1400 W Randolph St
After closing one sixtyblue, Cornerstone Restaurant Group (Wave, Michael Jordan�s Steak House) teams up with chef Bill Kim (Belly Shack, Urbanbelly) for this Asian barbecue spot. On the menu: tea-smoked duck and a yuzu-lemongrass mojito.
1200 W Randolph St (312-733-9463)
An offshoot of New York�s City Winery, this location�s 33,000 square feet houses a 250-seat restaurant and bar, a 325-seat performance venue, a 5,000-square-foot courtyard and a fully operational winery. Grapes sourced from vineyards in California, Oregon, Washington, Argentina and Chile produce house vinos dispensed via 15 tap lines.
ETA August 1
Grange Hall Burger Bar
844 W Randolph St (312-491-0844)
This country-chic joint offers build-your-own burgers, hearty specials, seasonal pies and a cheerful wait staff dolled up in gingham.
Maude�s Liquor Bar
840 W Randolph St (312-243-9712)
If you could legally light up a cigarette inside, this sexy Parisian lounge would be the place.
820 W Randolph St
Don�t dwell too much on the word little: Stephanie Izard�s follow-up to Girl & the Goat is in the 7,000-square-foot Red Light space. In addition to serving Izard�s take on classic diner dishes, it�ll have a bread-baking operation and a private-dining space.
814 W Randolph St (312-455-8114)
Grange Hall owner Angela Hepler Lee nails trendy Mexican as well as she nails trendy Americana.
802 W Randolph St
Young-gun chef Matt Eversman made a name for himself at Saigon Sisters. Now he�s striking out on his own, with Asian-influenced dishes like hoisin-glazed game hen with fried basil.
800 W Randolph St (312-929-4580)
The monster portions of Brendan Sodikoff�s fancy-pants diner food necessitate a postmeal nap.
OPENED February 2012
652 W Randolph St
Alinea and Avenues alum Curtis Duffy calls his 75-seat, prix-fixe-only restaurant �micro-seasonal� (i.e., it will highlight an ingredient at the pinnacle of its season, be it a few weeks or a few days).
841 W Randolph St
Restaurateur Joe Bastianich told fellow MasterChef judge Graham Elliot not to open a burger place. Instead Elliot (graham elliot, grahamwich) is doing a bistro, with dishes less than $20 and a church-inspired design with, for one, mock saint candles honoring chefs and musicians. Equating chefs to saints? Only Elliot would have the balls.
ETA Early June
RM Champagne Salon
116 N Green St (at Randolph)
Attached to Randolph Street�s Nellc�te is a swank bar, where sommelier Jason Wagner�s wine selections meet sweets from chef and Fritz Pastry alum Nate Meads.
833 W Randolph St (312-432-0500)
Jared Van Camp kicks the notion of modesty in the balls with a palatial dining room dripping in chandeliers.
OPENED March 2012
Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St (312-492-6262)
Smart diners reserve a table at least three months out.
619 W Randolph St (312-715-0708)
The restaurant that launched Paul Kahan�s empire is now on its third chef, and it�s as good as ever.
615 W Randolph St (312-377-2002)
If Paul Simon were to write a song about Avec: �Still a Two-Hour Wait After All These Years.