Weekend of March 21

<b><a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/venues/mmxchi-celeste-venue">Celeste</a></b><br>
111 W. Hubbard St. 312-828-9000 <br>
Though this bi-level River North cocktail bar and restaurant sneakily opened in early February without 

much fanfare, everyone now is asking "So have you been yet?" Cocktails on the first floor are both 

classic and accessible; upstairs in the opulent Deco Room, drinks are more complex and adventurous. Food 

isn't to be overlooked -- it's just as delicious as the liquid offerings. <a href="redeyechicago.com/celeste">Read our full review</a>.<br><br>


<b><a href="http://www.a-bakers-tale.com/">A Baker's Tale</a></b><br>
2127 W. Division St. 872-206-5581<br>
At this brand-new Wicker Park bakery, pastry chef Christine LaSorda whips up sweets such as honey-

blueberry-basil cupcakes and s'mores bars, plus coffee from local roaster Passion House. If the quirky 

decor -- think bowler hat light fixtures, clocks and keys galore -- reminds you of Lewis Carroll's 

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," that's precisely the intention. <br><br>


<b><a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/venues/mmxchi-the-winchester-venue">The Winchester</a> (pictured) </b><br>
1001 N. Winchester Ave. 773-698-8703<br>
Now open for dinner, this airy Ukrainian Village cafe also serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. 

Expect locally sourced ingredients and simple preparations like a smoked trout caesar salad, avocado 

toast and a Liege-style waffle so sweet and buttery, you won't even need to add syrup. Owners hope to add 

a liquor license by the end of the month, but no alcohol is allowed for now.<br><br>


<b><a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/venues/mmxchi-bottlefork-venue">Bottlefork</a></b><br>
441 N. Clark St. 312-955-1900 <br>
If you dug chef Kevin Hickey's fare at Allium, you can now find him in the kitchen at this River North 

restaurant that Rockit Ranch Productions recently debuted in the former Dragon Ranch address. Indulgent 

dishes such as braised beef cheek poutine and deep-fried sweetbreads with pepper aioli are just the thing 

to match with signature cocktails and brews. The restaurant is now open 7 days a week. <a href="redeyechicago.com/bottlefork">Read our full review</a>. <br><br>


<b><a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/venues/mmxchi-spritz-burger-venue">Spritz Burger</a><br>
The burgers are the main attraction at this East Lakeview restaurant from former Hearty owners Steve 

McDonagh and Dan Smith plus partner Gale Gand, but snacks such as panko-crusted beets with citrus goat 

cheese dip or fried chickpeas seasoned with rosemary sea salt are just as addictive.

( Kate Bernot / March 21, 2014 )

Celeste
111 W. Hubbard St. 312-828-9000
Though this bi-level River North cocktail bar and restaurant sneakily opened in early February without much fanfare, everyone now is asking "So have you been yet?" Cocktails on the first floor are both classic and accessible; upstairs in the opulent Deco Room, drinks are more complex and adventurous. Food isn't to be overlooked -- it's just as delicious as the liquid offerings. Read our full review.

A Baker's Tale
2127 W. Division St. 872-206-5581
At this brand-new Wicker Park bakery, pastry chef Christine LaSorda whips up sweets such as honey- blueberry-basil cupcakes and s'mores bars, plus coffee from local roaster Passion House. If the quirky decor -- think bowler hat light fixtures, clocks and keys galore -- reminds you of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," that's precisely the intention.

The Winchester (pictured)
1001 N. Winchester Ave. 773-698-8703
Now open for dinner, this airy Ukrainian Village cafe also serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Expect locally sourced ingredients and simple preparations like a smoked trout caesar salad, avocado toast and a Liege-style waffle so sweet and buttery, you won't even need to add syrup. Owners hope to add a liquor license by the end of the month, but no alcohol is allowed for now.

Bottlefork
441 N. Clark St. 312-955-1900
If you dug chef Kevin Hickey's fare at Allium, you can now find him in the kitchen at this River North restaurant that Rockit Ranch Productions recently debuted in the former Dragon Ranch address. Indulgent dishes such as braised beef cheek poutine and deep-fried sweetbreads with pepper aioli are just the thing to match with signature cocktails and brews. The restaurant is now open 7 days a week. Read our full review.

Spritz Burger
The burgers are the main attraction at this East Lakeview restaurant from former Hearty owners Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith plus partner Gale Gand, but snacks such as panko-crusted beets with citrus goat cheese dip or fried chickpeas seasoned with rosemary sea salt are just as addictive.

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