New in Town: Exciting New Business Openings in Chicago and the Suburbs

New in Town (Chicago): Bellemore

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Located in the West Loop, Bellemore is the latest restaurant from Boka Group and former Bohemian House chef Jimmy Papadopoulos, who’s crafted a menu of French classics with an American twist.

The Draft Room

New in Town (Chicago): The Draft Room
Photo courtesy of Village of Rosemont.

A riff on the traditional sports bar, The Draft Room has 40 beers on tap and a 75-foot-long bar. Taking over the restaurant section of Kings Dining & Entertainment in Rosemont, it’s the ultimate game-day location.

The Esquire Champagne Room

Tucked inside Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, The Esquire Champagne Room — which made its big debut on New Year’s Eve — boasts an extensive list of 50 champagnes and over 1,700 wines.


This January, the restaurant will open its second location in the South Loop. With a seafood-focused menu (think boil-in-a-bag crawfish) and backyard-like environment, it’s a hangout spot like no other.


Stephan Gillanders left his position as executive chef at Intro Chicago (now closed) to open S.K.Y., his first restaurant. Located in Pilsen, it dishes out American cuisine with global influences.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ first Midwest outpost has opened in the lobby of Fulton Market’s Ace Hotel. The café features a range of drinks and pastries, and vegan and gluten-free items are coming soon.


Deka Lash Studio

Following the success of its Glenview locale, Deka Lash Studio is opening a second spot in Lake Forest this January.


Chicago Magic Lounge

New in Town: Chicago Magic Lounge
Eric Jones (Photo courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates.)

This February, The Chicago Magic Lounge is moving from its Uptown Underground location to a new space in Andersonville. Known for tableside magic, it’s the perfect spot for an out-of-the-box date night.


The North Face

Just in time for winter, the popular outdoor apparel company The North Face has opened a new location on Damen Avenue in the Bucktown neighborhood. stores.

Simply Luxe No. 2

Simply Luxe Bridal recognizes the significance of finding “the one.” Operating by appointment only, the new Highland Park boutique provides an intimate, personalized experience.

Health & Wellness

The Well North Shore

This meeting and event space opened on Jan. 2 and offers a place for health, well-being, spirituality, and career professionals to work and individuals to find resources, take classes, and more.


Avery Hansen recently graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she studied journalism and fashion media. During her time at SMU she was published in the school’s newspaper, The Daily Campus, as well as Beyond the Boulevard and HerCampus. When Avery is not writing, she is playing with her pug, Emmy, or cheering on the Blackhawks at the United Center. She is a proud supporter of PAWS Chicago.