Summer eating list

BadHappy Poutine Shop, 939 N. Orleans St., 312-890-2165. Lots of chefs are making versions of poutine, that Canadian dish of smothered cheese curds, but this tiny spot, opened in the original location of Big & Little's, is all about poutine, and maybe a couple of burgers. Try traditional, Asian-inspired, redneck-style (with pulled pork) and even vegan poutine versions. BadHappy is BYO, and Sunday brunch is BYOV (for vodka), when various bottomless mixers are available. ETA: Open now.

Bakersfield, 330 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, 630-568-3615. Across the street from the sprawling, upscale Standard Market (launched by three guys from Bakersfield, Calif.) sits this new American restaurant where the menu is made up of ingredients sold at the market. (So if you really like that asparagus salad, run on over for some more to bring home.) Farm-to-table, meet market-to-table. ETA: Open now.

Bavette's Bar & Boeuf, 218 W. Kinzie St., no phone yet. Brendan Sodikoff (Gilt Bar, Maude's Liquor Bar, Doughnut Vault, Au Cheval) is behind this beef-focused, Euro steakhouse concept, which, like everything else Sodikoff has opened, figures to draw a lot of attention: ETA: Late May.

Brasserie by LM, 800 S. Michigan Ave., 312-431-1788. The short-lived Tribute has been taken over by the folks behind LM Restaurant and Troquet. The familiar, French-inflected menu is by chef Brad Phillips (Pump Room). ETA: Open now.

Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted St., 773-871-2100. Dominique Tougne, longtime chef of Bistro 110 (shuttered to become Bar Toma) took over the old Cafe Bernard and redecorated the dining room in light, contemporary neutral shades (it looks gorgeous). But the menu is still French bistro, offering classic steak au poivre in cognac sauce, matelote (fish stew) and duck confit with yam gratin. Dinner only for now, but Tougne intends to add lunch and brunch service, to maximize his spacious sidewalk cafe (and to bring back such dishes as quiche Lorraine and croque monsieur). ETA: Open now.

City Tavern, 1416 S. Michigan Ave., no phone yet. Mainstay Hospitality closed Grace O'Malley's to create this seasonally driven modern tavern, overseen by chef Kendal Duque (who also heads up Mainstay's Chicago Firehouse Restaurant). ETA: Late May.

Forza, 2476 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-248-7888. A sophisticated southern Italian bar and restaurant. Good looks, good food, and a substantial wine list. ETA: Open now.

J. Parker, 1800 N. Lincoln Ave., no phone yet. The rooftop perch atop the Hotel Lincoln will have gorgeous views of Lincoln Park, the lake and downtown. Menu and craft cocktails will be provided by Perennial Virant, which occupies most of the building's ground floor. ETA: Late June.

Moderno, 1850 Second St., Highland Park, 847-433-8600. John des Rosiers of Inovasi opened his second North Shore restaurant, an Italian-themed version of his healthy, sustainable, made-from-scratch ethic. Phil Rubino, ex-L2O, is the chef; menu includes pickled sardines with preserved lemons, spiced lamb and goat-cheese pizza, walleye with artichokes and tomato-olive ragu. This place is going to be worth a trip. ETA: Open now.

Ombra, 5308 N. Clark St., 773-506-8600. Warm Italian wine bar by Marty Fosse, who already has established Anteprima and Acre as must-visits in Andersonville. ETA: Open now.

Piccolo Sogno Due, 340 N. Clark St., 312-822-0077. Tony Priolo will open a sequel to his very successful Piccolo Sogno, featuring a more seafood-focused menu; Todd Stein (The Florentine, Cibo Matto) will run the kitchen. ETA: Late May-early June.

Premise, 5420 N. Clark St., 773-334-9463. A casual fine-dining restaurant by Brian Runge, former chef de cuisine at Graham Elliot. ETA: Open now.

Extra credit

Amuse, 323 E. Wacker Drive, 312-268-8142. Swissotel's lobby (post $12 million renovation) is now home to this gourmet-nibbles, signature-cocktails, DJ-music spot, which should play well with the after-5 crowd: ETA: Open now.

Au Cheval, 800 W. Randolph St., 312-929-4580. Brendan Sodikoff's take on the modern American diner, augmented with an international beer list and a support-small-producers ethic. ETA: Open now.

Bub City, 435 N. Clark St., no phone yet. A country bar and barbecue by the Melman siblings, its name taken from a Weed Street restaurant that Rich Melman launched in 1989. Underneath will be an as-yet-unnamed tiki bar (the drinks menu by ex-Whistler mixologist Paul McGee). ETA: Late summer.

Goosefoot, 2656 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-942-7547. If you haven't been to this stellar, fine-dining BYO, run by Chris Nugent (ex-Les Nomades), you need to make plans. Yes, dinner is $90, but that's for eight courses, and you're supplying the no-corkage wine. You'll spend far more for far less elsewhere. ETA: Open now.

Little Goat, 820 W. Randolph St., no phone yet. Stephanie Izard's follow-up to across-the-street Girl & the Goat will be the chef's interpretation of an American diner. It still might open this summer, late. ETA: September.

Pasteur, 5525 N. Broadway, 773-728-4800. This upscale Vietnamese restaurant reopened a few months ago and already has changed chefs and is revamping its menu. But the Vietnamese food here was always solid. ETA: Open now.

Red Violet, 121 W. Hubbard St., 312-828-0222. Upscale Chinese restaurant from the folks behind NIU, the under-appreciated sushi bar in Streeterville. ETA: Open now.

Seasons 52, 3 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-571-4752. A second Chicago-area location (the first is in Schaumburg) of this sophisticated, healthy-eating chain (all menu items 500 calories or fewer) opens in Oak Brook Center mall. ETA: Monday.

Tokyo 21, 1400 N. Wells St., 312-664-1900. The former Kamehachi moved a couple of blocks north, and the owners converted the space into a Japanese izakaya of cooked, small-plate dishes. ETA: Open now.

Two, 1132 W. Grand Ave., no phone yet. The people behind the successful Zak's in downtown Hinsdale will open a farm-to-table American restaurant in the space that once housed Black Sheep and May Street Market. Tom Van Lente will be chef. ETA: Midsummer.

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