Best of 2015: Restaurants and bars we're looking forward to in 2015

2015 brings lots of exciting restaurants and bars, including new spots from Grant Achatz, Dirk Flanigan, Sarah Grueneberg and others
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Photograph: Chris Strong Alpana Singh's latest restaurant, Seven Lions, is one of our most anticipated openings of 2015.
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2015 is going to be a big year in the restaurant world, and every opening on this list is a second (or third, or fourth) restaurant or bar from a well-established Chicago chef, bartender or restaurateur. From a new brewpub from the DryHop team to a new restaurant from the Alinea crew, these are our early predictions for the best openings of 2015.

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2015 restaurant and bar openings

DryHop Brewery
Photograph: Martha Williams

Corridor Brewery & Provisions

The DryHop Brewers team is opening a second brewpub, Corridor, on Southport (3446 N Southport) in summer 2015. Expect sandwiches and flatbreads, with Belgian-inspired beer.

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Photograph: Jason Little

El Che Bar

John Manion (La Sirena Clandestina) will be opening another South American-themed restaurant next year in the West Loop (845 W Washington Blvd).

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Kabocha
Photograph: Martha Williams

Furious Spoon

Shin Thompson (Kabocha, Bonsoiree) will be opening a ramen bar in Wicker Park (1571 N Milwaukee Ave) early next year. The menu includes four types of ramen, gyoza and Japanese beers.

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GT Prime

Giuseppe Tentori (GT Fish & Oyster) is at work on the meat-centric GT Prime, another restaurant from the Boka Group. 

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Photograph: Courtesy of Henri Restaur

Il Coniglio

Dirk Flanigan (The Gage) has been working on his forthcoming French-Italian restaurant for quite some time. Expect a late summer opening in the West Loop.

Chef CJ Jacobsen at Girasol
Photograph: Courtesy Girasol

Intro

L2O closed to reconcept as Intro, a restaurant with rotating chefs, who will each offer their own concept. First up: C.J. Jacobson, an L.A. chef best known for several seasons on Top Chef. The ticketed restaurant is slated to open in February.
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Sarah Grueneberg

Monteverde

Sarah Grueneberg (Spiaggia) plans to open her new Italian restaurant at 1020 W Madison in spring 2015.

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Credit: Paul Leddy

Presidio

A new cocktail bar is coming to the old Bluebird space in Bucktown. Presidio, with drinks from Alex Renshaw (Drumbar) and Brian Sturgulewski (Fulton Market Kitchen), will open sometime in 2015.

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Photograph: Chris Strong

Roister Restaurant

Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas will be opening a new spot in 2015 in the old iNG space. The permit lists the name as "Roister Restaurant," and it will be much more casual than their other concepts, with an a la carte menu.
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Photograph: Martha Williams

A new tiki bar

The group behind Scofflaw and Slippery Slope are planning to open a new tiki bar sometime next year.

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Photograph: Chris Strong

Seven Lions

Alpana Singh's (Boarding House) latest restaurant wll feature food from Chris Curren (now-closed Blue 13), along with American wines.

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