Cards Against Humanity deals itself into the restaurant world and more to look forward to

Chicago’s new restaurant outlook for this winter offers variety and some unlikely surprises. The city’s iconic Willis Tower is in the midst of a major renovation which has already begot a few new food options. A tourist attraction opening new restaurants to capitalize on crowds isn’t surprising, but winter 2020 will also bring an improbable debut: the entrepreneurs behind Cards Against Humanity are opening their own cafe.

A second surprise comes from Pilsen and its upcoming concert venue, Radius. It will feature a full-service restaurant and bar, and it’s the only project on the list south of Roosevelt Road. A pair of delayed projects that have appeared on previous previews — RPM Seafood and Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar — also should debut soon, according to reps.

Read on below for winter’s most anticipated restaurant openings. The list is sorted alphabetically.

RPM Seafood

Address: 317 N. Clark Street, River North

Key players: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Bill and Giuliana Rancic

The main component of an ambitious project along the Chicago River, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises plans on opening the new seafood restaurant in January. There’s a bit of an unknown with the controversial departure of chef/partner Doug Psaltis, but it appears construction is the culprit behind the delay. Pizzeria Portofino opened in August inside the riverside building. A private event space, RPM on the Water, opened in the fall. For those wanting a sneak peek, Lettuce Entertain You is offering a New Year’s Eve event where attendees can watch fireworks off the restaurant’s private terrace. Celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic — also partners in the RPM restaurants — will be in attendance. RPM Seafood should open in mid- to late-January, according to a LEYE rep.