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Wicker Park, Bucktown 2014 Restautant Openings On Our Radar

As always, there are so many new restaurants opening in the neighborhood So here's the scoop on what we know and when they're opening:


5411 Empanadas -It's anyone's guess when they're opening... but it will be soon. The new sign is up and they've got a ready-made promotion in the works for the first 50 customers. We'll keep you posted. Location: 2045 W. North Avenue.


Bee & Tea -  Wicker Park's new bobo tea and bao shop is planning to open this month at 1843 W. North Avenue. They'll be serving the Taiwanese milk tea beverages with a variety of flavors and toppings plus sandwiches.


Big Star - One Off Hospitality - Last year we reported that Big Star is, in fact, getting bigger; expanding into the neighboring parking lot. The real estate and Cipolina space (1543 and 1545 N. Damen Avenue) were also quickly secured by Paul Kahan & team which is located directly next to Big Star and a brand new eatery called Dove's Luncheonette will be opening there in mid-August. The new space will be a "sister" to Big Star and is described as a breakfast/brunch Soul Food and Mexican restaurant according to their facebook page. Big Star's takeout area will also be moved to this location.


Cheesie's Pub & Grub - Voted the best grilled cheese in America, Cheesie's is opening a second location in Wicker Park this year at 1365 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The opening was originally planned for this past Spring but weather and construction delays have pushed this opening back. They're also opening a bar called Whiskey Business which will feature a poutine bar. A rooftop deck was also included in the original plan. We will keep you posted.


Intelligentsia- Originally planned to open in October 2013, Intelligentsia is opening their doors at 1609 W. Division Street at long last on July 17th. In addition to coffee you'll find taps for draft iced coffee, sparkling tea, beer and cider. PNC will be joining them in the space closing up their branch across from Big Star in September.


Roxie's Roadside Refresher - The former Cafe Con Leche space at 1732 N. Milwaukee Avenue is being transformed slowly but surely into a pizzeria by owner and restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff and will dish out pizza-by-the-slice. Target opening for this new Bucktown eatery is August.


Tamale Spaceship - Tamale Spaceship opened their doors this week in the former location of Gratto at 1341 N. Damen Avenue. Not in the mood to wait at Big Star? Tamale Spaceship is a block away and they're serving wraps, tamales (of course), tacos and more. 


XOCO Wicker Park - Rick Bayless' new eatery in the former Salud space at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue originally targeted a Spring opening but Eater Chicago reports the highly anticipated restaurant will open their doors early this Summer...which means very soon.

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