New places to eat and drink in 2022

Anyone who has a New Year’s resolution to try new restaurants and bars will have many choices in the Chicago suburbs by 2022. Lots of proven locations are making franchise expansions, more breweries are on the way, plus some original eateries are also in the mix.

Here is a small selection of places to keep an eye on the food and drink horizon:

Renovation stations


Des Pizza, a restaurant serving wood-fired pizzas, is set to open in 2022 on the first floor of the newly reopened Des Plaines Theater at 1476 Miner St.

Des Pizza, a restaurant serving wood-fired pizzas, is set to open in 2022 on the first floor of the newly reopened Des Plaines Theater at 1476 Miner St.
– Lent by Onesti Entertainment

Bourbon ‘N Brass Speakeasy and Des Pizza – In 2021, Arcada Theaters’ president and CEO Ron Onesti expanded his local entertainment empire with the renovated Des Plaines Theater, which reopened in late October. Like his flagship St. Charles’ venue, the Des Plaines Theater must have its own eateries. Opening later this year on the ground floor is Des Pizza, which is billed as “A wood-fired pizza experience with Rock ‘N Roll flair.” And to reflect the theatre’s art deco origins, a 1920s-style Bourbon ‘N Brass Speakeasy will feature craft cocktails and a rare whiskey collection. Both businesses are at 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines. Call (630) 962-7000 or visit desplainestheatre.com.



Bartlett restaurateur Rakesh Chopra explains his plans to transform a nearly 120-year-old historic barn into Le P'tit, a tapas eatery and wine bar he hopes to open next spring.

Bartlett restaurateur Rakesh Chopra explains his plans to transform a nearly 120-year-old historic barn into Le P’tit, a tapas eatery and wine bar he hopes to open next spring.
– Alexa Jurado | Staff photographer, 2021

that P’tit – Restaurateur Rakesh Chopra, already known for the Bartlett crepe and tapas restaurant Bovino Lounge (formerly D’licious), is in the process of transforming a historic 1882 Bartlett barn into a new restaurant and bar. Le P’tit will serve French and Spanish cuisine near Banbury Fair, 211 W. Railroad Ave., Bartlett. Keep an eye out for future news about Le P’tit on Bovino’s website at bonvinolounge.com.

Elmhurst Hall – Tom Trenta, who lives in Elmhurst, and his team of veterans from the hospitality industry are transforming the former 24,000-square-foot space in Fitz’s Spare Keys at 119 N. York into a concert hall with dining and drinking options. A planned restaurant will be called Kindred, focusing on Midwestern cuisine. The bar is tentatively titled Ever Onward, and will feature tough seltzers, local craft beers and more. For details on this Elmhurst project, visit allroadsleadtoelmhurst.com.

What is brewing?


James Bigler on the left, Bruce Etzcorn in the middle and Joe Chura on the right open Go Brewing in Naperville.

James Bigler on the left, Bruce Etzcorn in the middle and Joe Chura on the right open Go Brewing in Naperville.
– Lent by Go Brewing

GO Brewing – The state’s first non-alcoholic and non-alcoholic brewery is already gaining media attention. Under the leadership of chief brewer James Bigler, GO Brewing is set to offer “good-tasting beer” without having to worry about “the health and wellness impact of consuming an alcohol-centric product.” GO Brewing plans to take over the former Naperville room with 2 Fools Cider at 1665 Quincy Ave. Keep an eye on the opening plans at gobrewing.com.



Tonality Brewing Company plans to relocate to the former Mundelein Countryside Fire Department building at 169 N. Seymour Ave.

Tonality Brewing Company plans to relocate to the former Mundelein Countryside Fire Department building at 169 N. Seymour Ave.
– Paul Valade | Staff photographer

Tonality Brewery company – A former fire station built in the 1940s is the proposed home of a new Mundelein brewery and eatery at 169 N. Seymour Ave. Right now, there is no official website, though a Facebook page shows branded hoodies and fire station-inspired decorative plants on facebook.com/TonalityBrewing.

District Breweries – The popular West Chicago restaurant and bar, which famously has four breweries under one roof, is eyeing a suburban expansion in Wheeling. District Brew Yards is seeking to take over the former Ram Restaurant & Brewery building at 700 N. Milwaukee Ave. At District Brew Yards, customers are allowed to pour their own beer and are paid per. So only people 21 years and older are allowed. Keep an eye out for updates at districtbrewyards.com.

Skeleton Key Brewery & Taproom – This family-owned Woodridge brewery was badly damaged by the tornado that landed on June 20, 2021. Skeleton Key is in the process of rebuilding, so be sure to help it rise like a phoenix when it’s all up. drive again at 8102 Lemont Road in the new year. Stay updated at skeletonkeybrewery.com.


JoJo's ShakeBAR plans to open in 2022 in Naperville with its menu of detailed accessories.

JoJo’s ShakeBAR plans to open in 2022 in Naperville with its menu of detailed accessories.
– Lent by JoJo’s ShakeBAR

Franchise fun

Jojo’s ShakeBAR – Sweet and savory pampering fills the menu at this restaurant, which is famous for its exaggerated milkshakes and comfort food favorites. After two locations in Chicago, Jojo’s ShakeBAR is poised to open a suburban location on 5 Jackson Ave. in the heart of downtown Naperville. jojosshakebar.com.

Little Cheval – This popular fast-paced restaurant has three Chicago locations known for burgers, shakes, cask cocktails and beer. Small Cheval’s first suburban location will be in Rosemont. The parent company Hogsalt Hospitality has announced that it will transform the former George and Georgetti at 9421 W. Higgins Road into a 4,500-square-foot restaurant with a retractable roof, a drive-through and pickup lanes. For updates, visit smallcheval.com.

Yus mandarin – The owners of this local Chinese kitchen chain are hoping to add Wheeling to their portfolio. The former location of the Golden Chef at 600 S. Milwaukee Ave. could join the ranks of Yu’s Mandarin restaurants already in Schaumburg and Vernon Hills. Visit yusrestaurant.com for further updates.

Siena Bar – This Italian-American restaurant in Chicago’s West Loop is looking at a spring expansion to the Westfield Old Orchard Mall in Skokie. This suburban sister to Bar Siena is to have an interior of 8,500 square meters plus two expansive terraces. Keep an eye out for expansion plans at barsiena.com.

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