The leaves crunching under our vintage leather boots. The smell of pumpkin lattes in the air. The sound of a slew of new Chicago restaurants swinging open their doors — yup, fall is officially here. But, don't get down. Sure, it's getting dark way too early and we're not ready to bust out the wool coat and mittens yet, but on the flip side, we'll soon have a brand-new crop of restaurants to distract us from the next polar vortex.
From comfortable places to knock back a couple of cocktails to the long-awaited opening of a raved-about burger joint, there's no shortage of new arrivals to our city's food scene, courtesy of industry novices and vets alike. And, they couldn't be coming at a better time. As the mercury gradually drops, and collective winter dread quickly rises, put these new spots on your cool-to-cold-weather agenda, and you just might make it to spring. We'll see you there!