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

Like where to get this sundae (answer: the Dearborn).

Sundae at the Dearborn   Photo: Kailley Lindman

Openings

Urban American tavern the Dearborn (145 N. Dearborn St., Loop, 312-384-1242) marks the first independent venture from sisters Amy Lawless and Clodagh Lawless (The Gage, Acanto). The Block 37 newcomer promises playful dishes like caviar with chicharrones from executive chef Aaron Cuschieri (Kinmont).

SmallFry (2489 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-661-1365) brings burgers and triple-cooked French fries to Logan Square night owls with its 20-seat, quick-service shop that’s open til 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.

AceBounce (230 N. Clark St., Loop, 773-219-0900), the long-awaited first U.S. outpost of London Ping-Pong hotspot Bounce, is here. Expect 16 Ping-Pong tables, a 47-foot bar, and a restaurant—1901—helmed by Rick Gresh (Virgin Hotels).

Lark (3441 N. Halsted St., Boystown, 773-799-8968) has landed in the former Halsted’s Bar + Grill space, offering Neapolitan pizza, pastas, sandwiches, weekend brunch, and an extensive bar.

Morsels

God bless America: There are still tickets available for the pre-Fourth of July pop-up dinner from Aaron Franklin (of Austin’s beloved Franklin Barbecue) at Land and Sea Dept. (3124 W. Carroll St., Garfield Park). You can have meat, drinks, and schmoozing for $100 on July 1–3—more info and tickets here.

Don’t get too comfy in Baker & Nosh’s (1303 W. Wilson Ave., Uptown, 773-989-7393) current digs–this fall, they’ll be moving to a larger space one block east, the former Starbucks at the corner of Magnolia and Wilson. (That’s in addition to their planned second outpost in Edgewater, slated for later this summer.)

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