Forbes Best US Restaurant – Blackbird – Chicago, IL

Forbes Best US Restaurant – Blackbird – Chicago, IL

Forbes Best US Restaurant – Blackbird – Chicago, IL

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619 W Randolph St

(between Desplaines St & Jefferson St)
Chicago, IL 60661
Neighborhood: Near West Side

(312) 715-0708

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How it All Began

In December 1997, Donald J. Madia, Eduard Seitan, Rick Diarmit and Paul Kahan opened Blackbird, one of Chicago’s most respected modern fine-dining establishments. Critically acclaimed Blackbird is home to Executive Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013 and Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004. Chef de Cuisine David Posey joined Kahan in the kitchen in 2011, and was nominated for Rising Star Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2013. Together they push boundaries defining modern classics using simple, local, farm-fresh ingredients and cutting-edge culinary technology to create a menu both highly creative and utterly approachable.

Pastry Chef Dana Cree’s modern technique perfectly complements Posey’s poignant style, seamlessly culminating the Blackbird experience. The culinary partnership of Posey and Cree is right at home in the austere, yet serene, restaurant adding to the atmosphere that sets Blackbird apart. Managing Partner and Owner, Donnie Madia, has crafted a unique atmosphere of urban chic that in 2004 earned the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design and Best Restaurant Design Graphics. The design, by Thomas Schlesser, incorporates sharp minimal design elements with expanses of white space and mahogany red oak complemented by a stainless steel open kitchen.

The French slang term for a Merlot grape, Blackbird leads a growing cadre of independent restaurants helmed by chef/restaurateurs who have built a solid culinary reputation for Chicago. Delivering a smart and peerless approach to dining for patrons from all over the world, the restaurant has earned its place as one of Chicago’s premier dining destinations, receiving Michelin stars in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Nearest Transit Station:
Clinton-Green (Green, Pink)

Grand-Blue (Blue)

Mon-Thu 11:30 am – 10 pm

Fri 11:30 am – 11 pm

Sat 5:30 pm – 11 pm

Sun 5:30 pm – 10 pm



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A word from Blackbird

Critically-acclaimed Blackbird is home base for Executive Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the 2004 James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Midwest, and nominee for Outstanding Chef in 2007. Blackbird’s principal partner, Donnie Madia, crafted a unique urban chic atmosphere that earned the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design in 2002.

Chef de Cuisine David Posey joined Kahan in the kitchen in 2010. Together they reinterpret classic recipes using simple, local, farm-fresh ingredients, and cutting-edge culinary technique. Their menu is, at once, highly creative and utterly approachable.

Blackbird is the premier, pioneer West Loop restaurant. Its award-winning cuisine, high energy, and precise service offer a modern approach to fine dining. Blackbird earned a place on Gourmet’s 2004 list of the country’s 50 Best Restaurants, an Ivy Award from Restaurants & Institutions, and induction into the Nation’s Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame.