Chicago’s Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings for 2020

With a New Year and decade upon us, comes an abundance of new opportunities to explore the City’s ever-changing landscape. Unsurprisingly, Chicago has plenty of fresh spots to fill the calendar. The end of 2019 saw many buzzed-about openings and the start of 2020 has even more to deliver. 

Flying it’s foodie flag proudly, Chicago’s belt-busting food scene shows no sign of slowing down in 2020. To help take advantage of the New Year ahead and all of the upcoming opportunities to explore, we’ve compiled a list of Chicago’s most anticipated restaurant and bar openings for 2020- keeping your schedule booked and your stomach full throughout the year ahead.

Three Highly-Anticipated Openings in 2020:

  1. Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar – 2165 N. Western Avenue

Open now, the booming Bucktown neighborhood delivers a new bar serving Chinese-American food that is founded on comfort and nostalgia. Dedicated to the influential Chinese-American restaurants of the ‘80’s, Chef’s Special will serve approachable dishes coupled with an extensive bar and lounge area providing a wide array of quality cocktails. The group behind Chicago’s acclaimed restaurant, Giant, hopes to apply the same philosophy with this endeavor: producing big flavors with top-notch ingredients and an attention to detail. 

2. Chicago Board Game Cafe– 1965 N. Milwaukee Avenue

With an anticipated opening set for mid to late January, reservations are already available for this new, multi-pronged project near the Bucktown/Logan Square neighborhood. The team behind the ever-popular and audacious card game, Cards Against Humanity, are getting into the restaurant business and present a fun, versatile space offering a full-service restaurant and bar, a game library and two escape rooms. Serving dishes with Vietnamese, Spanish and Mexican influences from renowned chefs Aaron McKay (Schwa, Nomi) and Evan Behmer (North Pond), Chicago Board Game Cafe is bound to impress in more ways than one. Make your reservations now!

3. The X Pot– Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Road

Set to open by Summer 2020, The XPot hopes to engage all fives senses to create a remarkable dining experience using beautiful HD 360 projections, thematic soundscapes and interactive light shows right on your dinner plate. With extensive experience in the industry, Chef K has mastered the art of traditional Asian cuisine.  Welcomed with robotic hosts and servers, guests are sure to have a one of a kind experience that travels well beyond the impressive cuisine.

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