Show Notes - West Loop Life Podcast

New Restaurants that have already opened Jan-June 2017 

Every week it seems a new restaurant is popping up in The West Loop.  Brian shares the run-down of what has opened in 2017 and what is slated to open later this year.  Let the stomach growling commence!

Proxi - 565 W. Randolph St. (Andrew Zimmern's Global Street Food)

Fulton Market Co. - 205 N Peoria St. (Gastropub)

BLVD - 817 W. Lake St (1950s Hollywood-glam restaurant and lounge)

Elske - 1350 W Randolph St (Fancy Danish American Tasting Menu)

La Josie - 740 W. Randolph St. (Elevated Authentic Mexican)

Ronero - 738 W. Randolph St (Caribbean, Central, and South American)

Esco Bar - Upstairs from Ronero (Rum Bar and Latin Music Club)

The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet - 736 W Randolph (Wine Bar and small plates)

WonFun and 2Fun - 905 W. Randolph (Chineese and upstairs lounge with Karaoke)

The Hive - 1111 W. Lake St (Speakeasy upstairs from Honey’s)

The Backdoor Saloon - 844 W. Randolph St (Speakeasy with Burlesque upstairs from Grange Hall Burger Bar)

Umami Burger - 945 W Randolph St

Kuma’s Corner - 852 West Fulton Market

Beatrix - 834 W. Fulton Market

DoRite Donuts - 181 N. Morgan

Shake Shack - 185 N. Morgan St 


New Restaurants in The Works

New Restaurants that will be opening later in 2017

FireFin Poke Shop - 177 N. Morgan St. at Lake

Honeygrow Stirfry - 183 N. Morgan St. at Lake

Regards To Edith - 1000 Fulton (Google Building)

Prairie School Bar - 326 N. Morgan  (Connected to Regards to Edith)

City Mouse - 311 N. Morgan (Inside Ace Hotel)

Limitless Coffee Shop - 219 N. Green St

Bonci Roman Pizzeria - 161 N. Sangamon St

Nancy’s Stuffed Pizza - 1000 W. Washington

Jet’s Detroit Style Pizza - 1025 W. Madison Ave

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams - 911 W Randolph

Time Out Market Food Court - Fulton Market and Sangamon St.



  • Thursday Wine Tastings - Madison Vine Wines - 1340 W. MADISON ST, CHICAGO, IL 312.526.3857.  Thursday Wine Tastings 6-8pm and Tuesday Beer Tastings

  • Thursday Wine Tastings - Macello - 1235 West lake St, Chicago, 312-850-9870  Thursday Complimentary Wine Tasting. Each week will be pourings from a select region of Italy.  Hours: 5:30-7:00pm and Happy Hour Tues & Wed 3-6pm 1/2 price apps and Rose'

  • VIA ride sharing - promo code brian6j6b, for $10 of free rides.

  • Park Yoga every Saturday - FREE YOGA - Grab your mat and a friend and head to Mary Bartelme Park (Sangamon and Monroe) every Saturday through Labor Day at 8am for a free yoga class in the park.  Bare Feet Power Yoga.  Bonus - Arrive early for a free 15 minute meditation at 7:30am.  No sign up required!

  • Underground concerts in intimate venues.  Skip the SOFAR waitlist using Promo Code: WESTLOOPLIFE-7265F  for guaranteed access to ticket sales.