New Businesses to Check Out in the South Loop

The South Loop is booming and there are new businesses opening at a rapid pace. It’s hard to keep up with them, so we’ve picked some of our favorites for you to check out. We’re highlighting three new restaurants plus a new fitness studio to help you work off those burgers and fried chicken.

It’s always sad when a neighborhood restaurant closes, but when it’s for a rebranding that makes it better than ever, that’s OK. The former Hackney’s will soon be Hax: Hops and Hamburgers, with a focus on (you guessed it) beer and burgers. They’ll still be making the beloved house-ground burgers they served before and will bake their own buns and make their own coleslaw, they’ll just have more of an emphasis on craft beers this time around. They’re expected to open in mid-July.

Harold’s Chicken Shack is a Chicago favorite with multiple locations. They’ve got a new storefront on South Michigan Avenue. Their specialty is fried chicken, and you can get a quarter or a half of either dark or white meat. You can also get gizzards, nuggets, and wing dinners. You can even get chicken livers. While you can call in your order, they fry it and bag it when you arrive so it doesn’t save you much time.

For a lighter meal, check out the new Poke & Roll. Like Harold’s, it’s counter-serve only. Their menu offers Hawaiian poke bowls with fresh fish, and they’ve got sushi burritos and rolls as well. What’s fun about poke is you build your own. You begin with a base and then choose your fish, toppings, and sauce, so you can make it something different every time.

After trying all of these great places to eat you’re going to want to burn a few calories. Fortunately, CycMode will be able to help with that. This futuristic cycling studio aims to take indoor cycling to the next level.

Keep your eyes peeled for these new spots, and when you visit, be sure to check in on Facebook and let us know.