Last summer, this much anticipated spot opened around the corner from Avec and Blackbird, in a space with vintage steel doors and modern chandeliers. Chef Kendal Duque (formerly of NoMI) offers new American dishes like veal-cheek terrine with quince and blue cheese bison burgers. Owner Emmanuel Nony tends to the wine list, stocking small producers and lesser-known varietals. 123 N. Jefferson St.; 312-441-1920.
The latest project from the successful team behind Japonais is a brasserie whose look evokes the work of Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, France’s legendary Art Deco designer. Veteran chef Christian Delouvrier created and oversees the classic French menu, which includes fluffy cheese soufflé, rich and earthy lamb navarin and an impeccable caramelized-apple tart. 500 W. Superior St.; 312-494-1900.
Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood is best known for its houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous protégé, Walter Burley Griffin. Now the ’hood has a destination restaurant, thanks to this white-tablecloth BYOB. Chef Thomas Eckert is adept with South Asian flavors: He serves pheasant with methi (fenugreek) risotto and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms mixed with masala. 1909 W. 103rd St.; 773-238-5115.