Parachute

4.6
941 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
We are a 40-seat neighborhood restaurant that serves globally inspired cuisine, that we like to call Korean American. Please understand although we strive to serve food and drink with distinction we are still a small independent family run restaurant. No smoke and mirrors here. Just food from the heart. Our space is limited and our staff is small. We believe that we have the ability and resources to make all of our guests happy while dining in our "home" (as we see it). It can get loud in here when we are full but we believe this adds to the convivial atmosphere we provide. We are always happy here and this shows in the spirit of our restaurant. We look forward to serving you with all of our hearts and a smile!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Korean, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(773) 654-1460
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Beverly Kim & Johnny Clark
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Cross street
Elston & Troy
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Parking details
Free parking is abundant on Elston and side streets.
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Public transit
From Belmont/Kimball Blue line: Either walk .7 of a mile or can take Kimball bus
North to Addison and walk from there.

From Addison Blue line: Either walk .6 of a mile East on Addison or take the Addison bus to Elston.

From Lakeview area: Take the Addison bus West to Elston
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.9

Exceptional and impressive. That's what comes to mind when describing the Korean-American food at Parachute.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 941 People Are Saying
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TL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Parachute was great, but not incredible. We went with the chef's choice menu which started off fantastic but worsened as the meal went on. For nearly $70 a person I expected food that would leave me dying to return which wasn't the case.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Honestly, I don't think this food is not adequate to be classified as korean-american dish. Some of them were korean for sure, but it was either too expensive based on actual korean dish or taste was totally different like no one expect this as korean-inspired dish. I went to this restaurant with my korean american friend, and he was asking for substitution for some stuff in food but it turned out that they do not understand his request even though my friend knew what that dish would be. Portion wasn't great enough too, even though we tried tasting menu. Service isn't great compared to other restaurants, and food is worse to be honest.

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MQ
Chicago
110 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TOTALLY DELISH and super cute!
We had been trying to get a decent reservation, so we figured our best bet was to book a month in advance and we scored a Tuesday night for a party of 5 at 6:15. By the time we arrived, it was half full, but by the time we left, every seat in the house was taken. They have a few tables, a huge community table, bar stools facing a wall, and seating at the Chef's counter. It's small and cozy, just like the menu.

Speaking of, we pretty much ordered everything on the menu:
sweet potato tempura
baked potato bing bread
half dozen oysters
yellowfin tuna
bigoli w/duck ragout
shrimp beignets
roasted skate wing
korean beef stew

Desserts:
spiced pumpkin
sesame tart....the winner of the group. Amazing!
chocolate crémeux
toasted rice panna cotta

All of the food was just incredible. The only dish we were not a fan of was the spiced pumpkin because it's an actual slice of thick pumpkin with the fixings.

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J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

I had a reservation for 9:30 p.m. and was not seated until after 10 p.m., so this tells me that they overbook, which is not appreciated. The kitchen sent over a complimentary appetizer of sweet potato tempura, which was nice, but didn't quite make up for the thirty-minute wait. The hostess was as accommodating as possible which helped curb my irritation.

The menu is interesting and I found most of the dishes good but not great. The stand-out dish for me was the Korean beef stew. The first bite was perfectly tender and flavorful but then I was disappointed that other pieces of meat were dry and chewy. The skate wing was cooked beautifully but I thought the flavor was bland. The bigoli duck ragout was too salty for my palette. The smoked yuba dish had nice flavor. The sesame plum tart was okay; we were given spoons but the tart did not cut easily... it needed a fork and knife. Bing bread was a tasty starter but its appearance on the menu was perplexing to me given its potato, cheddar, and bacon filling.

The decor is charming and the noise level not too loud. Servers were attentive enough without being overbearing.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Felt overhyped. Couldn't understand why restaurant had Michelin star. Lots of hit and misses on menu. Expensive for the quality of the experience. Found it very disappointing particularly since it was also a trek from downtown Chicago.

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JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here on Saturday night for an early dinner with our 6 year old. Everything was fantastic, we felt very welcome bringing a child to a Michelin star reataurant, and she loved it as much as we did. Great to know we don’t need to get a sitter every time we want to eat out somewhere nice. We’ll be back soon for sure. Thank you Parachute!

