Chicago restauranteurs opened tons of new concepts in 2016, and there’s little sign they’re slowing down anytime soon. Among the whirlwind of new opens, a few really stood out as favorites among Chicago’s foodie community. Here are some of the most beloved and buzzed about openings from around the city in 2016, some of the best new restaurants in Chicago.
This laid back taco joint in the Fulton Market district is like your favorite neighborhood taqueria on steroids. The massive retractable ceiling opens onto a large patio that’s a smash with downtown crowds that want to a little taco- and tequila-fueled relaxation to wind down their day, or amp up their night. And guess what, there’s even a trolley that guests can rent to bar hop to their next destination in safe and stylish fashion.
Little Beet Table
This health-conscious eatery in the Gold Coast is a New York transplant that’s setting down roots in Chicago. If you dig healthy and wholesome fare made with organic ingredients, this little beet is for you.
The latest brainchild from James Beard-awarded Chef Rick Gresh is open for business in the epicenter of AceBounce, the exciting ping pong concept that’s been brought to Chicago after taking over London’s nightlife scene. 1901 takes a page from the design elements and finishes throughout AceBounce: no compromises. At last, you can cut loose and smash ping pong balls while eating seriously good food. Think of it as much-needed nourishment for the activity you’ll be undertaking when you are playing rounds of doubles and other outrageous party games around the tables.