New Food In The Loop
In a city like Chicago, where new neighborhoods burst with restaurant and bar openings, the Loop’s ever-growing food scene continues to stand out for people who work, live or spend time in the area. I've identified 5 recently opened or forthcoming food joints that make my mouth water and are sure to feed the appetite of any windy-city citizen.
23 N. Wacker Dr.
I don’t care if you commute from the burbs or you travel three stops on the Pink Line to get to work in the city, you probably have a morning routine and it’s probably getting old. Eastman Egg Company does mornings. They do it well and they do it all day. Aside from serving Sparrow Coffee, they make delicious egg sandwiches with Slagel Family Farms products, putting the kibosh on your rapport with mediocre breakfast burritos. You’ve probably spotted their food truck around the Loop, but their permanent location just opened on Upper Wacker, earning them a conveniently located spot in your morning ritual.
18 S. Michigan Ave.
For a chef known for crafting masterful French dishes at Henri, Christopher Gawronski’s Italian fare game strong. The lunch menu’s bright salads, rich pastas and impressive selection of cheeses make Acanto a no-brainer for the casual business meeting, while their expansive wine list and house cocktails render the new eatery a great spot for the post-5-o'clock drink. If you get a chance, try the Monkfish Cioppino; Chicago’s winter can be gnarly and nothing will warm you quicker than seafood stew hot from the cucina.
3. The Marq
60 W. Adams St.
The newest New American restaurant to come to the Loop is The Marq—an upscale yet comfy spot located in (you guessed it) the Marquette Building. With seasonal plates, craft beer and a cozy cocktail lounge, this restaurant is sure to become a choice for visitors, residents and suits alike. Though this spot hasn’t opened yet, its “coming soon”! We’re hoping the place opens soon, so we can enjoy its warm and inviting atmosphere ASAP.
22 S. Wabash Ave.
Another restaurant worth the wait, this DC-based burger joint will be opening its first Chicago location on Wabash, just south of Jeweler’s Row. If Good Stuff sounds familiar though, it’s probably because Chef Spike Mendelsohn (who has appeared on the likes of Top Chef and Iron Chef America) won Chicago Gourmet’s Hamburger Hop back in September. His burger prowess should not overshadow other menu offerings however; their hand-spun shakes, wedge salads and commitment to sustainability have made this eatery one of the most popular on Capitol Hill.
5. ??? - Block 37
108 N. State St.
What’s In a Name? Leave that for the linguists to determine, I’m just excited that Block Thirty Seven will be getting a new, multi-vendor Latin American food hub to occupy its third floor. Where River North has Eataly, The Loop will have Richard Sandoval’s expansive food court. With hopes to open sometime in December, this culinary mall will include grab-n-go options as well as high end dining.
Photo: Eastman Egg Company