Parachute

4.6
997 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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Private party facilities
Host a convivial night out with friends and family at Parachute!
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Private party contact
Molly Harman : (773) 654-1460
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Cross street
Elston & Troy
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Parking details
Free parking is abundant on Elston ave 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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

In addition to our a la carte menu, we will be offering $85 per person Set Menu along with optional Beverage Tasting for $65 per person. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary preferences ahead of time as we do not allow for modification. We look forward to ringing in the new year with you!

Monday, December 31, 2018

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 997 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Not for us

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m
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience, from the reservation (easy) to the follow up on our needs (no gluten, avoid alcohol, etc.) Justin, server, was delightful. Cuisine was inventive and delicious. A very nice touch was offering us the recipe for the item we most liked. Great decor. Good for us to come early (5:30) as we appreciated sitting at a table and the relative quiet. Great experience !

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've had two really excellent meals at Parachute. They strike a fantastic balance between being friendly and welcoming and being professional. The bing bread and pickles are already worth the trip before you get to the bigger dishes which are also excellent. And don't forget the bibimbop!

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OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Underwhelming. Service was average. Food was average, but for a Michelin started restaurant and their prices you expect at least some dishes to be memorable. Having dined in many Michelin starred restaurants in Europe and the US, I can’t believe this restaurant was awarded a star. I could not say that any dish was “awful”, but in a couple of weeks I will likely have forgotten them all. We had the bread, scallops, pork ragu, lobster, and mackerel. Overall disappointed and not likely to return.

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NG
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great!

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KM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. The ingredients were such an interesting mix that worked so well together. Love the decor and overall vibe. We couldn’t really choose a favorite but the lobster was extra special. Loved everything and every minute!

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CH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting creative menu. Wonderful Twists on traditional dishes. Not every dish was to my taste but I plan to go back !

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MM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the Chef’s Choice and Drink Pairings. Every dish was delicious and perfectly prepared. The staff were respectful, friendly, and engaged. And, best of all, we got to meet Chef Beverly Kim. Great time, overall!

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious every time! Love the bibimbop.

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AJ
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit we've had to Parachute has been spectacular. We were in a bind with a last minute babysitter cancelation, and knew we could call a weekday audible and bring our 2 year old to Parachute. The food is incredible and the service is always so inviting and knowledgeable. The owners were accommodating to the little one but treated us like adults, while keeping us somewhat out of the way to avoid annoying other diners. An interesting wine list tops things off, and we will be back again soon.

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is just phenomenal. All of it. This was my second time there and it was just as good as I remembered. We did the Chefs Tasting menu, and at only $65 per person it was a great deal for all the food they brought. Sat at the bar, which I recommend because the bartenders are great and you have built in attentive servers. It lives up to its hype and deserves the Michelin Star it has. Go. You won’t regret it.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely atmospheric restaurant, full of interesting flavours. The service was excellent - it felt very personal as we were sat at the bar and had a server there constantly. They talked us through the menu, offered suggestions and kept our drinks topped up. My partner is Celiac, and they were very accommodating. Lots of GF options within a pretty small menu!

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MO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Each dish was innovative and well prepared. Was not sure what to expect coming in, but it delivered on many fronts.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Wouldn’t get the mackerel again. Other than that awesome meal.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ended up waiting over 40 minutes past our reservation time to be seated BUT they sent out a free starter and two free desserts which wasn't necessary but was really nice and appreciated. Food was really good and fun to share with friends. We really enjoyed the sake and wine.

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AD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good experience, but nothing to write home about. Sat at the bar, so had pretty good service. Waitress was very knowledgeable and informative. Food was all very good (bibimbop, bread, pickles especially). Didn’t feel like it was very good value - portions were very small, had to buy quite a bit of food to fill the stomach. Good for an adventurous date. Not good for unadventurous eaters.

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VK
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was so far below expectations. How this can have a Michelin star calls the whole thing into question - dessert was a cinnamon bomb with no texture or other flavor. Cocktails single-noted with no complexity. Potato bread was good in texture, but honesty if you stuff it with bacon it tastes of nothing else - not elevated cuisine at all. Goat stew... the local street vendors in Jamaica and India can summon more flavorful, decadent, tender goat. I so badly want the Chicago food scene to rise up but this just isn't even close to what it should be.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nope ghffh

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DV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The goat stew was the best. The bibimbop leaves room for improvement

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p
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We reserved a table but we were given the choice to be seated at the bar or at a communal table. So that was disappointing. We chose the bar. The food was not as good as the first time we ate there and was a bit too pricey for what you got. Service at the bar was very good.

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CL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Parachute for the creativeness and unfailing quality of the food. Always something new to try, plus some old favorites. Service is always just right — neither too much nor too little attention. Has a great cosy, upscale-storefront ambiance. But the food is the star. We’ve seen so many restaurants start off with fireworks, then struggle after a year or two to maintain the quality and excitement. That has not happened at Parachute. Kudos to all who work so hard to ensure that it remains a terrific dining experience.

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R
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. The service was excellent with explanations of all the food items as well as the wine pairings. We opted for the set menu which was 8 menu items selected by the chef meant for sharing by two people.
The ambience was lively but a little noisy.the wine selections were unusual flavors that were interesting but not meant for people with traditional tastes.
We went there with high expectations and were not disappointed.

