New in Town: The Latest Business Openings in Chicago and the Suburbs (Lago Wine Bar)

Lago Wine Bar (Photos courtesy of each business.)

From great wine and Korean-Italian fusion to another Peloton outpost and easy mall kid care so you can shop till you drop, these are latest new business openings we’re excited about in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.


Lago Wine Bar

New Chicago Businesses: Lago Wine Bar

This cozy Lakeview restaurant features a menu of light Italian tapas and pastas, as well as an extensive list of Italian vino. With dinner on weekdays, brunch on the weekends, and wine all week long, oenophiles will want to add this one to the rotation.

Beatrix Market

New Chicago Businesses: Beatrix Market

Photo by Christina Slaton.

Aside from standard-issue coffee bar and lunch items, this grab-and-go market — Lettuce Entertain You’s second Loop location, situated near DePaul’s campus — features a full-service bar, pizza counter, and private dining room.

Bar Biscay

This “Spanish brasserie” in West Town is from the team at the helm of Chicago’s mfk restaurant. Named after the coastal region that inspired its menu, it’s a chic, unique hybrid of Basque pinxto bar and French boîte.

Sleeping Village

The crew behind The Whistler in Logan Square is responsible for bringing this long-awaited music venue in Avondale — complete with outdoor seating and an impressive list of beer and cider — to fruition.


New Chicago Businesses: Passerotto

The first solo venture for former Snaggletooth co-owner Jennifer Kim, Andersonville’s Passerotto (Italian for “little sparrow”) will serve up authentic Korean dishes with Italian influences starting May 1 (the estimated open date). Diners will be encouraged to share plates, such as the Sulleontang Tortellini or the Seasonal Ssam.

TriBecca’s Cubano

From April to June of 2018, this pop-up restaurant from Honey Butter Fried Chicken will be stationed at Revival Food Hall in the Loop. Get in line for hot Cubano sandwiches slathered in its famous mustard butter.

For even more new restaurant openings, check out 18 more new Chicago restaurant openings dining editor Julie Chernoff says you need to try.


Gordon Salon

Already a favorite on the North Shore, this Lakeshore East salon is Gordon’s first Chicago location. Pop in for a wide variety of luxury hair and facial treatments in addition to eco-friendly Aveda products.



New Chicago Area Businesses: Peloton

Equipped with a screen that live-streams spin classes from the brand’s NYC studio, this award-winning exercise bike eliminates the need for a gym membership. Give one a test ride at the newest location, right at Old Orchard.


Finally, you can shop while your kids play at Old Orchard’s new drop-off daycare and activity center for children 3-12 years old. Want to squeeze in a workout? It’s conveniently located right next to SoulCycle.

New in Town is an ongoing bulletin on new businesses in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. To be considered for future listings, email [email protected]

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Macon BianucciMacon Bianucci is a student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is an intern at Make It Better for her final quarter at Northwestern, and she enjoys writing about social justice issues and politics. Macon is a longtime supporter of The Foundation For Tomorrow, a NGO in Tanzania that provides education and support for orphaned and vulnerable children.