From restaurants to fitness centers, there is no shortage of new businesses popping up all over Chicago and the North Shore. If you’re looking to continue supporting local restaurants during the pandemic, you can add the new Greek spot Andros Taverna into your rotation. For those interested in trying out a new workout routine, Vibez Fit is offering a Power Plate technique you may not have tried before. And, if spending more time at home has you rethinking the design of your living space, Rebel House has you covered with interior and exterior design.
Check out what’s new in town.
Food & Drink
Chicago Chef Doug Psaltis opened up his contemporary Greek restaurant in Logan Square this month. He is joined by Hsing Chen, a distinguished pastry chef who is also his wife, and Ryan and Anna O’Donnell, the husband and wife team behind Ballyhoo Hospitality to form Andros Restaurant Group. The menu is guided by the Mediterranean diet with quality vegetables and seafood and the dessert options feature remixed traditional sweets such as vanilla soufra and baklava frozen yogurt.
773-365-1900 | 2542 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
This virtual pop-up is bringing Detroit-style pizzas to the West Loop. Helmed by Chef Noah Zamler, a Michigan native, the pizzas are all created with a 5-year-old sourdough starter and shaped into the distinct square shape with a caramelized cheese crust. The menu is rounded out by a range of appetizers and sandwiches. Wine and cocktails are also available to go with a 2 for $20 special on cocktails. Dough Daddy’s is available exclusively for takeout and Grubhub delivery. Order here.
1134 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago
Margarita Challenger and Executive chef Jovanny Diaz have recently opened up a new space offering authentic Mexican food and margaritas. Complete with large seating areas, a bar and an outdoor patio, they offer indoor dining, take out and delivery. Order here.
847-242-0501 | 1003-1005 Green Bay Road, Winnetka
The little sister of the Lincoln Park tapas restaurant opened in River North. The menu will feature the classic dishes and sangria guests enjoy at the main location as well as new dishes such as Rioja-Braised Short Rib with manchego mashed potatoes. Lil’ Ba-Ba-Reeba! is open for dine-in, carryout and delivery through DoorDash. Make a reservation via Tock.
312-985-6909 | 441 N. Clark St., Chicago
When the space next to The Lucky Platter opened up, owner Derek Gaspar expanded to offer a small grocery option. Platter Pantry sells The Lucky Platter’s products like Apricot Cheese Flakeys as well as outside brands like Jeni’s ice cream. The products will change based on customer habits, but for now frozen family meals, grab and go sandwiches, snacks, pantry essentials and more will be available.
847-869-4064 | 514 Main St., Evanston
Health & Fitness
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Offering precise and innovative therapy for chronic pain, muscle stiffness and athletic injuries, Delos Therapy has opened their newest location in Winnetka. Using their proprietary 3-dimensional technique, they target fascia and knots for optimal muscle pliability and function, providing a unique solution to pain management.
312-600-7716 | 547 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka
Owned and operated by Dr. Daisy Mendez, Perspective Eyes is an independent medical optometry practice and optical boutique. They provide eye and vision care to patients of all ages, style glasses in a personalized way and provide contact lens fittings.
224-255-6450 | 548 Chestnut St., Winnetka
Studio Three’s newest location opened Feb. 15. Its fitness approach combines three disciplines — interval, yoga and cycle. During the pandemic, Studio Three has pivoted to maintaining safety for its members by reconfiguring the studios and has been awarded the WELL Health-Safety Rating. Register for class here.
312-638-9292 | 333 N. Green St., Chicago
This new fitness studio uses the Power Plate, a machine that uses harmonic vibration. It is supposed to help develop strength, muscle tone and definition in 30 minutes compared to longer workouts. They also say it increases calorie expenditure and blood circulation. Vibez Fit offers six types of classes to suit your preference. A single class is $30 and they also have memberships and class packs.
312-624-9473 | 664 N. Wells St., Chicago
Created by Christy Vegosen, The Jewelbox Dress Co. is designed for busy women in need of modern, wearable dresses. She aims to provide comfortable and versatile pieces, and her label includes dresses, skirts, t-shirts and more for adults and children in a variety of fabrics. The studio is open Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Shop online here.
725 Elm St., Winnetka
Known for its work on residential projects, Rebel House Design recently opened a location in Hubbard Woods. Specializing in couture environments, Rebel House tells a unique story with each of its designs. For inquiries about redesigning your space, see here.
773-661-966 | 1905 Green Bay Road, Winnetka
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Aliyah Armstrong is an intern at Better with a passion for arts and entertainment reporting. A senior in Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, she is also minoring in Sociological Studies. Aliyah supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Black Youth Project 100, an organization that aims to create justice and freedom for all Black people.