Weekend of March 21

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.
Kate Bernot
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