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

Another stealth opening for the 16” On Center group.

Duck plate at Saint Lou’s Assembly   Photo: Alexander Goulemas

Openings

After bidding adieu to Paris Club in January, the crew behind RPM replaced it with Italian concept Il Porcellino (59 W. Hubbard St.) in the River North building that also hosts Studio Paris Nightclub and Japanese noodle joint Ramen-san. (Watch as Il Porcellino chef Aaron Martinez shows us how he makes a butter lettuce salad.)

It’s for real this time: the Northman (4337 N. Lincoln Ave., North Center) is open, and the 100 ciders and French and English inspired bistro fare from Sean Sanders (Browntrout) is yours for the consumption.

In its second super-sleuth opening in two weeks, 16 On Center (a group whose principal owners are Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden of Dusek’s, Punch House, and the Promontory) unveiled Saint Lou’s Assembly (664 W. Lake St., West Loop) next to its new bar, Moneygun. Jared Wentworth (Dusek’s, Longman & Eagle) is in the kitchen at the counter-serve spot, which offers a Midwestern take on the “Meat N Three,” a Southern cafeteria-style concept that (pretty logically) includes a meat course plus three side dishes.

Morsels

We’ve returned to food festival equilibrium for the coming summer—not long after news broke that the Chicago Food + Wine Festival would be taking 2016 off, the Rachael Ray-backed Feedback announced plans to visit the Lincoln Park Zoo on June 25. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

After just four months, Spencer’s Jolly Posh reboot Vivial (3755 N. Southport Ave., Lake View) has shuttered.

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