WEST LOOP—Rick Bayless signed a lease on another new restaurant, this time on Randolph Row. The celeb chef and TV host also has a new spot coming to Wicker Park.
WEST LOOP—Look for another huge project to join Bayless on Randolph Row. Nobu, the worldwide brand of of boutique hotels and Asian restaurants backed by Robert DeNiro, confirmed a West Loop outpost as well.
WEST LOOP—Yes, there's more big news on Randolph Street. Bill Kim, who owns three wildly popular Asian concepts, is moving his first and tiny cult-favorite Urban Belly to the spot that currently houses the takeout window in his large one, BellyQ. The move has something to do with his partnership with Cornerstone Restaurant Group (Michael Jordan's Steakhouse).
CHICAGO—Two updated Heatmaps are out: The Eater 38 (the essential Chicago restaurants) and the brunch heatmap. Use them as your dining bibles.