What Insiders Are Saying
Exceptional and impressive. That's what comes to mind when describing the Korean-American food at Parachute.
Parachute remains one of our favorite restaurants in the city.
My family and I spent $80 round-trip on an Uber to take us from downtown Chicago to Parachute, given the positive reviews I had read about it. However, I was surprised at how small the restaurant was -- people were very close to one another and it was hard for even the servers to move around. There were also a few things that had been highly rated in the reviews that were not on the menu. We ended up having to Google several items because the menu didn't adequately describe what they were. The food was very good, but the dishes were quite pricy and very small portions. In order to avoid leaving hungry, we had to order more food than we had anticipated, which resulted in a much higher bill by the time we left. In the end, we feel like we had a good meal and got to try out some creative dishes, but felt like that overall value was low, given the high prices, small quantities, small space, and the time and expense to get there. It would have been better to stay in downtown Chicago and find a restaurant with good food and a great view.
Lovely restaurant and food
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Parachute! The potato bread is out of this world and not to be missed, and that's just a starter. Broccoli salad presentation was clever and scrumptious. Every course was something deliciously interesting and compelling, including the MOST EXCELLENT kiwi and tahini ice creams. Do not pass Go, Do no collect $200; get thee to this restuarant.
TLDR: food was interesting but hit and miss, and a bit overpriced.
Went on a Friday date night and sat on the edge of the communal section. It could get very noisy at times. Started with the amazing Bing Bread. Good wine/drink menu, if a bit pricey. he Tempura Japchae was... unnecessary. I guess I'd rather just have japchae or tempura separately. We had split decisions on the Dukbokki and Fried Rice. The Blood Sausage was great. We probably should have gone with the tasting menu. Overall it was fun, but overpriced and inconsistent.
Parachute was a phenomenal experience. The food was delicious, different and refreshing. We loved the space and the team was very helpful with recommendations. We look forward to returning!
I don't know that I've had too many dining experiences I'd call "perfect" but our night at Parachute certainly earned that moniker. There isn't a single thing I could point to and say "this could have been better".
We were warmly greeted when we walked in the door. We were a few minutes early for our table but they seated us right away. The staff were all warm, friendly and attentive throughout the evening. The specialty cocktails (I tried #s 1 and 3, rum and gin respectively) were well crafted and balanced. We chose the "Off The Cuff" option where the kitchen decides what you eat. Every single dish was amazing. My wife hates broccoli but wound up loving the broccoli salad so much she called it her favorite dish. Her other favorite was the arctic char. She admits that she would have ordered neither if she picked her own plates but wound up loving both. We were both absolutely stuffed by evening's end. And so happy with our experience that we can't wait to go back. It's a bit pricey, but well worth every penny!
One of the better meals I have had in the city in quite some time. We opted to do the Off the Cuff tasting menu, which was described as being a 4 course chef's choice meal for $65 each. I think they are really underselling it because each "course" had multiple plates and dishes so we felt like we got way more than that.
Too many highlights to list them all but I'll just say if you haven't been here yet, you should.
Delicious food and good service. We will go back with more friends soon.
Amazing, creative, tastefully done Asian fusion. Flavors that I’ve never had before!
Skip Parachute. There’s a few stand-out dishes but we found our experience lacking substance, especially when it came to the main dishes. Put simply, the food did not merit the reasonably high price.
Sublime food and service. Creative, interesting. Just wish the restaurant were a bit quieter.
The food was great. We did not try any of the main items but shared also all of the apps and small dishes. The service was excellent, friendly and timely. The restaurant is a little cramped but the noise level was fine. Overall it lived up to our very high expectations.
Food was great service was awesome. Chocolate cake blew my mind !
Incredible food and lovely atmosphere. MUST get the brocolli, tuna, and fried rice. I am gluten free and they greeted me with their menu that they had just highlighted with my options.
The portions are on the small side but the food was incredible!
The broccoli salad is out of control delicious. We had to get another one
Celebrated special occasion and opted chef’s choice ... it was a lot of food and enjoyed the food. We didn’t want the lamb stew or beef tartar and the kitchen was happy to accommodate our needs. Service was friendly and attentive. Loved the tuna, pork sofrito, broccoli salad, bing bread... the fried rice was too spicy to our liking but the mackerel was well prepared. Cocktails and wine selections are plenty to make for a lively and fun environment
I love parachute. It is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Inspired food at a reasonable price.
Really enjoyed the experience! Food is interesting and very tasty. The drinks are great, and the recommended pairing is on point. Great interiors, small but cozy and not too loud even though the place was full. Friendly staff. Highly recommend!
Everything was great! The dishes were fantastic and service outstanding.
Omg so good
A little Loud
Difficult to find parking
Valet would be nice
We went to Parachute for date night and we could easily talk and hear each other as we sat across the table from each other. We opted for the chef's choice menu that provides a selection of courses to share. Food was a unique blend of flavors and each course was quite enjoyable. The servers were quite knowledgeable about the menu and about wine pairings. The night we were there they happened to have a winegrower in house who spoke with us about the wine flight my wife ordered.
College Spring Break visit with son
Absolutely phenomenal meal and service. Every item on the menu was different and delicious. This is our favorite restaurant in Chicago.
Food was tasty. Pricy for sure. Loud. Communal tables and bar seats for the most part so not ideal for an attempt at a "romantic" dining experience with your partner if you're looking to sit across from them and be able to look at each other while you enjoy your meal.
Did the chef's choice and drink pairings. Delightful.
Great meal, best first course was tempura with a close second the potato bing bread. For the second course the dokkabuku pork sofrite was a serious stand out! For the final course we really enjoyed the braised lamb for main course. By the end of 3 dishes per person we were very full and could hardly think about desert although the choices were tantalizing. Server was very friendly and helpful although could have used a little more explanation of the dishes but they do have a mystery menu that also seemed enticing(the chef chooses for you, we didnt go for that). Ambiance was energetic and lively, great for a conversation with good friends of family. Easy to hear each other. The food kept rolling out.
Parachute, although small and informal, is one of the most creative and enjoyable restaurants in Chicago with its mix of Korean inspiration and modernist explorations. The restaurant ambiance is a little dark, which makes it either romantic or unwelcoming depending on one's purpose.
Fantastic all around!
We love coming here for the food and the people. Always the friendlies and super helpful bunch! Can't wait to come back.
Unique food that's a pleasure to experience. It isn't really Korean or American, but just elements of good food from both cuisines. Skip the lamb - we found it to be the least exciting of all the dishes.
Inspired Korean Fusion that actually feels like fusion.
Simply put, amazing.
Excellent, imaginative food. Attentive service. Good, not too expensive wine. A fun foodie experience.
Unique menu that consistently delivered. The nduja fried rice was on another level!
The owner is great! She noticed we didn't particularly like the blood sausage and asked if we wanted to swap it out for another item. Super nice and great attentive service! Really enjoyed dining here.
The food is delicious. There are no questions about that. We were both full and felt great when we left. However, a few hours later I began to challenge the value for dollars spent. If there was more of an "experience" to compliment the meal it could be justified. In short next time we plan on going out for a nice dinner we will spend the same dollars somewhere else...
This was my second time at Parachute, and just over two years since my first visit. The service and food were impeccable. I will have dreams about the broccoli salad until my next visit.