The what and where:
Intro is Chicago’s newest concept restaurant. Located in the Lincoln Park space that used to be L2O, it features a new chef every two to three months. This chef completely transforms the restaurant with his or her own unique concept and menu.
Top chef alum Chef CJ Jacobson is up first, combining local ingredients with the California flavors he highlights in his restaurant back home. Make sure to go hungry — you’ll be served a five-course prix-fixe meal. This renowned chef is collaborating with Rich Melman and the Lettuce Entertain You (the team behind Chicago restaurants like Everest, Cafe Ba-ba-Reeba, and Wildfire).
If you want a meal cooked by none other than the Top Chef star himself, head into Chicago before the end of April.
This is when you may find yourself wondering if you’re going to a concert or a restaurant. Instead of picking up the phone to make a reservation, you buy tickets online here. Be warned, a meal at Intro isn’t cheap. Ticket prices range from $65-95 per person (pro tip: ticket prices are cheapest on weeknights at earlier and later times, so you’re best off avoiding the 7 PM surge).
Intro hopes to be the first of many similar concept restaurants, so try it out if you want to be up on the latest Chicago dining trends.