Heritage Makes Chicago’s Caviar Bar Dreams Come True Starting Tonight

Chicago’s “only caviar bar” debuts in Humboldt Park It’s tough to run a neighborhood restaurant in this time and age, but the owners behind Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar think they’ve got what it takes to impress. The restaurant opens tonight at 2700 W. Chicago Ave., and replaces Bar Marta, a critically-acclaimed neighborhood spot that closed after a 19-month run. Over at Heritage, there’s decadent caviar, fresh pierogis, and infused-vodka on tap. This is an all-day restaurant with breakfast items like kolachki and an Eastern European and Korean mash-up of smoked pork shoulder with kimchi, congee, and duck egg. That will hopefully keep the locals happy during in the morning. But it’s the evenings where the restaurant will make its name. Check out the full menu here. The caviar selections will shift depending on availability — caviar’s available as a platter or a la carte. There’s also beef heart pierogi and Heritage’s version of ramen. Chef-owner Guy Meikle (Nana Organic in Bridg..

Inside Bucktown’s New Juicery Now Open on Damen

Real Good Juice Co. has opened another location Real Good Juice Co. had moved into Bucktown at 1616 N. Damen Ave. This is the chain’s third stand-alone location and they also have presences inside nine Whole Foods. They’ve moved into the space next to formerly housed Feast. The Bucktown location opened earlier this week and they serve cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, bowls, and toasts. Real Good appeals to those into fitness and also offer an assortment of juice cleanses. The first location debuted in 2014 in Old Town. At 535 square feet, the Bucktown location is larger, yet uses a similar minimalist aesthetic. There’s counter seating along the wall, and a corner bench in front where customers can enjoy their acai bowls or other items. A fridge — named “Perry” — houses grab-and-go items for those not patient enough to wait for staffers to mix a fresh juice or smoothie. Check out the photos below. Real Good Juice Bucktown is now open. Real Good Juice Co., 1616 N. Damen Ave.,..

Inside Bucktown’s New Juicery That Replaces Feast After 20 Years

Real Good Juice Co. has opened another location Diners still talk about Feast, the Bucktown restaurant that closed in December after a 20-year run. Developers divided up that space and Real Good Juice Co. is the first to move into part of the former restaurant, 1616 N. Damen Ave. This is the chain’s third stand-alone location and they also have presences inside nine Whole Foods. The Bucktown location opened earlier this week and they serve cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, bowls, and toasts. Real Good appeals to those into fitness and also offer an assortment of juice cleanses. The first location debuted in 2014 in Old Town. At 535 square feet, the Bucktown location is larger, yet uses a similar minimalist aesthetic. There’s counter seating along the wall, and a corner bench in front where customers can enjoy their acai bowls or other items. A fridge — named “Perry” — houses grab-and-go items for those not patient enough to wait for staffers to mix a fresh juice or smoothie. ..

Heaven on Seven Mourns Founding Partner + More Intel

Plus, the city wants to hire more food inspectors — The Chicago restaurant industry is mourning the death of George Bannos, a partner at Heaven on Seven where he worked for 37 years alongside his brother, chef Jimmy Bannos Sr. He died on Tuesday night at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge following a heart attack, according to WLS radio. Bannos was 65. The restaurant will remain closed today (Friday) as family and staff attend Bannos’ funeral. Services will be held today at Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. Posted by Heaven on Seven Wabash on Thursday, 10 August 2017 — D’Amato’s Bakery is also mourning after the loss of a long-time employee who spent more than 20 years working at the West Town bakery. Aristeo “Pascuale” Soriano, 49, was a baker and died following a shooting on the 1300 block of West Huron Street. That’s about a 10-minute walk northwest from the bakery. Police believe it was an armed robbery, accordin..

Eleven Upcoming Chicago-Area Restaurants and Bars to Know

A regularly-updated list of forthcoming restaurants and bars August 9 BOWMANVILLE— Half Acre Brewing Co.’s new taproom should debut on Aug. 19 at the brewery’s Big North event. They’ve been working for two years on the project at 2050 W. Balmoral Ave. and the taproom will include a restaurant. Our tap room at Balmoral is close to finished. We'll break it in proper next weekend at The Big North. pic.twitter.com/M6VgxiTLeP — Half Acre Beer (@HalfAcreBeer) August 9, 2017 IRVING PARK— Chicago Taco Authority is taking over the former Berrista space, 4219 W. Irving Park Road, according to a Facebook post by the Six Corners. Berrista was the no-sugar bakery/coffee shop run by Homaro Cantu. LINCOLN PARK— Shore Club, the new venue at North Avenue Beach, is opening Saturday, Aug. 12, according to news release. It should be sizzling around the Air & Water Show. That starts on Aug. 19. LINCOLN PARK— Interurban Cafe & Pastry Shop is moving to a new space at 1438 W. Cortland St. The origina..

