Chicago said goodbye to a lot of restaurants in 2016. Some were long-time staples in the city (like Parthenon in Greektown, and the world-famous Cape Cod Room at the Drake Hotel) but were forced to close their doors recently. Others were stars that shone too bright and were shuttered within months, like the Cantina 1910 in Andersonville. Yet new places to wine and dine pop up every year, and 2017 is no different. But will they enjoy extended lifespans? Or will they burn out faster than hoped?
Morning Shift talks to Catherine De Orio, host of WTTW’s Check Please, and Michael Roper, owner of Chicago restaurant Hopleaf.’