Chicago flies its foodie flag proudly. Michelin-starred restaurants, food festivals and the James Beard Foundation Awards are as much a part of the city’s landscape as the skyscrapers. And every year, dozens of exciting new restaurants are added to an already-booming culinary scene. Here’s a look at some of the most anticipated restaurant openings for 2019.



Power couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic plan to unveil their dramatic, dual-concept restaurant, RPM on The Water, in the summer of 2019. An expansion of their RPM Italian and RPM Steak locations, the new location will actually house two restaurants. RPM on the Water will likely be fine dining with a seafood focus and feature a 100-seat riverside patio. The second space will reportedly become a more casual cafe or wine bar. The restaurant, located at 321 N. Clark St., will be accessible from the Chicago Riverwalk and also include a 300-person private event space.