The 15 Hottest Burgers in Chicago, Summer 2017

Beef. It's what's for dinner Chicago is a meat and potatoes kind of town so it's no surprise that it's home to some of the country's best burgers. From giant behemoths to burgers crafted with the finest premium ingredients, there's plenty of mouthwatering variety to go around. The city's longtime favorites are always exceptional standouts that everyone can agree on, but what about the next wave of beefiness? These new spots have answered the call and created burgers that are anything but ordinary. Find the latest and greatest on the list below and prepare to get messy in the best possible way. Presented in alphabetical order.

Fulton Market’s New Rooftop Bar is Now Open at the Ace Hotel

Sip frozen drinks with skyline views The Ace Hotel’s new rooftop bar Waydown —which despite the subterranean name, actually stands on the seventh floor — opens tonight for cocktails, snacks, and music at 311 N. Morgan St. in Fulton Market District. The space comes with a bar bites menu from chef Pat Sheerin and drinks from acclaimed Bay Area bartender Caitlin Laman. It’s a nice complement for City Mouse, the hotel’s ground-floor restaurant. The bar moves away from the standard operating procedures for Chicago rooftop bars. There’s no bottle service, guest lists, hard-to-get reservations, or velvet ropes here. Instead, they’re aiming for more of a old-school watering hole vibe. They will also have nightly music and DJs. Chicago points out that the 4,111-square-foot space features leather furniture upholstered with leather from the same company that makes footballs for the NFL, Chicago-based Horween Leather Co. There’s room for 250 with two outdoor space. The east patio accommodates 5..

After 14 Years, Avec’s Unveiling a Second-Floor Expansion

One Off bought the four-floor building two years ago Avec’s owners will unveil a new 40-seat private event space and bar next month on the second floor of their iconic West Loop restaurant. Besides giving wedding planners and couples another space to compete over, the expansion also gives Avec a stylish holding pen for customers waiting for their tables at the bustling 55-seat restaurant. Parent company One Off Hospitality bought the four-story Avec building in 2015 and a news release touts that there’s “two more floors to fill.” Sounds like this is the first phase of expansion. The private event space will officially open on Sept. 15, and it’s inspired by Mediterranean wine caves. Diners can grab a glass of wine upstairs and wait for their tables, if the space isn’t booked with an event. Avec shared the 2005 Beard Foundation Award for “Outstanding Restaurant Design.” One Off hired the same designer responsible for the downstairs, Thomas Schlesser, to design the second floor. One Of..

Tour River North’s Sea Monster-Inspired Bar to Open Next Week

Leviathan’s menu includes Kraken and Hobbit-inspired drinks Benjamin Schiller and Fifty/50 Restaurant Group will release the Kraken next week in River North. Leviathan (their new monster-inspired bar) and Portsmith (their upscale seafood restaurant) should open on Tuesday, Aug. 15 inside the Dana Hotel & Spa, 660 N. State St. The drink list (see below) is fantasy inspired, as Leviathan’s customers will be able to summon “Cthulhu,” a rum and scotch cocktail named after the all-powerful beast from Lovecraftian lore. Leviathan sits on the second floor overlooking the Portsmith. The drink list includes nods to Greek and Norse mythologies, Lord of the Rings, and even a drink called “Kraken.” There are 10 specialty cocktails in all, many with intricate garnishes and unique glassware. Those familiar with Schiller’s efforts on the hotel’s roof at Apogee or at The Sixth will be right at home. Over at his Lincoln Square bar, there’s drinks based on the Trix cereal rabbit and from the Calvin an..

Brooklyn Brewery’s Beer Mansion Is Coming to Chicago

The brewery is pairing with Chicago beer brands and local Eater-approved restaurants The Brooklyn Brewery Mash Tour is coming to Chicago. On September 22 and 23, the New York-based company will kick off its Beer Mansion event at Morgan’s on Fulton. The Beer Mansion will feature five themed tasting rooms with matching decor and beers from New York’s Brooklyn Brewery and four Chicago breweries -— from sour and fruity brews in the Tart of the Tropics room to hoppy lagers in the Forest room and pilsners and table beers in a room called the Stoop. Alongside the variety of beers, Eater Chicago-curated food vendors like Nashville-style Budlong Hot Chicken and tacos from forthcoming South Loop restaurant Lobo Rey will offer food for purchase. The night will also feature performances from Peter Stringer-Hye, Connections, Negative Scanner, and Deeper as well as arcade games, arts, crafts, and interactive tech from Logan Arcade. Tickets start at $45 (inclusive of unlimited beer tastings) and ..

