Tuesday, January 1, 2008

In with the new . . .

Berry Chill is one of the hotly anticipated spots opening in 2008. (Photo: Yelp; Andrea W.)

As you’ve heard here often, there’s a bunch of openings on tap for ’08.

But wait. There’s even more!

For those waiting on a Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop to open, we’ve uncovered something even better. You’ll want to treat yourself to Berry Chill (635 N. State St., 312-640-0312) when it opens at the end of the month in River North. Owner and “yogurteur” Michael Farah is marketing this bright, late-night joint (open until 4am on weekends!) to the clubbing set with a daily menu of plain chilled yogurt, soy chilled yogurt (lactose-free) and rotating flavors that include pomegranate, mango and green tea. Also, more than a dozen fresh-fruit toppings will be available, including lychee, papaya and pineapple, as well as more than 20 dry toppings like granola, trail mix and cereals. Other Berry Chill offerings: BC Blasts, BC Smoothies, the Veggie Chill and the ChillWich.

Also, Roscoe Village’s Terragusto (1851 W. Addison St., 773-248-2777) had a banner first year in 2007 with its awesome handmade pastas and sauces. And now owner Theo Gilbert is currently working on opening a second location that’s likely to be identical to the popular Italian BYOB. No location has been disclosed yet.

And finally, get ready for even more buzz as the eco-conscious Dana Hotel and Spa (666 N. State St.) debuts this summer in River North. The sleekly modern boutique venue will house Vertigo, the sexy rooftop lounge; Sublime, a Japanese steakhouse/sake lounge; as well as a lobby sushi bar and sidewalk café.