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What You Need to Know About the Chicago Dining Scene This Week

Hot dog pizza, anyone?

Chicago-style hot dog deep dish pizza at Giordano’s   Photo Courtesy of Giordano's

Openings

Today, the old Lucky’s Sandwich Co. space is reborn as the Tankard (1635 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park, 773-292-2765), a modern sports bar tempered by a mature new menu. But it’s not all wine lists and charcuterie boards: expect well-done lowbrow munchies like Tater Tots and cheese curds—plus the dartboard from Lucky’s, which survived the transition.

It’s been a good week for fast-casual, with two national chains tightening their grip on Chicago. On Sunday, Nando’s Peri-Peri (227 E. Ontario St., 312-204-7151) brought its sweet heat to Streeterville. Blaze Pizza (7122 W. Cermak, 708-317-5293) followed suit, firing up a new kitchen (its 11th in Chicagoland) in Berwyn’s Gateway Plaza Shopping Center on Tuesday.

Morsels

Bad news for River North diners: Casual American spot Oak + Char (217 W. Huron St.) has shut its doors after a little over a year and a half.

But good news for Wicker Park diners and drinkers: Queen Mary (2125 W. Division St., 773-697-3522) has a new menu, with a fleshed-out food selection including toasted sandwiches and a crab cake.

Because eating both a hot dog and a deep-dish pizza on their own would be indecent, Giordano’s will be selling a Chicago-style hot dog deep dish pizza at select locations through the end of August. The thing’s exactly what it sounds like: hot dogs, pizza sauce, yellow mustard, and a mix of tomatoes, onions, pickles, and sport peppers in Giordano’s crust, and it was the toast of Wrigley Field when it was available there. You can get it at the Lake View location (1040 W. Belmont Ave.) daily, as well as at the Navy Pier kiosk and the spot’s food truck on Wednesdays through the end of August.

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