonprofit Kitchen Possible

Chef Jenner Tomaska has for years worked with Kitchen Possible, a nonprofit that provides kids 8-12 in Pilsen, East Garfield Park and Bronzeville with programs to teach them valuable life lessons through cooking.

Lincoln Park, Old Town
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