CHICAGO RESTAURANT SCENE: OPENING THIS WEEK URBAN BURGER BAR, RACINE PLUMBING AND JUST OPENED EPIC SKY AND JAM.


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SKY HIGH. 

EPIC SKY
is this summer's answer to the vibe that begin last season on the Roof at the Wit Hotel.  Four stories up, with a decent view of the Chicago skyline, this full service restaurant and bar is the place to be on a beautiful summer eve.  You'll think you're in South Beach as you drink in the scene at this cabana ladened space. If you haven't gotten there yet, hurry before the winter winds will send you back inside to the Epic restaurant.  112 W. Hubbard St.  312 222 4940. 

BACK TO EARTH.

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This West Town BYO started out earlier this year as a breakfast and brunch spot, hence the name JAM.  Its popularity prompted owner Jerry Sugi to add dinner to the menu Wednesdays through Saturdays.  A big part of the attraction is chef Jeffrey Mauro's unique style that was well honed at Charlie Trotters and North Pond.   Eat indoors or outdoors in the sculpture garden occupied by an odd collection of bronze animals and rusted toy dump trucks. Cash only.  937 N. Damen Ave., 773 489 0302. 

OPENING TODAY.

Work out then head to RACINE PLUMBING for beer and burgers topped off with your choice of deep-fried Twinkies or Oreos.  Although, brand new, this spot is carries a history inspired by the owner's great grandfather who owned a Chicago plumbing company started in 1892.  With a fun and creative menu and a 50-strong brew list this sports pub should be a welcome addition to the Lincoln Park scene.  2642 N. Lincoln Ave. 773 871 1600.

OPENING FRIDAY JULY 30.

URBAN BURGER BAR offers a comfortable industrial-chic interior with exposed ducts and brick walls that will feature the work of local artists.  UBB promises hand-crafted burgers with fresh, high quality, local ingredients.  For the diet-conscious, there is an extensive selection of salads.  And for those just wanting to grab a beer, there is a choice of over 60 hand-crafted beers from the hottest craft breweries around Chicago and the country.  On the wagon, try one of UBB's hand-spun shakes for a real treat. 1578 N. Clybourn Avenue. 312 255 0055. 

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