Chris Nugent didn’t fly under the radar with his stunning work at Les Nomades. He flew over it. Now, after seven years in that hallowed Streeterville brownstone, Nugent can fly wherever he wants. We’re excited to sink into a golden banquette and explore his contemporary American tasting menu, featuring dishes such as roasted beef fillet with a mosaic of carrots. A couple of blocks west of Lincoln Square, Goosefoot is one of those “It’s always been my dream” sort of ventures. Nugent turned down countless opportunities over the years, waiting until he could open a restaurant that reflected his own personality—say, a 34-seat BYO named for an obscure plant family. 2656 W. Lawrence Ave.; 773-942-7547.
Photograph: Anna Knott