1 Robert and Son
What:Rob Shaner is transforming his cozy French restaurant from an a la carte menu to a sophisticated tasting menu that incorporates unexpected techniques and ingredients.
Why:The menu includes dishes like hay-poached turbot and lichen-roasted celeriac, as well as, very importantly, several bread dishes from pastry chef Cati Molnar.
Or:4229 N. Lincoln Ave., North Central Website
What:Contemporary twists on Italian classics from the Good Measure crew
Why:Bring your own team to tackle whole fried chicken with Calabrian honey and homemade pasta.
Or:1001 N. California Ave., Humboldt Park Website
3 Moon flower bar
What:A trio of industry vets whip up cocktails and bites in a plant-themed space.
Why:Sip a Negroni spritz, then add your favorite herb to your tab to take home.
Or:4359 N. Milwaukee Ave, Portage Park Website
4 Ayo Pizza Cafe & Shop
What:The Delta team opens a new all-day cafe.
Why:The Classic Chicago, a pie loaded with fennel sausage and cherry pepper relish, is perfect for a cold winter night.
Or:953 W. Willow St., Lincoln Park website
5 Nights & Weekends
What:A funky new hangout with disco balls, a dance floor and a highball menu
Why:Start with an espresso martini, then let loose with a homemade vodka and cream soda cocktail.
Or:1009 W. Lake St. West Loop
6 Chicken and Hot Chi Cones
What:Hot chicken… and ice cream cones. Come on, you have this.
Why:Smother the heat of a harissa-glazed fried chicken sandwich with a cone of peanut butter pie.
Or:100 W. 87th St., West Chatham Website
seven You are a Cookie!
What:Angela Diaz’s inclusive cookie shop lands a storefront.
Why:Here’s your new must-have treat. From blueberry oatmeal to sprinkled crunch, all cookies are vegan, gluten-free, or nut-free.
Or:3053 N. California Ave., Avondale Website
What:Macku Chan (Macku Sushi) serves up glitzy Japanese dishes.
Why:Go big at your next group dinner with truffle chawanmushi, lobster croquettes and green tea crème brûlée.
Or:738 W. Randolph St., West Loop Website
9 Middlebrow Bungalow
What:The beer and pizza favorite launches Hot Corner, a seasonal outdoor cocktail bar.
Why:Put on your warmest coat for a maple and whiskey toddy or a brown sugar hot chocolate with yellow Chartreuse.
Or:2840 W. Armitage Ave., Logan Square Website
ten The Bristol
What:Larry Feldmeier is launching an eight-course seasonal menu.
Why:With clever dishes like parsnip bisque with rabbit sausage and olives, it’s a whole new dimension for Bucktown’s staple.
Or:2152 N. Damen Ave., Bucktown Website