What's New in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Chattanooga area is continuously growing, offering new experiences and places to stay, eat, drink, and explore. Chattanooga was named as one of the 10 Friendliest Cities in the U.S., included on the Hot List of Where to Travel Next by Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, and recognized as The Hidden Gem of TN by TripAdvisor.  With so many new openings over the past few years, we want to make sure nothing is missed! Check out what’s new in Chattanooga from 2021-2022.

Getting Around

Free Electric Shuttle

The Free Electric Shuttle continues to grow and connect riders to all neighborhoods of Chattanooga. Recently, CARTA expanded their bus routes to include a NorthShore Shuttle and a St. Elmo/Incline Shuttle. (May 2021)  

Bike Chattanooga

Bike Chattanooga has seen tremendous growth throughout recent years and continues to add new bike stations throughout the city with e-bikes, transit shelters, and ADA accessibility improvements. (June 2021)  

Chattanooga Airport

Chattanooga Airport has improved its consumer experience by adding a new parking garage accommodating 1,300 more vehicles and all rental car activities and launched the CHA Art Space exhibit featuring the artwork of 18 different local and regional artists. In Summer 2022, the airport expanded its service with a nonstop route to Miami and began its $28 million expansion to add new gates, enlarge the security checkpoint, and bolster new and improved amenities for travelers to be complete in 2024. (2021-2024) 

Whip Chattanooga

Whip Chattanooga is a private chauffeur service offering rides in the downtown, NorthShore, and Southside districts in Chattanooga. Whip Chattanooga transports riders in all electric vehicles and is rentable by the hour. (May 2022)


Neighborhoods

Northshore District (Includes Frazier Ave., 2 North Shore, Riverview) 

Food & Drink 

Albatross Golf Sim & Bar | Be Caffeinated | Chattanooga Seafood Co. | Cherry Street Brewery | Frazier 5 & Dime | GOOD DOG (Reopened with new owner – See Rock City) | Co-op Frosé & Eatery | Milk & Honey (Reopened after renovations) | Real Roots Café | Rosecomb Bar | Tanasi Brewing Nanobrewery & Taproom | Zaya 1943 Korean Steakhouse  

Downtown District (Includes Riverfront, West Village, City Center

Food & Drink 

423 Taco | Agave & Rye | Burger Republic  | Cherry Street Tavern | Culture Coffee | Dawn Cafe (inside Bode Chattanooga) | Dusk Bar (inside Bode Chattanooga) | Easy Bistro (New Location) | Food Truck Alley | Fonda San Jose Mexican Restaurant (Opens 2022) | Forge Restaurant (inside Chattanoogan Hotel) | Goodfellas Pizzeria | JMac’s Wine Bar | Lil Mama’s Chicago Style HoagyNightpearl Bar (Inside the Dwell Hotel) | No Hard Feelings | Paloma Bar de Tapas (rooftop inside the Westin) | Peet’s Coffee Drive-Thru | Real Good Smokehouse | Six18 Restaurant and Lounge | Sleepyhead Coffee | Spice Trail | Up Down Coffee Bar | Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux  | Wooden City (Opens 2022)

Experiences 

  • Creative Discovery Museum opened its newly renovated exhibit, the TN Riverplay, featuring multiple water tables, enhancements to the three-story climbing structure, and more with a focus on Tennessee geography. The TN Riverplay is the first exhibit to be renovated as part of the museum’s capital campaign. (Opened March 2022)
  • Patten Parkway is under construction to create a pedestrian-focused space/square in heart of downtown Chattanooga featuring public art, bistro seating for restaurants and businesses, and a better space for festivals, concerts, and other events. (Construction began Aug. 2021) 
  • Tennessee Riverwalk completed its 25-mile loop connecting the city of Chattanooga from the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway to the lower Incline Railway station in St. Elmo.  (Opened 2022) 
  • Tivoli Theatre will undergo a major renovation and expansion to turn the theatre into a performing arts center. The Tivoli Center, next door to the theatre, was acquired and will add space for more bathrooms, ADA access, and space for educational opportunities. (Opens 2023) 

Temporary Exhibits

Hunter Museum of American Art:   

  • Enchanted – A History of Fantasy Illustration | May 20, 2022 – Sept. 5, 2022 
  • Washed Ashore – Art to Save the Sea | April 16 – Oct. 30, 2022

Tennessee Aquarium: 

  • Washed Ashore – Art to Save the Sea | April 16 – Oct. 30, 2022

Southside District (Includes Station St., Main St., Chattanooga Choo Choo) 

Food & Drink 

Amada Taps & Wine (Opens 2022) | The Barrel House Ballroom (Opens Sept. 2022) | Boneyard Bar | Exile off Main Street | Flaming Rooster | Fountainhead Taproom | Hello Monty | High Rail Chattanooga (rooftop bar inside The Chattanoogan Hotel) Pizza Bros  | Shady's Corner (Opens Summer 2022) | TailGate Brewery | | Whiskey Cowgirl (Opens 2022)

