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The 30 most exciting new restaurants in Chicago

Switch up your takeout routine while supporting local with these new Chicago restaurants.

By Morgan Olsen Posted: Wednesday February 3 2021

Looking to freshen up your takeout routine this winter? A flurry of new restaurants in Chicago offers plenty of options to choose from, including tacos and patisserie in Wicker Park, a virtual market in the Loop and a hot new patio in Pilsen. The best new restaurants in Chicago are packed with personality and creativity, offering new ways to dine in uncertain times. Take Cocoa Chili for example: Career coach Niquenya Collins is living out her dream of owning a restaurant with a new Afro-Caribbean-soul food concept. And then there's chef Bill Kim's delicious foray into Detroit-style pizza. Because all of these eateries and pop-up dining experiences are just finding their footing, it's best to call ahead for reservations and carryout options. Mask up and support local when you dine at the most exciting new restaurants in Chicago.


While traveling through Rome several years ago, Aldo Zaninotto found himself utterly obsessed with Testaccio, a neighborhood south of the city center. Zaninotto, who owns Chicago's Osteria Langhe, couldn't get enough of the area's diverse restaurants, historical ties and fantastic art scene. After several more trips, he couldn't help but draw parallels between the Roman neighborhood and Chicago's own Logan Square. Now he's connecting the two with a restaurant in the former Quiote space that spotlights healthy fare cooked in a wood-burning oven. Guests can sample classic Italian dishes alongside modern interpretations—with a robust wine list to match (when in Rome, right?).