Chicago’s 12 most anticipated restaurants for 2022


Supply Chain. Labor. Omicron. No classes at Chicago Public School. Opening a restaurant is never an easy task, but for Chicago’s hotel community, the difficulty has increased in recent weeks. Either way, 2022 offers a chance to come out of this slump as there are plenty of restaurant plans to look forward to for the coming year across the city. Here are some of the hottest upcoming restaurants slated to open in 2022.

Classified in alphabetical order.

Address: 3325 N. Southport, Lakeview

Key players: Boka Restaurant Group, Chef Lee Wolen

This historic site will contain three Boka restaurants.
Ashok Selvam / Eater Chicago

Boka, one of the city’s most decorated catering groups, is counting on a post-pandemic recovery with several projects, including a triple threat to Lakeview. They have taken over the historic Southport Lanes site and are planning three restaurants that will gradually open. The first is GG’s Chicken Shop, a spinoff from a pandemic hub that was operating at Boka in Lincoln Park. Lakeview and the Southport Corridor claim a family vibe, and the roast chicken with sides seems to answer that.

The company has yet to make an official announcement regarding the other two restaurants planned inside. The property stressed that these places will be separate, do not seek to install a dining room. Boka is preparing a summer opening.

Address: 4420, avenue S. Cottage Grove, Bronzeville

Key actors: Eric Williams, Cecilia Cuff, Anika Ellison

Pandemic delays continue to alter plans for this wine bar and restaurant, which could be a game-changer for Bronzeville and the entire South Side. Wine bars are scarce south of Madison. Bronzeville Winery aims to provide a relaxed atmosphere where friends can get together and snack on high bites without feeling too buttoned up. Co-owner Eric Williams is the owner of the Silver Room, a revered Hyde Park store that has strong ties to the black community.

Address: 847 N. State Street, River North

Key Actors: What If Syndicate, Leader Danny Grant

Maple & Ash is pricey and over the top with decadent steaks and wines. Etta is a Swiss Army Knife in Bucktown and River North, great for families and date nights. Chef Danny Grant and his company are hoping their latest idea, Café Sophie, will fill the next niche: everyday dining. It’s a European-style cafe with a full kitchen – pastries and breakfast sandwiches with bread made on site. Grant wants to open multiple locations, turning this cafe into a neighborhood beacon. Grant is hoping for an opening in mid-March.

Address: 2853 N. Kedzie Avenue, Logan Square

Key actor: Jonathan Zaragoza

Jonathan Zaragoza organized pop-ups to present his new Mexican-American restaurant, but withheld the address from much of the public. Well, a liquor license application and a Google listing solved that mystery – the space that most recently housed Jam, and before that Yusho. As for when will diners be able to taste treats like Pamburguesa (Slagel Farm smash burger, “guajillo-stained” telera bread, stained white onion, American cheese, special salsa, pickles)? It should happen soon in January. The Zaragoza family owns the iconic Birrieria Zaragoza, which serves delicious goat tacos. Zaragoza also ran the kitchen of the now closed Masa Azul in Logan Square.

Address: 504 N. Wells Street, River North

Key players: Boka Restaurant Group, Chef Daniel Rose

Sip, simmer and amp;  Savor, a series of culinary events from the Jack Daniel's Single Barrel collection in Atlanta

Chef Daniel Rose is coming home.
Photo by Paras Griffin / Getty Images for Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Collection

Boka Restaurant Group, the James Beard Award-winning company that has worked with chefs like Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat) is making waves outside of Chicago with openings in Los Angeles and on the East Coast, but they’re not. have not forgotten the local team. They take over the former Bottled Blonde space to open a lively French bistro with a great chef. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Daniel Rose has achieved Michelin success in France and New York. He will return home to open Le Select, but will maintain his other projects, including The Cuckoo, Beard’s 2017 winner for Best New Restaurant. Rose says he’s influenced by Chicago’s reputation as an industrial city and its architecture and will let that guide how he develops his latest French menu. Boka and Rose are planning an opening at the end of the summer.

