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

There’s an update on One Off Hospitality’s forthcoming Wicker Park project.

Publican Anker exterior   Photo courtesy One Off Hospitality


The Living Room, a new second-floor lounge in the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Dr., Loop, 312-565-1234), brings classic cocktails and elevated bar snacks to the hotel’s west tower.

Coda di Volpe (3335 N. Southport Ave., Lake View, 773-687-8568), the southern Italian restaurant and Neapolitan pizzeria from restaurateurs Billy Lawless (The Gage) and Ryan O’Donnell (Gemini Bistro), has joined the Southport Corridor.

The fourth location of Old Town Pour House (1703 Freedom Dr., 630-448-6020) brings the Chicago-based chain’s sprawling beer list of 90 craft brews and modern American menu to Naperville.

In prolific burger-joint openings news, Umami Burger (945 W. Randolph St., West Loop, 312-226-9919) added a second Chicago outpost on Restaurant Row. The expanded menu includes an exclusive Monte Cristo burger.

Savanna Restaurant (4111 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Square, 872-817-7340) has quietly opened in the former Browntrout space, offering up breakfast and sandwiches.

Flame-grilled chicken chain Nando’s Peri-Peri (1005 S. Delano Ct., 312-204-7151) continues its march across the city, adding a fifth Chicago location in the South Loop. In honor of the opening, Chicago Fire soccer players will man the grills this Saturday (July 30), with 100 percent of sales benefiting the Chicago Fire Foundation.


We’ve got a little more intel on the new One Off Hospitality (Avec, Blackbird) project coming to the former Francesca’s Forno space: It’s going to be a bar called Publican Anker (1576 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park). The name comes from an old Dutch and German measure for spirits, and the focus is going to be on affordable wines and beers plus boozing-friendly food. 

Catalpa Kitchen (2800 W. Logan Blvd., Logan Square), Lynn Malec’s (La Tache) latest project, has met its demise. It shuttered after less than a year.

There’s a new restaurant rating game in town: Renzell promises to be “free of the subjectivity, biases, and inaccuracies that plague other systems” like Michelin, per a news release. Their methodology? Getting diners who patronize top restaurants on a regular basis to fill out a detailed survey after their experience, then turning the results into a curated list of 54 top dining destinations.


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