New in Town: Restaurants, Shops, and the Coolest Doctor’s Office We’ve Ever Seen

From must-visit restaurants to a unique doctor’s office you have to see to believe, here are some of the Chicago area’s best new businesses.


The Smith

400 N. Clark St., Chicago

The Smith in Chicago
Photo courtesy of The Smith.

With locations in New York and Washington D.C., The Smith has now opened a new Chicago restaurant, which features favorite dishes like Smitty’s Spicy Fried Chicken and Ricotta Gnocchi as well as new items like cast-iron cooked pizza and yeasted doughnuts. The weekly happy hour menu also includes $1 oysters, snacks, and drinks. “We approach every day as an opportunity to make someone’s day, whether that’s with crave-worthy food, welcoming hospitality, or a supportive, positive place to work,” says founder Jeff Lefcourt.

Sweet Home Gelato

617 Central Ave., Highland Park

This independent and family-owned company opened its Downtown Highland Park location in April and serves gelato and sorbet in flavors like sea salt caramel, pistachio, dark chocolate, and roasted almond using ingredients imported from Italy. You’ll also find an integrated coffee service and specialty drinks like Affogatos and Granitas. Plus, Sweet Home Gelato’s authentic Italian gelato carts can bring treats to your next event.

SX Sky Bar

808 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

SX Sky Bar in Chicago
Photo by Kailley Lindman.

Chef de Cuisine Christopher Suzuki is serving up Californian and Asian flavors at this new restaurant, lounge, and nightclub from Hotel Essex. Dine on Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps, Kentucky Fried Cauliflower, Duck Confit Carnitas, and Baja Fish Tacos, as well as sushi like Tuna Tataki and Scallop Tiradito before dancing the night away.

For even more new restaurants you need to try, check out The Best New Restaurants in Chicago Right Now.


Exchange 312

1714 W. Division, Chicago

Exchange 312 in Chicago
Photo courtesy of Exchange 312.

Host your next event at the recently opened Exchange 312, featuring 2,550 square feet of open floor plan that’s fully customizable for groups up to 150. Amenities include modern design, a built-in bar, HiFi Sonos sound system, on-site event liaison, and more. Exchange 312 will also house The Collective at Exchange, a network of entrepreneurs from various fields.


The Clark

5346 N. Clark St., Chicago

The Clark in Andersonville, Chicago
Photo courtesy of The Clark.

You’ve never gone to the doctor like this. Swedish Covenant Health opened The Clark, a primary care medical practice, in February. Services include OB/GYN, Internal Medicine, and Integrative and Functional Medicine in a private club-like setting. Patients can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and fruit-infused waters in the lounge waiting area with free WiFi, and The Clark also offers concierge check-in services.


Jill Alberts Jewelry

311 Park Ave., Glencoe

Jewelry designer Jill Alberts opened her new store on May 1 to showcase her own jewelry alongside handcrafted pieces from other artists. Alberts will continue to offer custom jewelry and repurposing. “Moving to Glencoe where I live is a natural expansion of my brand and what I do,” Alberts says. “This was not only a practical move but also an evolution of the concept. The new space will allow for more events, trunk shows, and a wider selection of jewelry, accessories, and home decor.”

Lost Girls Vintage

1947 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago

Six years ago, Sarah Azzouzi and Kyla Embrey founded Lost Girls Vintage, operating out of a 1976 Dodge RV Camper (“Winnie”) and at pop-ups around Chicago. Now, the two owners have opened their first brick-and-mortar store. Stop by to shop vintage clothes in sizes 00 to 26, homegoods, jewelry, beauty products, and plants.


New in Town is an ongoing bulletin on new businesses in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. To be considered for future listings, email

Anna Carlson writes the weekly Weekend 101 column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine, and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital





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