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Wherewithall, Chicago, IL
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Wherewithall

4.6
4.6
139 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Wherewithall is James Beard Award winning chefs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark's take on a modern American bistro in the neighborhood of Avondale. (Avondale ranked 16 in Time Out's list of the 51 coolest neighborhoods across the globe.)

Seasonal ingredients inspire our four-course dinner menu, which our Chef de Cuisine Tayler Ploshehanski changes weekly, and is available for $85. We also welcome you to walk in and enjoy an à la carte food menu and drinks at our cozy bar and patio. Our beverage list is focused on natural winemakers, brewers, and distillers who are friends and neighbors.

Once a turn of the century former dry goods store and tailor shop, designer Charles Vinz has transformed the space to create a distinct Chicago vibe that is casual yet sophisticated.

We do our best to accommodate our guests' needs and require 24 hours notice for all dietary restrictions and allergies in order to prepare. We are unable to accommodate vegan diners at this time.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Tue–Thu 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 692-2192

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Beverly Kim & Johnny Clark

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (773) 692-2192

  • Neighborhood

    Avondale / Irving Park

  • Cross street

    Elston & Albany

  • Parking details

    Free parking is abundant on Elston Ave. and side streets.

  • Public transit

    From Belmont/Kimball Blue line: Either walk .7 of a mile or take Kimball busNorth to Addison and walk from there.From Addison Blue line: Either walk .7 of a mile East on Addison or take the Addison bus East to Elston.From Lakeview area: Take the Addison bus West to Elston

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. AH

    AHipp1965

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t believe Wherewithall isn’t talked about more as one of Chicago’s best restaurants. The ambiance is comfortable and understated. You can actually have a conversation. The service is outstanding. We did the wine pairing with the fixed price 4 course menu. The food was inventive and delicious. The wine pairing was excellent. Yes, it was expensive. However, I’m happy to pay more when you are getting really well prepared food, great wine, and attentive service. Overall it was a great experience and I would highly recommend Wherewithall.
  2. t

    tcmman

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing place - creative, delicious, and incredibly friendly. Even the cocktails were special and tasty. Highly, highly recommended.
  3. MK

    MarthaK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Delightful amuse bouche or surprises...presented by servers with each of 4 courses. Farmers cheese with radishes, green tea broth of squash! Servers could have explained dishes upon presentation...but responded when asked with knowledge.....had a little blip about wine pairings 4 courses were dynamite
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great meal, loved the vibe. Food was really delicious, and they do a lot to enhance the meal with several ‘add-ons’ to the pre-fixe. My only gripe was the wine/drinks. Our server was lovely but I’m not sure she had a great understanding of the wine list and we ended up with a wine we really weren’t happy with. We should have sent it back, but didn’t, so that’s on us. But I think perhaps the wine list was just too eccentric for our taste...I know others have praised the wine program so maybe it was just us. Overall though a great experience!
  5. m

    maggiet

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    lackluster in everyday. Food wasn't good and way too much money for an experience that didn't live up to their sister restaurant
  6. ME

    MikeE

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful experience at Wherewithal. Service (Kaylee), food (corn fritters, mint dessert) and drinks (wine list, cocktails) were all on point. Cant wait to go back. Muah!
  7. MP

    MikeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu that they provide was innovative, delicious, and satisfying. Don't bother with the a la carte and leave it in their hands.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    222 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    222 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic conception and execution all around. Service was great. Prices accessible. A bit of a limited beverage selection but most of the non-cocktails are probably things you've never seen before. Loved all the surprise features added to the set menu. Would love to get my hands on some of those again! Sad that they may never been seen or eaten again ;-(. The bar menu looks fun if you live in the area but if you don't, the restaurant is clearly a destination spot and worth planning a few weeks in advance to pop in.
  9. KT

    KaylaT

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Above and beyond my expectations. Non pretentious atmosphere, warm service, well balanced courses, interesting but approachable flavors, and a tasting menu that left me FULL for being known as a big eater. Service was incredible. We were slow and took our time, never felt rushed or unwelcome. Would highly recommend experiencing Wherewithall.
  10. m

    maryaf

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative, interesting, fresh, delicious cuisine. Wonderful service, gorgeous little spot with many delicious plates.
  11. SM

    SharonM

    Chicago

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant off the beaten path with easy, free street parking. Noice level allowed for easy talking with the note that the small tables next to us weren’t filled. Service was excellent. Food creative & delicious. Reasonably priced for the quality & quantity served. Can’t wait to go back!!
  12. F

    Foodie

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome evening. Can't wait to return and try a different menu on their ever changing Prix-fixe.
  13. CP

    ChicagoPacker

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We found to Wherewithall to be mildly over-priced, and we wished that there was a bit more space in between the tables for 2 (so that server didn't have to hang over our table while speaking with an adjacent table). But, aside from those two minor quibbles, we liked everything else about the place. The service from everyone we encountered was very good and all four courses of our dinner were outstanding. Wherewithal also did a remarkably great job of accommodating my husband's dietary restrictions. He even received his own printed menu that reflected the minor differences in what he was served, as opposed to what I was served.
  14. B

    Burnsy28

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of the best meals we have had in Chicago, and we’ve been around the block. Love the preset meal, because they do change it so often, and every item was unique and different from the typical dishes you find at restaurants. I usually don’t like preset menus as much, but I thoroughly enjoy them when I trust the chef. It takes the pressure off to make sure you choose the right thing out of fear of missing out on something else good. They also bring out so many different items. Highly recommend!
  15. JK

    JackieK

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the drinks, to the food our night was spectacular . Do not be nervous about one prefix menu because each course was better then the next. Can’t wait to return !!
  16. FM

