5 New Restaurant Openings 2017
Address: 2500 W. Chicago Ave.
Opening: Early spring
Formerly the only chef that Ada St. has ever had in its three-year history, Zoe Schor is now ready to take on a new dream of owning and heading her own restaurant. Schor will be tackling new ways of serving dishes "through the lens of what it means to be an American." Among the items that will be on her menu is the "loaded baked-potato gnocchi", which marries an Italian staple and an iconic American comfort food to create a dish that is sure to remind you of home.
Address: 565 W. Randolph St.
Chef Andrew Zimmerman and the crew from Sepia, the Michelin-rated American restaurant residing in the West Loop, are set to launch a more casual eatery on Randolph St. this spring. Offering a contemporary take on global street food, the menu will be heavily influenced by Zimmerman's experience and relationship with Indonesian, Mexican, Thai and Indian cuisine. While the team has been very hush-hush about the details of the upcoming eatery, Proxi has been dubbed one of the most highly-anticipated openings in 2017.
Address: 339 N. Dearborn St.
A little piece of the west coast has made its way to the midwest just in time for summer. Occupying the old Bin 36 space, the renowned sushi and robata restaurant expands from L.A. to its second location in River North. Featuring an array of robata style skewers, a grand sushi bar and special hot and cold dishes from the kitchen, Katana offers a fresh and flavorful new option for foodies looking to indulge in one of Chicago's hippest neighborhoods.
Address: 1765 N. Elston Ave.
Opening: April 3
DMK Restaurants will be opening up a new coffee shop in The Elston Corridor in the next month. While DMK Restaurants declined to provide any details about the new shop, Werewolf Cafe is speculated to serve small batch and artisan coffees alongside draft kombucha, cold brew, teas, snacks and local pastries. A unique feature of the shop is that they’ve taken an old Wonder Bread truck and converted it into a barista station.
Address: 1118 N. State St.
The Boka Restaurant Group is showing no signs of slowing down as they welcome their newest restaurant to the under-construction Viceroy Hotel this fall. Chef Lee Wolen, who heads the kitchen at Boka in Lincoln Park, will be taking the reigns and developing a similar, but simpler, menu to the Michelin-rated restaurant. While the final menu hasn't been fully established, it will be centered around a wood grill and rotisserie. The restaurant will also be divided into three themed spaces, the lower level having a nautical feel, the upstairs being more like a country club, and the third theme to be a surprise.