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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.
330 N. Wabash Ave.
One of the most luxurious newcomers in town, Travelle travels the entire Mediterranean, from the South of France to Turkey. The menu includes breakfast specialties like chorizo beignets, while dinner features delicacies such as harissa-spiced beef tartare, grilled octopus and many small plates to share. The chic lounge provides live entertainment and its own menu, and a great view of the Chicago River substitutes for the sea.