Aviva, the spin-off from the owners of Greektown's Parthenon —that also neighbors the venerable restaurant— opened its doors on Thursday. Owner Lorraine Rieff-Liakouras teams with chef Alan Lake to create a globally-influenced menu that will give diners down on Halsted Street a departure from Greek cuisine.
Check out Lake's menu here. There's a bit of an old-school and old-world of flavor involved; scope out Aviva's version of the Chicago classic shrimp de Jonghe. Inside, visitors will find an 80-seat restaurant with a bar and lounge. It's a simple space with white walls accented by dark hardwood floors.
Rieff-Liakouras said she wanted to open Aviva to give the guests staying at her Greektown hostel a nearby restaurant that didn't serve Greek food. Of course, it won't hurt if locals give it try, too.
Aviva, 310 S. Halsted St., (312) 655-1150, open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.