The Hyatt Centric’s rooftop, AIRE (110 W. Monroe St, 312-236-1234), joins the ranks of hotel rooftop bars in the Loop for Chicagoans to dine, drink, and soak in the sun and beautiful views of the city. See our new rooftop bars list here.
Italian king Phil Stefani and longtime Chicago restaurateur Adolfo Garcia (Son of a Butcher Tavern, Pearl Tavern) team up to create Broken English (75 E. Lake Ave., 312-929-3601), a casual, Mexico City–inspired taco pub in the Loop. Take a look inside.
Viva la West Loop! Rick Bayless unveils Cruz Blanca, his long-awaited microbrewery and taqueria and the adjoining Leña Brava, a Baja, California seafood restaurant (900 W Randolph St., 312-733-1975).
Diners can expect wood-smoked meats and complex, European-inspired brews. Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar’s expansion, called Kimski (960 W. 31st St., 773-890-0588), brings a funky arts flair and Polish-Korean street food to Bridgeport.
Outdoor farmers’ market season is back, which means it’s basically summer. The Green City Market (south end of Lincoln Park between Clark Street and Stockton Drive) is up and running Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Logan Square’s market (Logan Boulevard between Milwaukee Avenue and Whipple Street) starts Sunday. And a new Ravenswood market (4900 N. Damen Ave.) kicks off Wednesday, May 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. Here’s a list of our faves.
A couple of new brunches to consider for this weekend: Artango Bar & Steakhouse (4767 N. Lincoln Ave., Ravenswood, 872-208-7441) goes South American–style with dulce de leche–filled crêpes, Lillie’s Q (1856 W. North Ave., Bucktown, 773-772-5500) lets you get your cinnamon biscuit and shrimp and grits on, and Tavern on Little Fort (4128 N. Lincoln Ave., North Center, 773-360-1869) launches a monthly kids’ music brunch on Saturday with a performance from Mr. Dave and mini corn dogs (for the tots) and a $5 build-your-own Bloody Mary (for the parents).