    FoodManiac

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful 4 course fine dining experience.
  17. RM

    ReneeM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Over all excellent experience. Would go back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible! Could not have asked for a better experience.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious. Staff on point. Love the felted walls.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Appreciated the fact they can accommodate special diets however as a Pescatarian, was very disappointed that my meat replacement was 2 pieces of parsnips compared to my friend's ~ 4 oz piece of meat. Not an equitable replacement.
  21. MS

    MarcS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So great. So glad we went. Everything was perfect. Will be going back!
  22. NY

    jpmNYC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience—from start to finish—is wonderful. The food is prepared perfectly, and the wines are unique and paired really well. The service is great and servers are highly knowledgeable about the food and wine. Truly a special place.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We really loved a lot of the dishes tonight. The amuse bouche, potato fritter, vegetable in xo sauce, and the black bass was delicious! We also loved the kiwi Thai basil sorbet and the goat milk pana Cotta. The veal was okay, but I loved the elements of all the other dishes much more. Their menu changes frequently and isn't posted on their site. We'd come back again and think they deserve a Michelin star.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful setting for dinner. Our entire group was quite impressed with the meal and also the wine pairing. The wines have been thoughtfully curated in regards to region, production and taste profile.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    No choices Terrible/cheap wines Cold meat served Remanufactured aesthetic looked junky
  26. M

    Maggieb

    Columbus

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed my experience here. Definitely a “foodie” destination, and not a place for unadventurous eaters! I do feel compelled to set the record straight: some reviewers mentioned “undercooked pork”, which was in fact veal and was cooked perfectly (yes, it was pink; yes, that’s ok). If you are picky, or don’t like “weird” things, or have a narrow/unrefined palate: do not come here. But if you love beautiful cooking, refined techniques, a something a little different; this place is definitely worth a stop. A note on value: it’s not cheap, and the “entrees” are not large. However, there are many amuse bouch (sp?) and bread/butter so I left feeling satisfied.
  27. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Exceptional value and quality for the meal. The wine pairings and cocktails were exception. Service was perfect. Some courses could turn up the volume on flavor.
  28. A

    Anna

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything we had at Wherewithall was delicious! Love the tasting menu concept that is more manageable and affordable than my other tasting menus I have had. Also the focus is on natural wines - which were all great! Will definitely come back.
  29. f

    foodbug

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It is an experience that is best for foodies. The food is strange combinations I didn't like the wine choices by the glass. The desert was weak tasted like pudding with granola However the extra pre desert ice cream with rare olive oil was lovely The service is way too rushed but I mentioned it they slowed it down Room is minimal but pleasant and soothing
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So much tasty food! We knew the 4 courses we were getting but then they bring out so many other mini surprise dishes as appetizers and an extra dessert too! Very beautiful dishes and overall a great time. Definitely recommend.
  31. P

    Peewee

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    While there are many additions to the standard menu that enhances the food offerings, the food in general, was poorly prepared and the portions were quite small. I am a 94 pound woman and left hungry. The pork course was chewy and had a think layer of fat on it. The fish course had an unpleasant order that made in undesirable to even taste. The soup course which maybe 2 ounces of soup that was tasteless. The best part of the meal was the bread and you will need to eat plenty of it to feel satisified.
  32. C

    Chgofoodie

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    So wanted to love this place after all the glowing reviews. Unfortunately didn’t love the menu and sometimes enjoyed the extras better than the courses. Even some of the standard things tasted off. The butter tasted sour, the olive oil ice cream smelled rancid, the paired wines were ok to too earthy. The service was friendly but not paced correctly, too rushed with food removal and too slow with wine pairings. I would recommend checking out the current menu before you go to make sure you would enjoy it. I was still hungry when I left which was unusual for a pre fix menu.
  33. N

    Nancy

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and excellent informed service by Jess. We look forward to returning.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the experience, but the set menu featured an entree of very rare pork which was not very appealing to anyone at the table. So while we may return to the bar, dinner is too much of a gamble for how we like to dine.
  35. LM

    LauraM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I really wished I liked the food more. It wasn't bad by any means, but I think I had high expectations. There was one of 4 courses that I didn't care to finish. Service was great, but almost too aggressive to clear our plate and rush out the next course. We would have appreciated the courses to be spread out a little more and allow us to finish our wine pairings before being served the next course.
  36. N

    Nancy

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent experience. Our menu was gluten free by request. Kaley our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Such a fabulous dining experience.
  37. PK

    PattiK

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fabulous food and excellent service. Creative food preparation.
  38. GF

    GtheFoodie

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Really good food & wine and pace. Service was excellent and the price is reasonable for the curated menu. The venue is very small, but it didn’t bother us as we were a small party. Went there because of recommendations from my friends, and I would recommend this to any foodies.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food. So many little surprises kept coming, several different amuse bouche and great stuff
  40. TL

    TimL

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went for our anniversary. The food was incredible. Everything we tasted was so delicious. Drinks were fantastic. Our server was pleasant, attentive, and knowledgeable. Nothing but great things to say about this restaurant!

FAQs

Wherewithall is rated 4.6 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Wherewithall

3472 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Elston & Albany

  • Neighborhood

    Avondale / Irving Park

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Tue–Thu 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free parking is abundant on Elston Ave. and side streets.

  • Public transit

    From Belmont/Kimball Blue line: Either walk .7 of a mile or take Kimball busNorth to Addison and walk from there.From Addison Blue line: Either walk .7 of a mile East on Addison or take the Addison bus East to Elston.From Lakeview area: Take the Addison bus West to Elston

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Beverly Kim & Johnny Clark

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 692-2192

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (773) 692-2192

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