Open now: Bucktown, meet the bincho grill at Izakaya Mita (1960 N. Damen Ave., 773-799-8677), a casual Japanese spot from a mother-son team.

Open now: Sugar Fixé Macaron (958 W. Armitage Ave., Lincoln Park, 773-799-8399), a companion to the Sugar Fixé Patisserie in Oak Park, is dedicating all its baking resources to the fussy French cookie, with 18 flavors on hand each day.

Open now: The biggest draw at the compact, BYOB Italian spot BarTucci (3426 N. Harlem Ave., Dunning, 773-887-4416)? Housemade pastas and foccacias from a family that’s been making the stuff for decades.

Friday, December 19: It’s the triumphant return of Pane Caldo (111 E. Chestnut St., Gold Coast). Well, sort of. This time, there’s a different owner (the team behind Pizzeria del Mercato) and a different chef (Joe Catanzariti).


You know how Takashi (1952 N. Damen Ave., Bucktown, 773-772-6170) was supposed to close after New Year’s? Add a couple more days to that. The Japanese tasting menu spot will stay open January 2nd and 3rd due to popular demand–call to make a reservation.

Gluten-free gourmands, we have bad news: Senza (2873 N. Broadway, Lake View, 773-770-3527) will close on January 17. That’s the third Michelin-starred spot to announce its closure in recent weeks (along with L2O and the aforementioned Takashi) if you’re playing along at home. Let’s not dwell on tragedy, though.

There are at least a few openings to look forward to in 2015: The Pearl Tavern people will proffer globally inspired meats at the Son Of A Butcher Tavern (2934 W. Diversey Ave., Logan Square), Bow Truss (2631 N. Kedzie Ave.) will join the battle for Logan Square’s coffee soul, and Lush Wine and Spirits (2022 Central St., Evanston) will pour over into the ’burbs for the first time.