Parachute

4.7
894 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Korean
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
Bar Dining, 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 894 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Served us our entire 6-plate meal in about a half hour. The food was good but the reviews oversold it. Completely ruined the experience. I would not go again

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Off the cuff tasting menu! It's a must try!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Another wonderful experience at Parachute! Trust in the guidance from the very knowledgeable staff and enjoy!
As a return diner, it’s so special to be acknowledged and remembered. Thank you for the flavors I would have never experienced if not for you.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always superb!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a great meal. Thoroughly enjoyable with fabulous food.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Great meal and ambiance. Server was great. Hostess was rude and made a innocent miscommunication over our party being 4 instead of 2 a major ordeal. The restaurant was pretty empty most of the time we were there so there was no reason for it.

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2.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Staff was great. Food was overpriced. Way overpriced. Food was good but not $20-30 per dish good. This place seemed to attract some real jerks too. Had to listen to a couple of super obnoxious salesman puff each other up and just be awful for the entire meal. Would’ve liked to have been able to talk with the person I came with but the table is too wide to talk without shouting...and the wanna-be hot shots we were seated next to just reveled in the need to talk loudly about how awesome they are at medical sales and how EVERYONE else is not as good at it...especially their coworker Lisa. Boy oh boy. We learned SO much about Lisa.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Amazing food! The bing bread is the best thing on the menu!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Having heard nothing but raves about Parachute since it opened, my wife and I were very excited to celebrate our anniversary there. The raves were totally justified. Outstanding, creative cuisine. Friendly, attentive, engaging staff. Reasonable prices for food of that quality. Loved the decor -- mid-century audio gear hanging on the wall. (Shout out to Zenith!) Tables of varying lengths in the space, enabling groups of different sizes (and intentions) to be accommodated accordingly. Have already recommended it to some of my closest friends. Will definitely return soon!

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

I was super excited for this restaurant. I understand Korean food has bold flavors, but felt one spice overwhelmed every single dish. The broccoli salad had a nice start on the palate but was quickly over taken by the heat of the jalapenos. That heat lingered into the other courses. I love spice too but this was a sucker punch on an appetizer. The hangar steak was flavorful and cooked perfectly but the eggplant was over smoked and didnt compliment the meat at all. The trout dish with the roe was so heavy handed in cumin, it was impossible to enjoy. The ambiance wasn't great. Just didnt love it.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Recommend sitting at the bar to watch food prep. Noise level was a bit high but the most important things: food, service and drink were amazing. Will definitely be back.

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1.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Unfortunately, this was the single worst meal I've ever eaten anywhere globally. The meat tasted rancid, the vegetables were off, and the whole meal tasted terrible.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Awesome place to eat and cool vibes inside. The food was amazing, every dish was super delicious. Very authentic and detailed in how it's made and what goes into it. 4-5 dishes is good for a couple. Vibes were lowkey and lighting was dim - that fit the food style forsure. Crammed a bit, but worth it. Big community table, so best to come to this place in even numbers. Lastly, the service was great. Every server was super nice, people at the door were helpful and there's a small hightop area to wait and drink water before you're sat down at your actual table. Service was noticeably good, they care about their customers!!!! Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I thought the whole experience was great and the food excellent but my Korean friend who worked in a restaurant didn’t think the food was spectacular. He didn’t like how the original Korean tatstes of the dishes (before they became Korean fusion I guess?) were decomposed and reconstructed into something unrecoganizable.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

THe decor and menus and presentation was very impressive and the courses were delicious. The tasting menu is just off the regular menu so we went a la carte, and though they recommend two course from each section it was more than we could eat, but i never complain about generous portions.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Spectacular. Parachute accommodated both a nut and a shellfish allergy without missing a beat and everything we had was perfect.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We had visitors from out of town, picky eaters. We got in on a weekday but late at night so the place was not too busy. We ordered the chef’s tasting menu.
The choices were diverse and excellent, and the portions were very generous.
Excellent service and nice ambiance

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Chef’s tasting menu was outstanding. The size of the pours in the wines by the glass seemed small. Service was pleasant and attentive. Noise level was loud. Difficult to talk. All in all we were glad we went here. Very unique and tasty food.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Excellent in every aspect: service, drinks, creative food, special flavors. Will certainly come back, although it was a bit tough to get a reservation.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

LOVE Parachute!! Amazing food, delicious cocktails & the best service!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

I took my friend here for his birthday. The food, drinks and service were superb! Thanks Rachel!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

A must visit if you are in Chicago! A hidden gem. Select the Chef's Dinner - amazing courses and you don't have to choose! Great craft cocktails too.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

What Parachute lacks in pretension, it makes up for in delicious food and drink. We were there on a busy Saturday night, the atmosphere was lively and fun. Every staff member was intent on providing friendly service. We were seated at the bar (it was fun to watch some food prep) and a Karen assisted. We ordered the ‘tasting’ menu, putting ourselves in the hands of the chef, and the beverages that went with it. Every course was perfect and matched the description of surprises, raw and rare. Too many treats to explain, on a menu that regularly changes, but the potatoe bread with sour cream butter to start, and the sesame seed ice cream to finish, are tastes we are still talking about.

