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The closest bars and restaurants in Chicago you should know about

January 18th

Bronzeville: The highly anticipated Bronzeville Winery wine bar and restaurant, co-owned by Eric Williams (Silver Room), has applied for a liquor license at 4420 S. Cottage Grove Avenue. Pandemic-related delays have postponed an opening, but residents are anxiously awaiting a rare, wine-centric spot south of Madison Street.

Bucktown: Fans of acclaimed baker Mindy Segal (HotChocolate) will have to wait a little longer to visit her much-anticipated bakery at 1623 N. Milwaukee Avenue, as various delays have pushed her hoped-for Valentine’s Day opening into March. Segal is simultaneously navigating both the closure of their bakery operation at the former Damen Avenue restaurant and the move to new premises in Bucktown. “What I’m going to oversee here is kind of crazy,” she says. Stay tuned for news about an opening date.

Lincoln Park: Chicago’s first location for Sushi by Bou, the New York mini-chain that serves $50 omakase meals in 30 minutes, is scheduled to open on Friday, Jan. 21 on the second floor of the Hotel Lincoln on N. Clark Street, according to a representative to be opened in 1816 . Co-founded in 2018, Sushi by Bou is best known for its acclaimed and controversial chef, David Bouhadana. It has locations in New York, Miami, and New Jersey, as well as local sister spots Sushi Suite 202 and Sushi Boutique.

North Lawndale: Popular Jamaican restaurant Ja’ Grill in Hyde Park is preparing to soon open its second location in the new 10-acre Ogden Commons development east of Douglass Park at 1407 S. Washtenaw Avenue, according to a Facebook post. Owner Tony Coates hasn’t shared many details since the project was announced in May 2021, but told Eater at the time that the follow-up restaurant would maintain the Ja’ Grill ethos with “a few extra surprises.”

11th January

Andersonville: After 10 years at Clark and Foster, Japanese eatery Ora Sushi is in the middle of a six-block move to 5701 N. Clark Street. Construction is underway, the restaurant reports on Facebook, and management anticipates an opening announcement “soon.”

lake view: Crab King Cajun Boil & Bar is expanding to two new locations in 2022, according to its website: 3443 N. Broadway in Lakeview (the former Revolución Steakhouse) and 1550 75th Street in Downers Grove.

Lincoln Park: All Too Well, a new sandwich shop and market owned by Evette’s Mitchell Abou Jamra, will open next month in a former subway train at 352 W. Armitage Avenue, according to a representative. There will be a take-away area with Lebanese-style meats, cheeses and mezzes, as well as a selection of sandwiches.

Lincoln Park: Red Light Chicken, a new chicken spot, is opening soon at the former Devil Dawg’s flagship store at 2147 N. Sheffield Avenue, reports WhatNow Chicago and is currently in the process of hiring staff.

Lincoln Park: Asian tea chain Uni Uni is planning a third location in Chicago at 2550 N. Clark, scheduled to open in 2022, according to its website. Uni Uni, which serves a variety of styles of tea, flavored milk, smoothies and snacks, already has locations in Chinatown and Uptown, Minneapolis, and Katy, Texas.

Uptown: Milly’s Pizza in the Pan, the successful Logan Square virtual restaurant founded by Robert Maleski after he was fired from his job as a waiter early in the pandemic, is moving to a permanent location at 1005 W. Argyle, the former location reported by D-Benny Grill, Block Club Chicago. Opening day is scheduled for February 15th.

west loop: Putter, the 21-plus mini-golf subsidiary of Drive Shack, the driving range restaurant and bar that canceled its 2020 expansion to Bucktown, plans to open a new location at 932 W. Randolph later this year , reports WhatNow Chicago. There will be immersive mini golf accompanied by appetizers, salads, pizzas and a full bar with specialty cocktails. This is part of a major expansion effort: Putter already has locations in Charlotte and Dallas, but is planning additional outposts in Houston, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Gurnee: In the parking lot of a former Lowe’s in the far northern suburb of Gurnee, construction is underway at a new location for Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, the Daily Herald reports, and is expected to open sometime in 2022. The project last April. There are already 13 Cooper’s Hawk locations in the Chicago area and 32 more in 10 states.

Rosemont: Shaquille O’Neal’s fried chicken sandwich joint Big Chicken will open its third full-service restaurant in a new suburban area at 9421 Higgins Road this fall, reports Time Out Chicago. Its neighbors will be outposts of Stan’s Donuts and Small Cheval, Hogsalt Hospitality’s burger chain. Big Chicken already has locations in Las Vegas and Glendale, California, as well as ghost kitchens and booths in sports stadiums and on cruise ships.

For a list of upcoming attractions from fall and winter 2021 see click here.

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