If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Chicago, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
Editor’s Note 6/15: All restaurants listed below are currently open for carryout, delivery, or outdoor dining.
This is a brand new Mexican restaurant in River North, focusing on food from the coast. The menu has things like ceviche, seafood tacos, and tropical cocktails.
Kasama is a takeout and delivery-only Filipino-inspired restaurant and bakery. You’ll find dishes like mushroom adobo and lumpia, along with baked goods like croissants and ube basque cakes.
As the name would suggest, Pizza Friendly Pizza is a new pizza spot. It just opened in Ukrainian Village (in the former Bite Cafe space), and specializes in Sicilian-style pies.
This is a new coffee shop that just opened in Logan Square. Along with coffee, Me Latte also serves a selection of sweet and savory empanadas.
Sugar Blow is a new bakery and snack shop in Boystown. They have treats like milkshakes and Nutella cookies, along with savory options like fries and grilled plantains.
Taste Of The Philippines is a brand new Filipino restaurant in the French Market, serving things like pancit, lumpia, and ube donuts.
Juna is a carryout restaurant in Avondale that focuses on locally-sourced food, and using sustainable packaging. You'll find dishes like grilled tofu, roasted carrot hummus, and grass-fed burgers.
You (probably) don’t have enough ice cream and/or booze in your life. Luckily, Buzzed Bull Creamery just opened in Wicker Park. This spot has made-to-order ice cream (they use liquid nitrogen), and specializes in customizable, alcohol-infused flavors.
This is a new brewery that just opened in Streeterville. Along with beer, Crushed By Giants also has tacos and burgers.
A brand new location of this salad chain opened in Wicker Park, and this one has a covered patio.
A new delivery-only sushi spot just opened in the West Loop. Krispy rice comes from LA and serves cutely-packaged combination boxes filled with things like hand rolls, spicy tuna on crispy rice, and maki.
Tavern On The Point is a new restaurant in Edison Park with food like burgers and nachos, plus a rooftop available for outdoor dining.
The team behind Omakase Yume has opened an izakaya right next door. TenGoku Aburiya’s menu has noodles, donburi, and skewers.
Uncooked is a new grab-and-go vegan spot in the West Loop. As the name would suggest, it specializes in raw food with plant-based dishes like matcha chia pudding, kelp noodle cacio e pepe, and radish ravioli with kale pesto.
This is a large, full-blown restaurant that just opened the West Loop. PB & J stands for pizza, beer, and jukebox - and you’ll find all three here. There’s also a menu section filled with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, including one that costs $350 (yes, really) made with a whole loaf of bread and luxury ingredients like rare honey and gold leaf.
Fiya is a Middle Eastern restaurant with a large outdoor patio, and a menu full of hummus and wood-fired dishes like chicken or roasted sweet potato with creme fraiche.
Full disclosure: Ever isn’t open until August. But this 10-course tasting menu spot from the former chef of Grace is taking reservations. Dinner is $285 per person, and only available for indoor dining.
We’re big fans of the original Bob’s in Pilsen. So, we couldn’t be happier that this pizza spot has opened a new location in Old Town, and can share their delicious Pilsen-style pies (not a real pizza-style, but we don’t care) with a new neighborhood.
After a lot of delays (seven years worth), Nobu’s rooftop is open. This bar is 11 stories up, and along with a long list of sake and cocktails, is also serving Japanese-inspired small plates and sushi.
This is a new Spanish place from the team behind Beatnik. Mama Delia is located in the old Black Bull space and has opened a large patio for outdoor dining.
This is the first Chicago location (there’s already one in Skokie) of this popular Filipino fast-food restaurant. And while it’s technically in River North, Jollibee is actually a delivery-only virtual restaurant.
Well, we officially have a brand new rooftop that we can actually visit. The Kennedy is on top of the Hyatt in Wicker Park and has a long menu full of cocktails and bar food. And since Chicago is allowed to eat and drink outside, you can actually go here and check it out.
The Han Burger focuses on roujiamo, which are Chinese sandwiches. The menu here is very short, just two filling options inside a homemade mó bun - pork belly or brisket with cilantro and chili paste, and a side of spicy potatoes.
This is a new Soul food spot in Auburn Gresham. The menu changes daily, but you can expect to find things like smothered chicken, pot roast, and sides like collard greens or mac and cheese. Available for carryout and delivery.
Gretel is a new restaurant in Logan Square from the team behind Little Bad Wolf. The menu is similar, with dishes like ramen and lumpia, along with burgers and sandwiches.
Gotham Bagels started in Madison, and this is their first Chicago location. The menu has sandwiches, spreads, and extras like pickled vegetables and smoked salmon. Available for carryout and delivery.
What used to be Dutch & Doc’s in Wrigleyville is now Swift & Sons Tavern, a spin-off of West Loop steakhouse Swift & Sons. The tavern is more casual than its sister restaurant, but is still focusing on steak and oysters.
This is a new vegan restaurant in Avalon Park, and they’re using their name to make sure there’s no confusion about what they serve. The menu has food like burgers, brats, and nachos, and everything is (obviously) plant-based.
