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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.
1015 N. Rush St.
Italian seafood is the latest offering from uber-chef Paul Kahan and partners, best known for pork and beer at The Publican and contemporary American fare at Blackbird. A daily-changing menu at this approachable Gold Coast restaurant showcases pristine ingredients, which include Japanese needlefish, grilled ocean trout and oven-roasted king crab legs, served with creative accompanying accents.