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chalkboard in main bar area will feature special pizzas, cocktails and other bites.
chalkboard in main bar area will feature special pizzas, cocktails and other bites.

[Photos: Tim Hiatt]

Little by little the highly anticipated restaurant, The Boarding House, has opened their doors to the public, and tonight marks the opening of the main dining room. Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, John Ward and Matt Fisher (Bistronomic) have created a destination unlike any other in the city, with three floors (four, if you include the private dining space) that have their own distinct look and feel. The decor is exquisite, yet unpretentious, and the various menus of French-inspired progressive American food, chef Christian Gosselin has created feature rich flavors within familiar dishes.

Upon walking into the main bar of The Boarding House, from the street, it's hard not to be wowed by the massive chandelier of close to 9,000 wine glasses (far beyond the original 1,800 planned) hanging high above the marble bar. High top tables surround the bar, making it a great spot to grab a drink and a few bites.

The main dining room has a ballroom feel, with another stunning chandelier, this time made of wine bottles, and a small mezzanine that overlooks the tables below. Muted grays and browns are brought to life with pops of green coming from the drapes, framed mirrors and the chandelier above. The food in the main dining room will feature entrees like hazelnut crusted short ribs and seared diver scallops, along with more shareable plates include the chicken 3 ways.

The cellar truly feels like a wine or cheese cave, dimly lit with rounded ceilings. There are plenty of plush leather seats to grab a glass of wine from the list Singh curated , that includes over 450 bottles. (We even spotted her unpacking many of the bottles herself.)

The Boarding House started taking reservations for the dining room last week and it seems that they are booking up quickly through the rest of December and January. You can always pop in and grab a seat at the bar or in the cellar, which don't require reservations. In the meantime, you can study up on the menu below.

The Boarding House

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· The Boarding House [Official Site]

The Boarding House

720 North Wells Street, , IL 60654 (312) 280-0720 Visit Website