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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.
Green Street Smoked Meats
112 N. Green St.
(No website yet)
Restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff continues to build a miniempire with this off-the-beaten-track newcomer that spotlights Texas-style barbecue and sports separate ramen and juice bars. Unlike Sodikoff’s other, plusher restaurants, Green Street keeps things casual with a chalkboard menu and counter service, communal bench seating, industrial lighting and an alleyway entrance marked with a graffiti-inspired mural.