Two acclaimed Chicago chefs return, downtown gets an upscale Greek restaurant, and a massive food hall will debut

If Chicagoans blinked, they may have missed summer, but at least there’s plenty of fall restaurants to get excited about. The fall 2019 batch of the city’s most anticipated restaurants includes several homecomings. For example, acclaimed chef Paul Virant is opening his first Chicago restaurant since Perennial Virant closed in 2017. Moody Tongue Brewing is prepping to open a new fine dining location after closing its Pilsen brewpub. Carlos Gaytán, a pioneering Mexican chef, is opening a downtown restaurant after closing Mexique last year in West Town. And just when food hall fatigue has set in, the Time Out Market arrives. The Fulton Market food hall should be Chicago’s fourth food hall to open in 2019.

Check out the fall preview of the most anticipated Chicago restaurants of the season below. Entries are listed alphabetically.

RPM on the Water

Address: 317 N. Clark Street, River North

Key Players: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Doug Psaltis, Bill and Giuliana Rancic

Lettuce Entertain You opened its fancy riverfront property in August when it unveiled Pizzeria Portofino. But pizza alone won’t pay the bills in downtown Chicago. Enter RPM on the Water, the seafood spinoff of RPM Italian and RPM Steak. Those restaurants were collaborations between Lettuce and Bill and Giuliana Rancic (of Apprentice and E! fame). RPM restaurants are a bit of a scene with specials inspired by international food trends. Expect a similar approach to seafood with Chicago River views. The ETA on RPM on the Water is November, according to a rep.