Coco Pazzo, the venerable River North mainstay, announced its 25th anniversary and plans for a yearlong celebration. The festivities will encompass remembrances of things past (including a nod to its co-pioneers in Chicago’s culinary evolution), a Rites of Spring masquerade party and a look forward to what the next 25 years will hold.

Coco Pazzo’s proprietor, Jack Weiss, brought the New York concept to Chicago in 1992, a transformational time for both the restaurant business and the River North neighborhood. Charlie Trotter had exploded onto the scene, building on the groundwork laid by a few brave souls in the early 1980s, including the likes of Rich Melman, Gordon Sinclair, Joe Carlucci, and Jerry Kleiner. Weiss was among the next generation of young restaurateurs who helped further expand Chicago’s culinary reputation.

“We are proud to be a part of this great city’s culinary journey,” says Weiss. “While operating restaurants in New York, there was a sense that something big was happening in Chicago. My goal was to take what I learned in Manhattan and immerse myself into the up-and-coming Chicago scene. It has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to the next 25 years.”

The restaurant will pay tribute to its loyal customers and the culinary and cultural institutions that have been instrumental to their success. Look for more details in the coming months.

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