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NM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, wait was a bit longer with reservations, they made up for it with complimentary sweet potato tempura. Drinks were a bit pricey but excellent.

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PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Recently awarded a Michelin Star for a reason! Very nice place, good food, good service one of the hip places in Chicago.

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L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I’m not sure what all the hype was for- it was a nice restaurant and food was good, but not dazzling.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parachute always delivers with its never changing menu. We also love the staff - super friendly and always helpful.

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really special place - food was amazing. Had me headed to the kitchen to see if I could recreate some of it.

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HK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parachute has become an all time favorite to introduce Korean food in a different. I appreciate how they do not completely alter the Korean flavors or traditional style but instead present it differently. Many other fusion restaurants change the concept of Korean food entirely losing the cultural importance of the flavor or presentation. We love Parachute and have made it our all time favorite Chicago staples.

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k
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my birthday dinner. Our server was absolutely fantastic and very knowledgeable/helpful. My friend that I brought to dinner is allergic to corn and we got our own menu that had all the items with corn highlighted (it was almost half of the menu!). The food was very delicious and the drinks were top notch! We got seated at the communal table which we were a little surprised about (my fault. I did not look at images of the seating situation) but in the end it was no trouble and actually kind of fun. I would definitely come here again.

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SR
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and overall it was an exciting culinary experience! Would certainly recommend to anyone in Chicago or people traveling.

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MJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, well-prepared food, and intriguing, creative menu

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F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding except for the wine pairing. While the maitAi was very good, the wines were mediocre.

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L
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was quite good. We cook a lot and I’ve worked in some fancy restaurants in my day so While the food was good, we were not that blown away but would consider going again. We went with very high expectations though and I am a bit “ruined” in terms of my ability to enjoy restaurants since working in one was a previous career. The service was very good although I would advise the two young ladies behind the bar to never ever ever talk about a customer during service other than to make sure they are getting the best possible service-not even a passing comment that you think isn’t all that harmless. I appreciated that the wine was unusual. Very well paired with the cuisine. Over all this is pricey though.

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P
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Parachute has high quality and interesting Korean options. The atmosphere is nice. Someone with a robust appetite, however, will probably not get enough to eat or drink as everything is very pricey and portions are well, small plates.
So this restaurant is for special occasions or when your rich uncle foots the bill.

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NV
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just amazing, but do get a reservation, even for the bar. It's not cheap, bit it's worth every penny.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a delicious meal! Did the chefs choice prefix menu and every bite was amazing! Small little place with some communal seating but we were in a corner so still felt private. All plates are for sharing so it was a lovely little date night.

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p
Seattle
58 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pretty hungry coming in and I wanted to get the tasting menu, which makes things easier. However, we were not inclined so much to spend $60+ each for dinner, so we decided to pick one dish per section and go with it and see where we landed.

For 'course 1,' we got the half order of the baked potato bing bread. If you're familiar with scallion pancakes, this is that but puffed up 4-5x and stuffed with potatoes. I liked to break it apart and add butter (!) to it.

Course 2 we got the bigoli with duck ragout. This is basically a dark pasta with lots of accoutrements that taste like duck and I thought it was super delicious.

Course 3 was probably the best one. We got the hwe dup bap. In crude and simple terms, it's a poke-style bowl with rice and lettuce. Delicious sashimi like tuna, lots of roe, great umami with the seaweed - and it's a great portion! Definitely, too, could eat one on my own.

And of course, for course 4 there was dessert. We got the patbing su, and it absolutely did not disappoint. Think about it as a happy go lucky ice cream bowl (but shaved ice instead) with all the toppings in the world that taste so delicious together. You should hold yourself to a high standard and try to get every bit of it together in one bite!

In ending, the food here is out of control, but the one rather horrible thing (in my mind) about this restaurant is the community table. They seat pairs across from each other, and then very close to the next pair, and the community table is ridiculously large. Basically, if someone were to take a photo of all of us trying to talk and converse at the same time, you would see two lines of people on both sides of a long and wide table, and all of us are hoisted on top of our elbows with our ears pointed towards one another so we can hear what the other is saying. Really, not an enjoyable part of the dinner. Why not seat pairs next to each other and put the dishes in front of them? Fix this, and this restaurant is perfect!

