avec615 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661
An instant success when it debuted in 2003, avec is the second restaurant from One Off Hospitality, the group behind Blackbird, Publican, The Violet Hour, Big Star and Nico Osteria. The restaurant, located in the West Loop Gate (also home to Michelin-starred gems Grace and Sepia), specializes in Mediterranean-inspired small plate dishes, vino and beer.
Margeaux Brasserie11 E. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60611
One of the country's foremost celebrity chefs is finally in Chicago, as Michael Mina marks his local debut with this French stunner. Adjoined by a casual French patisserie called Petit Margeaux, this elegant brasserie on the third floor of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago hotel features all the upscale stylings one would expect of a Parisian parlor.
Long-time Chicago chef Ryan McCaskey's originally from Maine, and he proudly showcases that hometown pride in his signature lobster roll (the bread is shipped in on a regular basis from Maine).
New American cuisine harkens to Old Hollywood glamour at this forthcoming West Loop spot. The restaurant and bar is rooted in a vintage aesthetic, inspired by lounges and restaurant that lined Sunset Boulevard in the mid-1950's. Art deco design elements, shareable plates and a musical playlist that toes the line between old and new are a few focal points that help tie BLVD to the colorful past.
Cantina Laredo - Chicago
Texas-based Mexican chain moves into massive, 400-seat venue in River North just a few short blocks from Rick Bayless' restaurants. What sets the Chicago outpost apart from its sister restaurants is that it offers small plates on its upper-level floor.