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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.
333 E. Randolph St.
This classy dim sum parlor specializes in contemporary Cantonese food with an adventurous bent. Chef Rodelio Aglibot, who opened Sunda, brings his deep knowledge of Asian cuisine to a downtown neighborhood that’s been underserved by Chinese restaurants. Traditional dishes like Peking duck and sweet-and-sour pork are accompanied by more modern, playful offerings like moo shu pancakes and a foie gras-topped egg tart.