1 mother ruin
what:An upstate of the classic NYC neighborhood cocktail bar is in Logan Square, slushies and all.
Why:It’s a simple spot for classic cocktails and swirled frozen drinks. Indulge yourself by ordering snacks from the solid food menu – Pepper Cheese with Pepper Jelly and Fried Salt and Fried Chicken Sandwich with French Fries and Old Bay Waffles are instant classics.
where:2943 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square Website
what:Alpana Singh has opened her elegant restaurant of the same name, where dishes are prepared with the flavors of wine in mind.
Why:Whether you order the Brussels crostini or the pistachio pasta, Singh has the perfect pairing.
where:831 North State Street, Gold Coast location
what:Charcuterie fave Lardon gets a sister who focuses on local beer.
Why:If Lardon is for lunch, Union is for dinner, with wood-fired pork chops and a brisket burger.
where:2202 N. California Ave., Logan Square Website
4 It’s easy to do
what:You know the natural wine bar and shop for its gorgeous patio; Now the sunny inner space was finally opened.
Why:Sip on a fresh glass of rose or cider and snack on cheese and canned fish, no matter the weather.
where:2354 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square Website
5 Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe
what:The longtime New York chip supplier is opening up in bigger, more deceptive pits.
Why:Grab the pepperoni slice and hold the garlic with the beer while you watch the game.
where:2434 W. Montrose Ave. , Ravenswood website
6 Dreams x Soho Friends
what:Stephen Sandoval hosts a seafood pop-up from Baja at Soho House.
Why:Tuna tostada with macha sauce and oysters with cucumber channel summer on the beach.
where:113–125 N. Green St., West Loop Website
7 Rose Lounge
what:The hot Italian Adalina opens an elegant cocktail bar hidden under the restaurant.
Why:Continue the night with cocktails like Madam Broker, a fruity gin.
where:912 State Street N. , near the north side site
8 Liang Crispy Roll
what:Tony Ho’s latest: an outpost for the Crispy Roll chain in Chinatown Square Plaza.
Why:Swing by for rolls stuffed with fillings like crispy shrimp, lemon, and Korean grilled chicken.
where:2161 S. China Pl., Chinatown Website
what:The Middle Eastern favorite joins the ranks with a Michelin star.
Why:The prix fixe menu comes loaded with fun options, from smoked turkey shawarma with amba to foie gras blintzes.
where:2429 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park Website
10 Don Pablo’s Kitchen and Bakery
what:Chili empanada shop with a variety of delicious fillings
Why:Start with a delicious Greek tart (artichokes, cremini mushrooms, kalamata olives, and feta) and have grandma’s pudding (cinnamon apples) as dessert.
where:1007 W Argyle Street, Uptown location