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AK
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was outstanding, the stuff cared about us more than I expected. Food was great, often surprising, but in a good way. Ambience was loud at first, but then some people left and it became quieter))
Overall very pleasant experience.

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g
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu and drink selections are eclectic but the thought that goes into creating such a menu is reflected in the great tastes and presentation. Tried several different dishes and especially loved the ones with Korean influences. I'd highly recommend checking out Parachute.

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MH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really delicious food and vivacious crowd. Parachute is too loud for a first date but excellent for familiar company. Cool ambiance and tasty cocktails make for an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy.

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JD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

If you know NOTHING about Korean food and come here, it may be ok, but you will be confused with more authentic Korean restaurants you encounter (you will wonder why the food is so different).

If you have had Korean food before and come here, you will be extremely disappointed. For example:
- the "dukbokki" tasted like a Mexican pork taco with rice cakes and was not spicy at all; we had to request spicy sauce, because it was not spicy at all
- the pomegranate kale dolsot bibimbop was more similar to an Aloha Poke dish, than it is to bibimbop. the dolsot bibimbop at Kameya is far superior
- the tempura is fine, but the tempura at Mitsuwa is better... and that's a food stall (Chicago Tribune also rated Mitsuwa's tempura as the best in Chicago). I expect more from a Michelin star restaurant

Overall, I repeat that I just expect more from a Michelin star restaurant. Really disappointed in marketing itself as "Korean food." I expected modernized Korean food, in that the restaurant would introduce unfamiliar people to Korean food and want them to explore further, as is the style with many Michelin star restaurants. The food was closer to Mexican food than Korean food, and if someone consumed this and then went to a more authentic Korean restaurant, they would be extremely confused or disappointed. Nothing is spicy, which is a hallmark of Korean food

The positive is that the mixed drinks are very good

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of my favorite places in the city. Innovative, wildly beautiful dishes that are excellent riffs on traditional Korean fare. It's a fun place and the food is just delicious, from the appetizers and bing bread all the way to the pat bing su dessert. Prix Fixe menus are great as well. Service is just right. Highly recommend.

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AG
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really yummy and unique.
Everything was explained well, but we got our apps and started eating before we got our drinks...
it a very loud small space.

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j
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lively, fun atmosphere. Great service. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wine list.

Small but interesting menu with some good vegetarian options. We ordered about 8 different dishes to share between our party of 4, and we left a satisifed and full.

They pack a lot of seating into a pretty small space. There was limited elbow room, but we didn't feel too cramped. (But, we were seated at our own table, i.e. not the communal table.)

We ordered a lot of food and plenty of drinks, so it was definitely pricey, but we had a great time!

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M
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is not a better restaurant in Chicago. Every meal here exceeds the last. Tonight’s dinner was no exception - every course was exceptionally tasty and inventive. Nothing you’ve tasted before but always leaves you wanting it again and again. Flawless service. Great space.

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BH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding. It was my first time dining there, the menu was small and heavily curated - everything on it sounded delicious and was delicious. Our server suggested a wine to pair with the dishes I chose, which was fantastic. Can't wait to go back and try the drink tasting menu.

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SF
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were looking forward to celebrating a birthday dinner at Parachute. What we got came off as a meal by by the numbers. The waitstaff was friendly in a robotic way. The pacing of the dished being served made us feel that they were interested in turning the table as quickly as possible. These elements took away from the dishes we ordered. While the entrees were good, there were no wows. Doubtful about a return.

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GM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, innovative menu and food. Terrific wines. Highly recommend.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Serving staff was very knowledgeable about food, wine and beverage. They went above and beyond for us. Food was pretty good.

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CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The tasting menu was great. Drink pairings were good. Really liked the dessert.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The off the cuff menu is such a good value. Everything was delicious as always!

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CH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

We should have bailed out earlier (pun intended). I’ve never posted such a negative review, let alone one about a restaurant with a Michelin star. For the life of me, I don’t know how they received that. Our table of five had the food tasting and also the beverage tasting. It was simply awful. We thought it might get better with every next course, but alas, it didn’t. We discussed later how each of us had a thought that someone was playing a “candid camera-type” game on us. I could go into great detail here about the specific “issues” we had, but there’s really no point in wasting anymore time on this. Ultimately, we had a very memorable night because it was just SO bad... we simply turned it around and laughed about it all night (might have been borderline obnoxious at times). I guess if you don’t care about how the food and drinks taste (or how much it costs), but would rather laugh hysterically, then try this out. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely innovative food based on classic Korean recipes. The yuba, smoked tofu skin, was exceptional even for a person who never eats tofu. Great beef stew with many twists. Rice cakes with pork sofrito done to perfect balance. Phenomenal pumpkin cake. Great service (thanks Rachel!) All this in a tiny crowded place so if you think that Michelin star restaurant needs leather and nickel you may be disappointed. But if you measure it by food, go without hesitation if you can grab a seat.

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z
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food with some outstanding gems on the menu, like the bing bread, sun dae, and bibimbap. Flavors are more subtle, refined, and complex, rather than overpowering, so do not go in expecting the latter. Communal setup may not be great for all. Slightly overpriced.

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e
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went to Parachute to celebrate an anniversary, with that indicated on the reservation. They sat us at a communal table - I get it, it’s a small place. Was expecting the food to be amazing, it wasn’t. Pretty sure we ate some dead oysters too. Extremely surprised they have one star.

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