Gastro-Lounge Sable Kitchen & Bar (505 N. State St., 312-755-9704) sits adjacent to the just-opened Hotel Palomar Chicago, tempting with cool, inventive cocktails and plates brimming with local ingredients. Another must-see newcomer is Deca Restaurant & Bar inside the Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson St., 312-266-1000). The Park Hyatt Chicago’s NoMI (800 N. Michigan Ave., 312-239-4030) features executive chef Christophe David’s delectable French cuisine in three settings: a lounge, an outdoor terrace and fine dining inside the restaurant. Within the chic Elysian hotel, two restaurants celebrate openings: Euro-bistro Balsan and the more posh, seafood-focused Ria (11 E. Walton St., 312-646-1400; 312-880-4400). Visit The Whiskey Bar & Grill (21 E. Bellevue Pl., 312-475-0300) in The Sutton Place Hotel for its new comfort food-focused menu.
Seasons Restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (120 E. Delaware Pl., 312-649- 2349) is set in a lavish space boasting a seasonal, French-inspired menu (and a popular tea time). You’ll also find a fresh, market-minded meal at Hotel Felix’s Elate Restaurant (111 W. Huron St., 312-202-9900). Check out chef Jose Garces’ revered Catalan-inspired cuisine at Mercat a la Planxa in the Blackstone Renaissance Chicago Hotel (638 S. Michigan Ave., 312-765-0524). And order up the kung pao prawns and XO lobster and enjoy the breeze on the outside terrace at Shanghai Terrace in The Peninsula Chicago (108 E. Superior St., 312-573-6695).