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Always a premiere dining destination, the Windy City has seen an unusually large number of new restaurant openings in the past year, reflecting a robust economy and pent-up demand. Italian and seafood concepts seem to dominate, with some Asian and American comfort food thrown in the mix. Here are the latest openings in or near downtown.
If you're planning to attend the 2014 NRA Show, held May 17–20 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, and you want to try some of the city's newest concepts, don't waste any time. Grab this list now and figure out a game plan. By the time May rolls around you'll be lucky to get a table at any of these spots.
519 N Clark St.
An American melting pot of updated comfort food with the many twists of a test kitchen is the premise behind this Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises all-day restaurant, offering an almost behind-the-scenes eating experience. Additional components include a bakery as well as coffee, juice and adult beverage bars. Menu options range from a poached farm egg with truffled pasta to chili- and chocolate-glazed salmon.