EL Ideas

Row 1

2419 W 14th St (at Western Ave)
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 226-8144
New American
$ $ $ $
Tue–Fri: 7:00 PM–11:00 PM Sat: 5:30 AM–12:30 AM

Foursquare Tips

  • So much fun; don't book anything else for the evening; 14 courses, 3 hours
  • Desserts tend to be fun and quite sweet; I'm thinking specifically of the old-fashioned cake doughnut, with applejack caramel and spiced-cider sorbet.
  • It's BYOB with great service. Excellent multi-course meal in a very casual atmosphere. Make sure you drive or have transport scheduled as it's impossible to catch a cab along this stretch of Western.
  • if you want to experience a truly different type of cuisine, make sure you come to EL Ideas
  • After the nervous drive to this BYOB, you see Talbott, the relaxed, warm host/waiter/sommelier. He learns your name, attends to your wine and sets the tone that makes dining a one-of-a-kind experience
  • Note: Chef Phillip Foss breezes in and out of the totally exposed kitchen and invites diners to help with prep.
  • @Uber_CHI is the best way to get home. Ask Bill for more information.
  • Innovative food where the taste and smell of the food evokes fond memories.
  • Elevated Ideas in Dining" as practiced by chef Phillip Foss, whose "question everything" mantra is a hint to the nontraditional food he creates.
  • My tip: love your life for being here. AMAZING
  • This restaurant was absolutely amazing! If you are going to be in Chicago, try to get a table at the EL ideas. You will definitely not just like it, you will love it!
  • One of America's most innovative fine-dining restaurants, where 13-15 courses can include "culinary cocaine," a solid "White Russian" topped with caviar, and more mind-blowing delights.
  • Reservations required. Tasting menu only.
  • Get interactive with the staff, since they encourage it! I enjoyed the familiar flavors of your childhood in a sophisticated dish. The fries and milkshake and the play on elote brought me me back.
  • Best Foodie experience in Chicago!
  • Check out El Ideas as seen on Bizarre Foods America , The Layover
  • Everything is always incredible!
  • Amazing. BYOB
  • One Michelin star
  • BYOB. Hits from this conceptual kitchen include thrice-cooked potato, garlic roll, blackberry pt, + mini-oreos. Green Guide Editor