What's New in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Chattanooga area is continuously growing, offering new experiences and places to stay, eat, drink, and explore. Chattanooga has been named to the 2021 Hot List of Where to Travel Next, The Hidden Gem of TN, and one of 10 Friendliest Cities in 2020.

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 2020-2022.  

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)  

Nooga Shuttles

Nooga Shuttles offers transportation to meetings, restaurants, events, and more while in Chattanooga and expanded to include trips to/from airports in Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Huntsville as well as. (2019) 

Chattanooga Airport

Chattanooga Airportbecame the first and only U.S. airport powered by 100 percent solar energy with a 2.74-megawatt solar farm consisting of over 9,000 solar panels and battery storage technology that allows the system to run off the grid. Additionally, the 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. Beginning on May 7, 2022, the airport will be expanding its service with a nonstop route to Miami. (July 2021)  


Neighborhoods

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

Food & Drink 

Be Caffeinated | Chattanooga Seafood Co. | Cherry Street Brewery | Frazier 5 & Dime | GOOD DOG (Reopened with new owner – See Rock City) | Milk & Honey (Newly Renovated, Re-opening Feb. 2022) | Real Roots Café | Rosecomb Bar | Starbucks @ 10 North Shore | Tanasi Brewing Nanobrewery & Taproom | Zaya 1943 Korean Steakhouse  

Experiences 

Boxcar General Store gives visitors a chance to step back in time and remember the simpler times. This old timely train-themed general store features a wide selection of nostalgic candy, classic toys and southern goods. (Opened July 2020) 

Downtown District (Includes Riverfront, West Village, City Center

Food & Drink 

423 Taco | Agave & Rye | Burger Republic (Opens 2022) | Cherry Street Tavern | Culture Coffee | Dusk (inside Bode Chattanooga; Opens Summer 2022) | Easy Bistro (New Location) | Food Truck Alley | Forge Restaurant (within 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 | Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux  

Experiences 

  • Bobby Stone Film Series, presented by the West Village, continues to bring the very best in cinema magic to the Tivoli Theatre with regular screenings of beloved classics like Back to The Future and Jurassic Park, as well as exciting new releases.  (Series began Oct. 2020)
  • Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center offers immersive exhibits that share powerful stories of patriotism, courage, and sacrifice, the history of our nation’s highest military honor, and inspire the next generation of heroes. (Opened Feb. 2020) 
  • Chattanooga Zoo expanded its offerings with completing the first phase of its African Expansion. This expansion brought giraffe to Chattanooga, along with other African species including blue duikers, violet turacos, and superb starlings. (Opened May 2020) 
  • Moonlight Roller provides skate rentals at various locations and events around Chattanooga in addition to its skate shop storefront downtown on Cherry Street. Owner Adrienne Cooper was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in 2021. (Opened Feb. 2019)  
  • 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 will soon be complete, creating a 25-mile loop connecting the city of Chattanooga from the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway to the lower Incline Railway station in St. Elmo.  (Opening 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:   

  • Ashley V. Blalock – Bridging the Hunter | Jan. 8, 2022 – July 11, 2022 
  • Beyond the Frame – Celebrating 70 Years of Collecting | Jan. 28, 2022 – May 1, 2022 
  • Enchanted – A History of Fantasy Illustration | May 20, 2022 – Sept. 5, 2022 

River Gallery: 

  • James Conner | March 1 – April 30, 2022 
  • Mitch Yung | March 1 – April 30, 2022 

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

Food & Drink 

Boneyard Bar | Exile off Main Street | Flaming Rooster | Fountainhead Taproom| Heaven & Ale Brewing Company (New Location) | Hello Monty | High Rail Chattanooga (rooftop bar inside The Chattanoogan Hotel) |Nic & Norman's | Pizza Bros  | Shady's Corner (Opens Summer 2022) | TailGate Brewery (Opens Summer 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 Summer 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) 
  • Yellow Racket Records, a local indie record label, opened a 2,000 square foot record store that carries new and used vinyl records from independent and major labels as well as music merchandise. (Opened Aug. 2020) 

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 | PROOF, A Bar + Incubator | Slim & Husky’s Pizza Berria (Opens Spring 2022) 

Experiences 

  • Bessie Smith Cultural Center completed renovations and reopened to the public with exhibits incorporating new technology, interactive kiosks, and a children’s education corner to allow visitors to experience the center like never before. (Opened June 2021) 
  • Keeody Art Gallery, a newly formed collaboration of giftings, is the brainchild of international artists and creative couple, Keelah Jackson-Harris and Jody Harris (lending to the moniker "Keeody"). Keeody Art openly offers art, love and soul to the public in the form of inspired and original mixed-media compositions. (Opened Nov. 2019) 

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

Food & Drink 

Cart & Seoul | The Creag at McLemore | Giardino’s Italian Restaurant | Goodman Coffee Roasters | Neighbor (Opens 2022) | Scooter’s Coffee | Taco Mamacita (Opens 2023)  

Experiences 

  • Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club completed the beginning phase of constructing a gameday destination with the opening of its stadium. Development of the surrounding area continues and will soon bring living spaces, dining, retail, entertainment, and more to the overall gameday experience. (Stadium Opened Aug. 2020)    
  • 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)  
  • Dave & Buster's is a 30,000 square feet entertainment center at Hamilton Place, featuring a restaurant, sports bar and hundreds of arcade games. (Opened March 2020) 
  • Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, known as America's Most Amazing Mile, has made upgrades to their rail cars. In addition to track upgrades, all trolley-style railcars are air-conditioned and are fully accessible. (June 2020) 
  • NoogaSplash at Chester Frost is an inflatable, on-the-water obstacle course with tons of fun for all ages. During the summer months, visitors can slip and slide, bounce from one obstacle to the other, and cool off with a splash. (Opened May 2020; Open Seasonally)  
  • River Gorge Excursions specializes in boat rentals and seasonally offers one-of-a-kind pontoon boat tours along the beautiful scenery that is the Tennessee River Gorge giving visitors a chance to explore our city from the water. (Opened June 2020) 
  • 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)  
  • Topgolf is a premier entertainment and event venue in East Ridge offering fun point-scoring golf games for all skills levels, upscale bar food and drinks, and music. (Opened Aug. 2020)  
  • 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. (April 2021) 

Accommodations & Venues  

Accommodations 

Opened 2020-2021 

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) 

Rock the Riverfront is bringing magic to Chattanooga! The Chattanooga Green will be transformed into a space of urban play with interactive illuminated see-saws, local art vendors, musicians, and performers creating fun, family-friendly celebrations. (March – April 2022)

Rock the Riverfront

Rock the Riverfront is bringing magic to Chattanooga! For this inaugural event, the Chattanooga Green will be transformed into a space of urban play with interactive illuminated see-saws, local art vendors, musicians, and performers creating fun, family-friendly celebrations. (March – April 2022)


Anniversaries

Tennessee Aquarium - 30th Anniversary on May 1, 2022 

Rock City - 90th Anniversary on May 21, 2022 

Chattanooga Zoo - 85th Anniversary in Sept. 2022 

Read House Hotel - 150th Anniversary in 2022 

Lodge Cast Iron - 125th Anniversary in 2022

Hunter Museum of American Art - 70th Anniversary in 2022 

Pickle Barrel - 40th Anniversary on March 1

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

Tivoli Theatre - 100th anniversary on March 19, 2021 

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway - 125th anniversary in 2020 


Accolades & Designations