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G
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The hwe dup bap is so good! I was thrilled to see yuba on a menu - one of my favorite foods - and it was smoky delicious. The sesame tart with sour cream sorbet was an outstanding dessert. Everything was yummy.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, creative, delicious small plates. Highly recommend!

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SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great vibe! Very Cool and eclectic with really interesting and beautifully prepared food.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I wouldn't recommend this restaurant at all. Food was extremely salty. Poor flavor. Over priced. Nothing was remarkable. The place was terrible, small, noisy. It was a very disappointing experience. I wonder if the reviews with 5 starts are fake. I wish I could mark it with zero stars.

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M
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Chicago - period.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The food was okay but not really worth the price. Don't think we will go again.

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j
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Highly surprised ! I was expecting “Fuffy” food but the flavors were so good that it was satisfying.

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BZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, off the beaten path and great wine list

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! We really enjoyed our experience.

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IJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place was AMAZING. It was so fun to get a variety of dishes and share them with my husband. We enjoyed everything we had and can’t wait to go back. The duck pasta and potato bread are must gets! The only thing that was a little different was the table set up. Because we sat at the big family style table next to parties on either side of us it was very very loud and hard to have a conversation with my husband.

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DY
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit to Parachute, and we are out of towners. We love Chef Beverly's take on her Korean roots fused with ingenious creativity. She and her team rocked all the dishes for the night. The Bing bread is something we could have eaten 3 orders a piece. It's that sinful in a not heavy way despite cheese and bacon. The of 3 also shared oysters, the steamed dorado, the ceviche, soft shell crab, and the duck ragout. The pastry chef did wonders with the sesame tart in a short pastry crust topped with the perfect Midwest strawberries. The wine we had went perfect with everything. We loved the service between our hostess who started us off on drinks to our waiter who was attentive during a busy Friday night. Thanks y'all! We can't wait to return!

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L
Cleveland
34 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food. Stick with the appetizers - they are the hits. The crab dish was ocerdone and the whole fish was too just okay. The meal petered off as we went through the menu

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w
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food - creative, healthy, fun !
We had the tasting menu and highlights included the whole fish (dorado) and the sesame cake with sour cream ice cream

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ES
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was excellent too until we were seated. Our actual server seemed to have a chip on her shoulder. She came across as a know it all and her suggestions were so snobby... every sentence started with a “We”. “We think sharing is great.” “We think wine goes best with our dishes.” Kind of obnoxious. We probably werent cool enough for her.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Awesome ambience.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great way to celebrate a wedding anniversary, and I'm really thankful that they were very accommodating in allowing our 3-year-old to join us. We had the tasting menu, which is a great way for us to explore new dishes and get out of our comfort zone. If i could offer one suggestion, I would maybe ask the guest how much heat they can handle as some dishes were a little too spicy for my taste buds, but not so for others.

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A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Parachute is a spectacular contemporary Korean restaurant- hip, lively, delicious, attentive service, creative cuisine (without being "over designed"). Also wonderful interior (sterling example of good design on a modest budget). I highly recommend!

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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing. Service was on point. They even made it special for my birthday with a complimentary dessert course. The tasting menu is a must, but the pairings menu could be improved. Seating is tight and maximized to its fullest. We sat on the community table and luckily got along with our neighbors. That seating arrangement could have been a disaster depending on the group's personality. A bit displeased that our 9:45pm reservation was still behind by another half hour. They tried to make it up with compliments from the kitchen, but I would have rather had a table for waiting that long past my reservation.

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MJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This was the first time the food was a miss for us here. Other than the bing bread and cocktails which were excellent, the food was definitely off. The yellowtail and the dorado fish were way too fishy and seemed off. The soft shell crab had a very heavy, oily batter and the sauce was way too salty. The corn fritters were ok but again very heavy on the oil. The flank steak was bland and lacked flavor. I do, however, highly recommend the cocktails #1 (Reposado) and #2 (whiskey sour). Service and front of the house remain top notch despite the off night for the kitchen.

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