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Photo courtesy of RPM On the Water

FEATURES

3 Highly Anticipated Openings

By Ariel Cheung, Jaclyn Jermyn, Kelsey Ogletree, Lisa Shames and David Zivan

Photo courtesy of RPM On the Water

06.26.18

The 50 finest things on the Chicago food scene in 2018

Etta
Arriving in Bucktown this summer, this hearth-heavy spot from Danny Grant of the well-reputed Gold Coast steakhouse Maple & Ash will feature rustic fare including wood-fired pizzas, housemade pastas and an expertly curated wine list, all designed to be easily delivered in custom boxes for a perfect home meal. 1840 W. North Ave.

Free Rein
Housed alongside the elegant Carbide & Carbon Building on Michigan Avenue, this contemporary brasserie from former GreenRiver chef Aaron Lirette will anchor the new St. Jane Chicago hotel and feature a kombucha program and creative, elevated fare. All-day dining means sunny breakfasts with European pastries, a wine program highlighting new-world varietals and Champagne, and a focus on Midwestern purveyors. 224 N. Michigan Ave.

RPM On the Water
This massive downtown riverfront space (pictured) will be home to a bilevel restaurant, an adjoining casual eatery and a private-event space, from the minds behind the well-established RPM Steak and RPM Italian, and is set to open next summer. Expect seafood, an expansive wine list and more. 321 N. Clark St.