Fall/Winter Openings


New And Noteworthy

Yonder

{5 South Wabash Avenue, 3rd Floor; 312.465.5280}

For something a little out of the ordinary, check out Yonder. Opened in September in the Maller Jewelry Center—specifically, the third floor of 5 South Wabash—this curious, Southern food-inspired haven has unexpectedly taken residence in the heart of the city. This indoor, picnic-style restaurant features communal tables, theatrical lighting, and surreal art installations (think trees made of bacon and eggs floating from the ceiling), to create a space that blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors. The intent? To offering a gathering place for working folks in the Loop with a warm reception, a straightforward cafeteria line, and place for a diverse crowd to socialize while enjoying Southern-style cooking. Yonder serves breakfast and lunch, including dishes like Smoked Barbecue Brisket, Crab Cakes, and Jambalaya, with rotating daily specials like Crawfish Etoufée, Fried Chicken, and even a few vegan specials. No time to socialize? Place your carryout order online and pick it up from a “speakeasy” window in the hall. yonderchicago.com

 

Dimo's Pizza

{1615 North Damen Avenue; 773.525.4580}

Dimo's Pizza opened their second Chicago location in late July. This unique pizza place approaches their 'za by deconstructing traditional foods and recreating them atop New York-style pizza crust. But don't worry; with toppings like Mac 'n' Cheese, Chicken and Waffles, Steak Nacho, and Spinach Feta Pesto, these pizzas are pleasing even to Chicago locals. A fresh, build-your-own (not to be confused with do-it-yourself) salad bar features over 20 mix-ins to add another tasty dimension. And to round out the sweet and delicious goods, Dimo's offers many local craft beers and a selection of housemade desserts. The restaurant itself was built from the ground up, with handcrafted booths and tables, repurposed elements, and a modern flair—great for the late-night crowd and families alike. With a kitchen open late, free WiFi, and a stage for live music and other open-mic ventures, this place is hitting all the right chords. dimospizza.com

 

Seasons 52

{55 East Grand Avenue; 312.832.1752}

Searching for a good way to celebrate the changing of the seasons? Seasons 52—scheduled to open in October 2013—offers an excellent solution. This fresh grill and wine bar will offer a seasonally-inspired menu and an award-winning international wine list (with 60 of the 100 wines offered by the glass). Ingredients are selectively chosen at the peak of freshness and ripeness, and prepared using natural cooking techniques like wood-fire grilling and brick-oven baking. The result? All menu items—from the signature flatbreads to the Mini Indulgence desserts—are guaranteed to cost you only 475 calories (or fewer). May we suggest the Cedar Plank-Roasted Salmon followed by the Key Lime Pie Mini Indulgence dessert? We can, and we will. 'Tis the season to live it up by living well. seasons52.com

 

Eataly

{43 East Ohio Street}

Food-lovers nationwide will rejoice at the opening of Eataly Chicago in the fall of 2013. The Eataly concept encompasses a love of high-quality food and drink, driven by a passion for uniting people to eat, shop, and learn. This massive 63,000-square foot facility—a joint project between Founder Oscar Farinetti, B&B Hospitality Group (Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali), and partners Adam and Alex Saper—will be modeled after the New York location, which offers a “marketplace” of different restaurants, boutique eateries, and takeaway selections that invite consumers on an interactive and educational food journey. Guests can expect to find food and drink tastings, pizza and pasta counters, and educational dining opportunities at every turn. The new location will also feature a friggitoria—a frying Mecca for fish, veggies, and more. The final design remains to be seen, but we're sure it will excite all types, from happy eaters to passionate foodies. eataly.com

 

Tanta Cocina Peruana

{118 West Grand Avenue; 312.222.9700}

Opened in August 2013, Tanta is dedicated to sharing the flavors and culture of authentic Peruvian cuisine. This casual and fun downtown setting—a collaboration between Chef Gaston Acurio and VBD Group, LLC—takes diners on a journey through Peru via its colorful cuisine. Historically, Peruvian emigrants from China, Japan, Spain, and Italy have melded their cuisines with indigent flavors for a true melting pot. At Tanta, the menu is organized into unique sections, and features dishes like Anticuchos (skewers of beef, chicken, octopus, or asparagus), Niguris Nikei (inspired by the Japanese-Peruvian influence), and traditional cebiches, among other savory plates (try Adobo de Ternera—slow-cooked veal cheek in adobo sauce). Each dish—served in beautiful ceramic bowls brimming with colors and aromas—offers a taste of Peru's exciting history. tantachicago.com

 

