These are a selection of the hot new places that opened in September.
With Lake Michigan views, city views, and Midwestern-inspired cuisine, this Streeterville newcomer has been eagerly awaited for several months. Offering lux takes on Grabowski staples like fries (dusted with cheddar dust), burgers, pasta, fish, and steak, GreenRiver is familiar and unexpected.
Customizable seafood boils, “powdered pillows of love” (aka beignets), and karaoke arrive at this Southern-inspired Wrigleyville restaurant. As if that weren’t enough, the bar program is run by The Aviary veteran Raymond Chester, and comes stacked with a short-and-sweet roster of specialty cocktails, classics, cheap beer, and even house wine.
After a two-year wait, Clark Street finally welcomes Cantina 1910, a Mexican concept that captures the spirit of the farm-to-table movement with canned and preserved ingredients, a rooftop slated for next year, and ingredients sourced within a 200-mile radius of Chicago. Great tacos are a given, but the goat chorizo antojito and an impressive selection of desserts are surprising standouts.