With new restaurants opening seemingly every day, how are you supposed to keep track of them all? From steakhouses to trendy lounges, we’ve rounded up some of the most notable Chicago openings of the past few months, so you can better focus your dining energies.
736 N. Clark St.
Sun – Wed 11am – 11pm; Thurs – Fri 11am – 2am; Sat 11am – 3am
We already have a lot of great burger joints, so why not add one more? 25 Degrees, which opened in River North in late August, serves up four burgers with toppings like burrata and crispy prosciutto, or you can build your own masterpiece by selecting cheese, sauces, and veggies. Wash it all down with cocktails, spiked milkshakes, and boozy floats.
Toni Patisserie & Café
65 E. Washington St.
Open daily 7am – 7pm
This new European-inspired café and patisserie is the brainchild of chef Toni Marie Cox, who was executive pastry chef at Chicago’s Mayfair Regent Hotel, Le Ciel Bleu, and the Disneyland Hotel in Paris before opening Toni Sweets in Hinsdale in 1994. Head into the 30-seat café for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Look for quiches, salads, sandwiches, pastries, cakes, and other desserts.
Michael Jordan’s Steak House
505 N. Michigan Ave.
Bar Daily 11am – 2am; Lunch Daily 11am – 2pm; Dinner, Mon-Thurs 5pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat 5pm – 11pm, Sun 5pm to 9pm
What’s more Chicago than steak and Michael Jordan? The swanky new restaurant, located right on the Magnificent Mile, offers steaks, burgers, salads, and seafood. You’ll find a Southern tilt to the menu with chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and a peach Rickey. Want a quick bite while hitting the stores? The bar menu offers up mussels, oysters, and cocktails.
340 West Armitage Ave.
Tue – Thurs Dinner 5pm – 10pm, Lounge 5pm – midnight
Fri – Sat Dinner 5pm – 11pm, Lounge 5pm – 2am
Sat – Sun Brunch 10am – 3pm
Helmed by Matt Maroni (you know him from the Gaztro Wagon), this Lincoln Park restaurant is perfect for date nights. Head to the top floor lounge for cocktails and bar bites (pork belly nuggets, avocado frites); or stay in the main dining room for a classic meal (scallops, spaetzle, foie gras).