Experiences 

  • Chattanooga Selfie Museum features over 25 different selfie rooms and walls that bring a new level of fun to our city. From branding professionals, photographers, or just friends and family looking for fun, the museum is the most Instagramable place around. (Opened Oct. 2021) 
  • Market South is changing its food hall concept and will renovate half of the building to a music venue while offering daily food and drink in the current brewery and patio area. Five Wits Brewing will be renamed to Five Wits Table and Tap to offer bar favorites for lunch and dinner, with Egg Man Bagelry featuring New York-style bagels and a full coffee operation for breakfast. The music venue will be a 500-person indoor space with a balcony to host local and regional artists. (Opens 2022)  
  • Songbirds has reopened its doors with a reimagined experience. The new Songbirds is an interactive learning museum with STEAM-based exhibits that teach visitors of all ages about guitars and how guitars helped shape the history of music in Chattanooga. (Opened Sept. 2021) 

MLK DISTRICT (Includes MLK St., UTC area) 

Food & Drink 

The Big 9 Street Food | ODDStory Brewing Co. (New Location, Opens Summer 2022) | Peach Cobbler Factory | Calliope at PROOF, A Bar + Incubator (Opens Sept. 2022) | Slim & Husky’s Pizza Berria

Experiences 

  • Bessie Smith Cultural Center completed renovations and reopened to the public in June 2021 with new exhibits incorporating technology, interactive kiosks, and a children’s education corner to allow visitors to experience the center like never before. The museum’s newest exhibit “Chattanooga’s Black Soundtrack” exhibit is now open and highlights local artists, like Kane Brown and The Impressions. (July 2022)

Outlying Areas (Including Hamilton Place, Lookout Mountain, East Ridge, Hixson, and more

Food & Drink 

Blaze Pizza (Opens Fall 2022) | Big Chicken (Multiple Locations Opens 2023) | Cart & Seoul | Clever Ale House | The Creag at McLemore | Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (opens 2022) | Georgi’s Pizzeria | Giardino’s Italian Restaurant | Goodman Coffee Roasters | Little Coyote (Opens late 2022) | Monkey Town Brewing Company | Neighbor | Pizza Bros, East Ridge (Opens August 2022) | Scooter’s Coffee | Taco Mamacita (Opens 2023)  

Experiences   

  • Chattanooga Selfie Spot offers visitors of all ages a variety of carefully curated selfie stations to provide high-quality photos and memories. With their ever-changing decorative backgrounds, everyone will always enjoy new experiences on every visit. (Opened July 2021)  
  • The Lodge at Fall Creek Falls State Park is an 85-room hotel just one hour from Chattanooga, featuring conference space and a full-service restaurant. The lodge sits on one of Tennessee’s largest and most visited state parks encompassing more than 29,800 acres on the Cumberland Plateau and 56 miles of trails to be explored. (2022)  
  • Ruby Falls opens a new café in the attraction’s historic castle. The creation of the café involved restoring the first floor of the castle to reveal the original sizable limestone fireplace anchoring the northwest interior wall. The Castle Café is now open and offers seasonal options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and lighter fare along with iced and hot coffee, rotating selection of craft beer, and hard seltzer on eight taps from Chattanooga craft breweries. (Opened July 2022)
  • Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers the Homefront Tea Room, A Tea in the Depot Experience. Tickets include a 75-minute tea seating with a full high tea and menu choices from scones, macaroons, sandwich bites, and more and a 65-minute train ride along the Missionary Ridge to follow. Offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am starting on Sept. 17, 2022. (Sept. 2022)  
  • TN Wine Train, a two-hour-dining excursion, celebrates the adventures of yesteryear as you wine and dine with a three-course dinner and selected wines by Advanced Sommelier, John McCune. (Opened 2021)  
  • Woodcock Cove is 64 acres of protected undeveloped land with climbing on high-quality orange and tan sandstone. The remote property includes a mile of sandstone cliff line, from 30-90 feet tall, forest land, streams, important wildlife habitat, and outstanding scenic views. (Opened April 2021) 

Accommodations & Venues  

Accommodations 

Opening 2022-2024 

Event/Meeting Venues 

  • Gillman Event Venue | Downtown District in the West Village (Opened 2021) 
  • Mac Ave on McCallie | Downtown District (Opened 2021) 

New Events

Chattanooga Motorcar Festival + Mecum Auctions

Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car auctions, hosting auctions through the United States. In 2021, Mecum Auctions hosted its first auction in the south at the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival and will continue to participate in this annual event. (Oct. 2021) 

BlueCross Bowl

TSSAA BlueCross Bowl, Tennessee High School Football Championships, was hosted in Chattanooga at Finley Stadium in 2021 for the first time since 1978. Chattanooga won the bid to host the Bowl in 2021 and 2022. (Dec. 2021) 

Girls' Soccer State Championships

TSSAA Girls’ Soccer Championships, was hosted in Chattanooga in the fall of 2021 and will again in 2022. The championship matches will be held at CHI Memorial Stadium, home to Chattanooga’s professional soccer club team, the Chattanooga Red Wolves. (Oct 2021) 


Anniversaries

Read House Hotel - 150th Anniversary  

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway - 127th Anniversary 

Lodge Cast Iron - 125th Anniversary 

Tivoli Theatre - 101st Anniversary on March 19 

Ruby Falls - 94th Anniversary of the discovery of the falls on Dec. 30 

Rock City - 90th Anniversary on May 21 

Chattanooga Zoo - 85th Anniversary in Sept. 

Hunter Museum of American Art - 70th Anniversary  

Pickle Barrel - 40th Anniversary on March 1 

Tennessee Aquarium - 30th Anniversary on May 1 

Chattanooga Ghost Tours - 15th Anniversary in June

Chattanooga Whiskey - 10th Anniversary