Robert et Fils
Photograph: Baily McGuire

1 Robert et Fils

What:Rob Shaner pivots his cozy French restaurant from à la carte to a fancy tasting menu that incorporates unexpected techniques and ingredients.
Why:The menu includes dishes like hay-poached turbot and lichen-roasted celery root, plus, very importantly, multiple bread courses from pastry chef Cati Molnar.
Where:4229 N. Lincoln Ave., North Center Website


Photograph: Brad Danner

2 Segnatore

What:Contemporary twists on Italian classics from the Good Measure crew
Why:Bring your own crew to tackle the whole fried chicken with Calabrian honey plus housemade pastas.
Where:1001 N. California Ave., Humboldt Park Website


Moonflower Bar
Photograph: Garrett Sweet

3 Moonflower Bar

What:A trio of industry vets slings cocktails and bites in a plant-themed space.
Why:Sip a Negroni spritz, then add your favorite plant to your tab to take home.
Where:4359 N. Milwaukee Ave., Portage Park Website


Ayo Pizza Café & Shop
Photograph: Evan Packer

4 Ayo Pizza Café & Shop

What:The Delta team opens a fresh all-day café.
Why:The Classic Chicago, a pie loaded with fennel sausage and cherry pepper relish, is just the ticket on a cold winter’s night.
Where:953 W. Willow St., Lincoln Park Website


Nights & Weekends
Photograph: Garrett Sweet

5 Nights & Weekends

What:A funky new hangout with disco balls, a dance floor, and a highball menu
Why:Start with an espresso martini shot, then let loose with a vodka and housemade cream soda cocktail.
Where:1009 W. Lake St., West Loop Website


Hot Chi Chicken n’ Cones
Photograph: Kinan Moufti

6 Hot Chi Chicken n’ Cones

What:Hot chicken … and ice cream cones. Come on, you’ve got this.
Why:Quell the heat from a harissa-glazed fried chicken sandwich with a peanut butter pie cone.
Where:100 W. 87th St., West Chatham Website


You’re a Cookie!
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7 You’re a Cookie!

What:Angela Diaz’s inclusive cookie shop lands a storefront.
Why:Here’s your new go-to treat. From oatmeal blueberry to sprinkle crunch, all cookies are vegan, gluten-free, or nut-free.
Where:3053 N. California Ave., Avondale Website


Photograph: Jon Orgaz

8 Komo

What:Macku Chan (Macku Sushi) serves up glitzy takes on Japanese fare.
Why:Go big at your next group dinner with truffle chawanmushi, lobster croquettes, and green tea crème brûlée.
Where:738 W. Randolph St., West Loop Website


Bungalow by Middlebrow
Photograph: Polly Nevins

9 Bungalow by Middlebrow

What:The beer and pizza fave launches the Hot Corner, a seasonal outdoor cocktail bar.
Why:Throw on your warmest coat to drink a maple and whiskey hot toddy or brown sugar hot chocolate spiked with yellow Chartreuse.
Where:2840 W. Armitage Ave., Logan Square Website


The Bristol
Photograph: Briana Jimenez

10 The Bristol

What:Larry Feldmeier debuts a seasonal eight-course menu.
Why:With clever dishes like parsnip bisque with rabbit sausage and olives, it’s a whole new dimension to the Bucktown staple.
Where:2152 N. Damen Ave., Bucktown Website