Parachute

4.6
975 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 975 People Are Saying
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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
47 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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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
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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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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c
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend the chef's menu. Can't wait to go back!

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SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Both the food and the service were exceptional. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, and are eager to go back for another delicious meal.

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TR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food that has flavor and creativity! The staff is very friendly and the ambiance is lively.

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RC
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

To be honest, it was a super trendy place with food that really didn’t impress. We essentially paid 26.00 for a pot of crispy, nearly burnt rice, mixed with some lettuce, hot sauce and potato chips. I get the idea of Korean infused food, but this didn’t even taste good. I truly don’t know what all the fuss was about. A bit sad we went out of our way to make a reservation here during our short stay in Chicago only to be disappointed.

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AT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We had a decent meal at Parachute. The waiters were very attentive and the food was good, but not exceptional.

The bibimbop was tasty and delicious, but both the sweet potato tempura, the yuba and the beef stew lacked taste and were all kinda bland. Among other the deserts, the sesame tart was both sweet and delicious -- better than the spiced pumpkin.

It was not a bad experience, but for a restaurant with a Michelin star and prices ~ $100 per person you would expect better.

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great - excellent service and the food was delicious! Highly recommend.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional tasting menu and service

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GM
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It was overpriced for the portion size and taste of the food. I loved the ambiance though.

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e
Berlin
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Innovative Küche, aber keinen Michelin Stern wert ( nach europäischen Maßstäben)

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WS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best and most imaginative restaurants I've ever eaten in. I'll definitely return.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have never been to a Michelin star restaurant. This was a great experience! The food and wine pairing was very good. None of the flavors were overpowering. Subtle notes popped out of the courses the way I had hoped. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic

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NC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. Especially the shrimp beignets!

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PS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Just kind of blah. Nothing exciting burnt cauliflower on skate was just bitter and bad. Tuna course with a couple almonds, meh, bing bread good

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V
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great place, and great service :) Worth it!

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TL
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Parachute was great, but not incredible. We went with the chef's choice menu which started off fantastic but worsened as the meal went on. For nearly $70 a person I expected food that would leave me dying to return which wasn't the case.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Honestly, I don't think this food is not adequate to be classified as korean-american dish. Some of them were korean for sure, but it was either too expensive based on actual korean dish or taste was totally different like no one expect this as korean-inspired dish. I went to this restaurant with my korean american friend, and he was asking for substitution for some stuff in food but it turned out that they do not understand his request even though my friend knew what that dish would be. Portion wasn't great enough too, even though we tried tasting menu. Service isn't great compared to other restaurants, and food is worse to be honest.

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MQ
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TOTALLY DELISH and super cute!
We had been trying to get a decent reservation, so we figured our best bet was to book a month in advance and we scored a Tuesday night for a party of 5 at 6:15. By the time we arrived, it was half full, but by the time we left, every seat in the house was taken. They have a few tables, a huge community table, bar stools facing a wall, and seating at the Chef's counter. It's small and cozy, just like the menu.

Speaking of, we pretty much ordered everything on the menu:
sweet potato tempura
baked potato bing bread
half dozen oysters
yellowfin tuna
bigoli w/duck ragout
shrimp beignets
roasted skate wing
korean beef stew

Desserts:
spiced pumpkin
sesame tart....the winner of the group. Amazing!
chocolate crémeux
toasted rice panna cotta

All of the food was just incredible. The only dish we were not a fan of was the spiced pumpkin because it's an actual slice of thick pumpkin with the fixings.

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J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

I had a reservation for 9:30 p.m. and was not seated until after 10 p.m., so this tells me that they overbook, which is not appreciated. The kitchen sent over a complimentary appetizer of sweet potato tempura, which was nice, but didn't quite make up for the thirty-minute wait. The hostess was as accommodating as possible which helped curb my irritation.

The menu is interesting and I found most of the dishes good but not great. The stand-out dish for me was the Korean beef stew. The first bite was perfectly tender and flavorful but then I was disappointed that other pieces of meat were dry and chewy. The skate wing was cooked beautifully but I thought the flavor was bland. The bigoli duck ragout was too salty for my palette. The smoked yuba dish had nice flavor. The sesame plum tart was okay; we were given spoons but the tart did not cut easily... it needed a fork and knife. Bing bread was a tasty starter but its appearance on the menu was perplexing to me given its potato, cheddar, and bacon filling.

The decor is charming and the noise level not too loud. Servers were attentive enough without being overbearing.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Felt overhyped. Couldn't understand why restaurant had Michelin star. Lots of hit and misses on menu. Expensive for the quality of the experience. Found it very disappointing particularly since it was also a trek from downtown Chicago.

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JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here on Saturday night for an early dinner with our 6 year old. Everything was fantastic, we felt very welcome bringing a child to a Michelin star reataurant, and she loved it as much as we did. Great to know we don’t need to get a sitter every time we want to eat out somewhere nice. We’ll be back soon for sure. Thank you Parachute!

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NM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, wait was a bit longer with reservations, they made up for it with complimentary sweet potato tempura. Drinks were a bit pricey but excellent.

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