The Best New Restaurants in Chicago

A lot changes in Chicago each year, especially with regards to delicious restaurant options. Some can stand the test of time, while others make way for something newer and more exciting.

Here are the best new restaurants in Chicago.

The Blanchard
1935 N. Lincoln Park West

Great French food isn’t too hard to find in Chicago, but chef/owner Jason Pasketwitz recently opened this elegant new addition to the scene. You’ll appreciate the skill of the servers, and the fact that the place is never stuffy.

The Blanchard is technically in Lincoln Park, but it’s not far from the Loop!

Bad Hunter
802 W Randolph St Chicago

After opening Estereo café in July, Heisler Hospitality opened this new veg-forward restaurant in the West Loop. If you’re into healthy and veggie-dominated plates, you’ll love this new restaurant in Chicago’s Loop.

Cruz Blanca
904 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Chicago is obsessed with anything Chef Rick Bayless has his hand in, and Cruz Blanca is no exception. In Cruz Blanca, you’ll find six house-made brews in addition to a rotating selection of guest wines and beers. Because drinking on an empty stomach isn’t always the best idea, Cruz Blanca also offers a food menu with tacos, corn tortillas, and other Mexican foods.

Naoki Sushi
2300 N Lincoln Park West Chicago

This new Lettuce Entertain You restaurant caters specifically to the sushi lover. You’ll appreciate the laid-back atmosphere that still feels high-end. It’s definitely the type of spot that warrants coming to for a special occasion.

Duck Duck Goat
857 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL, 60607

You’ve probably heard of Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s top-rated restaurant, The Girl and the Goat. In 2016, her newest spot, Duck Duck Goat, premiered to the world. Chinese-inspired, Duck Duck Goat offers dishes like dim sum, fried rice, and noodles.

De Quay
Lincoln Park 2470 N. Lincoln Ave.

De Quay has got to be one of the most unique Chicago restaurants, and certainly one of the best new ones. De Quay offers Dutch Indonesian food, of the highest quality and of a hearty nature. The menu is always changing, but you might see dishes like mussels, curry-tickled bivalves, Indonesian crackers, and things of the like.

El Che Bar
845 W Washington Blvd, Chicago

Chef John Manion’s El Che Bar was inspired by his travels, and the restaurant offers a unique Argentine-American menu. Transport yourself to modern Buenos Aires with their warm and inviting setting. Custom-built grills in an open area are used to cook the food, with plenty of options to choose from.

Which of the best restaurants in Chicago downtown will you try first? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Author: Maddy Osman, an SEO Content Strategist who has a passion for blogging. Her lifestyle blog, ChicagoCheapAss, shows young adults how to find the best deals and values in Chicago!