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The Six Most Exciting Chicago Restaurants Opening Soon

Here’s a preview of new restaurants coming to town this spring and beyond. Stay hungry.

Photo: courtesy eataly

534 N. Clark St., River North
An intimate Parisian-inspired boîte from Michelin-starred Carrie Nahabedian (Naha) sounds like an instant hit.

2638 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park
Jason Chan (Urban Union) and maki master B. K. Park (Arami) scoured sushi joints around the globe to create “five concepts that nobody else is doing,” says Chan.

354 W. Hubbard St., River North
Brendan Sodikoff says that this Old World deli will be the first of his trio of forthcoming newbies (see “Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf”). Bring on the gefilte fish.

118 W. Grand Ave., River North
Since Gastón Acurio is considered the Peruvian Ferran Adrià, this fourth location of his Tanta (others are in Lima, Madrid, and Barcelona) must be Chicago’s El Bulli.

Mott St
1401 N. Ashland Ave., Bucktown
Will the wait times at this 100-seat (including the outdoor patio) Asian-influenced spot be as long as they are at Ruxbin, its sister restaurant less than a mile away?

43 E. Ohio St., River North
Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s multi-restaurant Italian megamarket is slated to be 13,000 square feet larger than New York’s version. Take that, Manhattan.


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