Amid the sparkling city lights along Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, Venteux, a new French brasserie featuring a swanky oyster and Champagne bar, is poised to breathe new energy into the heart of downtown Chicago this spring. Backed by an impressive roster of hospitality industry leaders, Venteux is helmed by Chicago native, Executive Chef-Partner Donald Young (Temporis, Les Nomades, Bistrot Saveurs), who is celebrated as the youngest Michelin-starred chef in Chicago and one of the youngest to be recognized with this prestigious honor industry-wide. In partnership with acclaimed national entertainment maverick and restaurant operator, Clique Hospitality (Pendry Hotels & Resorts, MGM Resorts International, Blackstone Group), Venteux will debut at 230 N. Michigan Ave.—within the city’s historic 1920s art deco landmark Carbide & Carbon Building in spring 2021.
Located on the ground floor of the forthcoming Pendry Chicago, Venteux has commissioned world-renowned design firm Studio Munge to create a luxurious ambiance for the 4,000 square foot space. The focal point of the restaurant is Venteux’s glowing brasserie, which boasts a lively nightlife scene, ideal for date nights, business dinners, and more. Here, diners are encouraged to cozy up in circular banquettes bathed in soft amber light, or to clink drinks at the festive oyster bar well into the evening. There is also a charming indoor and outdoor café marked by a lush and romantic garden terrace, as well as soaring, 40-foot floor-to-ceiling windows to take in Chicago’s architectural splendor.
The menu at Venteux will offer comforting French fare imbued with a spark of signature creativity, courtesy of rising star Executive Chef-Partner Donald Young (Crain’s 20 In Their 20s, Jean Banchet Best Service 2019, Michelin Guide 2019). Returning to his culinary roots in classic French cooking, Young plans to take traditional French dishes and apply his penchant for clever flavor combinations and presentations. Diners can also look forward to playful raw bar renditions and nouveaux savory plates, all perfectly complemented by a robust wine program featuring rare vintages from Venteux’s spirited Champagne bar.
Venteux will offer weekday breakfast, lunch and dinner service daily, with a lively weekend brunch service.