Honeybear Cafe is a new restaurant in Rogers Park. It’s open from 7am-4pm every day with a long menu of breakfast food like pancakes, skillets, and crepes, but also serves sandwiches and salads in the afternoon.
Ok, we admit this opening is a little confusing. Cobblestone is a new restaurant in North Center that took over the former Northman space (which just closed). But it’s from the team behind the Bohemian House (also closed). You can expect to find European pub food like fish and chips, sausages, and (for now) the same long cider list.
We really like the original Daebak in Chinatown. This is their brand new location in Lincoln Park, and it serves the exact same Korean BBQ menu (and hopefully the same delicious kimchi pancake).
This is a new BYOB Mexican restaurant in Archer Heights. It’s mainly seafood-focused (with ceviches and whole-roasted fish), but also has things like burgers too.
The original My Place was in Chinatown and closed a year ago. They recently reopened in a new spot in the South Loop, with the same long menu filled with noodle soups, stir frys, and appetizers like shrimp toast and spicy pig ears.
El Fogon De Elan is an all-day Latin American spot that just opened in Albany Park. You’ll find dishes like the El Fogon Celentano (rice with steak, chorizo, chicharron, beans, eggs, and sweet plantains), arepas, and a variety of grilled meat entrees.
This is a casual new Turkish spot in Albany Park. The menu has a selection of spreads, soups, kebabs, and desserts like baklava.
Quiote was a great Mexican restaurant that closed last year. So we’re glad that Quiote’s former chef just opened Mundano, a brand new Latin American-inspired place in Lincoln Park. You’ll find dishes like savory churros with manchego, crispy pig’s ears, and smoked whitefish with salsa verde.
Mrs. Gu is a hot pot chain from China, and this new Chinatown location is the first one to open in the United States. You choose from five different broths and grab all the ingredients (like meats and vegetables) that go into the pot from self-serve coolers and stations.
This is a brand new fast-casual Asian spot from the team behind Yuzu, a sushi restaurant in West Town. It’s a build-your-own-bowl operation, where you choose your base, protein, and sauce.
Since Chicago can never have enough pizza places, we’re glad that Gallucci just opened in Old Town. This spot specializes in Neapolitan pies - like the Tartufata made with truffle cream and prosciutto, or the Norma topped with fried eggplant and smoked provolone.
In case it wasn’t obvious, this new spot in Logan Square is board game-themed. The menu is made of Spanish and Vietnamese small plates, and during dinner, a “professional board game teacher” will help you and your group choose a game to play.
This is a new upscale Mexican restaurant in Pilsen. The menu has dishes like shrimp empanadas, fried avocado tacos, and roast chicken in mole.
This opening kind of sounds like the name of a Marilyn Manson album, but it’s actually a new coffee and tea shop in the West Loop. Eat Me Milk Me also serves bubble tea, cold foam tea, along with baos.
Black & Caspian is a new Mediterranean and Italian restaurant in Lakeview East. This means you can find everything from kebabs to pasta, and it’s open for brunch on the weekend.
Dash Of Salt And Pepper is a new breakfast spot in Lincoln Park. They’re open every day from 7am to 1pm, and serve classic diner food.
This is a rotary sushi bar in Chinatown, which means they have self-serve sushi on a conveyor belt. And it’s actually Sushi Plus’s third location.
This is a new 70s and 80s themed restaurant in Logan Square. Welcome Back has snacks like chicken wings, mini corn dogs, and stadium nachos. The entrees are mostly sandwiches, with a walk-up window for ordering hot dogs.
Lexington Betty Smoke House is a food truck and restaurant in Oak Park, and this is their new BBQ stall in the One Eleven Food Hall in Pullman. They’re serving things like smoked ribs, brisket and rib tips, along with sides like macaroni, biscuits, and candied yams.
Chile Toreado is a new restaurant in McKinley Park from the people behind 5 Rabanitos, one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in the city. The menu has dishes like crepes and tlayudas, and there’s also a full bar. Just be aware, right now this place is cash only.
Opened by a former pastor (hence the name), this new North Center brewery has a BYOF taproom and occasional visits from food trucks.
It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that RPM Seafood, the new restaurant from the same team as RPM Steak and RPM Italian, is focusing on - wait for it - seafood. The long menu has things like crudo, shellfish towers, and grilled fish, along with some steaks and pastas. And this upscale spot is down the street from its predecessors in River North.
We also doubt you’ll be shocked that a restaurant named “I’m Vegan And Vegetarian” focuses on plant-based food. This new casual Thai BYOB in Lakeview has vegan dishes like pad siew, spring rolls, and tofu satay.
This is a new Great Lakes-themed restaurant in the South Loop, which means the menu has lots of fish like trout and walleye. There are also pizzas - but we’re not sure what those have to do with Lake Michigan.
Along with noodles, curry, and dishes like Thai-style fried chicken, this new Thai restaurant in Roscoe Village also has a full cocktail bar.
Chi Yatai in Chinatown is a new spot in the Richland Center food court, with Japanese street food like katsu sandos, takoyaki, and bubble tea.