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Best Openings of 2015: A Month-by-Month Guide to the

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Best Openings of 2015 Lost Lake

Best Openings of 2015 Lost Lake


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There’s no doubt this year was filled to the brim with stellar openings for restaurants and bars in Chicago. From envelope-pushing cocktails spots to sprawling food halls, 2015 saw it all. As we near the culmination, here’s our roundup of some of the best openings for each month this year:
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January: A new bar from cocktail wunderkind Paul McGee would be a welcome treat any time of year, but there’s just something especially fitting about a new tiki bar in January. At a time when Chicagoans need a tropical respite, McGee swooped in to the rescue, dropping Lost Lake along the border of Logan Square and Avondale. The new tiki temple features an adjoining Chinese takeout spot called Thank You. (from which Lost Lake customers can order food), a cool, relaxed beachy vibe. If you’re lucky, you’ll get seated in the far back room with cave-like walls and a blowfish chandelier. Then of course there’s the cocktails. The menu keeps things fresh with a dynamic assortment of colorful cocktails, each served in a distinct cup or mug outfitted with exotic garnishes and swizzle sticks. Basically, this place is a tropical dream.

In the West Loop, B. Hospitality Co. (The Bristol, Balena) expanded its breadth with a savorous homage to Italian red sauce cooking lore. Although elegant and upscale, Formento’s has homey, familial fare at the heart, presided over by chef Tony Quartaro. Deeply comfortable and welcoming, the sprawling, immaculate restaurant feels like something out of another era; one where Tony Soprano might reign. One where meatball salads and giant slices of chocolate cake and marinara-packed pastas are the order of the day.
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February: It feels like Intro has been a part of our lives for years, when in fact the groundbreaking restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You only debuted last winter. And to much deserved fanfare, I might add. Pivoting the ritzy Lincoln Park space from L20, Lettuce veered in a modern direction with Intro, an ever-evolving concept that features a new chef-in-residence every few months. Each chef has full creative license over the menu and concept, essentially running a months-long, glorified pop-up concept. Chefs come from near and far for residency, starting with Top Chef alum and acclaimed Los Angeles chef CJ Jacobson before moving on to feature the likes of Aaron Martinez and current chef, Stephen Gillanders. Intro keeps things fresh in a bold new way, continuously impressing and dazzling with fully formed new restaurant ideas that take some restaurateurs years to hone. But that’s Lettuce Entertain You for you.
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May: Another big steakhouse entry this year was Prime & Provisions, an opulent new addition to the Loop’s dining scene courtesy of DineAmic Group. The 12,000 square foot behemoth is is a pretty massive, ambitious endeavor, so the stakes couldn’t be higher (pun intended). But all that ambition has proved to pay off for the restaurant, which packs the house on the regular with customers salivating over all that prime beef, not to mention one of the most immersive and expansive steakhouse menus in town, which runs the gamut from thick-cut slabs of bacon to shellfish towers, craft cocktails, fried chicken, pickled purple cauliflower, clam chowder, and a whole lot more.