Open now: Unite Urban Grill (1450 W. Chicago Ave., Noble Square, 312-455-8900) is serving spiffed-up bar snacks, such as fried fresh mozzarella and short rib sliders, plus steaks, seafood, and a sizeable menu of seasonal vegetable sides, all from executive chef Bradford Phillips (formerly of the Pump Room).

Wednesday, 11/13: Tonight, you’ll be able to swing by the now-officially-opened Lone Wolf (806 W. Randolph St., West Town, 312-600-9391), a tag-team effort between the crews behind Trenchermen, Barrelhouse Flat, and Pleasant House Bakery, for a savory pie and a cocktail.

Friday, 11/15: The Field Bistro (1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Museum Campus, 312-922-9410), a new dining option inside the Field Museum featuring global cuisine and locally made coffee and pastries, will also be pouring an exclusive Off Color Brewing beer: Tooth and Claw, a dry-hopped lager inspired by the skeleton of Sue, the T. rex.

Tuesday, 11/19: After a soft opening Friday, wine-bar-slash-small-plates-spot Trellis (2426 N. Racine Ave., Lincoln Park, 773-644-6441) will take over the former home of the Gaslight Bar and Grille, right across the street from DePaul’s new theater building.


  • Last month, chef Dale Levitski announced he’d be leaving Sprout (1417 W. Fullerton, Lincoln Park) after taking an extended vacation over the summer. A little more than three weeks later, more bad news: The restaurant has closed.
  • Doughnut Vault (401 1/2 N. Franklin St., The Loop) cravings need no longer be confined to five days a week. Starting this week, they’ll be open daily—swing by Saturday for an eggnog doughnut to celebrate.
  • Your coffee could use a little beer in it. DryHop Brewers and Intelligentsia Coffee are pairing up to make that happen with the release of My Mirrors Are Black, a Cuban coffee stout brewed with Intelligentsia’s Yirgacheffe coffee. (You can taste it tonight at DryHop’s brewhouse at 3155 N. Broadway from 6-10 p.m., where they’ll be doing coffee beer flights and pours.)
  • Earlier in the week, we mentioned a fundraising lunch special on Friday at Sunda for victims of the Philippine typhoon. Three Element Collective restaurants will also be donating proceeds from meals to relief efforts: A portion of the proceeds from purchases this week of spaghetti at Nellcôte, macaroni gratin at RM Champagne Salon, or any weekly special at Old Town Social will go to UNICEF.