Address: 1800 W. Addison Street, Avondale

Key actor: Valeria Taylor

Since 2016, Valeria Taylor’s small independent bakery in Roscoe Village has built a dedicated following with delicious pastries, including mole croissants and churro challah, with inventive blends inspired by Taylor’s Mexican heritage. In June, Taylor announced a move to a new, more spacious space for better social distancing and to install an accessible bathroom. What she didn’t count on was her inability to get a bank loan to pay for the move. As a last resort, she created a GoFundMe page: her initial goal was $ 25,000, but the community succeeded and raised $ 26,927. Now Taylor faces various construction delays, but is hoping to be ready to open in the spring. – Aimée Levitt

Address: 905 W. Fulton Market, Fulton Market

Key player: DineAmic Hospitality

The pandemic has blocked the opening of Lyra, a Greek restaurant owned by the owners of Bar Siena. But the property remains enthusiastic as they bring in workers from Greece to train American employees. The team is led by Athinagoras Kostakos and Alexis Zopas, two chefs the DineAmic team met on a trip. Wood and charcoal will power the solid fuel kitchen, which thrills DineAmic co-founder Luke Stoioff.

Address: 3518 S. Halsted Street, Bridgeport

Key players: Chief Kevin Hickey, Brandon Phillips, Our Revival Chicago LLC, and Baum Revision LLC.

A CGI render of the Ramova theater with a marquee indicating

The Ramova returns.
Ramova

Chef Kevin Hickey (The Duck Inn) says his menu is ready – they will have a section devoted to chili – when he reopens Ramova Grill inside the 90-year-old Ramova Theater, which is undergoing a 23 million renovation. of dollars. Hickey has a fondness for the region and wants to bring back some of those culinary memories, including Lithuanian flavors from days gone by. Expect some old-fashioned specials as well. Longtime Hickey collaborator Brandon Phillips is working on drinks and Hickey says Phillips is ready to serve the cocktails that will wow onlookers. There is also a mystery: a brewery has signed up to join the project. Although Hickey does not reveal a name, he does say the brewery is not from Chicago, but it is a nationally known brand. Look for debuts in late 2022, as construction began in October.

Key actors: Mindy Segal

Address: 1623 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Bucktown

Mindy Segal turned the page when she closed Mindy’s HotChocolate because the famous pastry chef wanted to put more energy into baked goods rather than running a full-service restaurant. It takes over the old Red Hen bakery and team of more modern equipment so it can bake bagels, cookies, bread and more treats. Of course, her weekend activity outside of her old restaurant continues to draw lines on Saturdays. But once its bakery opens – Segal says in late February or early March – customers won’t have to wait for the weekend.

Key actors: Maryellis Bunn

Address: 435 N. Michigan Avenue, Magnificent Mile

The old historic house of Chicago Tribune has been overtaken by the developers to create a living metaphor for the state of journalism. The Ice Cream Museum will occupy 13,544 square feet of this space, promising an experimental tour full of Instagram-worthy sites. there’s a museum in NYC, and while the space is light on history (something management is trying to work on), it promises good, clean tourist entertainment along the Mag Mile. There might even be a Chicago-style frozen hot dog to grab the attention of locals. Expect a summer debut.

Key players: Oliver and Nicolas Poilevey

Address: 700 N. Sedgwick Street, River North

Brothers Oliver and Nicolas Poilevey grew up around the restaurant business while their parents owned the legendary French restaurants Le Sardine and Le Bouchon. Sardine has closed during the pandemic, but Le Bouchon continues to keep its customers happy in Bucktown. Oliver Poilevey says he wasn’t looking to open another French restaurant, but when the old Entente space was offered, he reconsidered. Obélix will serve French cuisine from the perspective of the children of Poilevy, through the eyes of a Chicagoan. While classic dishes will be on the menu, expect a more modern American touch. Look for an opening in February.

Key players: Urban space

Address: 233, promenade S. Wacker

Urbanspace has been delayed, and this is what it looked like in 2019 inside the Willis Tower.
Barry Brecheisen / Eater Chicago

After opening its first food hall in Chicago in 2021 in the Loop, Urbanspace continues to work on the opening of its second food hall, this time inside the city’s tallest skyscraper. On the second floor, there will be 12,000 square feet for vendors, including Roberta’s Pizza, to serve downtown workers and tourists. This project focuses on a return to a semblance of normalcy for travelers and office workers. In view of this, Urbanspace is planning an opening in late spring (pending supply chain issues).


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