The team behind TWO proved everyone wrong when they took over a supposedly cursed space and turned into a neighborhood gem. This summer, owner Yamandu Perez rolls the dice again with Antidote, a rustic French bistro in River North helmed by former Dinner Lab chef Daniel Espinoza.
"Antidote asks the question: What if Chicago cuisine was influenced by the French?" Espinoza says. "The menu for Antidote, in our minds, is a reflection on what could've been." The Chicago-born chef, whose resume includes Mexique and Michelin-starred Bistrot de Saveurs in France, will translate his passion for local and seasonal ingredients into dishes such as chicken and escargot sausage with pomme puree, white wine-pickled pearl onions, potato puree, chicken jus, and crispy chicken skin (pictured below).
The intimate space, located in a former art gallery at 739 N. Wells Street, will be a bit more refined than its sister spot, with the same commitment to service, quality cooking, and an extensive beverage program, according to Espinoza.