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

New trend: High-end restaurants doing casual reinventions.

Tomato and red onion salad at Swift & Sons   Photo: Eric Kleinberg

Openings

One name change later, the Boka Group’s steakhouse, Swift & Sons (1000 W. Fulton Market, West Loop, 312-733-9420), is now cutting up prime meats in the new Google building. Need anything during your meal? The spot just happens to have its own in-house concierge.

It’s pie time—Home Run Inn (3215 N. Sheffield Ave., Lake View), one of the best pizza spots in Chicago, has opened its first North Side location in the former Leona’s space, just in time for you to pick up a pizza for the game tonight.

Corridor Brewery & Provisions (3446 N. Southport Ave., Lake View, 773-270-4272) may be a new name, but it’s brought to you by plenty of familiar faces. The project comes from the team at DryHop, including longtime beer brewer Brant Dubovick.

Morsels

Carriage House (1700 W. Division St., Wicker Park, 773-384-9700) will close November 1 and pull a quick change into CH Bar + Provisions, a more casual iteration of its Southern-comfort self. The move is an increasingly common occurrence for high-end restaurants struggling to find an audience—Travelle recently underwent the same kind of transformation, changing into the relaxed Travelle Kitchen + Bar. 

While you wait for Blue Door Farm Stand to set up its permanent location at 2010 North Halsted Street, you can sate cravings for sesame chicken salad and grilled cheese with fig preserves at a pop-up termed Blue Door Farm Stand Too (711 W. Armitage Ave., Lincoln Park). The pop-up pops starting Friday and will remain open until the full-service location finishes construction later this year.

On November 1, British restaurant/grocery Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods (3755 N. Southport Ave., Lake View, 872-802-3840) will shut its doors, so you’ll soon need to find somewhere else to stock up on wine gums and PG Tips. But fear not if you’re a fan of their bangers—you’ll still be able to buy sausages and other products from them at Mariano’s and specialty stores such as Gepperth’s and Gene’s Sausage Shop, as the company will continue on as a wholesale retailer. (And watch that space–it’ll undergo a reinvention and debut later this year.)

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