Chilam Balam’s Natalie Oswald Opens Shaman in West Town

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We haven’t heard much about Chuy Valencia since the Top Cheftestant left Chilam Balam to work on a cookbook and eventually open a diner, but his successor, Natalie Oswald, has apparently been busy. Dish reported that last night marked the opening of Shaman, at 1438 W. Chicago, which is basically Chilam Balam (small plates Mexican, cash only) in a more regular space than Chilam’s romantic little basement and, like Chilam Balam, BYO and cash only. The menu will be similar but only a few dishes will actually overlap; Oswald will continue running both restaurants. [Dish]

Previously: Natalie Oswald On Following a Top Cheftestant at Chilam Balam