New For February: Four Chicago Restaurants Set to Open Soon

This month, Chicago culinary teams will be introducing a few new creative concepts to the city’s dining scene. From “rough fish” in the River North to a Parisian spin on ramen noodles in the former bar location of the Paris Club, it should be easy enough to ward of the rest of the winter blues off with some superb (if strange) spreads. Here are four restaurants we’re looking forward to this month:


419 W Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Kinmont Chicago

The very first sustainable seafood spot in the city has just opened. Kinmont is a chef-driven project by Element Collective (successful owners of Nellcôte, Old Town Social, and RM Champagne Salon) featuring creative cuisine by Executive Chef Duncan Biddulph. Aside from the traditional seafood choices, the menu spotlights “rough fish” – the ones that are less utilized but no less delicious – such as triggerfish, cobia and amberjack. Named after a type of artisan fly-fishing lure, Kinmont is inspired by ethical fishermen’s practices in the Midwest and unconditional respect for nature and wildlife. Stop in this month for an adventurous spin on seafood.


100 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611

SideDoor Chicago

Enter, literally, through the Rush Street “side door” marked only by the restaurant’s emblem, a red key. This new Midwestern-style gastropub comes from the culinary team behind Lawry’s The Prime Rib, which is right around the corner. Set to open fully on the 18th of February (for lunch and dinner), SideDoor’s menu will focus on craft beers, craft cocktails, roasted meats and an array of small plates featuring salmon gravlax, smoked gouda mac and cheese and, of course, prime rib. Stop in for a more casual alternative to The Prime Rib.

Tippling Hall

646 N Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Tippling Hall

The latest project of Mercadito Hospitality’s Tippling Brothers, Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci is a casual all-in-one beer hall, cocktail lounge and wine bar called Tippling Hall. The names of the cocktails tip us off to a good time, with the “Big Nose Gets Lei’ed” (a reimagined Sex on the Beach), and the “Fiery Balls” (whiskey, cinnamon, maple, Fresno chile and Asian citrus juice). There will also be a menu of globally-themed comfort foods for late-night nibbling designed by Chef Guillermo Tellez.

Ramen, by Paris Club

59 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60654


LEYE Restaurant Group is replacing the former bar area of Chicago’s Paris Club with a ramen noodle bar, French bistro style. Set to open in March (ok, that’s not this month, but close enough), this eccentric eatery will feature a menu set up by ramen Chef Doug Psaltis. The real restaurant name, as well as the much-anticipated menu montage, are yet to be determined. But the Paris Club’s ramen shop is set to be well-worth the wait!

About the Author: Lindsey Singer


Elsie is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsyvania; her writing has appeared in a few university publications, under tables and on the sides of trains. She likes taking Polaroid pictures and planning rooftop picnics.