Source: Dining Chicago
Best Restaurant Openings of 2016
August: In August, attention shifted back to the Loop, with some big openings happening a couple blocks apart from one another in the Financial District. There’s Revival Food Hall, which would quickly go on to become the best food hall this city has ever seen, stocked with a who’s-who of local restaurateurs and vendors like Antique Taco, Furious Spoon, Black Dog Gelato and Smoque BBQ, to name a few. It’s rightfully packed to the gills during the week especially, as Loop lunch-goers fill out the space and line up for food and drinks.
Just around the corner, the Kimpton hotels brand expanded their local footprint with the Gray hotel. Housed in a historic building, the gorgeous, elegant property features a lavish rooftop restaurant called Boleo and a chic lobby bar called Vol. 39. Upstairs, the focus is on Latin American cuisine, with dishes as flavorful as they are colorful. It’s also got a stellar beverage program, with plenty of options both contemporary and classic. Downstairs on the second floor is Vol. 39, a space that resembles a library parlor from the board game Clue. It’s a dream lobby bar, with a deep drink list of martinis, Old Fashioneds, and lots more, plus caviar, deviled eggs, and dessert carts.