42 Grams

4662 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
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Description

Chef Jake Bickelhaupt (Schwa, Alinea) and his wife, Alexa Welsh, the hostess, live above this sleek BYO storefront, and the welcoming dinner party experience is meant to feel like a trip upstairs. The prix fixe menu and communal seating mean groups of strangers make their way together through Bickelhaupt’s 14 to 15 creative courses: a tumbler with a gelée of gin that looks like an ice cube; a bulbous duck tongue with duck cracklings and ash-baked eggplant; a play on tom kha soup with coconut noodles on a white porcelain spoon; pork-rindish pecorino crisps atop pecorino foam and fondue. It’s nonintimidating fine dining, and the whimsy never fatigues, nor does the meal drag. Online reservations only.

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Dishes We Liked

(All dishes are part of a prix fixe menu.) Juniper Jump, potato soup, coconut, foie gras, sweetbreads, caffeine

Additional Information

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Price: $50-plus
Cuisine: Contemporary
Neighborhood: Uptown
Hours: D Wed-Sun.