El ideas

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  • Cuisine:
     American (New)
     Casual Elegant
    Price Range:
     $$$$ (50+)
    Payment options:
     AMEX, Visa, Discover and Mastercard
  • Open Hours:
    • * Tue - Thu: 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
    • * Fri - Sat: 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM, 09:30 PM - 11:59 PM
  • Services:
    • Tickets in Advance
    • Waiter Service
    • Good For Groups
    • Takes Reservations
  • Culinary Team:
    • Chef Phillip Foss
  • Website:

EL Ideas quest is to make fine dining cuisine and service approachable and fun instead of pretentious and stuffy. The most unlikely of Michelin-starred restaurants, EL is located in the little known Chicago neighborhood of Douglas Park.

Although it's just a 10 minute ride from downtown, it feels as though EL is situated in another world. Once inside the unmarked building, guests enter a setting not generally associated with restaurants serving elite cuisine.

As there are no walls separating diners from chefs, interaction with the kitchen team throughout the meal is not only welcome, it is encouraged.

You should eat at El ideas because:

  • Eater 38 Featured
  • Eater Heat Map Featured
  • Andrew Zimmern recommended
  • "Taste of the Nation" restaurant
  • Zagat featured
  • TripAdvisor Award of Excellence
  • Michelin starred