By The Editors / May 21, 2015 9:00 am

Because every Chicagoan loves to eat, even if they must travel out of their neighborhood, we bring you Table Stakes: a series that answers man’s eternally recurring question (“Uh, what’s new?”), and recurs once every lunar cycle or so. Bon appétit.


May was a huge month for the culinary arts.

The month kicked off with the James Beard Awards.

We ate. We after-partied. We posed awkwardly with David Chang.

That photo’s currently over the fireplace.

And then, post-Beard: openings on openings on openings.

So let’s talk about those openings, in this month’s edition of Table Stakes.

Inside: the perfect snapshot of what makes Chicago’s food scene the envy of your outta-town mates — a month filled with exciting openings that run the gamut of cuisines, price points and ambiences.

To wit:

  • A new Indian restaurant from the same guys who brought you the Sportsman’s Club
  • A fancy French brasserie from a legendary toque
  • A hoppin’ new cocktail den by way of sunny Miami

And so much more.

All in: seven new options to kick summer off right.

So dine on and drink well, fellas.

Enjoy the guide.

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