And oh, the aperitif was the best mai tai we’ve ever had.

There’s a clear love of food and drink at Parachute...you’d be crazy not to join in the fun. Highest recommendation.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Super delicious. Did the “off the cuff” tasting menu. It was so much food and everything was so different and delicious. Plus then we didn’t have to decide what to get.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Unusual location however the food was exceptional. Service excellent. The bottled wines are very pricey. We ordered the Spanish white which was the cheapest white. It was delicious and went well with the food. There should be moderately priced wines offered as well. We were somewhat disappointed that there were not more Korean choices on the menu especially a wonderful Korean noodle dish. We will go back.

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1.0Dined on July 17, 2018

This was a very unpleasant dining experience that left us both disappointed and annoyed. The noise level was so deafening that I had to go outside for several minutes and then stuff both ears before coming back in to finish my meal. Tables are very close together with nothing sound absorbing in the interior space. My husband and I shared the multi course prix fixe menu which had to be ordered for 2 people and were underwhelmed by the small portions that supposedly needed to be split between two people. We had little idea of what we were eating with no menu left and an explanations by our waiter that could not be heard above the din. To describe what was served to us for this review, I had to look up our menu on line. The first course of rice and miniscule fluke was bland but wrapped in a pleasant, mildly anise tasting leaf. The second, smoked yuba, was quite interesting and tasty with it's smoke flavor. The third was nothing more than a finely chopped deli-style broccoli salad with spicy heat and the fourth was a few bite size pieces of tri-tip steak with a a savory marinade: tender but with a piece of unchewable sinew running thru all of the pieces. Next came the bibimbap bowl with tiny salmon bits, salmon roe and the rest of what seemed like leftovers from the kitchen, again very spicy hot...we didn't finish it. Dessert was two scoops of sorbet with toasted sesame seeds surrounded by cherries.. I liked it, my husband didn't and gave his to me. Actually it was not splitable, served in only one small bowl placed in the middle of the bare table and had to be pushed back and forth between us. We did get two spoons though, also placed on the bare table top. Good thing we didn't spill anything with only two Kleenex size napkins...cheap, thin and linty.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

It was amazing, it was my sister birthday and she came to Chicago to celebrate it and loved it. They really made her feel special and the food was amazing!

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Just wouldn’t go back. Was expecting it to be better.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Made it to Parachute recently for the first time, and it was an incredible experience. All three of us were not only impressed with the delicious and creative food, the wait staff is friendly, attentive, approachable and highly knowledgeable. Definitely going again to see what new and delectable creations are next on the menu!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The ambiance and decor is lovely. The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. The appetizers were great, every dish with fish was fantastic and so fresh. I would definitely recommend this place!

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Delicious and creative! A little pricey.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

All around perfect.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Fabulous. Creative. Knowledgeable staff. A winner.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

I really enjoyed going to this place again!
I left a note in my opentable reservation asking to write “Happy Birthday #my friends name”, but I didn’t specify where. They called me as I was the meeting wasn’t able to pick up. It was same day reservation and I was running out of time to call back. As we arrived the hostess greeted us with a custom made menu saying happy birthday msg to my friend ( despite me never confirming).
The food options were delicious also. Their oysters and the same reduction sauce were 👌🏼

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The food was excellent. As was the service. We did the chef's menu, 9-10 dishes. The soft-shell crab with cherries and a salad with salmon crudo and crispy-sticky rice were outstanding. Service was top-notch and very responsive to our preference for the pace of eating.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Expensive food that wasn't always well executed. Service was not attentive.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Loved finding this place. Was impressed by the flavors. Everything was spot on. Depending on how hungry you are expect to order a lot of small plates. The service was exceptional without being pretentious.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

So delicious!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Went for dessert and drinks and had a very nice time. We had to wait a few minutes to sit for our reservation but they made sure to give us water and see if they could serve us drinks sooner. Delicious carrot cake, great selection of cocktails/wines. Have been previously for dinner and also really enjoyed it.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

This was a great first visit after hearing so many wonderful things about he restaurant. The food was delicious and seasonal. Service was friendly and knowledgable. The beverages were paired well, although some of the courses came out in the wrong order for the wines on the table. Overall, I loved the restaurant and would return again soon.

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