1 Daisy’s Po’ Boy and Tavern
What:Erick Williams (Virtue) opens this tribute to New Orleans and his classic sandwich, with toppings ranging from BBQ Gulf shrimp to spicy sausage and fried green tomatoes.
Why:If po’ boys don’t do it for you, maybe fried chicken and cookies, seafood gumbo, or NOLA cocktails, like a frozen hurricane, will.
Where:5215 S. Harper Avenue, Hyde Park Website
2 Colonial Lake Forest
What:A Vietnam Gold Coast Reserve location lands on the North Shore.
Why:The elegant patio is the perfect place to enjoy a sweet chilli tuna tartare.
Where:655 Forest Avenue, Lake Forest website
3 For a
What:A Mexican seafood restaurant makes its debut at the brand new Emily Hotel.
Why:Billy Caruso (Rye) and Matt Danko (Grace) serve plates like hamachi with yuzu kosho and hoja santa.
Where:311 N. Morgan Street, West Loop Website
4 Paulo Gelato & Chocolate
What:Pawel Petrykowski offers inventive flavors of ice cream in his new shop.
Why:With flavors like burnt butter vanilla, white chocolate yuzu, and passion fruit mousse, it will be hard to pick a favorite.
Where:1058 W. Chicago Ave., West Town Website
5 District Brewing Classes
What:Twisted Hippo Brewing, the Albany Park brewery that burned down in February, is back at this brewery.
Why:Sip a Black Umbrella, an oatmeal rye stout, West Town or new Wheeling.
Where:417 N. Ashland Avenue, City West; 700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling Website
What:Art Smith serves up typical southern dishes at this family-run spot.
Why:Hush puppies with chili cheese and shrimp and grits make this a staple at Navy Pier.
Where:600 E. Grand Ave., near the north side
seven Cellar door arrangements
What:The stylish natural wine bar returns with a fresh interior and rotating menus.
Why:Drop by for dishes like hiramasa with browned butter dashi.
Where:3025 W. Diversey Ave., Logan Square Website
8 Dinner to redo
What:A Jeff & Judes chef reopens the space with comforting bites and cocktails.
Why:Try contemporary dishes for dinner, like a breakfast burger with onions.
Where:1024 N. Western Ave., Humboldt Park Website
What:Mark Steuer’s South German mash-up adds a natural wine boutique.
Why:After sampling the spaetzle cacio e pepe, grab a bottle of chilled red to take home.
Where:1709 W. Chicago Ave., West Town Website
ten quality time
What:A neighborhood bar from the group behind Spilled Milk and Sparrow
Why:An ice-cold Vegas bomb, with whiskey, cranberry and Red Bull, will get your night started.
Where:2934 W. Diversey Ave., Logan Square Website