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What You Need to Know About Chicago’s Dining Scene This Week

The newest place to find fried chicken, two places where you can finally get a reservation, and the demise of yet another beloved bar.

Chicken sandwiches and fries at Leghorn   Photo: Potluck Creative

Openings

Open now: Because hipster fried chicken cravings occasionally strike outside of hipster neighborhoods, the second location of the Leghorn Chicken empire, Leghorn Café (600 N. LaSalle St.) has set up camp in River North. This location wakes up way earlier—7 a.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. on weekends—to make breakfast sandwiches and Stumptown coffee.

Morsels

It’s the start of star season, with the Michelin Guide announcing their 2015 Bib Gourmand award winners—59 in total, including first timers A10, Untitled, Herb, and Two. The designation indicates that the restaurant is both good and a good value—but it also means it won’t be getting a coveted Michelin star next week. The Tribune has the full list of winners.

You’re not imagining it. Every bar you have ever loved in Chicago is being taken from you, from SmallBar to Club Foot to now the Hungry Brain (2319 W. Belmont Ave., Lake View), which will shutter in mid-December per their Twitter. Who wants to join our Save the Endangered Dive Bars campaign?

Why is upstart Korean darling (and freshly minted Bib Gourmand recipient) Parachute (3500 N. Elston Ave., Avondale, 773-654-1460) now accepting limited reservations? Easy: Winter is coming, and the team doesn’t want people to be stuck waiting in the cold after traveling across the city. Their policy leaves plenty of room for walk-ins and the reservations themselves don’t guarantee a private table (read: you may still be placed in communal seating). Call the restaurant after 1 p.m. to secure a seat.

Another newbie we love is also getting into the reservation game. Mediterranean seafood spot MFK (432 W. Diversey Pkwy., Lake View, 773-857-2540) will now secure tables for groups of six or fewer.

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