Chicago Schwa

Chicago Schwa Restaurant Illinois
Fine Dining*

Chicago Schwa Information

Quick Facts

  • Schwa Chicago is the ultra-luxurious Chicago restaurant in Wicker Park.
  • The award-winning Executive Chef Michael Carlson has been profiled in top publications like GQ and The Chicago Tribune.
  • The reservation process at Schwa Chicago takes weeks and sometimes months, and once you make a reservation it is not guaranteed that you'll be able to enjoy a high-class meal at Schwa Chicago.
  • Chicago Schwa is a BYOB restaurant in Chicago. 

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1466 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
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Nearest Transit:
Division (Blue)

Hours of Operation:
Tues.- Sat. 5:30pm- 10:30pm

Additional Info:
Reservations Required

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Features: Chicago Schwa Restaurant at Wicker Park is one of the most exclusive restaurants in Chicago. Owned and operated by the award-winning Executive Chef Michael Carlson, this ultra-hip Chicago restaurant serves seasonal 9-course meals for $110 per person. Experience a fine-dining Chicago restaurant experience unlike any other at Chicago Schwa.   

Why We Dine: If you can reserve a table at this top Chicago restaurant, consider yourself lucky. The Schwa Restaurant Chicago is high-risk and high-reward - so be prepared for an unpredictable experience at this famous restaurant in Chicago.

  • Michael Carlson: This famous Chicago chef opened Schwa in 2005, abruptly closed it in 2007, then re-opened Schwa for business and has been delighting foodies in Chicago ever since. Nominated as a Best American Chef candidate in 2010, Chef Carlson is simply one of the best chefs in the world.
  • Small Atmosphere: The Chicago Schwa Restaurant seats just 26 people at any given time. Combined with their notorious reputation as one of the best restaurants in Chicago, Schwa Restaurant in Chicago is one of the most exclusive Chicago restaurants in Wicker Park.
  • 9-Course Dinner: We would describe it to you, but the gorgeous 9-course dinner at Chicago Schwa needs to be seen to be believed. Immaculate presentation and impeccable tastes that make for a Chicago fine dining restaurant experience that can't be replicated. 

Inside Knowledge: If you're hoping to enjoy a meal at the swank Chicago Schwa Restaurant in the West Side, we recommend calling months - literally months - in advance. Odds are Chef Carlson himself will get back to you in due time, and from there you can cross your fingers and hope your reservation at this top fine-dining Chicago restaurant isn't cancelled. (Never out of the question.)

We Recommend:

  • BYOB: Use the online menu to help pair up your favorite craft beers or aged wines with the seasonal menu at Chicago Schwa, one of the best BYOB restaurants in Chicago.
  • Follow Directions: You're guaranteed to try upscale Chicago restaurant dishes you've never tried before at the Schwa Restaurant in Chicago. We recommend following whatever advice the waitstaff gives you when dining at the Chicago Schwa Restaurant Wicker Park.

Restaurant Amenities

  • Candle Light
  • Famous Chef
  • Chef's Specials
  • Fresh Food
  • Small Atmosphere