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!
Chicago, IL 60618
Korean, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5 pm - 10 pm Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5 pm - 11 pm,
Phone Reservations: Monday - Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm
Elston & Troy
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free parking is abundant on Elston and side streets.
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
Beverly Kim & Johnny Clark
Private Party Facilities:
Host a convivial night out with friends and family! Parachute is available for Private Dinners for up to 50 Guests. We are happy to help coordinate a special event for you and your guests.
Private Party Contact:
Danielle Park: (773) 654-1460
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine
Parachute Ratings and Reviews
Creative, beautifully presented and unforgettable cuisine that keeps me coming back. A seasonal menu, but always the scrumptious baked potato bread that is a must!!! Service that is thoughtful, kind and considerate and always with spit on recommendations. I wish I could come here every week. I’d never tire of it!
We really wanted to like Parachute. So much so that we went twice. Unfortunately, the food is just unremarkable. Parachute tries very hard to be unique--to represent a new experience for its diners through novel flavor pairings and presentations, but our most notable takeaway was a powerful thirst (our dishes were comically salty), an uncomfortable fishy aftertaste, and a ridiculous bill.
Most recently we ordered steak tartare, which for some reason is served in a sort of nori cracker sandwich. Here's a tip: remove the top cracker and for the love of god do not breathe in while eating it, or a puff of seaweed powder with hit the back of your throat nearly choke you.
We also ordered the egg drop soup, which was supposedly made with dungeoness crab--though who knows whether it was or not, because the broth was so salty that it actually burned our throats a bit and allowed no other flavors to shine through.
Our third dish was the sole, which was the best dish of the night. The fish was very well cooked and the Lima beans accompanying it were palatable enough. Unfortunately, everything again was coated in a salty concoction that noticeably detracted from the delicate flavor of the sole. And at $30, it just plain isn't worth it.
Finally, the dol sot bibimbap almost got there. It was presented well and seemed to have very high quality ingredients, but the flavors just weren't there. We would have loved to experience the tuna and other ingredients, but the dish was absolutely overpowered by far too much gochujang. Honestly, we would have fared better at Joong Boo or Tofu House, where you can get similar flavor, with twice as much food for half the price.
We definitely won't be back. The price is just too high and the food is too mediocre.
Parachute continues to deliver exciting, delicious food for couples and even families. We had a great experience with an early dinner with our young kids. Loved the toys they provided, and the great kids menu that is not your standard chicken tenders. Amazing wine and drinks as always for the adults.
Very simply put, this was flat out, one our favorite dining experiences ever! We arrived early due to light traffic on a Friday night and luckily scored 2 of the 6 seats on the counter saved for waiting. Has some nice tea to warm up, very nice service from the get go.
Started off with the pickles which included radish, red cabbage, and trumpet mushrooms. Mushrooms and cabbage were really tasty, radish was a bit strong alone but still fun to try. We then shared the oysters served with a sojou granita. These were really tasty, so fresh and there icy granita was a perfect match. Final snack was what every raves about, the baked potato bing bread. This was insanely good from the chewy crust to the flavorful and doughy center with that soft sour cream butter.
Next I convinced my wife to share the gem lettuce with apples and black sesame dressing. I could live a very happy life having this simple salad with that bread every day. Seeing the preparation of the salad added to our enjoyment, each leaf of lettuce was spaced around a bowl with the dressing and each was pressed into the dressing on both sides and then neatly stacked on a plate. The apple was then grated into this slices and carefully placed between each leaf of lettuce. I've been written a whole paragraph about such a simple dish but eating that combination was blissful.
The only fairly pedestal dish was the grilled squash we shared next. It was perfectly grilled and accompanied by some really nice herbs but was purposefully simple I'm flavor, lacking the complexity of the other dishes.
For our main dishes, I ordered the squid ink pasta with scallops and xo sauce and my wife had the dolsot bi bim bop. Mine was exquisite, I'm partial to every component in this dish so I had to order it, but the commination of xo and squid ink was a great finish to out meal. The bi bim bop is a great presentation and my wife raved about the yellow fin tuna flavored but preserved lemons.
Delicious food, great service! We arrive slightly early for our reservations and were seated in the "bar" area, where we could order drinks and apps. Once our table was ready, all our food and drinks were easily transferred to the table. Highly recommend the steak tartare and bibimbop!
