Open now: Tiki time comes to Logan Square with the opening of Lost Lake (3152 W. Diversey Ave.), the Polynesian-themed bar from Paul McGee and the team behind Longman & Eagle and Parson’s Chicken & Fish. Soak up all that rum with snacks from the attached Chinese-takeout spot, Thank You.
Open now: Red-sauce Italian is back in a big way with the opening of Formento’s (925 W. Randolph St., West Loop, 312-960-7295), from chef Tony Quartaro and the team behind the Bristol and Balena.
Open now: Tucked alongside from the bar at the old-school Green Door Tavern is something brand-new, a speakeasy known as the Drifter (678 N. Orleans St., River North, 312-664-5496). Enter via the Green Door for cocktails from mixologist Liz Pearce (Drawing Room, Gage), the descriptions for which are all printed on tarot cards.
A big name in drinking is setting down his cocktail shaker—Mike Ryan has stepped away from the bar at Sable (505 N. State St., River North, 312-755-9704) to take on a national education position with parent company Kimpton Hotels. Taking over for him will be John Stanton, who’s been with the bar since it opened.
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