New England Seafood Co. and Three More Restaurant Shutters to Know

An ongoing log of Chicago restaurant and bar closures August 9 ROSCOE VILLAGE— A few months after going back to counter service, New England Seafood Co., home to some of the city’s best lobster rolls, has closed. Management made the announcement via Facebook and Sunday was their last day. The restaurant opened in 2011 and quickly grabbed the spotlight with a brand of quick-serve fresh seafood that is unusual in the Midwest. They’ll still have a catering operation. After 6 wonderful years, we’ve decided to close our doors to the restaurant. We want to thank our loyal customers and... Posted by New England Seafood Company Restaurant on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 LINCOLN PARK— There's an attractive piece of real estate available at the corner of Clark and Fullerton. Standard Market and Grill has closed. Its suburban locations remained unaffected. DNAinfo first reported the shutter, but since Tuesday, Standard has removed its signs from the building at 444 W. Fullerton Pkwy. The spot w..

Pair of Acclaimed Cocktail Makers Take Over an Avondale Dive Bar

Wade McElroy and Jeff Donahue have bought Orbit Room The enterprising barmen responsible for Heisler Hospitality’s Sportsman’s Club in Ukrainian Village have formed their own hospitality group. Jeff Donahue and Wade McElroy have created Leisure Activities and their first move was buying The Orbit Room. That’s the Avondale bar at 2959 N. California Ave. that’s been around for 10 years and features one of the city’s best-kept secret patios. “It’s our hope that we’re kind of shining a new light on this great place so people who may have forgotten it over the years are able to rediscover it,” said McElroy. Donahue and McElroy, who were Eater Chicago’s bartenders of the year in 2014, have operated the bar quietly for a few days. The Orbit Room’s been around for a decade, and the purchase provides a solid jumping-off point for the new company. Donahue and McElroy are used to opening bars and creating drink lists. They also carry a reputation for reshaping and revitalizing old bars, assua..

Pair of Acclaimed Cocktail Makers Take Over an Avondale Dive Bar

Wade McElroy and Jeff Donahue have bought Orbit Room The enterprising barmen responsible for Heisler Hospitality’s Sportsman’s Club in Ukrainian Village have formed their own hospitality group. Jeff Donahue and Wade McElroy have created Leisure Activities and their first move was buying The Orbit Room. That’s the Avondale bar at 2959 N. California Ave. that’s been around for 10 years and features one of the city’s best-kept secret patios. “It’s our hope that we’re kind of shining a new light on this great place so people who may have forgotten it over the years are able to rediscover it,” said McElroy. Donahue and McElroy, who were Eater Chicago’s bartenders of the year in 2014, have operated the bar quietly for a few days. The Orbit Room’s been around for a decade, and the purchase provides a solid jumping-off point for the new company. Donahue and McElroy are used to opening bars and creating drink lists. They also carry a reputation for reshaping and revitalizing old bars, assua..

Pair of Acclaimed Cocktail Makers Take Over an Avondale Dive Bar

Wade McElroy and Jeff Donahue have bought Orbit Room The enterprising barmen responsible for Heisler Hospitality’s Sportsman’s Club in Ukrainian Village have formed their own hospitality group. Jeff Donahue and Wade McElroy have created Leisure Activities and their first move was buying The Orbit Room. That’s the Avondale bar at 2959 N. California Ave. that’s been around for 10 years and features one of the city’s best-kept secret patios. “It’s our hope that we’re kind of shining a new light on this great place so people who may have forgotten it over the years are able to rediscover it,” said McElroy. Donahue and McElroy, who were Eater Chicago’s bartenders of the year in 2014, have operated the bar quietly for a few days. The Orbit Room’s been around for a decade, and the purchase provides a solid jumping-off point for the new company. Donahue and McElroy are used to opening bars and creating drink lists. They also carry a reputation for reshaping and revitalizing old bars, assua..

The Eater Chicago Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now, August 2017

Behold the 16 hottest bars in Chicago Beyond where to eat right now, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater often have another burning question: Where should one drink right now? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering the best standbys and neighborhood essential restaurants across the city and the Eater Heatmap highlights where the restaurant crowds are flocking to at the moment, the Eater Chicago Cocktail Heatmap shows the hottest bars and restaurants where cocktail, beer, and wine aficionados are drinking right now. August brings the dog days of summer and a Heatmap shake-up with four additions. Pour-your-own-beer comes to Logan Square thanks to Navigator Taproom. Meanwhile, they're pouring some South Side pride over at Open Outcry Brewing, the busy brewpub in Morgan Park. Hollywood hotspot Katana also joined the list, as does BLVD and its retro charm. Four drop off as Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery, SafeHouse, Tapster, and Broken English Lincoln Park say ..