The year 2023 has begun with the onset of winter, and as the days grow colder, Chicago’s hospitality industry faces the challenge of luring customers out of their warm homes.
A bright spot for the city is that its chefs and restaurateurs are rising to the challenge and opening up exciting new restaurants all over the place. The following are some of the eateries that have recently opened (or reopened) their doors to customers. It’ll get regular updates.
According to an Instagram post, a new bakery called Joba Foods & Bakery opened in the middle of December on Western Avenue in Bucktown. They serve Agege bread (a soft, sweet Nigerian bread), pastries, and cookies. Crispy chicken turnovers, meat pies, scones, and cinnamon rolls are just some of the other baked goods on the menu. Thursdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Joba Foods & Bakery, 2039 N. Western Avenue.
Block Club Chicago reports that at 3932 W. Irving Park Road, an entirely new establishment has opened, specializing in board games and offering Puerto Rican food, coffee, cocktails, and beer. Dedicated gamers Jose and Yesenia Maldonado are also the proud owners of the building formerly occupied by Independence Tap,
which they have transformed into the cozy and inviting Stay and Play Game Cafe. There are a variety of jibaritos, maduros, tostones con ropa vieja, and other dishes available. Rum punch, Cuba Libres, and Hot Papis are just some of the libations available to customers while they play (hot toddies with spiced rum).
Don’t miss out on any updates regarding this position. Café and Game Room, Stay and Play, 3932 W. Irving Park Road, Weekend hours are as follows: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. on Sundays, 3–midnight on Fridays, and 4–midnight on Saturdays.
Ravenswood, the vegan and gluten-free pastry company After eight years of wholesale business out of a commercial kitchen, Mindful Baking reportedly opened a cafe in late 2022, as reported by Block Club Chicago. Diane Mejia,
the business’s owner, raised over $16,000 from backers on Kickstart to fund the venture, and now the shop is open for business, with a menu that features baked goods like doughnuts, cupcakes, and pies that change weekly. The Mindful Baking Cafe is located at 1942 W. Montrose Avenue and is open from 8 AM to 6 PM, Tuesday through Sunday.
According to a representative, the new flagship location of the Louisiana-based fast food chain Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, which is known for its loyal fanbase of “Caniacs,” will open on Tuesday in The Loop, across from Millennium Park at 2 N. Michigan Avenue.
The second of its kind in the United States, this 5,000-square-foot eatery will feature unique Chicago-themed decor like a table shaped like the Bean, the sculpture formerly known as Cloud Gate. The first of its kind opened in 2022 on the Las Vegas Strip. The first Raising Cane’s restaurant in Chicago opened in the Rogers Park neighborhood of the city, close to Loyola University, a year after the company first entered the Chicago market in 2017. The new location of Raising Cane’s, Michigan & Madison, will open at 2 N. Michigan Avenue on January 10.
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A spokesperson announced on Tuesday that the Louisiana-based fast food chain Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, which is beloved by its customers (dubbed “Caniacs”), will open a new flagship location in Chicago across the street from Millennium Park at 2 N. Michigan Avenue.
The sculpted gate formerly known as Cloud and a bean-shaped table are just a few examples of the unique Chicago-style decor that will be featured in the 5,000-square-foot restaurant, the second of its kind in the country after the 2022 opening on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2017, Raising Cane’s first opened its doors in the Chicago area, and by the following year,
it had expanded to a second location in the Rogers Park neighborhood, close to Loyola University. On Tuesday, January 10th, Raise Canes Michigan & Madison will open at 2 N. Michigan Avenue.