Open now: The latest entrant in the Lettuce Entertain You empire, Ramen-San (59 W. Hubbard St., River North, 312-377-9950), opened yesterday, and good news: They’re extending their half-price ramen deal through Thursday.

Open now: The fifth location of Banh Mi & Co. (1740 W. Division St., Wicker Park, 773-486-8889) will stay open until at least midnight on Fridays and Saturdays to satisfy banh mi and pho cravings while bar-hopping on Division.

Wednesday, May 14: The youngest debutante in the Logan Square bar boom, Slippery Slope (2357 N. Milwaukee, 773-799-8504), will start mixing bottled cocktails from Danny Shapiro of Scofflaw and some of the best DJs from the gone-but-not-forgotten Bonny’s at 8 p.m. tonight.

Thursday, May 15: Elle on the River (The Langham, 330 N. Wabash Ave., River North, 312-923-7705), the outdoor companion to Travelle, will have chickpea-flatbread tacos, punchbowls, and housemade sodas on their patio between the State and Wabash bridges.

Tuesday, May 20: Parachute (3500 N. Elston Ave., Avondale, 773-654-1460) marks the official return of Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark (Bonsoirée) to the restaurant scene, with Korean-American takes on rustic dishes.


City Tavern (1416 S. Michigan Ave., South Loop), the restaurant and bar from the team behind Chicago Firehouse, abruptly shut its doors yesterday according to a (very) short statement.

There’s a new Tuesday night deal at Two (1132 W. Grand Ave., West Town, 312-624-8363)—an order of their duck egg fettucine with duck confit, scallions, and Parmesan, plus one of their signature cocktails for $12.

And speaking of Tuesday savings, Inovasi (28 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff, 847-295-1000) also added a weeknight special this week, with seven burgers available, including the Johnny Cash (blackened patty, smoked onions, pumpernickel bread, and blue cheese for $12, and a recommended additional shot of whiskey for $6.)