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Openings & Closings
Openings & Closings

Birrieria Zaragoza Opens Uptown Location, Bringing Acclaimed Mexican Spot To Former Broadway Grill

It's the second location for the heralded Southwest Side restaurant known for its braised goat, next to neighboring Uptown staples like Green Mill, Fiesta Mexicana and Carmela's Taqueria.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicago Empanada Mama Opens West Town Cafe, Bar With Puerto Rican-Inspired Menu And Decor

The restaurant sells homemade empanadas and other Puerto Rican specialties along with Dark Matter coffee and a range of Caribbean rums.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

‘Reimagined’ Auburn Gresham Save A Lot Could Open In July On 79th Street

The store closed in early 2020 under previous ownership. Yellow Banana, which owns and operates several Save A Lot stores, broke ground on a "complete transformation" of the building last week, owners said.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Five Squared Pizza Moves Ghost Kitchen To Goose Island, Bringing Its Detroit-Style Pies To The North Side

Five Squared Pizza, which moved its operations from East Garfield Park, sells pies by the slice ranging from classic pepperoni to tie-dye.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

The StopAlong Opens In Former Boiler Room Space This Week

The new owners kept some of Boiler Room's original details, but the reimagined restaurant has a different signature pizza and StopAlong staples, arcade games and colorful decor.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Southern Chicago Owners Aim To Bring ‘Elevated’ Comfort Food To The South Loop

The new Black-owned restaurant will be a "marriage" of regional Southern dishes from Mississippi and Tennessee, the co-owners said.

South Loop

New LGBTQ+-Owned Stationery Shop In Andersonville Offers ‘Gay Things, Chicago Things And Cannabis Things’

Paper & Pencil is owned by Andersonville couple Eric Campbell and Tyler McCall. The shop sells writing utensils, stationery and more from women-owned and LGBTQ+ brands.


Queer Couple Opens Powerlifting Gym In West Loop During Pride Month: ‘I Want People To Feel Welcomed’

The founders of Goals Not Dreams, a new powerlifting gym in the West Loop, want everyone to feel comfortable in the gym to reach their full potential.

West Loop

T Square Cafe Brings Traditional Boba Tea, Rice Bowls And More To North Center

The women-owned cafe's first location was a takeout window in Chinatown’s square plaza. Now, it's expanding with a larger North Center location.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Funeral Potatoes, A Ghost Kitchen Born Out Of The Pandemic, Raising Money For Brick-And-Mortar In Logan Square

Owners Eve Studnicka and Alexis Thomas-Rice are hosting a "disco ball" fundraiser with food and cocktails, drag performances, a silent auction and more.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

At Prism Games, Now Open In Avondale, You Can Find Games That Celebrate Diversity And Inclusion

The Milwaukee Avenue store, run by 25-year-old gamer Cullen Clancy, focuses on games with underrepresented stories and characters, like "Thirsty Sword Lesbians" and "Spirit Island."

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Nothing Bundt Cakes Opening Shop In Andersonville, The Latest National Chain Coming To Neighborhood

The cake shop is the third national dessert chain to expand into Andersonville, following Jeni's Ice Cream and Kilwins ice cream and chocolate shop.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Albany Park’s Helmand Chicago Offers A Culinary Tour Of Afghanistan’s Regions

Chef and co-owner Wahid Tanha grew up cooking alongside his father in Kabul. His goal is to introduce people to new flavors.

Albany Park

Washington Park Save A Lot Closed Indefinitely After Multiple Break-Ins This Weekend, Co-Owner Says

Co-owner Michael Nance did not commit to reopening the Washington Park store. Customers are being directed to a new Englewood Save A Lot that's drawn pushback from neighbors.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Allez Cafe Bringing Craft Espresso, Fine Dining Pop-Ups To Bucktown Next To Ambrosia Foods

Jason Melamed and Andrew Silaghi want their cafe to be a place where people can put "down the laptop" and enjoy well-made coffee, pastries and pop-up dinners from local chefs.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Tin Roof, A Live Music Joint That Started Near Nashville’s Music Row, Is Coming To Wrigleyville

Tin Roof, a bar that combines live music with food and drinks, aims to open in the Addison & Clark building.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Zen Leaf Dispensary Can’t Move Into New Rogers Park Store After Competing Pot Shop Wins Approval To Open Nearby

State law bars Zen Leaf from opening near Clark and Howard because it's too close to a dispensary on the Evanston side of the border. The company has tried twice to relocate its Rogers Avenue dispensary.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Ciao Ciao Gelato & Cafe Opens This Weekend In Portage Park With 46 Flavors

Co-owner Marco Alt wants the shop to have the relaxed spirit of a traditional Italian cafe. A grand opening is planned for Sunday.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Malibu Barbie Cafe Pop-Up Opening June In West Loop

The pop-up inspired by '70s Malibu California, Barbie colors and retro glam will run June 7-Sept. 15.

West Loop

Pilsen’s Semillas Plant Studio Continues ‘Flower Bar’ Pop-Ups, Eyes Coffee Shop Expansion

Angelica Varela will host a pop-up Friday at the WNDR Museum's After Dark event. Attendees will be able to create and take home their own flower arrangement.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards
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