• Kitchen Sink Cafe

Filter, the beloved Wicker Park coffee shop displaced by a Bank of America, is slated to reopen any day now in a new LEED-certified location at 1373 N. Milwaukee (773-904-7819).

On Monday another indie coffeehouse, Kitchen Sink Cafe, opened in Edgewater, offering Metropolis java and other locally sourced goods, including pastries from Bleeding Heart Bakery and Flourish and bagels from New York Bagel & Bialy.

On January 6 The Big Easy officially opened its doors in the space that since 1981 has housed five different restaurants (Orly’s, Jalapeno’s, a reconceptualized Orly’s, Hyde Park Barbeque & Bakery), all owned and run by David Shopiro. This time he’s brought in Hell’s Kitchen survivor Jennifer Gavin to oversee a New Orleans-style menu featuring dishes like shrimp and grits and fresh beignets.