• New Venue Spotlight: Smith + The Loyalist

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     

It’s the long-awaited return of culinary duo John B. and Karen Shields—and they are making quite the re-entrance in Chicago’s culinary scene after almost a decade away. The married pair recently moved back to the city to unveil Smyth + The Loyalist in the West Loop, a respective restaurant and downstairs lounge that carries on their legacy of 30 years in the business. Food & Wine’s 2010 “Best New Chef” winner, John, worked as sous chef at Charlie Trotter’s and Alinea, and “Rising Star” Karen was head pastry chef at Charlie Trotter’s and sous pastry chef at Tru.

With Smyth, they have capitalized on the popular tasting menu concepts in Chicago by offering a regular eight-course and expanded 16-course menu to be enjoyed in an intimate 40-seat restaurant. Downstairs, The Loyalist offers classic cocktails and a smaller menu at a more affordable price point. Both spots offer private dining spaces and ingredients sourced from a 20-acre farm in Illinois, which further represents a sort of homecoming for the couple.

“It’s a chance to share a highly original, personal vision in the city that launched our careers,” says John. “We want to reimagine the expectations of a tasting menu experience by setting it in a relaxed, warm atmosphere—similar to our own home.”

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.

 

Looking for a unique meeting scene that offers big city amenities yet boasts affordability and convenience throughout? Chicago Southland is a unique, eclectic locale, housing diverse options for meetings and events. From state-of-the-art expo centers to trendy restaurants to revitalized warehouse buildings teeming with character, Chicago Southland offers a unique option for events of all types.

 

Already a Restaurant Row haven for vegans and vegetarians, Bad Hunter also happens to house the ultimate urban greenhouse venue to boot.