New in Town: Wood-Fired Pizza in River North at Tree House, a Second Hometown Coffee & Juice Location, the Sable Hotel and More

Warmer weather is on its way and with it a whole slew of new Chicago and North Shore business openings and reopenings. From a trendy boutique in Evanston and a hot new hotel at Navy Pier to River North pizza from a chef whose resume includes Alinea, The Publican, and Soho House, here’s what is new in town around Chicago and the suburbs right now.

Food & Drink

Hometown Coffee & Juice

Hometown coffee and juice

Glencoe’s beloved cafe, Hometown Coffee & Juice, is opening a second location in nearby Winnetka this June. Known for their fresh ingredients and partnerships with several locally owned businesses, Hometown has become a staple for North Shore locals seeking the ultimate coffee shop experience. Their signature bagel melts, smoothie blends, and endless cups of La Colombe coffee have made Hometown a local hotspot for socializing. 

749 Elm St., Winnetka

Tree House

Calling all pizza lovers, River North’s reopened Tree House brings an inventive twist to modern Italian fare with a menu crafted by Executive Chef Marco Colin, who has worked at Alinea, The Publican and Soho House. The delectable wood-fired Neapolitan and Detroit pies are a fan favorite alongside the Italian-American highlights like truffle spaghetti and fresh burrata.

149 W Kinzie St., Chicago

Health & Fitness

Urban Athlete

urban athlete

From spin to yoga to boxing, Urban Athlete’s newest location in downtown Evanston is the place break a sweat. Build endurance and strength with the help of a variety of personal trainers. Ever flexible to your needs, studio memberships are paid month-to-month allowing you to test out group classes and additional personal training services.

1026 Davis St., Evanston

The Hot Room

If the summer heat is not enough, discover hot yoga and pilates classes with North Shore’s The Hot Room. With a range of classes from Hot Power Yoga to Inferno Hot Pilates, personalize your level of hot yoga with your fitness aspirations. Embrace your sweat and stretch with The Hot Room as you jumpstart your fitness journey this summer. 

1926 Waukegan Rd. Suite 1, Glenview


Madison Grace

Madison Grace

Downtown Evanston welcomes new boutique Madison Grace. Stocking fashionable apparel for a chic, effortless look for women of all ages, Angelica D’Costa and her stylists are committed to helping clients find the perfect pieces.

612 Davis St., Evanston

Casa Spazio

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With its new showroom in Winnetka, Casa Spazio offers a wide selection of modern Italian luxury furniture. From closet organization and the bedroom, to a refreshed dining or living room, expert design consultants are here to help you select and plan virtually, or in person. 

886 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka

Tennis Ballerz

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Ready to elevate your summer tennis game? Tennis Ballerz offers an extensive selection of leading-edge tennis equipment from major brands and also offers racquet stringing and regripping. The new Evanston location will include a hitting lane with a ball machine, so you can discover which racquet works best for you. With a staff of passionate tennis players, Tennis Ballerz has expertise in customizing high-quality racquets to your individual needs. 

Opening in Evanston


The Forester Hotel

the forester hotel chicago

Now open, the Forester Hotel offers a unique boutique-inspired experience from the Hyatt Place for those seeking a contemporary and chic lodging experience in Lake Forest. This up-and-coming hotel has been praised as a landmark achievement in the Lake Forest community for becoming the first hotel to open in the town within the past 92 years. Inspired by Lake Forest’s motto Love of Science and Nature, the Forester Hotel aims to be a crossroads where the town’s rich history and the hotel’s international legacy can meet. The Hyatt Place is dedicated to providing spacious guest rooms, amenities, and upscale, on-site dining at the Oaken Bistro + Bar

200 N Field Dr., Lake Forest

The Sable Hotel 

The Sable Hotel at Navy Pier is making waves this summer as the first hotel to be built “on top” of Lake Michigan. With lush accommodations, unparalleled views of the lake, and proximity to the buzz of Navy Pier, the Sable Hotel is the perfect staycation for Chicagoans. Head to the hotel’s Latin-inspired Lirica restaurant for a delicious dinner, late-night drinks at Navy Pier’s Offshore rooftop bar, or explore the endless attractions on the pier. 

900 E Grand Ave., Chicago

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