Vora

{1028 North Clark Street; 312.929.2035}

Step into Vora for “a new strategy to eat for your body and your health.” The name stems from the suffix -vorous, meaning “eating, gaining substance from.” Here, Asian food—like yakitori plates, rice and noodle bowls, ceviche, and stir-fry dishes—promote health and wellness. Served in an inspired environment that feels chic and contemporary, Vora's design elements include reclaimed wood, metal chairs, white and green upholstery, and outlandish dangling light bulbs above a frosty-white bar. Escape to this new Gold Coast eatery for breakfast, lunch, dinner, sushi, or dim sum, and stay for the dessert (like the Ba Bao Rice Pudding with raisins, red beans, and sticky rice). vorachicago.com

 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

{3404 North Southport Avenue}

Opened in September, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream shops—founded by Jeni Britton Bauer—is the first Chicago installation of this Ohio original (although there are twelve other locations in Ohio and Tennessee, and one coming to Atlanta is fall). Jeni's ice creams are made with exquisite milk and cream from grass-fed cows blended with the finest ingredients available. Signature flavors include Salty Caramel (made with hand-caramelized sugar, done in a kettle over an open flame), Brambleberry Crisp (with from-scratch berry jam and toasted oat streusel), and Askinosie Dark Milk Chocolate. As for frozen yogurt, the Lemon & Blueberries flavor (made with biodynamic yogurt and real fruit) tops the popularity list. Jeni's store is clean, contemporary, and inviting to cyclists, pedestrians, couples on dates, and families out for a stroll. Come in for a taste—Jeni's offers samples of everything and also sells pints to go. And if you're in a coffee mood, grab a cup o' Joe while you're there, or stop by Intelligentsia Coffee Bar at Logan Square for an espresso milkshake made with Jeni's Sweet Cream ice cream. jenis.com

 

Travelle at the Langham, Chicago

{330 North Wabash Avenue; 312.923.7705}

Rooted in the diverse and tempting flavors of the Mediterranean, Travelle restaurant, bar, and lounge inside the gorgeously-appointed Langham Hotel is a contemporary canvas for the cuisines of France, Italy—and even the spicy tastes of Turkey. Chef Tim Graham executes the concept with aplomb, bringing simplicity alive in dishes like rarefied Snapper Carpaccio with white anchovy, and the house Provençale Flatbread tickled with balsamic. And sure, you can meander through the Mediterranean small plate by small plate with bites of Flaming Saganaki Wings, Bouchot Mussels, and Sea Urchin—or you can indulge in richer creations like Graham's English Pea Risotto and, as a capstone entrée, Suckling Pig done in a quasi-Moroccan style with zucchini, figs, and olives. But what about the scene this palate-tempting fare is served in? Sure, you're in Chicago, but a swath of clean and comfortable whites, gentle lighting, and modern décor—with a glass-enclosed show kitchen as the main feature—transport diners from above the Chicago River to lazy breezes of the Med. Drop by for a glass of wind-swept white and perhaps a small plate or two, or settle into the Chef's Table for a complete sensory experience. At the hands of Chef Graham—and Pastry Chef Scott Green—we're pretty sure you'll enjoy a renewed love of all things Mediterranean. travellechicago.com / chicago.langhamhotels.com

 

Fogo de Chão

{5460 Park Place; Rosemont}

Recently opened in MB Financial Park—a vibrant new entertainment district in Rosemont—the newest Fogo de Chão brings the same traditional Southern Brazilian churrasco menu to the table—literally. Gaucho servers offer guests tableside delicacies such as Picanha, a prime sirloin seasoned simply with sea salt and garlic, and the Fraldhina, a marbled cut from the bottom of the sirloin. Though meats are where it's at here, the salad bar—with more than 30 selections, including smoked salmon, imported cheeses, and an authentic Brazilian cheese bread called Pão de Queijo—offers an excellent departure from the tableside meat service. The 200-label wine list has a long-standing Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator—be sure to gaze upon the partially-enclosed glass wine room and custom wine cask displays throughout the dining room. The building itself has a terracotta and Corten tile façade, with expansive windows that bring to life the interior brick masonry and custom glass tile mosaics and murals depicting Brazilian culture. fogodechao.com

 

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

{5 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook; 630.571.1808}

The newest addition to the local steakhouse scene, Perry's Steakhouse & Grille comes to Oak Brook this fall. The new Perry's challenges assumptions of a traditional, stuffy steakhouse with an inviting, bright, and modern space including a wine wall, private wine lockers, and multiple private dining rooms. Specialty entrées include Perry's Famous Pork Chop—a mouth-watering chop, dried, cured, and roasted in-house and carved tableside—as well as the Châteaubriand—a buttery tenderloin roast served with three savory sauces and steamed asparagus. The extensive drink list includes two private label wines and a creative mixology program. Come during Perry's Social Hour (Monday-Friday 4-6:30pm and Sunday 4-9pm) and try the Mini ‘Tini Trio for a taste of three of the seven signature martinis. Distinctive service, savory cuisine, and the elegant yet casual ambience are sure to make Perry's a memorable steakhouse experience. perryssteakhouse.com.