We came in for my birthday, and I had noted it in the reservation. I think about 4 different staff members told me happy birthday, which was really nice! Our first server explained that they did "team serving" which I thought was great, any server is available at any time. The second server came and took our drink order, and we started to order some food. She basically told us, you need to order something more. We interpreted that as something more filling, so we just edited our order, but when she walked away, we agreed that we didn't like being told how to order. We ordered the bing bread (half an order was plenty for my date and I), the sweet potato appetizer (was decadent and sweet, almost like a desert) and then the bi bim bap, which came beautifully plated and was just as delicious as it smelled. We were just full enough and glad we stuck to our guns and didn't order more, like we were instructed to do. So overall, food was great, service was attentive, but a little pushy!
Second time at Parachute and it was amazing- first time guests were impressed, too. It is a louder restaurant with communal dining, so I don't necessarily recommend for larger groups, but great for dates or friends that are good with talking louder in a small active restaurant. Drinks, food and service were all on point!
We called in advance to book a spot for 2 and order the Chef's Menu with the Beverage tasting. Calling ahead is convenient because they're ready to serve you the moment you sit down. It's on the price-y end if you include the beverage tasting but if you are doing a special occasion it's justifiable. Other comments have noted that it gets a little loud and it does, but we were so busy eating there wasn't much to say anyways. You can talk afterwards. We're still talking about the bing bread 3-days later.
This was a great dining experience. I had heard many good things and felt fortunate to get an early evening Saturday spot for two. We were seated at the “bar” (they referred to it as the chef’s table) which was fine. We watched the sous chefs prepare our (and other) meal. This was interesting but I wish we faced them as opposed to their backs. I’m not complaining. It’s a small, cozy place. We did the tasting menu and the noodle dish was the heads-above winner of the 7 or so courses.
Book early. They fill up fast.
Food was quite good. Menu changes daily and there are usually about 15 items to choose from, all meant to be shared. The Bi Bim Bap tuna was excellent - keep in mind that the tuna is raw on top but as you mix it into the hot stone bowl it cooks, so consider plating it before it’s cooked through. I also thought the raw fish crudo they had on the menu that evening was too sour/acidic and overpowered the taste of the fish.
The seating is “communal”, i.e., you sit with other people if your reservation doesn’t fill a table, so if you’re looking for privacy/an intimate dining experience, consider another restaurant.
It's worth getting the tasting menu because it was a great way to experience a range of the menu (meat, fish and veggie options represented), plus some special items and an excellent pairing of wines. Everything was well executed and very tasty including dessert.
The chef and staff were amazingly accommodating to us given the fact that we weren't really into one of the dishes -- not because it wasn't done well but because it wasn't something we personally enjoy. It was not expected and certainly not needed, but very appreciated. Excellent and attentive service all around!
I love Parachute. It never disappoints. The menu shows great creativity in all areas, right down to the Little Gem lettuce salad. Service is attentive. Ambiance is pleasant. Always a new something on the menu and always a pleasant surprise. A Chicago favorite.
Good food, some items were great, others terrible. Loved the bing bread, the scallops and the spaghetti.
The egg drop soup was a disaster and so were the mandu. Both were off in terms of flavors and salt level.
Great atmosphere and great service but the food doesn’t make me think 1 star. I’d come back for the vibe and specific food items but not very soon :)
Was excited to come here after reading menus and reviews - and due to earning a Michelin star but we were very disappointed.
Service was great, except for recommending way more dishes than 2 of us could’ve accomplished eating. We went with 4 instead of the 7 she recommended and all were mediocre in flavor. Great ideas - some were good- maybe I set my standards too high expecting every dish to be amazing .. the swordfish in general was very bland, dry, and their idea of burning the outside made it worst.
I dine out often- and have been many places where every dish in outstanding- but there wasn’t even one here that impressed me. Their bread was probably be best thing we tried , which was still $7 for a half size order.
We also typically like to stick around for dessert and after dinner drink, but the environment and atmosphere was definitely not appealing for that.
We loved Parachute! We started with an order of the pickles (yum!) and moved on to the potato bread, which practically melts in your mouth it is so good! Oysters on the half shell were briny and delicious. The tuna bi bim bop and beef coppa were interesting takes on old standbys. Finally, the service was superb! We'll be back!
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