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Best New Restaurants in Chicago - Summer 2021

Updated: Jan 24, 2023

This year's Chicago summer is in full throttle, and the city's food scene is taking advantage of it. New restaurants are starting to emerge to accommodate hungry diners. We'd like to assist you in finding some new places to try with our diverse list of new food experiences in the city.

Here are some of the most recent restaurant openings to be aware of.

Fancy Plants Kitchen

Location: 1443 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

In this new Lincoln Park restaurant, you can enjoy a five-course vegan feast. Also, cashew ricotta toast, tofu scrambles, cauliflower wings and waffles are all available on the weekend brunch menu.


Location: 661 W Walnut St, Chicago, IL 60661

Contact No.: (312) 877-5339

Oriole serves an extended New American tasting menu in a 28-seat dining room. A true Chicago pride, this two-Michelin-starred restaurant features a refined dining experience that is both amiable and aesthetically pleasing. The lounge and bar area are also available for a nightcap.

Sochi Saigonese Kitchen

Location: 1358 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Contact No.: (773) 904-8511

Let Sochi Saigonese Kitchen take you on a gastronomical tour of Vietnamese cuisine. Its menu has favorites like pho, Goi vit Thanh Da, Nui Suon Bo Ba Ngoai, and bahn mi. Diners can drink a bottle of Saigon Special, a Vietnamese pale ale that complements the sweet, flavorful, and spicy flavors of the food, as well as some traditional Vietnamese coffee and tea, mixed drinks, and Chicago brews.

Gioia Ristorante E Pastificio

Location: 1133 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Contact No.: (773) 672-8955

Handmade pastas are the focus here in this newly opened Italian restaurant, like seafood tagliatelle and bucatini cacio e pepe. Decorated in neutral earth tones and dark wood, Gioia Ristorante E Pastificio also has a 22-seat bar that offers Maplewood’s Son of Juice IPA and five Italian brews.

Brunch 'N' Burgers Chicago

Location: 2255 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612

Contact No.: (312) 285-2965

There are a variety of burgers and brunch dishes available in this all-day brunch food joint, including breakfast sandwiches and chilaquiles. Other notable items include mac and cheese, chop steak patty, and deep fried chicken strips.

Dear Margaret

Location: 2965 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Contact No.: (773) 360-8213

Rooted in classic technique, this new French-Canadian restaurant uses fine Midwestern ingredients to bring homey, inviting food to Lakeview. Its charred smoked carrots, duck liver mousse, Quebec foie gras torchon, and tourtière are a nod to its chef's French-Canadian ancestors.


Location: 1001 N. Winchester Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Contact No.: (773) 697-3790

Kasama is a French café and modern Filipino restaurant that serves classic Filipino dishes, such as lumpia, adobo chicken wings, and barbecue pork skewers, as well as the iconic Filipino breakfast with garlic fried rice, fried egg, and pickled papaya. This is also an onsite bakery that features sweet and savory pastries.

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