8 of the Coolest New Restaurants and Businesses Around Chicago to Check Out Now

New in Town: 8 New Restaurants and Businesses in Chicago and Beyond (Walton Street Kitchen + Bar)

There’s never a shortage of things to do and places to eat around Chicago, and now there’s even more to add to your hit list. From baseball-themed craft cocktails and top-notch coffee and pastries to cutting-edge virtual reality experiences and a new pilates studio, these are just a few of the new restaurants and businesses that have opened recently (or are opening soon) in Chicago and the suburbs.


Walton Street Kitchen + Bar

912 N. State St., Chicago

New in Town (Chicago): Walton Street Kitchen + Bar
Potato Skins (Photo by Neil Burger.)

In September, restaurateurs Ryan and Anna O’Donnell (Ballyhoo Hospitality) and chefs Jon Keeley and Ji Yoon opened this “thoughtfully executed approach to the neighborhood restaurant and bar concept with refined yet unpretentious American-leaning fare.” Besides enjoying dishes like roasted king crab, 12-hour short rib, and lamb Wellington, diners will also find The Lounge below the restaurant. It’s the optimal spot to enjoy drinks in a cozy, library-like setting that seats just 18.

Tinker to Evers

3473 N. Clark St., Chicago

The Wrigleyville makeover continues with this baseball-themed craft cocktail lounge, which opened in October. As you wait for the start of another baseball season, snack on bacon and sea salt “Cracker Jack” popcorn and sip cocktails like The Ol’ 6-4-3 (George Dickel #8, St. George Spiced Pear, Meyer lemon) and Empress of the Blues (Yama Japanese Whiskey, Amontillado sherry, Drambuie, lavender syrup).

Lost Larson

5318 N. Clark St., Chicago

In Sweden, fika is the concept of taking a break over coffee and a treat to catch up with friends, both new and old. We don’t know about you, but we could use a little more fika in our lives, and this Andersonville bakery is the perfect place to take part. Opened by former Grace pastry chef Bobby Schaffer, Lost Larson offers croissants, cakes, breads, tarts, and sandwiches in addition to coffee and tea.

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee

5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg

New in Town (Chicago): Stan's Donuts
Photo courtesy of Stan’s Donuts.

This favorite destination for coffee, ice cream, and doughnuts like Glazed Old Fashion and Lemon Pistachio Old Fashioned opened its second suburban location (10th overall) at Woodfield Mall in September. Next time you’re planning to shop-till-you-drop, take a break from the racks with one of these delicious treats.


The House

682 Vernon Ave., Glencoe

Studying just got a whole lot cooler thanks to this “Soho House-style” luxury tutoring lounge in Glencoe. A members-only, Chicago Academic concept, The House features on-demand tutoring help; a library; a kitchen with snacks, beverages, and meals from Osteria Langhe chef Cameron Grant; and cool furniture and study spots.


Redline VR

4700 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago

New in Town (Chicago): Redline VR
Redline VR’s Pierced Navel features Leopold Bros. Rocky Mountain Peach Whiskey, juice, schnapps, Fee Brothers Peach Bitters, and topped with a sprig of thyme piercing a peach gummy. (Photo courtesy of Redline VR.)

The future is officially upon us with this virtual reality arcade and escape room — suitable for both newbies and pros — that’s opening soon. Even select drink orders come with VR headsets, so you can experience your cocktail being prepared in a whole new way.


Club Pilates Glenview

1442 Waukegan Road, Glenview

Get a jump start on your fitness-related resolutions at this Glenview Pilates club that opened in September. No matter your goals or your level of experience, you’ll find a class that’s right for you, from a CP Intro Class to CP F.I.T., CP Cardio Sculpt, CP Center + Balance, and more.

Gigi’s Closette

1029 Waukegan Road, Glenview

A staple in Glenview for more than 40 years, Gigi’s Closette has a new location on Waukegan Road. Stop by to see the new space and experience the store’s fresh concept: daily wear and special occasion dresses.

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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