When it comes to food, Chicago is often known for its simple pleasures, like hot dogs and deep-dish pizza. But locals have discovered that the Windy City has an abundance of innovative chefs, creative dining concepts, and culinary revelations, ranging from upscale French cuisine to modern takes on ramen. If you’re looking for a tasty bite to eat, you should consider visiting one of these five exciting new restaurants that play a starring role in the Chicago night life and dining scene.
Upon your arrival at Intro in Lincoln Park, you’ll find that the delicious meals are so beautifully plated that they look like little works of art. After taking one look at the menu, you might be drawn to check out the grilled lobster, which features pieces of perfectly cooked lobster and celeriac placed atop a pool of green Thai curry. Another popular choice is the baby artichoke risotto, which looks as festive as a birthday cake due to the colorful chili flakes, parsley, and Parmesan cheese that are sprinkled on top of the main course.
The ramen craze shows no signs of letting up anytime soon, which is great news for Furious Spoon, a cozy Wicker Park eatery with elevated takes on the Japanese noodle dish. Upon walking in, you smell the gentle aroma of spices and hear the sizzle of chicken on the grill. But no matter which ramen bowl you order, be sure to add the optional fury sauce, a powerful apple chili spice that will linger on your taste buds long after each bite.
Sink | Swim
Upscale seafood restaurant Sink | Swim manages to feel modern and retro at the same time. When you walk into the dining room, you’ll find a clean white space with bright blue booths and bar stools. Upon the walls, you’ll see nautical-themed memorabilia, like vintage paintings of grizzled sea captains. The creative dishes here include Pasta Alla Chitarra, a tasty main course made with smoked octopus and pork lardo.
Son of a Butcher
Meat lovers rejoice! The most protein-heavy of the new restaurants in Chicago is Son of a Butcher, an eatery that focuses on meaty dishes like crispy pork belly, lamb sausage, roasted bone marrow, and fries with chorizo gravy. After the restaurant opened up in trendy Logan Square in the summer of 2015, it quickly became a neighborhood favorite, luring customers in with its “Pig by the Pound” brunch option. If you’re on the hunt for a great Chicago night life locale, look no further. The tavern stays open late.
You won’t find pig by the pound at The Blanchard. Instead, think fine wine, refined French cuisine, and extravagant main courses like salmon a la Grecque and boeuf bourguignon. The eatery opened in June and immediately earned rave reviews from diners and food critics alike. Though the elegant dining room is spacious, you may still want to make a reservation. After all, the place can get packed, especially on the weekends.