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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.
118 W. Grand Ave.
Worldly chef Gaston Acurio brings his elevated Peruvian cuisine to Chicago at Tanta. Citrus-cured seafood dishes, including fresh cebiches, are highlights, as is the pisco sour on the beverage side. A lively vibe accompanies the wide-ranging menu that incorporates Peru’s many international influences from Spain, China, Japan and Italy.