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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.
730 W. Grand Ave.
Friendly American dishes, from steaks and burgers to Arctic char and scallops, preside at this latest creation from Billy Lawless of Gage and Henri fame. A large and boisterous late-night bar sets the tone for the restaurant, a gastropub with a 19th-century Chicago decor theme. Liquid refreshments range from classic and original cocktails to craft beers, boutique wines and nonalcoholic cherry phosphates.