New in Town: José Andrés’ First Chicago Restaurant, ‘Comfort Desserts Reimagined’ in Evanston, Interior Design Help by the Hour, and More

From a world-famous chef’s first Chicago outpost and new spots for tea and dessert in Evanston to an innovative approach to home design and a must-visit boutique, here are some of our favorite new local businesses in Chicago and the North Shore.

Dining

Happy Lemon

Cool down this summer with a bubble tea from Happy Lemon’s new Evanston location. They offer a wide selection of drinks, including a fresh lemon series, fruit tea series, and fruit smoothie series. Be sure to pair your favorite beverage with one of their incredible bubble waffles!

1607 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Comfort Desserts Reimagined

One Piece Four Chocolates Bread Pudding

At age 70, Harith Razaa has opened the bakery he’s always dreamed of running. “Comfort Desserts Reimagined sells five types of dessert: pie, bread pudding, sheet cake, trifle, and cobbler,” which Razaa takes to the next level in the form of a wonderful hummingbird cake, blackberry goat cheese bread pudding, key lime pie, passion fruit pie and more.

517 Dempster St., Evanston

Jaleo

Jaleo’s Margarita Donistarra

Serving tapas, paellas, sangrias, and more, Jaleo brings world-renowned chef José Andrés’ innovative Spanish cuisine to Chicago. The restaurant first opened in Washington D.C. in 1993, and this new River North location is Jaleo’s fifth location, with a sixth on its way to Dubai. “In Spanish, Jaleo means revelry—a lively celebration—and with the bustling excitement of River North, I cannot think of a better neighborhood to be opening in!” Andrés said. Jaleo is the first of several Chicago dining concepts Andrés has in the works.

500 N. Clark St., Chicago

Shopping

Hudson Grace

Inside Glencoe’s Hudson Grace

Co-founded in San Francisco by best friends Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton, Hudson Grace has established a national reputation for inspired, modern home and entertaining essentials. The first Midwest outpost, now open in Glencoe, features a signature array of serveware, dinnerware, glassware, flatware, linens, and candles.

339 Park Ave., Glencoe

Alice & Wonder

Founder Ali Reff in Alice & Wonder’s new Southport location. Photo by Wittefini.

Naperville native Ali Reff (aka Alice) founded Alice & Wonder in 2015 after deciding that shopping for budget-friendly style shouldn’t be so hard to find. The new location on bustling Southport brings Ali’s expertly curated collection of on-trend dresses, accessories and “Sweet Home Chicago” style to Lakeview.

3542 N. Southport Ave., Chicago

Design

The Finish

Courtesy of The Finish

The Finish is bringing a la carte interior design services to the Chicago area with consultations offered both virtually and in person for as little—or as much time—as you need. Bookable by the hour, designers will work with the clients to solve specific problems in their home, from choosing paint colors and arranging furniture to selecting artwork for a blank wall.


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Alexa Weinberg is a summer intern for the editorial staff at Better. She is currently working toward a Cognitive Science and Psychology degree at the University of Michigan with a minor in Writing. At school, she works to promote her love of writing through various organizations, including Project WriteOn and WOLV-TV. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.