Chicago's New & Notable 2023
There’s no denying the magic of a Chicago summer spent partying on the lake, dining al fresco, and drinking cold cocktails on a rooftop marveling at the skyline. But there’s still plenty to do and new openings to experience this winter. Don’t let the fear of cold weather hold you back from enjoying these notable additions to the Chicago social scene.
St. Regis Chicago
The St. Regis Chicago hotel is located in the city’s third-largest skyscraper overlooking the Chicago riverwalk, in a tower designed by architect Jeanne Gang. The interior is just as sleek as its exterior, with impeccably-decorated rooms and suites, and an entire wellness floor featuring a luxury spa; an athletic club filled with three rooms of workout equipment; and an indoor heated swimming pool. The hotel’s main restaurant, Miru, also tops Chicago’s “top new opening” lists, as Japanese cuisine fuses with local ingredients. The menu ranges from small plates such as sashimi, robata skewers, and tempura rolls, to “luxury” entrees including wagyu nigiri, otoro tartare with sea urchin, and coal-roasted king crab.
The Candlelight Concert series has quickly become a classic for Chicago music lovers. Hosted in iconic historical venues such as Stan Mansion, the Music Box Theatre, and the South Shore Cultural Center, they feature flickering candles and multisensory musical experiences. Upcoming themes include tributes to Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny, Nirvana, and Pink Floyd.
This new brasserie in Lincoln Park blends French favorites with Chicago classics in an art deco setting that features bright custom murals by local illustrator Angelo Dolojan. Founded by the team who brought the city Verve Wine, Argot aims to be sophisticated yet comforting. Traditional dishes such as French onion soup, steak frites, croque madame, and duck leg confit, are served alongside American-style twists, such as mushroom “escargot.” Of course, the wine list will satisfy any palate and every price point as it takes you on a tour of the French wine country one sip at a time.
Despite its intimidating name, Warlord describes itself as a relaxed dining experience focused on live fire, family, and friendship. The Avondale restaurant, which opened in June 2023 to a flurry of excitement despite the lack of PR fanfare, doesn’t take reservations and does not even share its menu on the sleek, black website. Founded by chefs Emily Kraszyk, John Lupton (of Kasama fame), and Trevor Fleming, the menu at Warlord changes every day, with favorites including scallops, swordfish, and dry-aged, cheese-less burgers.