By ADAM LUKACH
With coronavirus restrictions loosening on Chicago’s hospitality industry, many restaurants and bars are in the midst of reopening and expanding their service offerings.
We’re running a tab and keeping track of which spots have opened up their doors for customers, either after hibernating for the winter or staying shut through the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Be sure to call ahead for additional restrictions or health measures and to confirm businesses are open for service. With the continuously shifting nature of the pandemic, restrictions could be reinstated.
Testaccio This new Italian spot in Logan Square comes from the owner of Osteria Langhe. The restaurant and wine bar welcomes guests for both indoor and patio dining, plus it’s planning a pair of complementary concepts set to launch later this year: the rustic Soif Wine Lounge, located downstairs, plus Pizzica, a food truck concept catered to patio guests and takeaway service. 2456 N. California Ave., 773-661-6028, testacciochicago.com
Tree House Rigatoni with Tree House Vodka Sauce at the newly opened Tree House. (Tree House) This new property from Third Coast hospitality is a modern Italian restaurant helmed by chef Marco Colin (La Luna, The Publican, Alinea). Tree House plans to open by the end of the month in River North. 149 W. Kinzie St., 773-348-8899, treehousechicago.com
Three Dots and a Dash Three Dots and a Dash is known for its over-the-top cocktail bursting with fruitiness and packing a high-octane punch. (Three Dots and a Dash) The popular River North tropical-themed bar offers limited indoor and outdoor patio dining. Dining room reservations are limited to 90 minutes and six guests. Bottled cocktails and cocktail kits remain available for takeout. 435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4220, threedotschicago.com
Billy Sunday The longtime Logan Square restaurant and cocktail bar is open for indoor and outdoor dining. While most of the seating is for walk-in service, some reservations are available. 3143 W. Logan Blvd., 773-661-2485, billy-sunday.com
BLVD Steakhouse The blueberry cheesecake at BLVD Steakhouse in the West Loop. (Anthony Tahlier / HANDOUT) The stylish West Loop steakhouse reopened March 17 for dinner service Wednesday through Sunday. Takeout and delivery service will remain available. 817 W. Lake St., 312-526-3116, blvdchicago.com
The Dearborn Fried chicken at The Dearborn. (The Dearborn) The popular downtown tavern made its return this month, serving up lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The reopening announcement notes that the Dearborn added a brand-new ionization air-filtration system using hospital-grade filters to help limit air pollutants. 145 N. Dearborn St., 312-384-1242, thedearborntavern.com
Eleven Eleven This West Loop restaurant will reopen for service Thursday through Saturday with a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. that includes discount cocktails and half-off certain bottles of wine. 1111 W. Lake St., 312-248-8942, elevenelevenchicago.com
Fontano’s Subs A Wise Guy has three kinds of cured Italian meats and an intensely salty slice of provolone at Fontano's Subs. (Nick Kindelsperger/Chicago Tribune) The downtown standby for steady sub sandwiches is back in business. Online orders for delivery and pickup are still available as well. 332 S. Michigan Ave., 312-663-3061, fontanosonmichigan.com
Funkenhausen Funkenhausen is reopening in West Town. (Chicago Tribune photo by Brian Cassella) The Southern-influenced, German-style beer hall is reopen for dinner service in West Town. Funkenhausen will restart its popular weekend brunch soon, it said, and will also reopen its sidewalk patio when the weather allows. 1709 W. Chicago Ave., 312-929-4727, funkenhausen.com
Machine The Caged Old Fashioned from Machine is made with bourbon, raw sugar and lemon oil, with a hard-candy cage made from Angostura bitters and caramel. Guests break the candy with a small hammer before drinking. (Adam Lukach / Chicago Tribune) This posh spot on Division Avenue has reopened for food and cocktails. On weekdays, Machine offers a half-off discount during the 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. happy hour for communal cocktails and bottles of wine. The restaurant will continue to offer food, drinks and cocktail kits to go as well. 1846 W. Division St., 773-276-7422, dinemachine.com
Mesa Urbana Thin slices of bright yellow beet and striped watermelon radish add vivid pops of color and flavor to guacamole at Mesa Urbana. (Handout / Mesa Urbana) The second location of Glenview’s acclaimed Mesa Urbana restaurant will replace Mundano, the Latin-American concept that had just opened before being felled by the pandemic. The Mexican restaurant is helmed by Ruben Beltran (Topolobampo) and is aiming to open by the end of March. 1935 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-492 8005, mesaurbana.com
Oooh Wee It Is After opening its first restaurant just last year, Oooh Wee It Is has already opened a second spot, this one in Chatham. The new location, which opened at the end of February, serves the same soul food menu that has drawn lines at its Burnham storefront. 33 E. 83rd St., 708-933-0363, facebook.com/OooH-Wee-Sweet-Tea
Old Town Pour House The Works is a loaded shared plate of tater tots, smoked pork shoulder and more at Old Town Pour House. (Old Town Pour House / HANDOUT) After both suburban locations reopened recently, the Chicago location of Old Town Pour House has now followed suit. Reservations are available for the beer bar. 1419 N. Wells St., 312-477-2800, oldtownpourhouse.com/chicago
Piece Brewery and Pizzeria Piece is an award-winning pizzeria specializing in New Haven-style pizza. (Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune) The favorite Wicker Park pizzeria and brewery has reopened, and it’s taking reservations. Piece is open daily for lunch and dinner. 1927 W. North Ave., 773-772-4422, piecechicago.com
Smyth The Michelin-starred restaurant will offer a tasting menu for its reopening, starting with Friday through Sunday service and additional weekly dates to follow in April. Smyth also plans to continue to offer its custom at-home meal experiences. Once the weather fully warms, the sidewalk patio will reopen. 177 N. Ada St., 773-913-3773, smythandtheloyalist.com
Steingold’s The beloved Jewish deli opened its new location earlier this month and has attracted crowds to its storefront — conveniently situated next to the Music Box Theatre, another Chicago staple. 3737 N. Southport Ave., 773-661-2469, steingoldsdeli.com
Vosges Chocolate Temple Vosges Haut-Chocolat features a variety of chocolate truffles and flavors inspired by founder Katrina Markoff's travels. (Adam Lukach / Chicago Tribune) The well-known chocolate-maker reopened its striking Chocolate Temple location for in-store shopping in February. Guests can still make purchases through the website for pickup. 2950 N. Oakley Ave., 773-388-5560, vosgeschocolate.com
Yugen A favorite dish at Yugen, the crab rice begins with a soy-cured egg yolk over a bit of Kewpie-inspired mayo, surrounded by foamy uni butter, nuggets of King crab, housemade furikake, kogi rice and puffed grains and salmon roe. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune) The Michelin-starred contemporary Japanese restaurant has reopened for indoor dining and will be offering an eight-course tasting menu. With a focus on returning to dining, Yugen will no longer have its meal kits to go. 652 W. Randolph St., 312-265-1008, yugenchicago.com